Things to do for November 15, 2012

The Weekender

Whiskey Floats, Chocolate Wine and R. Kelly

You never forget your first weekend.

Thursday
The Ever-Embiggening John Barleycorn
BARLEY THERE

The Ever-Embiggening John Barleycorn

The world probably doesn’t need another John Barleycorn. What it needs is more places the size of airport hangars in River North with retractable roofs, DJs on weekends and whiskey-and-vanilla-ice-cream floats. Actually, we guess it does need another John Barleycorn.

If You’re Going to Drink Beaujolais...
NOUVEAU RICH

If You’re Going to Drink Beaujolais...

Today is the day when the fine folks of Beaujolais release their youngest, freshest wine, Beaujolais nouveau. You’d probably like to be among some young, fresh French people when you drink it. So here’s a three-course feast with the requisite amount of beef cheeks and je ne sais quoi.

Nov 15, $29 ($35 with Beaujolais), Chez Moi, 2100 N Halsted St, 773-871-2100

Friday
Navy Pier, Now Dipped in Chocolate
CHOCOHOLISM

Navy Pier, Now Dipped in Chocolate

Halloween wasn’t all that long ago, but, well, you miss the pageantry of it. Also: the candy. The beer. The wine. So the world’s finest chocolate producers will converge for this chocolate party, complete with a beer-and-chocolate-pairing seminar and chocolate-flavored wine. And... no costume required.

Hip-Hopera, Thy Name Is R. Kelly
CLOSET CASE

Hip-Hopera, Thy Name Is R. Kelly

R. Kelly, you’re one strange sonofabitch. But you’re Chicago’s strange sonofabitch. And we love you for it. (Okay, not all of it.) To prove it, a midnight sing-along of Trapped in the Closet. Because lyrics this good should be read as well as heard.

Saturday
The New Oyster Brunch in Town
LOX STEP

The New Oyster Brunch in Town

An oyster brunch. Really, nothing is more elegant. Though it wouldn’t hurt anyone to add some house-cured lox, bourbon Bloody Marys and biscuits with lobster gravy to the mix. Which is exactly what the nice people at GT are doing this weekend. Way to keep it classy.

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