EIGHT IS ENOUGH
Sunda 110 W. Illinois St. 312-644-0500
Eight's the magic number for lunch at this River North restaurant, where (today and tomorrow) $8.88 buys you okonomiyaki, a Japanese pizza pancake with bacon, cabbage, sprouts, shishito peppers and bonito flakes. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cactus Bar & Grill 404 S. Wells St. 312-922-3830
It's cerveza time at the Pacifico Tapping Party, where you can sample the Mexican pilsner-style beer and win themed merch during free raffles. Like what you taste? Grab a draft pint for $4. 5-7 p.m. No cover.
Silver Cloud 1700 N. Damen Ave. 773-489-6212
Spring is the time for crisp, refreshing brews, and you can join the search for your new favorite at this Bucktown bar's Hard Cider Tasting, which features a flight of five samples including Virtue Red Streak, Ace Pear and three more contenders. 7 p.m. $10.
WILL BUILD FOR FOOD
Merchandise Mart lobby Wells and Kinzie streets 773-247-3663
Vote for your favorite of 20 massive structures—created by 20 teams of architects, designers and engineers using more than 85,000 pounds worth of canned goods—at the CANstruction competition gala. Ponder your favorite while nibbling appetizers and sipping cocktails (including the signature CANtini). Your admission fee and all the canned goods are donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $25.
A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT
UP Comedy Club 230 W. North Ave. 312-662-4562
Chicago Tribune columnist and WGN-AM 720 radio personality Rick Kogan returns to host the Chicago Live! spring season opener. The Chicago River-themed show features Lookingglass Theatre Company artistic director and "Eastland" playwright Andrew White, Chicago River Canoe & Kayak founder Ryan Chew, Cook County Forest Preserve superintendent Arnold Randall, River Trail Nature Center animal handler Ryan DePauw and musical guests The Blisters. 7 p.m. $18.
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