The Lean & Mean Burger at Rockit Burger Bar (Photo by Tim Toomey )
Building a Better Burger
Rockit Burger Bar
3700 N. Clark St. 773-645-4400
A healthy burger might seem like a fantasy, but the Lakeview spot's $12 Lean & Mean Burger delivers. Available through Sunday, it features a grilled bison patty and apple-ginger kimchee on a wheat bun with a side salad. 5 p.m.-midnight.
Schoolyard Tavern & Grill
3258 N. Southport Ave. 773-528-8226
Need some serious comfort food? Fill up with a plate of $9 short rib mac 'n' cheese at the Lakeview bar, which is serving up a new take on the dish every day during its Mac & Cheese Week, which continues through Friday. 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Taste the Difference
358 W. Ontario St. 312-302-9977
Try Milagro's select barrel reserve tequilas—silver, reposado and anejo—straight and mixed in a pair of cocktails while you graze on passed appetizers and listen to tunes from local band Jugo de Mango. The tasting includes a raffle for restaurant gift cards and bottles of Milagro. $25. 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Battle of the Blends (FREE!)
3908 N. Sheridan Road 773-404-8955
Help the Lakeview restaurant choose a new wine for its menu at Beverage Battles, which puts a pair of blends (meritage and bordeaux) to the taste test. One lucky voter will win a bottle of the wine he or she chose to enjoy during a subsequent visit. 6-8 p.m.
The Best Medicine
Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-404-7336
Catch a preview performance of "Side Effects May Include …", a one-man show from former "Seinfeld" writer Marc Jaffe based on his personal experiences after his wife was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Madkap Productions will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to Shaking with Laughter, Jaffe's charity for Parkinson's research. $25. 8 p.m.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
RSVP for a five-course dinner paried with Angel's Envy bourbon cocktails ($50) at Untitled on Jan. 22: 312-880-1511.