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Weekend: Eat. Drink. Do.

Free plays, parties, food deals and more

July 26, 2012|By Julia Borcherts | For RedEye

EAT

Group therapy

Haymarket Pub & Brewery 737 W. Randolph St. 312-638-0700

Let your geek flag fly with other sports nuts at ChicagoSide's Sports Lunch, where editor-in-chief Jonathan Eig hosts a group chat about your favorite topics and admission includes a pulled pork sandwich and a draft beer. Noon. Friday. $28. RSVP recommended: chicagosidesports.com.

DRINK

Carry a torch

Moonshine 1824 W. Division St. 773-862-8686

You don't need to cross the pond for Beerlympics, where you can watch the games on wall-to-wall TVs with daily-changing $3.50 specialty beers from around the world through Aug. 12. Try Duvel (Friday), Okocim (Saturday) and La Trappe White (Sunday)—the most popular wins a gold medal and remains on special at the bar. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday.

DO

Solo spotlight

Collaboraction 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. 3rd floor 312-226-9633

Latino performers from Chicago and across the U.S. take the stage for the inaugural Yo Solo Festival, which features three rotating programs with two solo performances each, a visual art exhibition and post-show parties with live music. $15 per program; $10 for students, industry, anyone under 30; $20-$35 for three-program pass. Schedule: yosolofestival.com. Friday-Sunday.

(Free!) BYO blanket

South Shore Cultural Center 7059 E. South Shore Drive 312-595-5600

Chicago Shakespeare Theater kicks off its Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tour with The Bard's battle of the sexes comedy, "The Taming of the Shrew," with a rock-inspired score. Arrive at 3 p.m. for opening performances by the Joel Hall Dancers, Soul and Duende Dance Company and Jazz Institute of Chicago. 4 p.m. Sunday.

Get your goat

Jackson Junge Gallery 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-227-7900

Whether you knew that Bucktown derived its name from the bucks (male goats) raised by the neighborhood's original Polish settlers, you can celebrate at The Goat Party, a Bucktown Arts Fest kick-off featuring cocktails, appetizers, raffles, a live auction and performances by theater troupe Collaboraction. 6-11 p.m. Friday. $40-$50. RSVP recommended: bucktownartsfest.com

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