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Polish Seoul food (free!)
Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar, 960 W. 31st St. 773-890-0588
Head to the patio for the Bridgeport bar's free Korean Polish barbecue, which includes Polish sausage and kimchi. Also included: additional fare such as burgers and marinated chicken wings and $1 off all draft beers (including craft options) to wash down all that grilled goodness. 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Increase your odds
Frontier, 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-772-4322
Jump-start your week with something out of the ordinary at Odd Bit Monday where this week, chef Brian Jupiter offers a braised beef cheek with patatas bravas, spicy tomato sauce and caper aioli ($10) and the drink specials include $3 select whiskeys, bourbons and domestic drafts plus half-price craft beer bottles. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
The Barrelhouse Flat, 2624 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-857-0421
Get into the spirit(s) of summer with $11 seasonal cocktails including the Sleepaway Camp (gin, Campari, amaro, creme de violette, orange bitters and absinthe) or an Ernest Hemingway favorite, Death in the Afternoon—which kills your after-work blues with equal parts champagne and absinthe. 6 p.m.-2 a.m.
Hit that note
Duffy's Tavern and Grille, 420 1/2 W. Diversey Parkway 773-549-9090
Step aside, Jennifer Hudson and Clay Aiken—it's time for the eighth annual Bar1's Big Break: Discovering Chicago's Best, A Vocal Competition. Monday's kickoff features approximately 100 aspiring songbirds, who vie for judge and audience votes with 60-second a cappella performances. The winner—determined Aug. 27—takes home $20,000 in prizes. 7:30 p.m. No cover.
BYO blanket (free!)
Belmont Harbor, 300 W. Belmont Ave. 312-742-1134
The 12th season of the Chicago Park District's Movies in the Parks series begins Monday, so pack some snacks and head to the lakefront for a screening of the classic Hitchcock thriller "Vertigo," starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak. The film begins at dusk, weather permitting.
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Check springawakeningfestival.com to plan ahead for this weekend's Spring Awakening Music Festival at Soldier Field.
JULIA BORCHERTS IS A REDEYE SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR.