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Thursday: Eat. Drink. Do.

July 11, 2012|By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye

EAT

Beachwear welcome

Castaways Bar & Grill, 1603 N. Lake Shore Drive 773-281-1200

Step out onto the boathouse rooftop to celebrate National Grilling Month with beach-friendly specialties including a brat soaked in Goose Island 312 with grilled onions ($8.95). 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Get goosed

Harborside International Golf Center, 11001 S. Doty Ave. East 312-782-7837

Take in a lakefront view from the Frank Lloyd Wright-style clubhouse at the Harborside Goose Island dinner, a five-course meal featuring fare such as pork three ways—hoisin-glazed pork belly, pork rillette and fennel whiskey sausage—and a braised short rib with creamy gorgonzola polenta and grilled broccoli rabe, all paired with Goose Island beers. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $65. Phone RSVP required.

DRINK

Hip to be square

Dunlay's on the Square, 3137 W. Logan Blvd. 773-227-2400

Say hello to Chicago-based freehand glass window artist Emily Star Brown at Meet the Artist Night. View her works for sale and watch her create on-site drawings over $5 glasses of sangria, $4 drafts, $10 select wine flights and—if you're hungry—half-price ribs. 6-9 p.m. No cover.

DO

You're welcome

Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-598-4549

Whether or not you were aware that such a thing exists, you now have the opportunity to cross "Bikini Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing" off your bucket list as nine 20-something actors, all dressed in—you guessed it—bikinis and Speedos, perform Shakespeare's classic comedy. In this version, it takes place on a beach. 7:30 p.m. $15.

30 years of music (free!)

Inland Steel Building lobby, 77 S. Dearborn St.

Bond with other music geeks at Metrospectives, a gallery show featuring 30 years of art, posters and photos from iconic Chicago concert venue Metro's archives. There also will be cocktails and a Metro DJ set as part of Chicago Loop Alliance's Pop-Up Art Loop, a monthly downtown gallery walk featuring seven shows in formerly empty storefronts. 5-8 p.m. Additional exhibitions: popupartloop.com.

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY

From noon-6 p.m. Friday, $12 gets you five ice cream treats delivered to the Loop, River North, West Loop or Gold Coast in an on-demand ice cream truck with the Uber car service app.

Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.

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