GT Fish & Oyster recently added brunch service (Terrence Antonio James/Tribune )
Surf and Turf Brunch
GT Fish & Oyster 531 N. Wells St. 312-929-3501
This River North seafood spot recently added a weekend brunch menu that represents both land and sea with dishes like biscuits and lobster gravy ($15), fried chicken and waffles ($11) and shrimp and grits ($13). 10 a.m-2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
(Free!) Drink in the Beauty
Argo Tea 16 W. Randolph St. 773-817-3526
Start your weekend with a bit of education at From Venice to Chicago, a presentation and Q&A from Italian architect Piero Siega. The event includes a tea tasting and snacks. 5 p.m. Friday.
A Taste of the Streets
Municipal Bar + Dining Company 216 W. Ohio St. 312-951-2125
What does Chicago taste like? Find out at this new River North sports bar, which serves local craft beers and $11 cocktails named for the city's neighborhoods like the Little Village, a blend of tequila, lemon juice, pear liqueur, ginger beer and muddled blackberries. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday through Sunday.
Roof 201 N. State St. 312-239-9501
Cold weather is here, so you might as well embrace it by heading to the kickoff of The Winter Sessions, a series of weekly bashes at the indoor-outdoor space atop The Wit hotel. Don some furry boots and ski gear and enjoy the fake snow and music from DJ Lazy Rich with some iced cocktails and snacks like Fudgsicles and hand-pulled mozzarella. No cover. 2 p.m. Sunday.
Music Box Theatre 3733 N. Southport Ave. 773-871-6607
Whether you're rooting for "Zero Dark Thirty" or "Lincoln," get psyched for awards season by watching the silent film "Sunrise," which won Best Cinematography at the very first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929. The screening kicks off the theater's Oscar-winning films matinee series, which runs every weekend through Feb. 24. $7.25. 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Underground 56 W. Illinois St. 312-644-7600
Help support the victims of drunk driving at the VodDo Holiday Party. The benefit includes finger food and a gift bag, plus Uber car service makes sure you'll get home safe by offering a free trip (up to $30) to new clients. They're also donating $5 to the cause for every ride. $25-$30. 8 p.m.
Star Trek and Scrooge
Raven Theatre 6157 N. Clark St. 773-338-6547
Take a trip to the final frontier with "A Klingon Christmas Carol," which finishes its third Chicago run this weekend. The version of Dickens' classic is performed in the language invented for Star Trek's warrior race, with opera-style subtitles. $20-$28. 10:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
(Free!) Cool Ride
Daley Plaza 50 W. Washington St.
The temperature's dropped, but that doesn't mean you have to retire your bike until spring. Bundle up and join other dedicated cyclists for the monthly Chicago Critical Mass bike ride. 5:30 p.m. Friday. chicagocriticalmass.org
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Tickets are on sale now for the world premiere production of "Teddy Ferrara" at the Goodman Theatre Feb. 2 through March 3: goodmantheatre.org.
Samantha Nelson is a RedEye special contributor.