Deca Restaurant & Bar serves up soft shell crabs all month while the… (Deca )
Sandwich Me In 3037 N. Clark St. 773-250-0286
The Lakeview spot featuring a made-from-scratch menu with locally sourced ingredients celebrates its first anniversary with a brand new dessert—bread pudding—which is yours free when you order any salad or sandwich such as the barbecue pulled pork ($8) or the black bean burger ($8). 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Through Thursday.
Soft Shell Crab Specials
Deca Restaurant & Bar 160 E. Pearson St. 312-573-5160
'Tis the season to swank it up at The Ritz-Carlton during their 31 Days, 31 Ways promotion featuring a different preparation each day in May. Monday, it's served as a small plate with a macadamia nut crust, morels and Ellis Family Farm asparagus ($16). 6:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Salonathon: Bad Art
Beauty Bar 1444 W. Chicago Ave. 312-226-8828
More than a dozen theater artists—including playwright Ike Holter ("Hit the Wall"), actor Carla Kessler and painter, actor and singer Sierra Dufault—parody pretentious displays of non-talent as you sip $3 drafts, $5 Absolut cocktails and $10 martini-manicure combos. RSVP at do312.com for an 8-9 p.m. hosted Voli vodka reception. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.
Porn and Chicken
Evil Olive 1551 W. Division St. 773-235-9100
Dress—or undress—to impress as resident DJ Fei Tang (a.k.a. Phives) and producer Dani Deahl celebrate their recent wedding with a joint Tanger Banger DJ set at this weekly down-and-dirty dance party which also features $3 Old Style beers, $7 tallboys with well whiskey shots and free chicken while it lasts. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. $7-$10; free before 11 p.m. with RSVP: do312.com.
'Ivywild: The True Tales of Bathhouse John'
Chopin Theatre 1543 W. Division St. 773-525-5991
The Hypocrites debut a quirky world premiere by Chicago playwright Jay Torrence ("Burning Bluebeard") inspired by true events in which early 1900s Chicago alderman John Coughlin scams a fortune from the Windy City's vice district to build a Colorado amusement park with his pal Hinky Dink and an alcoholic elephant named Princess. 7:30 p.m. $28. Tickets: the-hypocrites.com.
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Support Special Olympics at the May 9 Sip & Savor bash: sochicago.org.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.