Things to do for August 23, 2012

The Weekender

150 Beers, More BellyQ and a Pinewood Derby

Say hello to my little weekend.

Thursday
Just More BellyQ to Love
BIGGER BELLY

Just More BellyQ to Love

Yesterday, we told you about BellyQ, the new Asian barbecue on West Randolph. You seemed... excited. So brace yourself. There’s more. BQ2GO, the adjacent grab-and-go sister spot with rice-paper wraps and Vietnamese coffee on tap, opened today. Now you seem... more excited.

Friday
A Picnic with 1,000 Friends
WHITE MYSTERY

A Picnic with 1,000 Friends

You, Tom Wolfe, Colonel Sanders. All three, masters of looking great in white. Coincidently, this semisecret, all-white-attire picnic is tomorrow. Sign up now, pack a big picnic basket, a white tablecloth, a table and candles, and wait for instructions. And try not to eat any mustard or chocolate between now and then.

Saturday
You vs. the City of Chicago
AMAZING RACING

You vs. the City of Chicago

This town is one big obstacle course. You dodge cars, bike messengers, CTA buses and LAZ meter enforcement daily. Let’s up the ante. And add prizes. Behold: City Chase, a cross-town, Amazing Race–style urban endurance test. Basically, Marine boot camp meets your daily commute.

A Car Race. In a Bar. With Giant Beers.
PINE FOR YOU

A Car Race. In a Bar. With Giant Beers.

We know you’re no Boy Scout, but let’s pretend. Okay, we’ll throw in a giant $4 beer, too. See, there’s a pinewood derby at this handsome Lincoln Park tap house. For $30, you get to enter the race, a kit to make your own car and a chance at $500. BYO neckerchief.

The 150 Brewers You Meet in Plainfield
THE BREWERS

The 150 Brewers You Meet in Plainfield

Some call them chauffeurs. Others simply call them designated drivers. Either way, yours will be put to good use driving to this suburban craft-brew bacchanal, featuring 150 Midwestern beers, plus food and a bags tourney. Not that you ever had a problem drinking and bagging.

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