The Drinkingbird (Lenny Gilmore/RedEye )
Cru Cafe & Wine Bar 25 E. Delaware Place 312-337-4001
The Gold Coast spot observes Yom Kippur with a Break the Fast Menu—in addition to the regular night menu—featuring brunch items for dinner. Nosh on brioche French toast with peach compote, almonds, blueberries, mint and amaretto whipped cream ($10) and smoked salmon eggs Benedict ($14). 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Back to the Future
The Drinkingbird 2201 N. Clybourn Ave. 773-472-9920
Dip your beak into the new fall menu at this swank retro spot where you can throw back dishes as rumaki (bacon-wrapped, gruyere-stuffed dates; $7) steak Diane sliders on mini-pretzel rolls ($11) and more. 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Alternate Reality (FREE)
Salvage One 1840 W. Hubbard St.
Step into a world envisioned by Hendrick's gin at Voyages Into the Unusual, which features a signature Traveling Punch made with the gin, circus acts, botany demonstrations, chemist-led apothecary tours and music by Austin-based band White Ghost Shivers. 7-10 p.m. RSVP required: hendricksgin.com.
The Shrine 2109 S. Wabash Ave. 312-399-2695
See which acts have what it takes at the Coup d'Exposure Hottest Song Competition, where 30 soloists and groups perform for the audience and a judging panel of music producers. The top four rock the mic again during a finals round and the winner opens for Yasiin Bey—formerly known as Mos Def—in October at The Shrine. 8 p.m. $30 per solo performer; $40 per group; $5 to attend.
Gorilla Tango Theatre 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-598-4549
It's all about things that go bump—and grind—in the night at the $500 GTT Burlesque Thing finale, where six contestants compete for your votes with classic, comedic and neo-burlesque routines, the winner takes home the titular cash prize and the runners-up take home—no joke—a seven-pound hot dog from bighotdog.com. 9 p.m. $15. Tickets: gorillatango.com.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Whip it back to the '80s with Blondie and Devo on Wednesday at The Chicago Theatre: thechicagotheatre.com.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.