Haymarket Pub and Brewery (RedEye file photo )
So bad it's good
BadHappy Poutine Shop, 939 N. Orleans St. 312-890-2165
"Anything that makes you this happy is probably bad for you" is the tongue-in-cheek motto at this brand-new River North BYOB spot, which features gourmet poutines such as the Happy Face (frites with braised veal cheek, garlic curd, chicken-fried sweetbreads, kale and foie gras gravy, $10), house-ground burgers, shakes and more. Noon-10 p.m.
Monti's, 4757 N. Talman Ave. 773-942-6012
Philadelphia natives Jennifer Monti and husband James Gottwald serve up Philly-style ribeye cheesesteaks with celery-salted fries for $10.95 with varieties including—you guessed it—the Rocky, which packs a punch with hot peppers, grilled onions and provolone. Don't want a traditional hoagie roll? Choose a gluten-free bun for $2.50 extra. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
From beer barons to microbrews
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph 312-422-5580
Sip $4 pints of Haymarket's Lizzie simcoe dry-hopped IPA and Mother Jones abbey dubbel with raisins at "What's Brewing in Chicago? The Politics of Beer," as "Tales, Taverns & Towns" online project founder Elizabeth Garibay and Illinois Craft Brewers Guild President Pete Crowley discuss the history and future of Chicago-made beers. 6:30 p.m. No cover. RSVP by phone or to email@example.com.
A legendary fela
Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. 800-775-2000
It's opening night for the Chicago premiere of "Fela!," the Tony Award-winning musical about the life and work of Nigerian political activist and Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. The touring production—which features many of Kuti's most popular songs—originally was scheduled for a week in Chicago but already has extended its run through April 15. 7:30 p.m. $25-$90.
The world is a stage (Free!)
Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St. 312-744-6630
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of World Theatre Day during conversations with artists including the Goodman Theatre's Henry Godinez, Jaroslaw Fret of Teatr ZAR, Baltimore's CenterStage Theatre artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah and others, plus a reception. 4-9 p.m. Schedule at chicagoplays.com.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Celebrate Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's 126th birthday with a 1 p.m. Chicago Architecture Foundation tour: architecture.org.
JULIA BORCHERTS IS A REDEYE SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR. METROMIX@TRIBUNE.COM