Things to do for December 11, 2008

The Weekender

Meatloaf, Kournikova, Etc.

The weekend is %$#% packed.

Thursday
1 New Perk
PERK

1 New Perk

We've set you up with an exclusive deal from the Brit-inflected sartorial provocateurs at Psycho Bunny: UD members get an exclusive 30 percent off all knits and ties, just in time for any stockings that need stuffing...or tragically unadorned collars.

Meatloaf Bakery Opens
LOAFING

Meatloaf Bakery Opens

BLT Cupcakes were just a gateway drug. Now you crave cupcakes without so much...cake. Introducing Meatloaf Cupcakes, the stars of this new meatloaf specialty shop, which also sells meatloaf-shaped pies, birthday-suitable meatloaf cakes and flights of single-bite "Loafies."

Now open, 2464 N. Clark St (between Arlington and Deming), 773-698-6667

Garrett's Popcorn Pop-Up Shop
POPCORN

Garrett's Popcorn Pop-Up Shop

The exalted popcorn king has made a buttery return to its Michigan Avenue popping grounds with a temporary Holiday Express shop. Nothing says Christmas like a commemorative Wrigley Field two-gallon tin of Gingerbread Caramel Crisp.

Now through Jan 4, 625 N. Michigan Ave (entrance on Ontario), 888-476-7267

Friday
Architectural Artifacts Sale
ARTIFACTS

Architectural Artifacts Sale

Everything at the quirk-filled Ravenswood salvage trove is reduced at least 50 percent. That's good news for you; your apartment has been lacking the touch that only a Soviet-era Czechoslovakian pommel horse can provide.

$10 Steaks at John‎'s Place
STEAK & MARTINIS

$10 Steaks at John‎'s Place

You'll fight your way through this recession with a fork in one hand and a martini in the other. This Lincoln Park staple's Friday special of $10 steaks (choice NY strip, 12 ounces, wet-aged) and half-priced Svedka cocktails gives you the proper equipment.

Fridays, John's Place, 1202 W. Webster Ave (at Racine), 773-525-6670

Merry Mustachmas IV at Schoolyard Tavern
WHISKERS

Merry Mustachmas IV at Schoolyard Tavern

The premise of this weekend pre-holiday party couldn't be simpler: Come in with a mustache, get a free beer. And while wearing a fake 'stache will score you the same thing, we know you aren't going out like that.

Starting at 9pm, Dec 12 and 13, Schoolyard Tavern, 3258 N. Southport Ave (at School), 773-528-8226

Saturday
Anna's Toy Drive at Enclave
KOURNIKOVA

Anna's Toy Drive at Enclave

Model/ex-hot tennis player Anna Kournikova hosts a party at Enclave Saturday to benefit the Boys and Girls Club. We gotta be honest, we're struggling to look at your attendance at this as an act of charity.

Bring an unwrapped toy ($20 or more) or make a cash donation at the door, 9pm, Dec 13, Enclave, 220 W. Chicago Ave, 312-654-0234

10th Annual Winter Beer Tasting
BREW CHRISTMAS

10th Annual Winter Beer Tasting

Ignite the holiday spirit by sampling some eighty kinds of Christmas brews—the largest assortment in North America, in fact—including rare vintages like the '04 Goose Island Christmas that owner Mike Miller plans to haul up from the cellar, making you wish you had his cellar.

$20, noon-5pm, Dec 13, Delilah's, 2771 N. Lincoln Ave (near Diversey), 773-472-2771

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