Things to do for April 22, 2010

The Weekender

Tater Tots, Whiskey Flights and Wilco

The weekend is pulling away from shore.

Thursday
Rock the Tot at Bar Louie
TOTSY TOURNEY

Rock the Tot at Bar Louie

This Tater Tot-eating contest proves your world can change in just six minutes. At 8pm, you're just another handsome someone at the bar. At 8:06, you're showered in trophies, gift cards and free Tater Tots for a year. If there's not a laurel of hash browns, there should be.

Apr 22, 7:30pm signup, Bar Louie, all locations including 3545 N Clark St, 773-296-2500

Candlelit Dinner at Markethouse
EARTHY

Candlelit Dinner at Markethouse

Even Al Gore takes time from saving the environment to eat. (Warning: if he's at Bar Louie tonight, he's getting that trophy.) So after performing your Earth Day tree-planting duties, take your favorite activist to a five-course reward that includes Wisconsin steak, butterscotch bread pudding and all the low-wattage candles you want.

Apr 22, 5-10pm, $49, Markethouse, 611 N Fairbanks Ct, 312-224-2200

Whiskey Flights at Bar on Buena
WHISKEYTOWN

Whiskey Flights at Bar on Buena

Whiskey. The streets are practically running brown with the stuff this week. This little bourbon joint debuts its version of WhiskyFest: a perfectly insane menu of 20 different whiskey flights, including a bourbon and scotch face-off called Hillbillies and Highlanders. Come to think of it, Sean Connery would be a great Jed Clampett.

Friday
Wilco Tango Foxtrot Ale at Big Star
TWEEDY BEER'D

Wilco Tango Foxtrot Ale at Big Star

Lagunitas Brewing's dark, quirky and slightly political new brew (billing itself as a "jobless recovery ale") may remind you of Chicago's alt-country rockers—but there's a hidden message in those initials too. Discuss the philosophical ramifications at Big Star, where we hear a few kegs of the stuff are going fast.

While supplies last, Big Star, 1531 N Damen Ave (south of North), 773-235-4039‎

Atypykal Trunk Show at Fix Boutique
HOT LEATHER

Atypykal Trunk Show at Fix Boutique

The lingering spring chill makes you want to wrap yourself in something soft, snug and possibly lambskin. Fortunately, West Loop upstart Atypykal launches a new line of lightweight lambskin leather jackets at this trunk show, along with a 20% discount this weekend. You're warming up already.

Apr 23-24, Fix Boutique, 1101 W Fulton Market (at Aberdeen), 312-226-4565

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