Things to do for August 16, 2012

The Weekender

This Weekend: Air, Water and Vodka

The weekend feels the need... the need for more weekend.

Thursday
Like a Street Fest, but in a Hotel
GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

Like a Street Fest, but in a Hotel

Neighborhood street fest season marches inexorably to its close. You’re left feeling you wanted something... nicer. So this Gold Coast soiree brings in 15 restaurants with unlimited food and drink in a swanky hotel. Yes, cocktail attire is required. Take a lesson, Taste of Lincoln Avenue.

A New Comfort Spot on Southport
STILL CROSBY’S

A New Comfort Spot on Southport

The Southport Corridor is really quite lovely. Good shops. Nice cafés. Historic movie theater. Just one thing missing: lobster deviled eggs. Also: rotisserie chicken, prime rib and a sizzling skillet cookie. So the Southport Corridor needed some work after all.

Friday
You’re Going to Look Good This Fall
BARBOUR SHOP

You’re Going to Look Good This Fall

Jack Spade has joined up with British outerwear company Barbour for a new line of handsome bags and autumn-appropriate coats. To celebrate the union: a small get-together with gratis cocktails and appetizers. Sort of like a wedding reception... with more waxed canvas.

Saturday
An Air, Water and Cocktail Show
BIG NOISES, SHINY THINGS

An Air, Water and Cocktail Show

A good view. That’s all you really need to watch the Air & Water Show. But if the good view also has endless bratwursts, beer, cold cocktails and cheeseburgers—and a swimming pool—well, you wouldn’t feel right complaining.

A Million-Dollar Horse Race Party
GOOD BET

A Million-Dollar Horse Race Party

The 30th Arlington Million. It’s a big race. And a big race deserves a big party. Arlington complies with a DJ, a buffet, an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, a red-carpet entrance, perfect views of the race, private tellers and—what the hell—an after-party. Just don’t blow all your winnings.

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