Wednesday: Eat. Drink. Do.

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April 17, 2012|By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye


Melt for smelt

Prasino, 1846 W. Division St. 312-878-1212

Back in the day, generations of immigrants came together at the lake each spring to harvest smelt. On Wednesday, chef Scott Halverson celebrates that Chicago tradition—and Earth Day—with a small plate of Lake Michigan smelt, pan-fried in barbecue spice with a house-made dairy-and-gluten free dipping sauce ($10). Add a Goose Island Sofie beer for $5 more. 5-11 p.m.



Jerry's, 1938 W. Division St. 773-235-1006

Indiana invades Chicago—in a good way—during the Three Floyds Tap Takeover, which features the release of nine draft beers from the Munster producer—including Hell's Black Intelligencer, Behemoth, Arctic Panzer Wolf and Topless Wytch—on tap all day for $5-$8 per pour. Live jazz kicks in at 9 p.m. with the Jarvis Raymond Trio and the Anthony Poretti Quartet. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Bonjour! (free!)

Alliance Francaise, 810 N. Dearborn St. 312-337-1070

Walk from Dearborn Street into Paris at the Wine and Cheese Open House, which features the aforementioned refreshments plus a cooking demo with appetizers from Sabor Saveur chef Yanitzin Sanchez, an optional introductory French lesson and free raffles for gift certificates and tickets to the Gipsy Kings concert at the Chicago Theatre. 6-7:30 p.m.


The grass is blue

Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave. 773-381-4554

Liven up your midweek with a bluegrass-country-metal show by Wichita, Kan., trio Split Lip Rayfield, whose members play mandolin, banjo and a homemade gas-tank bass. Local bands The Paulina Hollers and The Lawrence Peters Outfit open with Appalachian string and honky tonk music, respectively. 9 p.m. $16-$20.

Dress up

Clever Alice Pop-Up Shop, 409 W. Huron St.

Get yourself dressed for less as the Chicago-based online boutique lands temporarily in the real world with discounts of up to 75 percent on merchandise from 25 local, national and international designers including Lara Miller, Anna Hovet, MC Planet, Groa, Radenroro, Nombre, G1 Goods and more. 4-8 p.m. (additional hours Thursday-Sunday).


Wednesday's grand opening of Second City's 100th revue is sold out. Get tickets for future performances at


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