Things to do for January 07, 2010

The Weekender

$1 Oysters, $5 Burgers and Trouser-Free Commutes

The weekend is coming to dig you out.

Thursday
$5 Burgers at Custom House
JUICY DEAL

$5 Burgers at Custom House

Start the new year by meeting an old friend for lunch, by which we mean the $5 burgers making a very welcome return at this fail-safe Printer's Row gem. Chef Aaron Deal's mixture of steak, short rib and pork patties is like a reunion tour of meat.

11:30am to 2pm, Daily, Custom House, 500 S Dearborn St (at Congress), 312-523-0200

SketchFest Begins
SUPER SKETCHY

SketchFest Begins

You're always up for some funny business—and for the next two weeks, business will be booming. More than 100 troupes from around the country will perform more than 125 comedy shows—which means lots of chances to get close to the next Tina Fey, Amy Poehler or Maya Rudolph—or, in a pinch, the next Horatio Sanz.

Jan 7-17, The Theatre Building, 1225 W Belmont Ave (between Racine and Lakewood), 773-327-5252, tickets here

Friday
iPhone Art Exhibition
CELL RECEPTION

iPhone Art Exhibition

Before you make any rash decisions about buying that new Google phone, find out if your current phone might make you the next Picasso. This exhibit offers inspiration by artists from around the world who toil in the little-appreciated medium of iPhone art, offering drawing, video and other artistic brilliance made between text messages.

Sunday
No Pants Subway Ride
CTA EXPOSED

No Pants Subway Ride

This open-to-anyone prank encourages you to ride the Red Line sans trousers. You'll meet up before de-pantsing, and then board the CTA. The object is to act like it's something you do every day. Of course, practice runs are up to you.

2-3pm, Jan 10, Berger Park, 6205 N Sheridan Rd (Granville and Sheridan), Facebook page

Wednesday
$1 Oysters at Elate
BUCK A SHUCK

$1 Oysters at Elate

A nice beer after work is only improved by something slick and briny, so we suggest an oyster (as oil spills tend to get messy). This swank spot's $1 feast of East and West Coast bivalves actually starts at lunch, so we suggest quitting at, oh, let's say, noonish.

11am-2:30pm; 5:30-10pm, Wednesdays, Elate, 111 W Huron St (between Clark and LaSalle), 312- 202-9900

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