The Bub City patty melt. (Lettuce Entertain You )
An Apple a Day
Sola 3868 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-327-3868
Get your dose of the fall fruit with this three-course dinner featuring boneless pork chops with baby bok choy, fingerling potatoes and five-spice applesauce; crispy mushroom and apple salad and cinnamon apple eggrolls with gingersnap ice cream. 5:30-9 p.m. $30; $45 with wine pairings.
R.J. Grunts 2056 N. Lincoln Park West 773-929-5363
For a preview of Bub City—the country bar and restaurant that brothers R.J. and Jerrod Melman (of Hub 51, Paris Club and RPM Italian) are opening this fall—try a Bub City patty melt ($13.95), made with ground chuck, oak-smoked beef brisket, caramelized onions, American cheese and Bub City barbecue sauce on toasted rye. 11:30 a.m.-midnight.
Life is a Cabaret
Stage 773 1225 W. Belmont Ave. 773-327-5252
Show your support for Pride Films and Plays at Simply Sensational 2, which features cabaret performances by cast members from Theo Ubique's "Smokey Joe's Cafe" and Bailiwick Chicago's "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," singers Heidi Kettering, Kim Kuzma and With a Twist trio—plus appetizers, beer, wine, raffles and desserts. 6 p.m. $25-$50. RSVP: pridefilmsandplays.com.
(Free!) Life Imitates Art
Film Row Cinema 1104 S. Wabash Ave., eighth floor 312-369-6815
For entertainment that may or may not be a metaphor for American politics, see a screening of Alexander Payne's 1999 dark comedy, "Election,". Then, in a nod to the film's theme, Columbia College Chicago student government president Cassandra Norris and journalism professor Howard Schlossberg debate the film's merits. 7 p.m.
Chicago Temple 77 W. Washington St. 312-857-1234 ext. 201
Be among the first to see Silk Road Rising's world premiere production of "Night Over Erzinga," by Adriana Sevahn Nichols ("Taking Flight"), about the triumphs and tragedies of three generations of an Armenian and Dominican family which spans from the Ottoman Empire to New York City. 7:30 p.m. $30. Tickets: silkroadrising.org.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Go Italian on Oct. 13 at Bar Umbriago's four-course Italian Beer Dinner with brew pairings: barumbriago.com.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.