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$2 Croque Monsieur
Troquet 1834 W. Montrose Ave. 773-334-5664
The North Center spot—named for a French word that translates to "neighborhood bar"—celebrates its first anniversary with the traditional French grilled ham and cheese sandwich made with bechamel sauce and dijon mustard and served with fries (regularly $8). Noon-midnight.
(Free!) Grand Opening
The Haute and The Dog 1252 N. Damen Ave. 312-720-8185
The Carnal Swine food cart celebrates the addition of its delivery service by teaming up with the new hot dog and sausage spot for a BYOB celebration featuring free samples of gourmet dogs and Carnal Swine's Dr. Pepper pulled pork sandwiches plus a DJ set by Jimmy Con of Ghosthouse. 9 p.m.-midnight. RSVP required: facebook.com/TheHauteTheDog
St. Tropez Nights
The Bedford 1612 W. Division St. 773-235-8800
Turn your Thursday night into a disco inferno at the Wicker Park bar in a former bank with hedonistic specials including half-priced champagne (glasses and bottles), a dozen oysters for $12 and $5.50 St. Germain cocktails (regularly $11). 9 p.m. No cover.
(Free!) Morning Coffee
Hash House A Go Go 1212 N. State Parkway 312-202-0994
Wake up and warm up with a complimentary cup of joe—with your meal or to-go—available Thursday (7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.) and Friday (7:30 a.m.-1 a.m.) at the Gold Coast spot which bills itself as a "twisted farm food eatery."
"Bitch, I'll Cut You"
Mary's Attic 5400 N. Clark St. 773-784-6969
Meet at the intersection of hair and humor as comedian and hairstylist Monique Madrid brings you into the onstage beauty parlor of her character Monica Barcelona, who dishes about current events salon-style with Schadenfreude's Justin Kaufmann, The Kates' Kelsie Huff and Laugh Out Loud Theater's Corey Rittmaster while guest Claire Zulkey (the host of Funny Ha-Ha) gets an actual haircut. 7:30 p.m. $10.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Join 2nd Story at Revolution Brewing March 24 for stories, food and craft beers. Tickets: 2ndstory.com
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.