Wings at Timothy O'Toole's (William DeShazer/Chicago…)
Timothy O'Toole's 622 N. Fairbanks Court 312-642-0700
It's Iron Mike's 73rd birthday and you can celebrate Ditka Day with Da Super Fan Eating Challenge: Consume an entire platter of ribs, wings, Polish sausage and Italian beef sandwiches, fries and a 23-ounce Miller Lite ($29.99) and receive a free souvenir glass. Or, just arrive in Bears attire and score a free faux mustache and enter in a raffle for a Bears sweater and Ditka-style aviator sunglasses. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. No cover.
Beauty Bar 1444 W. Chicago Ave. 312-226-8828
Sign up to sing your heart out at Karaoke Idol, during which an audience finalist chosen by a judging panel takes on reps from five charities in a sing-off and the audience-choice winner takes home the door proceeds. Looking for liquid courage? RSVP at do312.com for hosted Jim Beam Devil's Cut bourbon cocktails (8-9 p.m.). 8 p.m. $5.
Laughs and Blues
The Comedy Bar 157 W. Ontario St. 773-387-8412
Comedian Jim Belushi joins founder Kyle Lane as a new partner in the Vegas-style stand-up club and kicks off the re-launch as host and opening storyteller for funnyman Sean Flannery's "Never Been to Paris" solo show about alcohol-fueled misadventures (10 p.m.) and as a special guest with the Midnight Blues music show featuring Rob Stone and the C-Notes (midnight). $15 per show. Tickets: comedybarchicago.com.
Theater Wit 1227 W. Belmont Ave. 773-975-8150
"Trainspotting" author Irvine Welsh appears at Thursday's performance of "Trainspotting USA"—an adaptation of the novel and Danny Boyle film about a group of Scottish heroin addicts, re-set in Kansas City—and participates with director Tom Mullen in a post-show discussion.7 p.m. $32. Tickets: theaterwit.org.
Zanies 1548 N. Wells St. 312-337-4027
Fresh from a Wednesday "Chelsea Lately" appearance, John Caparulo—who's also starred in "Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show" and as the host of CMT's "Mobile Home Disaster"—headlines a stand-up showcase. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $25 plus a two-drink minimum. Tickets: zanies.com.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
"Bride of the Stripping Dead" kicks off Thursday at The Admiral: strippingdead.com.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.