Dinner at Alimentari (Lenny Gilmore/RedEye )
Benny's Chop House 444 N. Wabash Ave. 312-626-2444
In a nod to election season, the River North restaurant offers a Presidents menu inspired by our past and present leaders' favorite dishes including John F. Kennedy's chowder ($8.99), Gerald Ford's bibb salad with black pepper French dressing ($12.99), Jimmy Carter's cornbread-stuffed pork chop ($25.99) and Pres. Obama's horchata sorbet ($5.99). 11 a.m.-midnight.
Taste of Autumn
Alimentari Osteria 621 W. Randolph St. 312-382-8880
The West Loop restaurant highlights fall favorites on its farm-to-table menu including homemade tortelloni filled with butternut squash, ricotta and zucchini sauce ($16) and a gluten-free Farinata pizza with mushrooms, fontina, truffle oil and pine nuts ($7), all made with fresh ingredients from local farms. 5-10 p.m.
Here's to Lucy
Fion Wine & Spirits 426 W. Diversey Pkwy. 773-549-5400
It was 61 years ago today that Lucille Ball's runaway hit show made its TV debut and you can toast this fact—and celebrate National "I Love Lucy" Day—with a $5 I Love Lucy martini made with vodka, triple sec, lime juice and Parfait d'Amour liqueur. 5 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
Pretty in Pink
Bombay Spice 450 N. Clark St. 312-477-7657
Go delicious for a good cause with a $7 pink mojito—made with light rum, watermelon, lime and mint—or a $7 glass of rosé. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, partial proceeds benefit The American Cancer Society in Chicago. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; 5-10 p.m.
Tale of One City
The Side Project Theatre 1439 W. Jarvis Ave. 773-973-2150
The ups and downs of city life are explored in "Choosing to Be Here: A Storytelling Festival," which features 2nd Story company member Julie Ganey's humorous and dramatic solo show, "Love They Neighbor …Till It Hurts," nightly, with additional tales by a rotating cast of professional Chicago storytellers—Monday, it's Jen Ellison, Bob Eisenberg and WBEZ's Alison Cuddy—with live musical accompaniment. 7:30 p.m. $15.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Fox-TV's "Master Chef" holds an open casting call Saturday at Le Cordon Bleu (361 W. Chestnut St.). Register here: masterchefcasting.com.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.