Things to do for February 26, 2009

The Weekender

Lebowski, McQueen, Ponies and Fleas

The weekend is back.

Thursday
Acme Miniature Flea Circus
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Acme Miniature Flea Circus

Bring your magnifying glass—but leave the dog at home—for this neo-Vaudevillian act, which garnered raves in NY before heading west. As you watch the ringmaster coax his tiny acrobats into leaping through fire and shooting from cannons, you may be left scratching your head...but hopefully nowhere else.

$10, Feb 26-28, Intuit, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave (near Ogden), 312-243-9088

Lebowski Fest at Brownstone
Dude

Lebowski Fest at Brownstone

This annual celebration is appropriately low-key—the movie screens at 8:30pm, with vodka and beer specials plus a $6 Dude Sandwich (not what you're thinking). They've also thrown some Wii Bowling into the mix—nice, since your avatar does occasionally get mistaken for Jeff Bridges.

8:30pm-2am, Feb 26, 3937 N. Lincoln Ave (at Larchmont), 773-528-3700

Saturday
Stretch Run Handicapping Tournament
Pony Up

Stretch Run Handicapping Tournament

The OTB sports bar bankrolls you 600 imaginary bucks to chase the ponies at their new weekly handicapping contest. If your horses out-gallop everyone else, you'll collect the real thing in the form of betting vouchers. Then let it ride on Haymaker in the fourth.

$10, 1:30-5pm, Feb 28, 544 N. LaSalle (at Ohio), 312-644-4477

Sunday
Soup-Off at Custom House
Bowls

Soup-Off at Custom House

Whether last night's Top Chef finale left you angry, elated or just hungry, pack your best spoon and get ready to slurp as Chicago's culinary elite go broth to broth for charity. A media panel (including UrbanDaddy) renders its opinion, but the final verdict rests with you.

$15, all-you-can-slurp, 1-4pm, Mar 1, 500 S. Dearborn St (at Congress), 312-523-0200

McQueen at Delilah's
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McQueen at Delilah's

You've got your own style, but a bit more Steve McQueen wouldn't hurt. Study the master of cool during Delilah's weekly Sunday night tribute, debuting with a screening of Papillon. It's a little gritty, so avail yourself to $2 bourbons if you need a bracer.

6pm, Mar 1, 2771 N. Lincoln Ave (near Diversey), 773-472-2771

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