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  • Lobster and bone marrow appetizer at American Junkie in River North
Lobster and bone marrow appetizer at American Junkie in River North (Courtesy of American Junkie )
March 20, 2013|By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye

EAT

OPENING DAY
American Junkie
15 W. Illinois St. 312-239-0995

Mainline some Americana at this new two-story restaurant and bar, which features American-made furniture, a retractable roof, 32 taps, nearly 40 large TVs, live music and a menu by chef Kendal Duque (formerly of Sepia and City Tavern) with options such as a lobster and bone marrow appetizer ($19) and a hanger steak sandwich ($13). 4:30 p.m.-2 a.m.


DRINK

WINE WEDNESDAY … A CELEBRATION OF THE GRAPE
Toni Patisserie & Cafe
65 E. Washington St. 312-726-2020

The Loop cafe debuts a new series featuring a different half-price vintage each week. Try a glass ($4.50) or bottle ($13.50) of 2011 Domaine de la Courtarde L'Alycastre rosé. The wine's floral and strawberry notes make for good pairings with a prosciutto and chevre tartine ($9.25) or strawberry cream puff ($3.50). 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY
The Fifty/50
2047 W. Division St. 773-489-5050

The Wicker Park sports bar celebrates five ways—a hosted Grey Goose Cherry Noir vodka cocktail reception (8-9 p.m.), $5 signature burgers (8 p.m.-midnight), free birthday cake from sister spot West Town Bakery, a Blackhawks' game broadcast on 20 new TVs (9 p.m.) and five party package giveaways. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.

WINE AND COTTON CANDY
Eno Wine Room
505 N. Michigan Ave. 312-321-8738

Spin-Spun owner Seth Bankier sweetens your hump day with all-natural cotton candy, which he spins on-site to pair with a three-wine flight. Sample a white flight paired with Bankier's lemon-coconut cotton candy or a red flight served with a cinnamon-flavored variety. 6-8 p.m. $25 per flight.


DO

GUTS & GLORY
Powell's Bookstore
2850 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-248-1444

It takes guts to spill risky personal tales, but co-hosts Samantha Irby and Keith Ecker demand just that from featured storytellers including Essay Fiesta producer Willy Nast, Stoop Style Stories founder Lily Be, playwright Chris Bower and writer-performers Amanda Glasbrenner and Jill Summers. 7 p.m. No cover.

ALEKSANDAR HEMON
Tribune Tower
435 N. Michigan Ave. 312-222-4369

The Bosnian-American author, National Book Award finalist and regular New Yorker contributor—who's also a Chicago resident—discusses his newest work, "The Book of My Lives," as part of Trib Nation's Printers Row series. 7 p.m. $15. Tickets: eventbrite.com.

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Swing by JW Marriott (151 W. Adams St.) for a free gourmet cookie with your Twitter follow or "like" on Facebook.

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