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  • The Lean & Mean Burger at Rockit Burger Bar
The Lean & Mean Burger at Rockit Burger Bar (Photo by Tim Toomey )
January 09, 2013|By Samantha Nelson | For RedEye

EAT

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.

Cheese Please

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.

DRINK

Taste the Difference

Zocalo

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!)

Pizza Rustica

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.

DO

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.

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