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Weekend: Eat. Drink. Do.

July 12, 2012|By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye

EAT

(Free!) Channel your appetite

Oak Street Beach, 1001 N. Lake Shore Drive

The Cooking Channel celebrates its second anniversary, and you're invited to a pop-up Summer Eats Tour where G. Garvin ("Roadtrip with G. Garvin") and Baron Ambrosia ("The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia") whip up their favorite summer food and drinks along with some Chicago-centric bites. 5-9 p.m. Saturday. RSVP: ryan@frankpublicity.com.

(Free!) Bovine salute

Chick-fil-A, 30 E. Chicago Ave. 312-266-8888

Admit it: You've done worse for less. Arrive dressed from head to hoof as a cow and your entire meal is free in recognition of the restaurant's annual Cow Appreciation Day celebration. Not quite that brave? Adorn yourself with a few spots and you'll score a free sandwich. 6 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday.

DRINK

Mix(ology) and match

The Underground, 56 W. Illinois St. 312-943-7600

RedEye wingman Ernest Wilkins and Lisa Frame of #SoYeahDuh host a Skinny Socials bash where you get paired up with other singles based on your cocktail preferences. Includes health-conscious appetizers and craft cocktails. 8-10 p.m. Friday. $20. RSVP: skinnysocials.com.

DO

Screams from the balcony

Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-736-4050

Friday the 13th translates into great luck for horror flick fans at Terror in the Aisles 11, a Clive Barker triple feature. Check out the extra-footage cut of "Nightbreed"—with appearances from star Anne Bobby and restoration director Russell Cherrington—and 35 mm print screenings of "Hellraiser" and the Chicago-based"Candyman." 7:30 p.m. Friday. $12.

(Free!) Oui for free

Daley Plaza, Washington and Dearborn streets

The French celebrate Bastille Day by storming the Loop with a block party featuring dance music ranging from accordion to electro, plus food vendors (think crepes, sandwiches and macaroons), activities, raffles for a Paris trip and more. 5-10 p.m. Saturday. Schedule: bastilledaychicago.org.

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY

From noon-2 p.m. Sunday, catch Pocket Guide to Hell's free "Like a Secondhand Sea" show (435 E. Illinois St.): pocketguidetohell.com.

Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.

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