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Things to do for September 12, 2013
Ramen Burgers, Alley Parties and Ice Cream
The weekend is your caddie.
You’ve been down some dark alleys in this town. And you’ve always thought the same thing: this would be less frightening with a few jugglers. So Chicago Loop Alliance is hosting a party in an alley replete with artists, jugglers, cocktails and a DJ. Take that, scary alleyways.
A Caribbean Fest Overlooking Wacker
Your love of the Caribbean rivals that of the Bob Marleys and Jack Sparrows of the world. So you’ll be happy to hear that the Renaissance is laying down a spread of conch fritters, jerk chicken and lots of rum cocktails on a terrace overlooking Wacker Drive. Shoulder parrot optional.
It’s Hot. You Need Ice Cream.
You scream. We scream. Everyone’s screaming. Because it’s so damn hot, and we’re all cranky. Just in time: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams opens this weekend in Lakeview. Expect its usual lineup of wacky flavors, like roasted-strawberry buttermilk, and peach jam and biscuits. Okay, that’s worth screaming for.
Going Hog Wild in Bridgeport
You are invited to Bridgeport to do what you do best: spend an afternoon at a barbecue in a parking lot, drinking beer and grazing on creations like Greek-style pork chops, kimchi-and-pork soup and artisanal bangers. We agree, it’s a weird thing to do best.
The Ramen Burger Comes to Town
There’s a quirky burger shop opening in North Center on Monday. They’ll be BYOB to start and have dishes like pig’s ears and poutine. Mainly, though, you’ll show up for their nine burgers, including one with a ramen-noodle bun. Somewhere, the Top Ramen people are kicking themselves.