Things to do for June 21, 2012

The Weekender

Barry Sanders, Lobster Boils and Whole Alligators

Sit back, relax and take a nice cool sip of weekend.

Thursday
Playing Football with Barry Sanders
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Playing Football with Barry Sanders

The first day of summer. Naturally, you’re thinking... football. So the makers of Madden NFL 13—along with NFL alumni like Brett Favre, Barry Sanders and Herschel Walker—are competing in two days of pigskin hijinks in Grant Park, with food, drinks and video game giveaways. Gatorade dunking potential: high.

Jun 21, 6pm; Jun 22, noon; no cost, Grant Park, Lower Hutchinson Field, tickets here (use code “GENUINE12”)

Kind of Like Alligator Turducken...
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Kind of Like Alligator Turducken...

Something else this weather calls for: alligator feasts. Here’s how to prepare one: take a whole alligator. Wrestle it. Kill it. Smoke it for six hours. Stuff it with roasted chickens. Serve it with cornbread, jambalaya and Belgian beer. Actually, never mind. Frontier has already done it all for you.

Available now with five-day preorder, $575, Frontier, 1072 N Milwaukee Ave, reserve at 312-453-9397

Saturday
Bette Davis Eyes, Stephanie Izard Food
CARNES-AGE

Bette Davis Eyes, Stephanie Izard Food

Kids. You’ll do anything for them. Especially if it means attending an intimate Kim Carnes concert in a former church (that’s now a mansion) while downing bites and cocktails from Boka, GT Fish & Oyster and Girl & the Goat. You give till it hurts.

Jun 23, 7pm, $200, 3232 Wrightwood Ave, 217-585-5119, tickets here

Sunday
Just a Giant Lobster Boil on the River
ON THE BOIL

Just a Giant Lobster Boil on the River

It feels weird to go to Chicago Cut Steakhouse and not order the bone-in rib eye. Wrong, even. But here’s the thing. Every Sunday, they’re hosting a riverside lobster boil with a full pound of lobster, plus clams, mussels, shrimp and chorizo. And, well, you’d hate to waste lobster.

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