Trenchermen 2039 W. North Ave. 773-661-1540
Get a taste of some serious out-of-town talent as Christina Tosi (New York's Momofuku Milk Bar) and Rosio Sanchez (Copenhagen's Noma) join Blackbird's Dana Cree and three other female pastry chefs to whip up sweet and savory courses at the Killing Me Sweetly benefit. The celebration of women in the restaurant industry includes wine, cocktail pairings and a braised oxtail entree from Trenchermen's chefs. $100. RSVP recommended. 6:30 p.m.
Coffee with Kick
Brasserie by LM 800 S. Michigan Ave. 312-431-1788
Dispel that winter chill with one of the South Loop spot's new $9 boozy coffee drinks such as Una Buena Noche, Spanish coffee with Kahlua and rum, or the Una Buona Notte, Italian coffee with brandy and amaretto. 6 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
The Taste of History
City Tavern 1416 S. Michigan Ave. 312-663-1278
Go back in time with one of the three new options on the bar's menu of 18th century-inspired $10 cocktails, including the Ye Olde Swizzle, made with Benedictine, ginger liqueur, Scotch ale and lime juice, and the City Grog, a mix of 151 rum, housemade spiced syrup, sherry and lime juice. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
Stage 773 1225 W. Belmont Ave. 773-327-5252
Get in some good laughs as 130 groups from around the country flock to Lakeview for the 12th annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, which runs Thursdays through Sundays through Jan. 13. At the kickoff, you can catch performances by musical sketch revue Half Way Certain and a solo show from Chicago comedian Paul Thomas. $14. 8, 9 and 10 p.m.
Lifeline Theatre 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. 773-761-4477
Hear funny stories from You're Being Ridiculous followed by one-person performances from members of Gay Co at the opening night of the 16th annual Fillet of Solo Festival. You also can catch the Lifeline Storytelling Project and Amanda Rountree at the nearby Heartland Studio Theatre. $10, $30 for a festival pass. 7 and 8:30 p.m.
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Samantha Nelson is a RedEye special contributor.