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Weekend: Eat. Drink. Do.

  • A new late-night menu at Taverna 750 features a selection of $5 bites.
A new late-night menu at Taverna 750 features a selection of $5 bites. (Lenny Gilmore/RedEye )
May 15, 2013|By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts | For RedEye

EAT

Late-Night 100 Percent Club

Taverna 750 750 W. Cornelia Ave. 773-904-7466

Order $5 tapas from the special menu—including heirloom tomato bruschetta with walnut pesto and parmesan; and picatta wings with a lemon, white wine, butter and caper sauce—and all proceeds benefit the Election Cycles team's efforts to raise funds for the Ride for AIDS Chicago in July. 11 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Friday-Saturday.

Cheeses of France Cafe

1051 N. Rush St.

Get cheesy at this pop-up cafe features cooking demos, cheese-based comfort food bites and more than 20 French varieties—including brie, camembert and fourme d'ambert—to sample and take home at wholesale prices. Sip complimentary wine and soda, chat with brand reps and take part in a cheese-themed cyber-conversation displayed on a Twitter wall. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. No cover. More info at cheesesoffrance.com.

DRINK

Meet & Drink

Riverview Tavern 1958 W. Roscoe St. 773-248-9523

Tip one back with local brewers Begyle and 18th Street as they tap their creations in honor of Chicago Craft Beer Week. Begyle offers its Crash Landed pale wheat ale and 18th Street introduces its Sinister double IPA, both of which you can order for $4 each. 7 p.m. Friday. No cover.

Andersonville Wine Walk

Swedish American Museum 5211 N. Clark St. 773-728-2995

Grab a commemorative wine glass and sample 30 vintages at 10 retail shops including Andersonville Galleria, City Olive and Found Vintage Living on this Sunday stroll. A wine reference booklet is included so that you can remember your favorites for future drinking. 3-6 p.m. Sunday. $40. Tickets: andersonville.org.

Illinois Beer Flights

Park Tavern 1645 W. Jackson Boulevard 312-243-4276

Central Standard 169 W. Kinzie St. 312-527-9409

Chicago Craft Beer Week means $4 build-your-own local flights at both spots, where you can choose four four-ounce tastings from Illinois brewers including Half Acre, Tighthead, Two Brothers, Finch's, 5 Rabbit, Metropolitan, Revolution, Goose Island and Chicago Beer Company. Park Tavern: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday. Central Standard: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday.

DO

Stingray Touch Exhibition

Shedd Aquarium 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive 312-939-2438

Get up close and personal with approximately 40 cownose and yellow stingrays—and pet their wings!—as the Shedd unveils its new seasonal exhibition, which takes place in a 20,000-gallon shallow pool under a tented structure on the museum's south terrace. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $5 plus $28.95 museum admission. Tickets: sheddaquarium.org.

Champagne Saturday

RM Champagne Salon 116 N. Green St. 312-243-1199

Kick back in the courtyard patio—with two glasses of bubbly and macarons—as Cityblue Apparel & Denim owner Mallory Ulaszek presents runway shows featuring spring fashion and accessories and offers seasonal wardrobe tips. Admission includes raffle entries and access to an on-site pop-up boutique. Noon-2 p.m. Saturday. $15. RSVP recommended: citybluersvp@bettiebombpr.com.

(Free!) Explore Fulton Market

Various locations

See what's new in the 'hood as nearly two dozen galleries, design studios, boutiques, cafes and more—including Mars Gallery, Jan's Antiques, La Colombe, Green Home Chicago and Morlen Sinoway Atelier—open their doors for your perusing pleasure. Stop by K2 Apartments (365 N. Halsted St.) from 4:30-6:30 p.m. for an after-party barbecue with complimentary food and drinks. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Participating locations: explorefultonmarket.com.

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY

Plan your outdoor dining and drinking adventure with our guide at redeyechicago.com/patios.

Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.

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