Get schooled in Mexican spirits at Zocalo. (Barry Brecheisen/For RedEye )
Wednesday Market Menu
Takashi 1952 N. Damen Ave. 773-772-6170
Chef Takashi Yagihashi celebrates his namesake Bucktown restaurant's fifth anniversary with a weekly-changing three-course prix fixe featuring multiple options including chicken in a clay pot (Amish chicken, shimeji mushrooms, eggplant, yuzu juice); roasted potato-crusted Scottish salmon with pinot noir reduction and glazed baby carrots; or Mugifugi pork loin served two ways (with ginger soy and with brie and pancetta). 5:30-10 p.m. $39.
Plum Market 1233 N. Wells St. 312-229-1400
The family-owned Michigan store expands into Chicago with a 27,000-square-foot Old Town market featuring locally grown, specialty and organic foods. Stop in for free Intelligentsia coffee (9-11 a.m.), food samples, demos and—for the first 500 people—a reusable tote bag filled with local favorites. 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Spirits of Mexico Festival
Zocalo 358 W. Ontario St. 312-302-9977
Replay Cinco de Mayo with tastings of dozens of brands of tequila and other distilled beverages, traditional Mexican appetizers, a cocktail competition and a silent auction to benefit Sky Ranch Foundation youth programs. A VIP option ($60-$70) includes 6 p.m. admission, swag bags and seminars. 7-9:30 p.m. $45-$70. Tickets: thespiritsofmexico.com.
Windy City Gay Idol Finals
Mayne Stage 1328 W. Morse Ave. 773-381-4551
Tony Award winner Levi Kreis ("Million Dollar Quartet"), "The Voice" 2012 contestant De'Borah and "American Idol" 2013 contestant Josh "J'Da" Davila are the featured guest performers at the 11th annual LGBTA singing competition where 12 finalists compete for your vote—and a $5,000 prize package. 7 p.m. $10-$20. Tickets: maynestage.com.
"Lula del Ray"
Theater on the Lake 2401 N. Lake Shore Drive 312-742-7994
Manual Cinema blends overhead projectors, shadow puppets, actors in silhouette and live music in this coming-of-age tale about a lonely adolescent girl in the 1950s American Southwest who encounters danger and deception when she leaves home to explore the world of country music. 7:30 p.m. Through Sunday.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Score $15 tickets for the Chicago Fine Chocolate & Dessert Show October 18-20 at Navy Pier. Thursday, the price goes up to $25: chicagochocolatefestival.com.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.