Caipirinha at Sushi Samba Rio (Sushi Samba Rio )
Meet the Meat
Meatheads 3304 N. Western Ave. 773-525-5300
The fast-casual, made-to-order burger restaurant opens Monday in Roscoe Village, and if you're one of the first 50 in the door, you'll get a free burger every week for the next year. Or, stop in later and try the Cajun Sunrise, a third-pound burger with fried egg, pepper jack cheese, bacon, blue cheese sauce and jalapenos ($6.75). 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar 960 W. 31st St. 773-890-0588
Cultures collide at the Bridgeport bar's free Korean Polish BBQ cookout, where you can mix and match bratwurst, kimchee and more. Pair them up with five featured beers including Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale and Three Floyds Zombie Dust (regularly $7-$10), which are $1 off on Mondays. 6-7 p.m. No cover.
On the Hour
Sushi Samba Rio 504 N. Wells St. 312-595-2300
Shimmy in—or, OK, maybe just walk—for Samba Hour, where you can gear up or wind down for the night with a $6 kiwi caipirinha or coconut mojito and $6 dishes including yellowtail tiradito (the Peruvian version of ceviche). 4-7 p.m.; 10-11 p.m.
Sidetrack 3349 N. Halsted St. 773-477-9189
It's all about tributes to Whitney, Etta and Donna at Homotown 3, where actress Cynda Williams headlines a large cast of performers with her renditions of Etta James' "At Last" and Whitney Houston-Jermaine Jackson duet, "Nobody Loves Me Like You Do," sung with playwright Paul Oakley Stovall ("Immediate Family"). Admission includes a cocktail and proceeds benefit About Face Youth Theatre. 7 p.m. $25. Tickets: aboutfacetheatre.com.
Comedy Sportz Theatre 929 W. Belmont Ave. 773-549-8080
"America's Got Talent" semi-finalist Jacob Williams takes the stage at 100 Proof Comedy, a stand-up showcase featuring professional Chicago comedians and 80 proof—or thereabouts—tall well cocktails for $6. 8 p.m. $10.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Hungry? Get tickets for Bon Appetit's Chicago Gourmet dining event this weekend at Millennium Park: eventbrite.com
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.