Things to do for October 16, 2008

The Weekender

The Weekend Starts Here

The weekend has accepted your friend request.

Thursday
Fontana Grill Debuts Tonight
THURSDAY BYOB

Fontana Grill Debuts Tonight

Once the liquor license arrives, this little Italian spot promises the city's most unique wine program: One-ounce increments start at just $1 per. Until then, it's still a pretty unique BYOB—you can order table delivery from the nearby liquor store.

411: Fontana Grill, opens tonight at 5:30pm, 1329 W. Wilson Ave (at Beacon), 773-561-0400 

Friday
Royster with the Oyster
FRIDAY OYSTERS

Royster with the Oyster

The weeklong multi-venue mollusk fest culminates with a tented party in the middle of Hubbard Street. A shucking contest goes down at 4:30pm, and you won't want to miss the grueling Grand Slurp-Off, when the streets run red with mignonette.

411: $10 donation, oysters priced a la carte, 3-10pm, Oct 17, 21 E. Hubbard St (between Michigan and State), 312-527-2722

Friday
Playboy Presents: One Night Stand
FRIDAY BUNNY

Playboy Presents: One Night Stand

You heard about the Playboy layoffs today. This is the time you need to be around your friends. A party featuring fifteen centerfolds, sexy cyber girls, bottle service and giveaways should console you.

411: $10-$20, Mannequin, 306 N. Halsted St (between Wayman and Fulton Market), 312-850-0065, buy tickets here

Saturday
Men's Health Urbanathlon
SATURDAY ENDURANCE

Men's Health Urbanathlon

After you endure taxi cab hurdles and Soldier Field bleacher climbs at this mega race, you'll come to the real test: you against free beer and food at the after-party. Online registration has closed, but you can still sign up at Crunch on Friday.

411: $110, register at Grand Ave Crunch noon-8pm Oct 17; event 8-11:30am, Oct 18, Lower Hutchinson Field in Grant Park, 800-599-5177

Saturday
900 Shops' 20th Anniversary Sale
SATURDAY SALE-ING

900 Shops' 20th Anniversary Sale

The multi-store blowout offers discounts at Bloomingdale's, dessert at Frankie's, chocolates at Teuscher and $20 gift cards on $100 purchases elsewhere. And because you may need a shave between stops, 10 percent off at Truefitt & Hill.

411: 10am-7pm, Oct 18, The 900 Shops, 900 N. Michigan Ave (between Walton and Delaware), 312-915-3916

Saturday
Craft Beer Meets Artisan Cheese
SATURDAY BEER/CHEESE

Craft Beer Meets Artisan Cheese

You can pair the perfect wine for your steak, the perfect sake for your unagi and the perfect champagne for your date. Now master pairing the perfect craft brew with artisanal cheese at this laid-back seminar. And if you're less than perfect, swallow the evidence.

411: $40, 6:30-8:30pm, Oct 18, Pastoral, 53 E. Lake St (between Wabash and Garland), 312-658-1250

Sunday
Dirty Bird Bubble Bath: A Soul Brunch
SUNDAY FRIED CHICKEN

Dirty Bird Bubble Bath: A Soul Brunch

We're not sure what we like most about this new chicken-and-waffles brunch: the Harold's fried chicken, the idea of Orange Crush waffles, the old-school soul DJ or the fact that champagne is half off. We'll let you know after a few mimosas.

411: 11am-4pm, Sundays starting Oct 19, Juicy Wine Co., 694 N. Milwaukee Ave (between Huron and Morgan), 312-492-6620

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