Listen up--and drink up--as Haymarket Pub and Brewery hosts the Moth Storyslam. (Barry Brecheisen/for RedEye )
Columbia Yacht Club ship 111 N. Lake Shore Drive 312-938-3625
Hop aboard a 1940s merchant vessel to sample chowders prepared by 14 chefs including Homaru Cantu of Moto and Ing restaurants, Giuseppe Tentori of GT Fish & Oyster and Ryan McCaskey of Acadia, who complete for judges' and audience votes at this annual seaside shindig that includes beer, wine and desserts and benefits the Sea Scouts youth sailing program. 6:30-9 p.m. $40-$50. Tickets: chowdahfest2013.eventbrite.com.
$5 Grass-fed Burgers
Poag Mahone's 333 S. Wells St. 312-566-9100
Start out the week by satisfying both your appetite and your budget with a $5 grass-fed burger with fries. Thirsty? Wash it down with a wallet-friendly $3 domestic bottled beer. 3-11 p.m.
Webster's Wine Bar 1480 W. Webster Ave. 773-868-0608
Discover what can happen when a person's actions belie his or her badass persona as Kareem Khubchandani, Kim Morris, Bobby Biedrzycki and David Berner share true tales on the theme of "Tough Guys Talk Tough: Stories of Image and Action." Add a flight of four wines paired with each story for $10 more. 7 p.m. $15-$20. Tickets: 2ndstory.com.
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St. 312-733-9463
Run away to the circus—for a night, anyway—as author Duncan Wall shares his book, "The Ordinary Acrobat: A Journey Into the Wondrous World of the Circus, Past and Present" and hosts presentations and performances by Midnight Circus, Aloft Loft, Circ Esteem, Chicago Boyz Acrobatics Team, Trapeze Chicago, Aerial Dance Chicago, 500 Clown and Mucca Pazza. 7 p.m. $10. Tickets: citywinery.com.
The Moth Storyslam
Haymarket Pub & Brewery 737 W. Randolph St. 312-638-0700
Doors open at 5 p.m. for this popular contest where you can drop your name in a hat to be one of 10 storytellers selected to share your five-minute, no-notes tale on this month's theme of "comfort." WBEZ-FM 91.5 event producer Don Hall hosts the action and a panel of judges determines the winner. Don't want to arrive three hours early? Advance tickets are available for twice the price. 8 p.m. $16 in advance; $8 at the door. Tickets: themoth.org.
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Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.