Things to do for May 02, 2013

The Weekender

Seersuckers, Pig Roasts and 250 Wines

The weekend is the mint in your julep.

Thursday
Union Station Gets Flooded. By Wine.
RIOT ACT

Union Station Gets Flooded. By Wine.

You’ve fallen behind on your wine drinking. Here’s a good place to play catch-up. There are 250 wines to sample. There are wine cocktails to sip. There is a DJ to dance to, a photo booth to sit in, but most importantly, a champagne bar to look suave at.

May 3-4, various times, $60, Wine Riot, Union Station, Great Hall, 500 W Jackson Blvd, 800-430-1553, tickets here

A Place to Buy Your Seersucker Suit
I’M GONNA GIT YOU, SEERSUCKER

A Place to Buy Your Seersucker Suit

If you can’t be in Kentucky for the Derby, do the next best thing: look like you’re in Kentucky for the Derby. Haberdash is offering almost everything at 20% off this weekend, and that includes seersucker suits. It’s a better discount than your bookie ever gives you.

Saturday
A Place to Wear Your Seersucker Suit
HORSEPLAY

A Place to Wear Your Seersucker Suit

Now that you have your seersucker suit situation all sorted out, you’ll just need a place to wear it. This street fest has horseshoes, mint juleps and women in startling millinery. Oh, and an off-track-betting parlor in case you get a sudden feeling about Charming Kitten.

May 4, noon-8pm, Joe’s Bar, 940 W Weed St, 312-337-3486

And if You Want a Mint Julep...
ROASTED

And if You Want a Mint Julep...

This Wicker Park sports pub is handling the Derby in its own way. By roasting an entire pig and offering it to you as an all-you-can-eat buffet with coleslaw, baked beans and cornbread. And $5 mint juleps. It’s a safe bet you’ll be happy.

Sunday
A Crazy Cinco de Mayo Weekend
FIESTA MEXICANA

A Crazy Cinco de Mayo Weekend

If it’s Cinco de Mayo and you’re having brunch, you might as well have huevos rancheros. And if you’re having huevos rancheros, you might as well be accompanied by live mariachi music. And also buy a $35 Bloody Mary bottle. Just go all in. It’s a holiday.

May 4-5, 11am-4pm brunch; May 5, all-day fiesta; Mercadito, 108 W Kinzie St, 312-329-9555

Avec Now Opens Early on Sunday
WU YEAH

Avec Now Opens Early on Sunday

Chef Erling Wu-Bower doesn’t call this a brunch. Sure, you’ll find harissa Bloody Marys with chorizo skewers. The hanger steak does have a poached egg. The wood-fired pizza will be topped with crème-fraîche-scrambled eggs. But you’ll find the regular menu, too. So just call it Avec with more eggs.

Sundays starting May 5, 11am-3:30pm, Avec, 615 W Randolph St, 312-377-2002

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