Things to do for May 14, 2009

The Weekender

Bottomless Ribs, $2 Shoe Shines and Whiskey on Tap

The weekend is part angel, part demon.

Thursday
Halo Opening Party
GROOMED

Halo Opening Party

The ever-burgeoning men's parlor chain celebrates the debut of two new Loop locations (including one at the Ogilvie Transportation Center) with gratis cocktails, food from Bull & Bear and a May special for UrbanDaddy members: $2 shoe shines and $25 haircuts at the new locales. Get kempt, people.

4-7pm, May 14, Halo for Men, 70 W. Madison (at Clark), 312-606-4256, RSVP here

All You Can Eat at John Barleycorn
Sauced

All You Can Eat at John Barleycorn

There's nothing like a good, relaxing afterwork backyard barbecue—especially when you're not the one flipping the burgers. So if the weather holds out, head to Barleycorn's Lincoln Park grand patio for the summer debut of a $10 all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet, with burgers, rib tips, sides and lots of napkins.

5pm, Thursdays starting May 14, JB Lincoln Park, 658 W. Belden Ave, 773-348-8899

Friday
Play Dough at One Sixtyblue
RESTAURANT ROW

Play Dough at One Sixtyblue

The West Loop dining temple lures you to its end of Randolph Street with a new DJ-powered weekend-kickoff deal at the bar. Feast on hand-tossed pizza for $5 while you sip $4 prosecco or craft brew—which remain the two best types of economic bubbles.

5:30pm-close, Fridays, One Sixtyblue, 1400 W. Randolph St (at Loomis), 312-850-0303

The Rockhouse Opens
TATS

The Rockhouse Opens

After 30 years of beer and turtle races, Lincoln Park's venerable Deja Vu has closed. Taking its place: this gritty Sunset Strip–inspired rock bar with pool tables, tattoo contests, a smoke machine and one of the girls from Rock of Love pouring Jim Beam from a tap. Deja who?

Opens 9pm, May 15, 2624 N. Lincoln Ave (at Wrightwood), 773-871-0205

Sunday
Jazz Brunch at Old Town Brasserie
Syncopation

Jazz Brunch at Old Town Brasserie

Spend a warm Sunday afternoon sampling the new jazzy, piano-filled brunch at this elegant boite. Fill up on smoked salmon crepes, stuffed omelets, and poached eggs served with succulent Alaskan king crab and béarnaise sauce—a Miles Davis–worthy riff on eggs Benedict.

11am-3pm, Sundays starting May 17, Old Town, 1209 N. Wells St, 312-943-3000

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