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Thursday: Eat. Drink. Do.

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May 23, 2012|By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye

EAT

Food truck party—the sequel

694 Wine & Spirits, 694 N. Milwaukee Ave. 312-492-6620

Get your bad self down to Food Truck A Go-Go 2: Electric Boogaloo, where a posse of gourmet food trucks including Don Rafa and Gigi's Bake Shop pull up outside the River West bar for your dining pleasure. Make your selections on the sidewalk, then head inside to savor your vittles with a cocktail. 6-9 p.m.

DRINK

Brews cruise

Moonshine Brewing Company, 1824 W. Division St. 773-862-8686

Take an on-site brewery tour with local producer J.D. McCormick and get tips on making standout beers during this Chicago Craft Beer Week event. It also features unveiling of three as-yet-unnamed summer brews: a Belgian pale ale, a Kolsch and a Maiboch. Then offer your naming suggestions to J.D. over a pint ($5; $4 with a CCBW lanyard) or a $12 64-ounce growler of any Moonshine draft. 5-8 p.m. No cover.

The beats go on

Red Kiva, 1108 W. Randolph St. 312-226-5577

Why wait for the solstice? Usher in the season now at the kickoff of Beats: The Summer Music Series, which features a hosted bar by Ciroc vodka, Red Bull and Blast by Colt 45 (6-7 p.m.) plus music by DJ Vic Lloyd, singer-songwriter Natalie Oliveri and producer Thelonious Martin. 6-10 p.m. $15-$20. RSVP: poggled.com/chicago/deals/4538/beats-summer-music-series.

DO

Big Easy art (free!)

Mars Gallery, 1139 W. Fulton Market 312-226-7808

Step into the Crescent City at a one-night-only exhibition of impressionist paintings by New Orleans artist James Michalopoulos—whose work you also may have seen on commissioned posters for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival—as you sample complimentary jambalaya and sazerac cocktails. 5-8 p.m.

Crack up

Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway 773-327-3175

Get ready to giggle as former Chicagoan David Koechner—best known as sportscaster Champ Kind in the film "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" and Todd Packer on NBC's"The Office"—launches a four-night comedy stand at this new Lakeview club. 7:30 p.m. $25-$35.

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY

Register ahead for Sunday morning's Bike the Drive and score a commemorative T-shirt: bikethedrive.org.

JULA BORCHERTS IS A REDEYE SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR.

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