Things to do for May 16, 2014

The Weekender

Italian Steaks, Mayfest and Fly-Fishing

Ladies, ladies. Please. There’s enough weekend to go around.

Friday
It Rolls Around but Once a Year...
MAY DAY

It Rolls Around but Once a Year...

More than chirping birds. More than little bunnies. More than the Cubs. And more than any stupid calendar. The best indicator winter has ended: that annual rite of spring known as Mayfest, the year’s first street fair. We predict a bumper crop of beer this year.

May 16, 5-10pm; May 17-18, 10am-10pm; no cost, Mayfest, 3100 N Ashland Ave

Your New Lobster-near-the-Beach Place
WATER’S EDGE

Your New Lobster-near-the-Beach Place

Okay, it’s a little cold for the beach. But you can still stick a metaphorical toe in the water at this beachside alfresco charmer, located in Edgewater’s Berger Park, now open for the season. The revamped menu includes lobster salads and sangria. It’s never too cold for those.

Looks Like You’re Grilling this Weekend
AGED HEAT

Looks Like You’re Grilling this Weekend

If we said that May 16 was purportedly called “Dry-Aged Meat Day,” you would probably think—well, wait. Don’t answer. See, Eataly is celebrating with almost half off its prime 28-day dry-aged boneless ribeyes and prime dry-aged sirloin. So... Happy Dry-Aged Meat Day, we guess.

May 16, Eataly, 43 E Ohio St, 312-521-8700

Saturday
Wearing Hip Waders: Totally Optional
CAST AWAY

Wearing Hip Waders: Totally Optional

Maybe you’re planning a remake of A River Runs Through It. Maybe you just look damn good in hip waders. But fly-fishing is in your future. One little problem: you don’t actually know how to cast. So this Fly-Fishing 101 class at outdoorsy outfitter Orvis may also be in your future.

May 17, 9-11am, no cost, Orvis, 142 E Ontario St, reserve at 312-440-0662

Wet-Naps. Bring Lots of Wet-Naps.
SMOKIN’

Wet-Naps. Bring Lots of Wet-Naps.

This marks Smoke Daddy’s 20th year of superlative barbecue making. Yes, an all-day pig roast buffet is in order. Also in order: a good blues-filled hoedown. So along with raffles and rum-laden Pig Punch, you’ll find blues bands wailing all night long. Wail right along with them.

May 17, 10am-midnight (live music 9pm), no cover, The Smoke Daddy, 1804 W Division St, 773-772-6656

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