Go forth to North
El Rincon Azteca, 1752 W. North Ave. 773-770-3531
A new BYOB restaurant with no corkage fee? We're in—especially since we can pair our own brews with a Gringa (marinated pork quesadilla, $3.99), Mojarras Fritas (fried silver bass with rice and salad, $10.95) and complimentary chips with roasted peanut salsa. 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
South Loop sips (free!)
Gioco, 1312 S. Wabash Ave. 312-939-3870
The South Loop spot hosts tastings of all seven vintages fromItaly'sDomodimonti Winery, including a Solo per Te and a Piccolo Principe Rosato. Like what you've tried? Take home a bottle at a discounted price or sign up for a five-course Domodimonti dinner on Thursday ($75). 6-8 p.m. RSVP required.
Choose your adventure
Deca Restaurant & Bar, 160 E. Pearson St. 312-573-5160
Grab a friend and leave your workday behind at Wine Down Wednesday, where you can chill by the Ritz-Carlton fountain over half-price bottles including 2005 Tefethan Vineyards selections ($29), a 2006 Chateau de Pez Cru Bourgeois ($31.50) and more. 5:30-10 p.m.
Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. 773-975-8150
Strange Tree Group's Midwest premiere of "Goodbye Cruel World," a Russian comedy about Communist politics, self-absorbed actresses and terrible tuba playing, begins previews Wednesday. In true farce fashion—not to mention a feat of multitasking—six intrepid actors take on 22 roles. 8 p.m. $15.
Under the stars (free!)
Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph St. 312-742-7638
OK, so the Grant Park Music Festival actually takes place at Millennium Park and not Grant Park, but why quibble when you can BYO picnic—and a bottle of wine, too, since it's OK to bring alcohol? For opening night, the Grant Park Orchestra performs with a festival favorite, German cellist Alban Gerhart. 6:30 p.m.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday for National Theater's"War Horse": broadwayinchicago.com.
JULIA BORCHERTS IS A REDEYE SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR.