Things to do for July 11, 2013

The Weekender

$1 Beer, White Castle Brunches and Champagne Boat Races

One deep-fried, batter-dipped weekend on a stick coming right up.

Thursday
An Auction with the Best Stuff on Earth
WRIGHT WAY

An Auction with the Best Stuff on Earth

Stuff. Seems like it’s everywhere these days. Cool stuff, however, now that’s a rarer species. But this weekend’s Wright auction features nothing but cool stuff. Eames chairs. A 1970 Pierre Cardin desk set. A Gucci-made brass stag. Basically, everything you don’t need, but definitely should have.

Preview party Jul 11, 5-8pm; auction Jul 13, 10am-5pm; Wright, 1440 W Hubbard St, 312-563-0020

Friday
The Streets Run Red with Barbecue Sauce
SMOKER’S PARADISE

The Streets Run Red with Barbecue Sauce

Where there’s smoke, there’s this: a three-day festival of barbecue from Bub City, Lillie’s Q, Smoque and—direct from Texas—the Salt Lick. And because barbecue always tastes better with a little country music: 14 bands to set the mood.

Jul 11, 3-10pm; Jul 12-14, noon-10pm; corner of Rush and Illinois, tickets here

Saturday
Watching Boats and Drinking Champagne
MACK ATTACK

Watching Boats and Drinking Champagne

Before the race to Mackinac begins, you’re going to gather at Navy Pier to drink champagne and watch all the pretty boats sail by in a prerace procession. After, there’s a party at Roof, where you can watch a procession of more pretty things.

Jul 13, 10am-2pm, Navy Pier, East End; after-party 2pm, Roof on the Wit, 201 N State St, 312-239-9502

Sunday
Meet the White Castle Bloody Mary
BYTE-SIZE

Meet the White Castle Bloody Mary

After a late Saturday night, we usually don’t recommend places that have a lot of beeping, blipping and Donkey Kong–ing. But this arcade/bar combo has a hangover-ready Bloody Mary that’s skewered with a White Castle slider and a breakfast’s worth of cured meats. Game over.

Get Your $1 French Beer Right Here
BASTILLE HOME

Get Your $1 French Beer Right Here

Happy Bastille Day weekend. Now, as you know, July 14 is the day that the French did something so important that once a year, bistros around the world lose their minds. In this case, by offering French beer for a buck and a $25 three-course meal. Vive la beer.

Jul 12-14, Le Bouchon, 1958 N Damen Ave, 773-862-6600

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