Funky Buddha Lounge (RedEye file photo )
Dinner and a show
Parking lot, North Lincoln and West Leland avenues
Giddings Plaza, North Lincoln and West Giddings avenues 773-728-3890
Browse fresh produce, smoked meats, cheeses, baked goods, herbs, flowers and more when the Lincoln Square Thursday Night Farmers' Market kicks off. Then take your treats to Giddings Plaza for opening night of the Thursdays in the Square concert series, which features local folk trio Sons of the Never Wrong. 4 p.m. (market); 6:30-9 p.m. (concert). No cover.
Drumbar, 201 E. Delaware Place 312-924-2531
Step onto the landscaped, 1,500-square-foot terrace of this new lounge on the 18th floor of the Rafaello Hotel for cocktails including the Smoke (scotch, lapsang tea, grapefruit juice, pistachio nut liqueur, $15) and the Ruby (bourbon, apricot liqueur, lime juice, simple syrup, raspberries, $15). 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Hot beats, cold drinks
Funky Buddha Lounge, 728 W. Grand Ave. 773-580-2089
You've almost made it to the weekend! Celebrate at the new Thank God for Thursdays dance party, where DJs Devin Hudson, J-Rell and The Flyboy DJ Word heat up the dance floor and you can cool off with $3 PBRs, $5 Jameson cocktails and $7 martinis. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5; free with RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get your '70s on
Riverfront Theater, 650 W. Chicago Ave. 888-556-9484
"American Idol" contestant David Hernandez stars in the Broadway-style"Dancing Queen," which opens Thursday and features classic dance party hits from the likes of Donna Summer and—you guessed it—Abba, plus a song-and-dance medley of "Saturday Night Fever" highlights. 7:30 p.m. $35-$75.
Pride and joy
iO, 3541 N. Clark St. 773-880-0199
Improv trio 1,2,3, Fag!—Seth Dodson, Kellen Alexander and John Hartman—reunites for Qweirdo, an LGBT-themed showcase featuring stand-up comic Mo Welch, sketch comedian Abby McAneny, improv troupe Thora Birch and the Trandroid & Holly Deck cabaret act. Partial proceeds benefit Howard Brown's Broadway Youth Center. 10 p.m. $10.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
From 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, donate books, CDs and DVDs at the Open Books warehouse, 1740 W. Webster Ave.
JULIA BORCHERTS IS A REDEYE SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR.