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  • Mussels and beer at Leopold
Mussels and beer at Leopold
July 16, 2012|By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye

EAT

Revolutionary cuisine

Leopold, 1450 W. Chicago Ave. 312-348-1028

Whether or not you knew the Belgians revolted against the Dutch in 1830 to gain their freedom, you can celebrate this piece of history at a five-course Belgian Independence Day dinner. The meal includes house-cured sockeye salmon, mussels and frites with braised oxtail and more, plus Belgian beer pairings including St. Feuillien LaBlanche. 5-11 p.m. $50 plus tax and gratuity.

Blue for you

Kanela Breakfast Club, 3231 N. Clark St. 773-248-1622

Keep it light and healthy during National Blueberry Month with breakfast and lunch specials including a French toast flight featuring poppyseed with blueberries, red velvet, banana nut and orange bread ($10), blueberry pancakes with honey butter ($9) or a berry smoothie ($5), all made with blueberries from independent Michigan farms. 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Farm to table

Homestead, 1924 W. Chicago Ave. 773-645-4949

Head to Roots Handmade Pizza, then go upstairs to this new indoor-outdoor restaurant from Greg Mohr and Scott Weiner, co-owners of Roots, The Fifty/50 and West Town's Bleeding Heart Cafe and Bakery. The spot features views of hanging gardens and the organic rooftop farm that provides ingredients for your dinner. 5 p.m.-2 a.m.

DRINK

Speak of the devil

Bridge Bar, 315 N. LaSalle St. 312-822-0100

Get spicy on the cheap with a half-priced El Diablo cocktail created by head bar chef Kevin Schulz with tequila, creme de cassis, lime and ginger beer. 4-10 p.m. $5.50.

DO

Double trouble

iO, 3541 N. Clark St. 773-880-0199

Get ready for a double dose of laughs with an improv double bill featuring "Big Friendly Giant," in which iO veteran comics Marla Caceres and Alex Eilhauer create new scenes and then repeat them with multiple twists. Also catch "Tim," a fast-paced improv extravaganza featuring a rotating cast of 10 comics from Annoyance, ComedySportz, iO and The Second City—all of whom just happen to be named Tim. 10 p.m. $5.

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY

Popular reading series This Much Is True starts a four-week storytelling workshop Tuesday. Register at http://www.thismuchistruechicago.com.

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