Lobster at Urban Union. (Brian Cassella/Tribune )
Urban Union 1421 W. Taylor St. 312-929-4302
Chef-partner Michael Shrader offers a fall menu featuring 90 percent seafood, with some dishes offered as "mids"—sized between a starter and an entree—including house-made gnocchi with lobster ($15) and wood oven-roasted mussels with sweet corn and tasso ham ($12). 5-10 p.m.
All Dressed Up
Berlin 954 W. Belmont Ave. 773-348-4975
Don your creative formalwear for Dress Up/Get Down, the fourth anniversary celebration for the club's Stardust parties. Festivities include hosted champagne and beer (10 p.m.-midnight with RSVP at do312.com) plus $2 PBRs, $3 Berlin Bombs and $5.50 42 Below cocktails, performances by Nikki Lynette, DJ Narz and Avi Sic. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. $5; no cover before 11 p.m. with RSVP.
(Free!) Clear Choice
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park 201 E. Randolph St. 773-784-8565
About Face Theatre presents a concert performance of the new neo-soul musical, "Clear: A New Musical Experience," by artistic associate Paul Oakley Stovall ("Immediate Family") with additional music by Obie Award-winner Stew ("Passing Strange") about one man's experiences working on a Presidential campaign—from New York City to America's heartland to the slave castles of Ghana. 7 p.m.
Carnivale 702 W. Fulton Market 312-850-5005
Take inspiration for your own exotic Halloween get-up at the Hot Costume Fashion Show: Where the Wild Things Are as models display intricate costumes and sinister frocks, head-to-toe body paint, masks, wigs and more. Admission includes appetizers, a cocktail and photo ops. 8 p.m.-midnight. $20-$25. RSVP: chicagocostume.com.
Victory Gardens Theater 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-871-3000
It's Grown Folks Stories' third anniversary and founder Cara Brigandi celebrates with a night of improv story-sharing. Drop your name in the hat and you could be one of 20 people invited on stage to share your five-minute, no-notes true tale. An after-party follows till 2 a.m. at Rodan (1530 N. Milwaukee Ave.). 8-10 p.m. $10.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
The 48th annual Chicago International Film Festival kicks off Thursday: chicagofilmfestival.com.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.