The gouda mac 'n' cheese at Jake Melnick's (Jake Melnick's Corner Tap )
'Big Fish' Cupcake
Magnolia Bakery 108 N. State St. 312-346-7777
The world premiere musical—at the Oriental Theatre pre-Broadway through May 5—now also is a world-premiere cupcake available in chocolate or vanilla with vanilla buttercream frosting. In a nod to a key fantasy scene in which a field of flowers appears, the cupcake is topped with edible daffodils. 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. $3.50.
Jake Melnick's Corner Tap 41 E. Superior St. 312-266-0400
Take refuge from April showers with comfort food specials including the smoked gouda and apple mac ($8.95), jumbo blueberry barbecue wings ($10.95) and a bourbon-glazed salmon burger ($13.95; $14.95 with a draft beer). Wash them all down with a $7.50 Ommegang Tripel Perfection. 11:30 a.m.-midnight.
Speak Easy, Sip Hard
Bootleggers 11 W. Division St. 312-266-0944
Dive into the Prohibition era amid the bar's new 1920s-inspired decor with a perfectly legal craft cocktail menu featuring $9 classics such as a North Shore gin gimlet or a Laird's Applejack brandy-based sidecar, plus complimentary bar snacks including Mr. Kite's chocolate-covered potato chips and sweet-and-sour pork rinds. 8 p.m.-midnight. No cover.
This Much is True
Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro 3905 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-248-3905
The monthly series moves from its longtime Hopleaf residence to larger digs upstairs at the North Center pub with true tales by local storytellers and co-hosts Larry Kerns, Deanna Moffitt and Scott Whitehair. 7:30 p.m. No cover.
Prose & Flows
The Shrine 2109 S. Wabash Ave. 312-753-5681
Polish your best five minutes of material and share it with the crowd—sign-up begins at 7 p.m.—at this open mic for comedians, poets, spoken word artists and fiction writers hosted by Chicagoans Ashley Nycole and Real Shannon D, which also features live music by the girl group She. 8 p.m. No cover.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Stop by The Bluebird (1749 N. Damen Ave.) between 5 and 7 p.m. for special drafts from Greenbush Brewing Company in Sawyer, Mich.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.