Windy City Rollers (Tribune file )
Sola, 3868 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-327-3868
Ramps—also known as chicagou, the wild onion-like plant that gave Chi-town its name—make their annual spring entrance. Chef Carol Wallack incorporates them into a three-course prix fixe featuring Scottish salmon with mango-ramp jam; Asian greens with quinoa and pineapple-ramp vinaigrette; and almond sponge cake with ramp-almond frozen yogurt. 5:30-10 p.m. $30; $45 with wine pairings.
Big Chicks, 5024 N. Sheridan Road 773-728-5511
Leave the Ramen noodles at home and head out for an even better bargain: a $1 quarter-pound burger or veggie dog—served with your choice of fries and a salad, no less—at this mostly-gay-but-hetero-friendly Uptown mainstay. 5 p.m.-midnight.
Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave. 312-226-8828
Sip $3 drafts and $5 Sobieski cocktails at Salonathon: Team Sports, which features a performance by the Windy City Rollers, sports dance by Tien Tran and Kieran Kredell, cheerleading by Kelly Kerwin, stories by curator Jane Beachy and others, and more. RSVP to do312.com for a hosted Sobieski vodka reception (8-9 p.m.). 8 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.
The Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway 773-561-4665
The 15th annual Chicago Improv Festival kicks off seven nights of shows featuring 75 acts from five countries on 10 stages with sets by two improv duos: Napier & Sutton (Annoyance founder Mick Napier and managing director Mark Sutton) and Scram, which features Minneapolis actor Jill Bernard and Chicagoan Joe Bill. 8 p.m. $15; $10 for students. Complete schedule: chicagoimprovfestival.org.
Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut St. 800-775-2000
In honor of The Bard's 488th birthday, Mayor Emanuel proclaimeth Monday to be Talk Like Shakespeare Day in Chicago. Methinks you can celebrate with British actor Simon Callow's solo show, "Being Shakespeare" (7:30), which includes excerpts from plays and poems and a glimpse at the man behind the words—and a pre-show birthday party in the theater lobby. 5:30 p.m. $45-$58.90.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
"Sixty Miles to Silver Lake" opens Monday at Collaboraction (1575 N. Milwaukee Ave. #336). Tickets: collaboraction.org.
JULIA BORCHERTS IS A REDEYE SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR. METROMIX@TRIBUNE.COM