Things to do for March 01, 2012

The Weekender

Mechanical Bulls, Mr. Cub and Drinking Like Hamm

The weekend looked before it leapt.

Thursday
Getting Toasted with Harry Caray
HARRY’D AWAY

Getting Toasted with Harry Caray

Mr. Cub himself, Ernie Banks, will lead this annual rite of sloshing a big mug of $1 Bud heavenward to salute Harry Caray. They’ll also be selecting one person to throw out the first pitch on opening day. So stretch before you slosh.

Time to Get into Dodge
BALLIN’

Time to Get into Dodge

You loved it in grade school. Or you hated it in grade school. Either way, be aware that dodgeball season is starting up at Wicker Park Field House. We’re assured it’s a friendly, relatively painless game that usually ends with beers. Or, you know, tears.

Preseason starts Mar 1, 6:30-8:30pm, $5, Wicker Park Field House, 1425 N Damen Ave (at Le Moyne)

A 1960s Cocktail Crash Course
GINNED UP

A 1960s Cocktail Crash Course

Sure, you could shake a martini with two arms tied behind your back, but there’s always room for improvement. So this new series of Mad Men–inspired cocktail classes instructs you in the art of the Martinez, the Negroni and—just in case you’re entertaining Capone—the Southside.

Friday
The Enduring Call of Mechanical Bulls
BUCK YOU

The Enduring Call of Mechanical Bulls

Mechanical bull rides are a good metaphor for your life. One moment you’re down, and the next you’ve got a drink in one hand, people are cheering, and you’re doing your best not to let go of the reins. Basically, what you did today at work.

Fri-Sat, 10pm, Dos Diablos, 15 W Hubbard St (at State), 312-245-3100

Monday
A Little Beer. A Little Pasta. Repeat.
STATO GRACE

A Little Beer. A Little Pasta. Repeat.

This is just a simple evening celebrating the skillful combination of Midwestern beer (Great Lakes brewery), Illinois farming (Slagel farms) and Italian know-how (Osteria Via Stato). The result: a five-course, ale-filled dinner ending with a big creamy scoop of beer gelato. Here’s to globalization.

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