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Weekend: Eat. Drink. Do.

  • In addition to beers and cocktails, Pl-Zen serves up weekend whiskey flights.
In addition to beers and cocktails, Pl-Zen serves up weekend whiskey flights. (Hilary Higgins / RedEye )
May 08, 2013|By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts | For RedEye

EAT

Food Truck Brunch

Big Star 1531 N. Damen Ave. 773-235-4039

Start your Sunday with $2 breakfast churros and dipping chocolate, $2 scrambled egg tacos, $6 fried egg and green chorizo tortas, and $2 cups of French press HalfWit coffee—all served from the food truck stationed near Big Star's to-go window till the vittles run out. 8 a.m. Sunday. Through August.

Pop-Up Bake Sale

900 North Michigan Shops 900 N. Michigan Ave., level two 312-915-3916

Snag homemade treats by local food editors, bloggers and media personalities including lemon-mascarpone cheesecake from Momma Cuisine's Johanna Cook, gluten-free cupcakes from FrannyCakes, Oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies from The Local Tourist's Theresa Carter, mandel bread from Chicago Magazine's Penny Pollack and more at this fundraiser benefiting No Kid Hungry. 12-3 p.m. Saturday. Cash only.

Grand Opening

Dia de los Tamales 939 W. 18th St. 312-496-3057

Swing by during the Pilsen neighborhood's 2nd Fridays art walk for $3 tamales including Cuban slow-roasted pork, Italian beef with provolone and giardiniera, coconut curry chicken and apple cobbler with salted caramel sauce. Teresa Magana and Devin Jorgenson—the artists who created the restaurant's mural, sugar skull sculpture and reclaimed wood counter—are on hard with pieces for sale and alderman Danny Solis stops in for a 5 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony. 4-11 p.m. Friday.

DRINK

Weekend Whiskey Flight

Pl-zen 1519 W. 18th St. 312-733-0248

Kick back at the neighborhood spot—where the facade features a new Little Red Riding Hood and the wolves mural—with a trio of spirits including Yamazaki 12 Year Japanese whiskey, W.H. Harrison Governor's Reserve straight bourbon and Redemption rye. 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday. $15.

Ninth Anniversary Party

Sound-Bar 226 W. Ontario St. 312-787-4480

The River North club celebrates Friday with Kindergarten Nights featuring DJs Dallas K, Popeska and Charlie Darker. Saturday, it's a "Game of Thrones"-themed Iron Throne bash with the Nor DJs on the main floor and DJ Tecknique downstairs. Weekend-long drink specials include $6 call brand shots. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Friday. 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Saturday. $20; free-$15 with RSVP: sound-bar.com.

DO

Sabrosa

Rodan 1530 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-276-7036

Ground Lift Media kicks off a monthly Afro-Latin series with Chicago's DJ Trew and special guest DJ Chorizo Funk—co-producer of the long-running Austin, Texas Latin dance party series Peligrosa—who serve up new and classic salsa, cumbia, reggae, boogaloo, bossa nova, Afrobeat, dancehall and more. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday. No cover.

Jim Gaffigan

Up Comedy Club 230 W. North Ave. 312-662-4562

The comedian—whose YouTube riffs on Hot Pockets, manatees, McDonald's and more scored millions of views and gained him more than a million Twitter followers—reads from and signs his humorous new book, "Dad Is Fat," and answers your questions during this BYO brown bag lunch event. Noon. Friday. $32 includes book. Tickets: upcomedyclub.com.

Bass Kitchen

Bottom Lounge 1375 W. Lake St. 312-666-6775

A four-course lineup features Santa Barbara, Calif. electronic duo Candyland, L.A. producing duo Gladiator and the Chicago-based Fatboy and Team Bayside High—all of whom cook up beats for your dancing pleasure. 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Friday. $14-$18. Tickets: clubtix.com.

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY

Start planning your outdoor weekends with our summer fest calendar: redeyechicago.com/fests

Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.

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