Wednesday: Eat. Drink. Do.

  • Theater on the Lake debuts a new show, 'The Bear Suit of Happiness.'
Theater on the Lake debuts a new show, 'The Bear Suit of Happiness.' (Anne Petersen )
June 11, 2013|By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts | For RedEye

EAT

Al Fresco Menu

Wet Deck at the W Chicago Lakeshore 644 N. Lake Shore Drive 312-943-9200

Snag a lake view from the seventh floor patio and kick back with a Slagel Family Farm burger with Wisconsin white cheddar ($16), house-made sausage with grilled onions and mustard ($10) and $12 cocktails including the Mango Fizz or Wet Deck Lemonade with blueberry vodka. 4-11 p.m. No cover.

DRINK

Sailor Jerry Day

Cobra Lounge 235 N. Ashland Ave. 312-226-6300

Celebrate the 102nd birthday of old-school tattoo legend Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins—the inspiration behind the spiced rum brand—with $5 Cherry Jerry cocktails (rum, pineapple juice, grenadine) and free ink from Great Lakes Tattoo. The first 102 participants will get the chance to aim at anchors, swallows, hearts and other iconic designs on a themed dartboard and the randomly selected tattoo is inked free. 5-10 p.m. No cover.

The Music of Patsy Cline Wine Pairing Event

City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St. 312-733-9463

Singer Natalie Jose and her band The Weepin' Willows serenade you with Patsy Cline ballads and rockabilly stomps while you go "Crazy"—so to speak—with a flight of five organic wines paired to match that honky tonk twang. 8 p.m. $25; $10 for show only. Tickets: citywinery.com.

DO

(Free!) Support Local: Embracing the Chicago Creative Community

Society Art Gallery 2140 W. Fulton St.

New community funding platform FunderHut throws a mixer featuring complimentary appetizers, live music by Blah Blah Blah, Elev8tor and Olivia Reyes, live painting by Allen Vandever—who fences while painting—and Angie Redmond and exhibitions by Chicago visual artists. Freewill donations benefit local organization Everybody Dance Now. 6-9 p.m. RSVP: funderhut.splashthat.com.

"The Bear Suit of Happiness"

Theater on the Lake 2401 N. Lake Shore Drive 312-742-7994

The Chicago Park District kicks off its season with The New Colony's comedy about a gay WWII enlisted man who's tasked with producing a show to entertain overseas troops. Arrive at 6 p.m. for a pre-show USO-style swing dance event with a live big band. 7:30 p.m. Through Sunday. $18. Tickets: chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/theater-on-the-lake.

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY

Check the Chicago Movies in the Parks schedule on metromix.com.

Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.

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