Things to do for July 23, 2009

The Weekender

Zombies, Free Rum and Gilligan's Island

The weekend gets what the weekend wants.<br /> <br />

Late-Night Brunch in River West

Late-Night Brunch in River West

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.

Opens 9am, July 24, Orange, 730 W. Grand Ave (near Halsted), 312-942-0300

Gilligan's Island Party at Lumen

Gilligan's Island Party at Lumen

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.

9pm-2am, July 24, Lumen, 839 W. Fulton Market, 312-733-2222 or 312-714-2626, RSVP here

Chefs and the City Benefit

Chefs and the City Benefit

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.

 $250, 7-10pm, July 24, Avenues, Peninsula Hotel, 180 E. Superior, 773-271-5117

UD Hookup: Get a free $50 raffle ticket when you buy two tickets online and list UrbanDaddy as your host here.

Chinatown Dragon Boat Race

Chinatown Dragon Boat Race

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.

9am-5pm, July 25, 300 W. 19th St. (at Wentworth Ave), 312-326-5320

Thriller Zombie Crawl

Thriller Zombie Crawl

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.

9pm-11pm, July 25, east side of Wicker Park (look for Zombies), route TBD

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