Beef chili at Rockit River North (Photo by Tim Toomey )
Rockit Bar & Grill 22 W. Hubbard St. 312-645-6000
Beat the winter chill at Chilifest, where chef Amanda Downing rolls out a $10 specialty chili each day through Friday—Monday's features andouille sausage, red bell peppers, black-eyed peas, tomatoes and aged white cheddar—plus week-long offerings including chili mac ($14), turkey chili cheese fries ($10) and a $10 vegan variety with soy sausage and lentils. 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m.
Bread & Wine 3732 W. Irving Park Road 773-866-5266
The farm-to-table restaurant brings a little bit of the South up North with Southern Fried Chicken Monday, where $20 gets you a breast and thigh, homemade buttermilk biscuits, bread and butter pickles and hot sauce gravy. 5-10 p.m. $20.
Scofflaw 3201 W. Armitage Ave. 773-252-9700
Choices abound at the Logan Square bar's Oskar Blues tap takeover, where six handles are dedicated to the Colorado craft beer producer's offerings including Dale's pale ale, G'Night imperial red and Ten Fidy imperial stout at $5-$8 per glass. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.
Symphony Center 220 S. Michigan Ave. 312-236-3681
Chicago Sinfonietta pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a concert featuring music from Southern spirituals to traditional African melodies. Chicago-born vocalist Robert Sims sings and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra principal clarinetist Anthony McGill appears as a soloist. For the gospel finale, the audience joins the Mosaic Choir for “We Shall Overcome.” 7:30 p.m. $26-$50; $10 for students. Tickets: chicagosinfonietta.org.
The Ace Bar 1505 W. Fullerton Ave. 312-970-1505
Liven up your Monday at The Comedy Evening, where local funnyman Drew Michael headlines a lineup that also includes Mike Wiley, Sidney Adeniyi, Bill Cruz, Tyson Karrasch and 2003 "Star Search" champion John Roy. Then, get down with the comics and hosts at a post-show social hour and dance party. 9 p.m. Donations accepted.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
See a free performance of "The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights" at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St. (noon), plus Presidential inauguration broadcast coverage.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.