Things to do for December 03, 2009

The Weekender

Whiskey U. and Dutch Fries

The weekend is coiled and ready to strike.

Thursday
1 New Perk
PERKS

1 New Perk

Nothing works out holiday stress like a spa visit, so we're giving you another shot at Perk-priced deep tissue massages from Exhale Spa. Remember to say thank you…again.

Chicago French Market Opens
RIGHT ON TRACKS

Chicago French Market Opens

This Parisian-style market debuts inside Ogilvie today—and to help you quickly navigate it without missing your train, here are the three things not to miss: Dutch-style French fries and Belgian beer at Frietkoten, Vietnamese sandwiches at Saigon Sisters and smoked meat at Fumare. Actually, let the 5:42 go—you might be a while.

Now open, 131 N. Clinton St (inside Ogilvie Suburban Concourse), 312-575-0306

Hand-Rolled Cigars and Whiskey at 316 Club
CLEANING UP

Hand-Rolled Cigars and Whiskey at 316 Club

Your hair could use a little trim—or maybe it couldn't. Either way, this luxe barbershop conveniently hosts a night of whiskey tastings, complimentary hand-rolled cigars, on-the-house shaves and raffles for grooming services and premium scotch. Which almost beats reading an old Playboy while you wait for a chair.

4-7pm, Dec 3, 316 Club, 175 W. Jackson Blvd, 312-880-0316

Free Beard Trims at State Street Barbers
CLEANING UP

Free Beard Trims at State Street Barbers

To spread joy, you've been known to sneak around late at night, but that doesn't mean you want to look like Santa. So this month, beard trims are no-charge, and if you bring a Toys for Tots donation, you'll get $5 off any other service. Maybe Kringle should watch his back after all.

Free trims through Dec 24, State Street Barbers, all locations including 1151 W. Webster Ave, 773-477-7721

Friday
Warhol Factory Party at Lumen
ART POPS

Warhol Factory Party at Lumen

While most of the West Loop gallery scenesters flock to Miami this weekend, you'll be hosting your own version of Art Basel at this lounge soiree, complete with a complimentary cocktail reception, a pop-art inspired fashion show and a chance to meet the next Edie Sedgwick.

9pm, Dec 4, Lumen, 839 W. Fulton Market, 312-733-2222‎, RSVP here

Saturday
Mixology University at Five Star Bar
POUR EDUCATION

Mixology University at Five Star Bar

This crash course in the art of making the perfect whiskey-based cocktail might not be accredited by any major (or minor) universities, but we still think it's worth enrolling. Because if there's one thing your academic career was lacking, it was a good stiff drink.

6-10pm, Dec 5, Five Star Bar, 1424 W. Chicago Ave, 312-850-2555

Sunday
$20 Prix-fixe Dinner at Blue 13
FAMILY TIES

$20 Prix-fixe Dinner at Blue 13

At this family-style, multi-course feast, you'll be passing heaping platters of anything from pan-seared scallops to whole roasted chicken, depending on what the chef thinks looks good. In other words, that whole turkey thing last Thursday was merely a warm-up.

$20, 7pm seating only, Blue 13, 416 W. Ontario St, 312-787-1400

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