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Expansion Grand Opening Party
Smoke Daddy 1804 W. Division St. 773-772-6656
The barbecue joint celebrates its new expansion—which includes doubled space, an atrium roof and weekend Southern brunch—with a complimentary tasting buffet featuring pulled pork and barbecued chicken sandwiches, rotisserie chicken, sides and more, plus $4 draft beers and live music by the Special 20s. 8-11 p.m. No cover.
An Artful Affair
JW Marriott 151 W. Adams St. 312-660-8200
Get a sneak peek of 20 highlighted artworks from upcoming Christie's auctions; then try specialty dishes inspired by the paintings including diver scallops with ramp pesto and crispy kale ($9) and vegan chanterelle-fava spread on a lentil cracker ($9), which pay tribute to Childe Hassam's "In a French Garden" and Edward Hopper's "Kelly Jenness House," respectively. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (food available till 11 p.m.)
The English Whisky Co. Tasting
Fountainhead 1970 W. Montrose Ave. 773-697-8204
A British Invasion playlist sets the tone as The English Whisky Co. managing director Andrew Nelstrop shares samples of the brand's classic, peated and cask-strength liquors. Order full servings ($9-$14) with chef Cleetus Friedman's fish and chips ($11-$16) or try a Nip and a Pint (English Whisky shot and British draft beer; $14-$19). 7-9 p.m. No cover.
C & A Publik: 1 Up
Jerry's 1938 W. Division St. 773-235-1006
Celebrate the decade of Garbage Pail Kids and hair bands as DJs Tyler Huffman and Bloodshot Scott spin '80s pop jams—think Michael and Madonna—and the decade's underground new wave, rock and boogie tunes while you sip $6 well shot and American microbrew draft combos. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.
Thursday Night Throwdown
Metropolis Coffee Company 1039 W. Granville Ave. 773-764-0400
The Edgewater cafe teams up with New Gotham Coffee Community for a latte art competition—with hosted beer—featuring Chicago and Washington D.C. baristas. The results are judged by coffee professionals via live-feed projection, the D.C. baristas' art is screened at Metropolis for audience viewing and the winning competitor takes home the registration pool. 7:30-10 p.m. $5 to compete; $2 suggested donation for spectators.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
RSVP for Frontier's April 24 "So You Think You're a Foodie" five-course mystery tasting dinner: thefrontierchicago.com.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.