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  • The fried chicken at Nana in Bridgeport.
The fried chicken at Nana in Bridgeport. (Nana )
February 06, 2013|By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts | For RedEye

EAT

Chicken and Biscuits

Nana 3267 S. Halsted St. 312-929-2486

Share and share alike at the Bridgeport restaurant—which prides itself on serving local, organic eats—with a Sunday Supper special, served family-style or as an individual plate and featuring Crystal Valley Farms fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, jalapeno slaw, mac and cheese, arugula salad, seasonal veggies and a choice of dessert. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday. $22.

Champers and Eggs

Minibar 3339 N. Halsted St. 773-871-6227

Go overboard at Brunch Gone Wild!, where you can fill up—over and over—at hot and cold buffet stations. Wash it all down with a carafe of champagne for two, or add a bloody mary carafe for $10 more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. $20.

DRINK

Cider Rules

Navy Pier 600 E. Grand Ave. 312-595-7437

Treat your taste buds to some diversity at the inaugural Cider Summit Chicago, where admission includes 10 tickets to choose three-ounce and six-ounce samples from more than 80 artisanal offerings from the U.S., England, Scotland, France, Spain and New Zealand, plus food pairings. Still thirsty? Additional drink tickets cost $2 each. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. $20-$25. Tickets: cidersummitnw.com.

Sunday Night Royalty

Smart Bar 3730 N. Clark St. 773-549-4140

Throw caution about Monday morning to the wind and dive into some musical hedonism at Queen!, a polysexual dance party featuring DJ sets by Shaun J. Wright, Michael Serafini, Garrett David and Jpeg plus $3 well drinks, $4 Indio beer bottles and $6 tall Red Bull and vodka cocktails. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Sunday. $5.

Bus Stop

Lotties Pub 1925 W. Cortland St. 773-489-0738

Hop on board the big school bus for the fifth annual Bucktown Old School Dive Bar Pub Crawl, which includes stops at four surprise neighborhood spots, road pop en route and a 7 p.m. post-crawl buffet back at Lotties. Check-in begins at noon. 2 p.m. Sunday. $15. Tickets: lottiespublive.com.

DO

(Free!) Helping Hands

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N. Cannon Drive 773-755-5100

Gear up to give back at the Chicago Volunteer Expo, where you can explore opportunities to help out 60 community organizations and take part in a flash volunteering event weaving old bags into sleeping mats for the homeless. Bonus: You get free admission to the museum, too. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Unplugged

Mandel Hall, University of Chicago 1131 E. 57th St.

Tradition comes alive at the 53rd annual University of Chicago Folk Music Festival, which features three nights of concerts with a diverse lineup of five acts each—including blues guitarist Elmore James Jr., bagpiper Terry Oldfield and bluegrass group Reed Island Rounders—plus 27 free daytime music and dance shows from Irish fiddle to Cajun dance. 8 p.m. Friday; 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 6 p.m. Sunday. $20-$25 each; $10 for students; $55 all-show pass. Tickets and schedule: uofcfolk.org.

Flying Elbows

UIC Pavilion 525 S. Racine Ave. 312-413-5740

Cheer for your favorite women on wheels at the Windy City Rollers season home opener, where The Fury take on last year's roller derby champs, the Manic Attackers, in a double-header which also features Hell's Belles against the Double Crossers in the evening's second bout. 6 p.m. Saturday. $35. Tickets: ticketmaster.com.

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY

Popular comedy game show "Don't Spit the Water" returns to The Playground Theater Saturday with a free show. RSVP required: dontspitthewater.com.


Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.

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