Akira takes a breather from outfitting you with its up-to-the-second gear for a moment of sartorial reflection. Its three North Avenue shops combine to host a roving cocktail party and fashion show that celebrates the '60s, '70s and '80s. The parachute pants aren't for sale, so don't ask.
Things to do for July 16, 2009
Dollar Drinks, High Heel Pillow Fights and Alfresco Movies
The weekend is your aloe vera.
Ah, Italy. Its moon-dappled seas and feisty, raven-haired spitfires have always held a certain enchantment for you. And while this snug vino-and-salumi cove is debuting a weekly alfresco movie night with a screening of Il Postino, we're sure you'll take things in a more Fellini-esque direction by night's end.
We predict two golf course shortages this weekend: good tee times and decent Scotch. Luckily this LaSalle Street after-work haunt is hosting a two-day Wii Golf tournament with Dewar's specials, $500 nightly prizes and a chance to finally work on your avatar's putting.
Girls in high heels having a pillow fight in the back of a River North sushi den is a spectator sport that's been a little under the radar. Spend an evening watching this spectacle of balance, endurance and sake bombs, which should finally cement Chicago's 2016 bid.
The secret to after-work happiness: variety. So in addition to feasting on rock shrimp, scallops and steak sliders specials, you'll find one nightly 99-cent drink special each day for the rest of July—from margaritas to Anchor Steam to something called Wapatuli Punch, the infamous sampler platter of cocktailing.