The new May burger at 25 Degrees (25 Degrees )
25 Degrees 736 N. Clark St. 312-943-9700
National Barbecue Month and National Burger Month both happen in May and you can celebrate the two at once with the BBQ Brisket Burger (barbecued brisket, sirloin patty, Cardona goat cheese, crispy onions, pickles, arugula and pineapple barbecue sauce; $12). Partial proceeds benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Through May 31.
Tavernita 151 W. Erie St. 312-274-1111
Shake off post-office stress with the debut of May's Tap for Taps cocktail, which launches inside the River North Spanish spot's bar, Barcito. Created by New York bartender Dushan Zaric, the Paloma Brava ($12) is a mix of tequila, grapefruit cordial, celery bitters and club soda with a chipotle salt rim, and partial proceeds from its sale benefit Freshwater Future. As a bonus, purchase any cocktail, beer or wine during the Tapas Party and receive a complimentary bite, such as a pork belly slider or steak tartare crostini. 5-7 p.m.
Drop 1909 N. Lincoln Ave. 312-291-9584
Step into the new subterranean late-night bar where the $7-$12 specialty drink menu includes drop shots—twists on classic cocktails featuring shots of house-infused spirits dropped into mixers in such combos as a Mule Kick (lime-infused vodka with ginger beer; $10) and a Mexican Standoff (jalapeno-spiked tequila with bloody mary mix and beer; $10). 5 p.m.-4 a.m. No cover.
(Free!) Pop-Up Art Loop
Various Loop locations
Tour openings at eight galleries and storefronts including the Chicago Loop Alliance space (202 S. State St.), which features artslant.com contest winner Jerry Shevick; Block 37 (108 N. State St.) for works by Ivan Garcia and free Smilebooth photos; and Westwood College (23 E. Madison St.), which showcases recent graduates' work with beer and wine. 5-8 p.m. Locations: popupartloop.com.
'50 Shades! The Musical'
House of Blues 329 N. Dearborn St. 312-923-2000
Turn 50 shades of red during a one-night stand with this musical parody of the kinky bestselling books from members of Chicago improv group Baby Wants Candy, which has earned rave reviews from Perez Hilton and has sold out shows in New York City and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 7 p.m. $35. Tickets: ticketmaster.com.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Get tickets to Wine Riot taking place May 3-4 at Union Station: secondglass.com.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.