Join RedEye at Benchmark on Wednesday for the ninth annual Best Bartender… (Barry Brecheisen/ for RedEye )
The Goddess and Grocer 901 N. Larrabee St. 312-988-9870
The cafe and deli expands into River North with a fourth location featuring dine-in, to-go and delivery options—plus sidewalk seating in the summer months. Try a Smokin' Brisket sandwich with barbecue sauce, cheddar and caramelized onions on a pretzel roll ($9) or go light with a veggie chopped salad ($8). 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
Quartino Wine Bash
Quartino 626 N. State St. 312-698-5000
Wine down—so to speak—from the workday with samples of Mezzo cabernet, Mezzo chardonnay and La Guardiense Falanghina Guardiolo white wine paired with house-made snacks at this monthly tasting series where you can also take home bottles of the featured wines for $10 each. 7-9 p.m. $20.
RedEye Best Bartender Bash
Benchmark 1510 N. Wells St. 312-649-9640
Four finalists in our ninth annual contest—Briar Brackney of Vincent, Sarah VonderHaar of Old Town Social, Meg Silvas of The Orbit Room and Kenneth Zawacki of Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar—attempt to win your vote with samples of their signature cocktails. 6:30-8:30 p.m. No cover. RSVP before 2 p.m. required: fanfueled.com/rebartender
Arts n Spirits 1921 N. Damen Ave. 773-772-3877
Try your hand at painting during this BYOB group class where instructors show you how to create a likeness of the iconic Chicago Theatre. Perfect your technique between sips and take your new masterpiece home at the end of the night. 7 p.m. $35. RSVP: artsnspirits.com.
"A Body of Water"
Redtwist Theatre 1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. 773-728-7529
The Edgewater storefront theater kicks off previews of its newest production, a suspense dramedy by Lee Blessing ("A Walk in the Woods") in which a young woman resorts to extreme measures to attempt to jog the memories of a couple who awake with matching cases of amnesia. 7:30 p.m. $15. Tickets: redtwist.org.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Feeling risque? Tickets are on sale for Chick Chat Chicago's 50 Shades of Grey Soiree on March 22: 50shadeschicago.eventbrite.com.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.