Tavern on Rush, 1031 N. Rush St. 312-664-9600
To celebrate Independence Day, this Gold Coast spot offers a Maine Lobster Boil on Tuesday and Wednesday that includes one and a half pounds of lobster with sweet corn, baby red potatoes, corn bread, firecracker sauce, choice of two desserts—and, of course, a bib. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. $55 plus tax and gratuity.
Eggy's, 333 E. Benton Place Suite 103 773-234-3449
It's been hotter than a $20 iPad out there, but you can cool off for next to nothing with a stop at this Streeterville retro-modern diner for a 25-cent ice cream cone in your choice of chocolate, vanilla, strawberry or cookies and cream. 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Citrus for grown-ups
SmallBar, 2049 W. Division St. 773-772-2727
See what summer tastes like with mixologist Craig Hiljus' new cocktails including a Pineapple Express (bourbon, fresh muddled pineapple, dry vermouth, rosemary syrup and lemon bitters; $10) or a Classic-ish Paloma (tequila, fresh lime and grapefruit, sea salt and grapefruit soda; $9). 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Get your lit on (free!)
Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave. 773-709-1401
On Tuesday, the monthly Two Cookie Minimum reading series doubles as a release party for the new online issue of the Toucan Literary Magazine. Settle in for stories by contributors Greg Baldino, T.W. Townsend, Nikki Dolson and others, plus music by Kat Kidwell. Then, meet the writers, editors and host Johnny Misfit over free cookies. 9 p.m.
Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-871-3000
What does it mean to be an American? L.A. playwright Luis Alfaro explores that question in "Oedipus el Rey," a sexy, modern reboot of the ancient Greek tragedy in which a Latino ex-con attempts to become the king of Los Angeles gangland. 7:30 p.m. $35.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Making last-minute festival, fireworks and parade plans? Check the Fourth of July guide on metromix.com.