Rockit Bar & Grill 22 W. Hubbard St. 312-645-6000
Chef Amanda Downing introduces a new $14 specialty burger each day through Friday (and Tuesday-Friday at sister spot Rockit Burger Bar, 3700 N. Clark) for her eighth annual week-long patty party. Monday, sink your teeth into a bison burger with Michigan blueberry chutney, whipped Greek yogurt goat cheese and cabernet caramelized onions with a side salad. 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m.
Show Your Spirit Cooking Demo
Double A at Mercadito 108 W. Kinzie St. 312-329-9555
Get ready for Independence Day barbecues at this interactive class and dinner featuring five Mexican summer courses with American twists such as Ceviche de Sandia with red snapper and watermelon; Tacos de Pollo con Carne—steak and chicken tacos with onion rings—and more, served with cocktail pairings. 6:30 p.m. $55. RSVP required.
The Stanley Club at Johnny's Icehouse 1350 W. Madison St. (East) 312-226-5555 and 2550 W. Madison St. (West) 312-243-4441
Watch the Blackhawks' game on TVs with sound in the bar at the team's official practice rink which features $5 Jack Daniel's, Captain Morgan and Ketel One cocktails, $5 Fireballs and $4 Labatt Lights. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. (East); 6 p.m.-2 a.m. (West). No cover.
Ripped: The Living Newspaper Festival
Greenhouse Theater Center 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. 312-725-4228
See humorous and dramatic headline-inspired short works by 13 playwrights including Ike Holter ("Hit the Wall"), Joe Meno ("Office Girl"), Rohina Malik ("Unveiled"), Joel Drake Johnson ("A Guide for the Perplexed") and Tony Fitzpatrick ("This Train") at American Blues Theater's fundraiser which also includes appetizers, a cash bar and local pop-folk band The Lincoln Squares. 6:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation.
The Smartypants Spelling Bee
Mayne Stage 1328 W. Morse Ave. 773-381-4551
WGN-AM 720 radio personality Nick Digilio hosts 50 contestants at this benefit for Lifeline Theatre where your word nerd prowess could win you a custom trophy and neighborhood restaurant gift cards. 7 p.m. $20 to compete; $10 to watch. Tickets: lifelinetheatre.com.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
RSVP for comedian Ever Mainard's five-week stand-up class at The Shambles bar which kicks off July 1: evermainard.com.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.