(Free!) FREE LUNCH
Saigon Sisters 131 N. Clinton St. 312-496-0094
Download the restaurant's free LevelUp rewards app to your smartphone and snag a free lunch (up to $10), including popular banh mi sandwiches The Porky (braised pork belly, pho flavors, hoisin glaze), The V.B.Q. (wagyu beef and Viet barbecue sauce) and The Henhouse (caramelized chicken, lemongrass, ginger, mint, lime, crushed peanuts). 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
POWER TO THE PEOPLE
Chicago Q 1160 N. Dearborn St. 312-642-1160
Feeling a little weak from an exhausting morning? Get your strength back with a Power Lunch prix fixe, which features three courses including your choice of a pulled pork, chicken or chopped brisket sandwich with a side, plus an appetizer and dessert. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $15 plus tax and gratuity.
Carnivale 702 W. Fulton Market 312-850-5005
Sign up for adult education at Carnivale University with the Portuguese Wines 101 class, where Carnivale sommelier Rebecca Green leads a discussion and five tastings from different regions paired with appetizers by chef David Dworshak including a Post Scriptum 2007 with house-made linguica sausage and cherry gastrique, Muxagat Vinho Branco 2009 with Portuguese fish soup and more. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $25. Phone RSVP required.
(Free!) BEGIN WITH GIN
Porkchop 941 W. Randolph St. 312-733-9333
Rewards program Ox&Pen recognizes your ability to make it halfway through the work week with tastings of the top five FEW Spirits including American and Standard Issue gins and rye, bourbon and white whiskeys, plus a sample of a special "Porktonic" cocktail featuring the 114-proof Standard Issue gin, tonic and fresh lime. 7-9 p.m. RSVP required: facebook.com/events/178893402234032/
House of Blues 329 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago-based Team Starkid--whose alums include Darren Criss of "Glee"--kicks off its nationwide "Apocalyptour" tonight with songs from their plays "A Very Potter Musical," "Holy Musical B@tman!," "Starship" and more, with full band accompaniment. A VIP option ($85) includes swag and a 5:15 p.m. autograph session with the cast. 7:30 p.m. $32-$85.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones recommends Steppenwolf's "Time Stands Still." See it before it closes Sunday: steppenwolf.org.