Weekend Eat. Drink. Do.

  • Speed Rack's 2012 event was held at Bottom Lounge. This year, bartenders will head to Cobra Lounge to compete.
Speed Rack's 2012 event was held at Bottom Lounge. This year, bartenders…
March 22, 2013|By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts | For RedEye

EAT

HEALTHY INDIAN COOKING CLASS
Bombay Spice Grill
450 N. Clark St. 312-477-7657

Spice up your Saturday with chef Sunil Kumar, who demonstrates marinating techniques for chicken tikka and recipes for chickpea hummus, kale tofu stir fry and sweet mango lassi—all made with Indian spices linked to health benefits—in this hands-on class where you finish by dining on the low-calorie results. 2-4 p.m. Saturday. $45. Phone RSVP required.

CHICAGO CHEF WEEK 2013
Various locations

The week-long food fest featuring three-course prix-fixe lunches ($22) and dinners ($44) at more than 75 local restaurants comes to a close Friday, but you can still book a table to gourmand it up for one last day and night. Friday. Participating restaurants, menus and reservations: chicagochefweek.com.


DRINK

SPEED RACK CHICAGO
Cobra Lounge
235 N. Ashland Ave. 312-226-6300

More than 20 local mixtresses—including Stephanie Andrews of The Aviary, Mea Leech of BellyQ and Rachael Smith of Bar Deville and Three Aces—display their quick-shaking and accuracy skills for a panel of judges in this female bartending competition—for prizes—which includes hosted appetizers and cocktails and benefits breast cancer charities. 3-7 p.m. Sunday. $20-$25. Tickets: srchi.eventbrite.com.

COFFEE BEER BRUNCH
Small Bar
2049 W. Division St. 773-772-2727

Why settle for plain old joe when you can kick start your Sunday with a flight of four brunch beers—Half Acre Big Hugs, Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, Stone-Two Brothers coffee IPA and Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break, plus a Dark Matter coffee eye-opener—paired with such courses as shaved pork loin over crispy polenta with spicy polenta jelly, available throughout brunch hours. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. $32. RSVP recommended.

HOOPS AND HOPS
Old Town Social
455 W. North Ave. 312-266-2277

Catch the March Madness games on 23 TVs positioned about the bar—and view the results on a wall-sized bracket that'll be updated as the tournament progresses—with drink specials including $6 Old Style and Jameson shot combos (Friday), $12 Two Brothers Domaine DuPage pitchers (Saturday) and $5 well drinks (Sunday). 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday.


DO

MARCH MADNESS SALE
Various stores
Division Street between Paulina and Hoyne streets

Take a walk on the wild side of boutique discounts with nine shops along the block—Le Dress, Trillium, M.Go, Mulberry & Me, Penelope's, Frill, Urbababy, Elevenzees and Greenheart Shop—offering 30-80 percent discounts on clothing, accessories, shoes and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN: A MISCAST CABARET
Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret
1383 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-278-1830

See 10 actors sing in roles they'd never get cast for in real life—due to gender, age, race, voice type and other factors—in this musical revue with a twist featuring The Brown Paper Box Co. ensemble members and collaborators with piano accompaniment by T.J. Anderson. 8 p.m. Saturday. $15 plus a two-drink minimum.

RANDOLPH STREET WINTER MARKET SPRING FLING
Beaux Arts Plumber's Hall
1340 W. Washington St. 312-666-1200

Hippity-hop your way through an Easter-themed indoor market featuring hidden eggs containing merchandise discounts, market season passes, sweet treats and more, plus cooking demonstrations by chef Homaro Cantu of Ing and more than 75 vendors of art, antiques, fashion, furniture, collectibles, plants and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $8-$10; $3-$5 for students; free if you wear an Easter bonnet. Tickets: randolphstreetmarket.com.

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Take part in Earth Hour 2013 by shutting off your lights from 8:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday.

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