You know the routine: party all night, come home, wake up, go to brunch. Starting this weekend, you can lose about half those steps. Orange debuts its latest BYOB brunch spot, which serves all your faves (plus new tricks like chicken and waffles) until 4am on weekends. Here's to efficiency.
Things to do for July 23, 2009
Zombies, Free Rum and Gilligan's Island
The weekend gets what the weekend wants.
There's no better place to settle that age-old Ginger-or-Mary Ann debate once and for all than this Gilligan's Island-themed party. In addition to an hour-and-a-half of on-the-house Malibu rum cocktails, the tropical dress-code means you can get your grass skirt out of mothballs.
Keeping up with the city's top chefs isn't easy, so they're gathering for one spectacular dinner where Paul Kahan (Blackbird), Ryan Poli (Perennial) and Shawn McClain (Spring) and about 21 other chefs do their thing just for you. Oh, all right: they'll throw in some Grey Goose cocktails, too.
Saturday might be Venetian Night, but you'll find the real aquatic excitement along the Chicago River, where this hydra-headed flotilla of elaborately carved Chinese boats charges down the South Branch in a breakneck race for glory. Consider it NASCAR by way of the Zhou Dynasty.
If you're in Wicker Park Saturday, don't be scared—Michael Jackson hasn't clawed his way out of…whatever's containing him right now. It's just a mass-reenactment of the Thriller video, part of a worldwide pandemic of such zombified tributes, open to anyone with a boom box, zombie makeup and the ability to shuffle in time.