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Jake Melnick's Corner Tap (RedEye file )
July 18, 2012|By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye

EAT

Get squashed

Urban Union, 1421 W. Taylor St. 312-929-4302

Chef-owner Michael Shrader livens up your dinner with his summer artisan menu featuring European-inspired dishes such as herb goat cheese-stuffed squash blossoms with cherry tomatoes, marcona almonds and parsley pesto ($10) and wood oven-roasted duck breast with farm-fresh peaches and thyme ($14). 5-10 p.m.

DRINK

Pre-fest fest

Bad Dog Tavern parking lot, 4533 N. Lincoln Ave.

Get an early start on the Square Roots fest at Summer Brew, which features 15 craft beers—not available at Square Roots—by Finch's, Two Brothers, 5 Rabbit and other local brewers. Admission includes a 9-ounce glass and one beer; if you're still thirsty, try others for $4 each. 6-10:30 p.m. $20. RSVP: lincolnsquare.org.

Lick-alicious

David Burke's Primehouse, 616 N. Rush St. 312-660-6000

Happy hour chill time can start at breakfast, if you like. Step into the River North restaurant or The James Hotel's Lobby Bar for the debut of Liquorsicles, available in either Strawberry Mint Margarita or Spiced Bourbon Lemonade in plastic freeze-pop sleeves. 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; 5:30-10 p.m. $10 each.

Party on

Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior St. 312-266-0400

While you probably didn't celebrate your 10th birthday with a kegger, Jake Melnick's does—in its newly remodeled Keg Room—with one tap beer brewed especially for the party plus pulled pork sandwiches, wings and mini-burgers, beer pong games for prizes and a commemorative cup, which gets you $3 refills all night and all month. 6-9 p.m. $10.

DO

Hop on board

Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave.

There's no rule that says you can't act the fool (sorry, we couldn't resist the rhyme) on the Poetry Slam Double Decker Bus Tour, an on-the-go preview for Chicago Slam Works' In Any Tongue show Friday (chicagoslamworks.com). Step onto the bus outside the gallery and cruise to three downtown locations where you hop off for outdoor performances by American and German slam poets. 8-10 p.m. $5.

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY

Cirque du Soleil's"Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour" hits the United Center Friday and Saturday only. Tickets: ticketmaster.com.

Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.

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