Craft beer is the name of the game this week at Pl-Zen. (Hilary Higgins/RedEye )
Finch's Beer Dinner
Pl-zen 1519 W. 18th St. 312-733-0248
Local brewery Finch's is the star of a four-course dinner—served all night—featuring duck carnitas tacos paired with Finch's Threadless IPA; short rib sliders with garlic chips, caramelized onions and horseradish mayo served with Fascist Pig red ale; and more. Stick around for free Finch's educational presentations at 7 and 9 p.m. 5 p.m.-midnight. $30. RSVP recommended: email@example.com.
Sola 3868 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-327-3868
Ramps—a spring onion variety—are the highlight of this Hawaiian-fusion menu made with locally raised ingredients featuring ramp kimchee with crispy pork belly; seared scallops with quinoa, fava beans and ramp-macadamia pesto; and ramp sorbet with fresh raspberries. Add wine pairings for $15 more. 5:30-10 p.m. $30.
Chicago Craft Beer Week Specials
Jimmy Green's 825 S. State St. 312-386-9000
Watch the White Sox take on the Red Sox (7:10 p.m.) on 44 TVs with $4 bottles of Deschutes Chainbreaker white IPA and Ballast Point Big Eye IPA. Ready to switch up? The South Loop bar has 125 additional beers for you to choose from. 11 a.m.-1 a.m. No cover.
Words & Music
Empty Bottle 1035 N. Western Ave. 773-276-3600
Curbside Splendor Publishing and Other Voices Books team up to rock your world with readings from local authors Joe Meno ("Office Girl," "Hairstyles of the Damned"), Lindsay Hunter ("Daddy's") and Rob Roberge ("Drive," "The Cost of Living"). Billy Blake & The Vagabonds, Swimsuit Addition and The Peekaboos round out the night with live music. 9 p.m. Free with RSVP: ticketweb.com.
John Waters: This Filthy World
Harris Theater 205 E. Randolph Drive 312-334-7777
The filmmaker, writer-performer and "Hairspray" dynasty originator affectionately known as The Pope of Trash returns to Chicago with his humorous solo show—updated and expanded from the film version of the same title—about fashion lunacy, art world extremes, true crime, sexual deviancy, his love of reading and more. 7:30 p.m. $55-$75. Tickets: harristheaterchicago.org.
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Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.