Things to do for October 02, 2008

The Weekender

The Weekend Starts Here

The weekend is covered in ivy and wearing black.

Thursday
Chelsea Grill Arrives
COMFORT

Chelsea Grill Arrives

Just in time for fall, Lincoln Square's Erba has morphed into this all-comfort-food destination. Nothing says "let's snuggle" like a blue cheese burger with frizzled onions. Then again, pizza with bacon and a fried egg has a certain autumnal feel.

Chelsea Grill, 4520 N. Lincoln Ave (between Sunnyside and Wilson), 773-989-4200

1921 Jeans Trunk Show
DENIM

1921 Jeans Trunk Show

The Lakeview boutique will have denim experts on hand to help you select that perfect size for your body, and when you do, you can take 20 percent off. Just remember, the free cupcakes and cocktails may require you to adjust their advice.

5:30-9pm, Oct 2, P+L Boutique, 2956 N. Clark St (between Wellington and Oakdale), 773-248-3758

Friday
REI Grand Opening Weekend
SPORTING

REI Grand Opening Weekend

When the Seattle-based luxe sporting goods retailer debuts its first city location, amateurs will be distracted by free breakfast (9am-10am) or free shiny water bottles (some with gift cards). That's your chance to head straight for the rapid-fire marshmallow blasters.

Oct 3-5, REI, 1466 N. Halsted St (at Blackhawk), 312-951-6020

NV Penthouse Lounge First Anniversary
ASCENSION

NV Penthouse Lounge First Anniversary

A flute of champagne will be waiting as you alight from the elevator of this top-floor lounge. Just remember where you parked downstairs: NV will have a white 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo outside, and it's so embarrassing to put your keys into the wrong Gallardo.

9pm-2am, Oct 3, NV Penthouse Lounge, 116 W. Hubbard St (between Clark and La Salle), 312-329-9960

Saturday
Joe's Jeans Opens
BOUTIQUE

Joe's Jeans Opens

The upscale denim purveyor is slated to premiere its first-ever retail location on Saturday in Wicker Park. As you know, the LA-based company is a favorite of denim-clad young Hollywood. Not that you follow everything Suri Cruise wears. Anymore.

Opening Oct 4, Joe's Jeans, 1715 N. Damen Ave (between Wabansia and St. Paul), 773-252-1715

Bratwurst and Beer Fest
WURST

Bratwurst and Beer Fest

You've been distracted by the playoffs and are now way behind in your Oktoberfestivities. A beer and brat flight at this celebration of all things sausage should bring you up to speed. But remember, sleeves are not made for mustard.

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