$30 gets you four beers and a barbecue plate at the recently expanded Headquarters… (Lenny Gilmore/RedEye )
Headquarters Beercade 950 W. Wolfram St. 773-665-5660
Etno Village Grill chef Chris Cason serves up vittles aplenty—including customizable veggie and grass-fed beef burgers (from the local Q7 Ranch), hormone- and antibiotic-free grilled chicken and side dishes—during this afternoon shindig at the newly renovated 8,000-square-foot arcade where admission includes four craft beers and a barbecue plate. 3-6 p.m. $30. Tickets: hqbeercade.com.
$4 All-American Classics
Markethouse 611 N. Fairbanks Court 312-224-2200
Mix and match all-American comfort foods including a hickory baby back ribs and corn on the cob appetizer, red potato salad with scallions and crispy lardons, heirloom molasses baked beans, cornbread or a choice of two desserts served with vanilla ice cream—peach cobbler and a taffy apple tart. 4-11 p.m. Through Sunday.
The Communist Party 2
Big Chicks 5024 N. Sheridan Road 773-728-5511
Overthrow your repressed wallet with drink specials including $2.50 PBR cans and $3 well bourbon cocktails while you shake what your mama gave you to beats by DJ Reganomix and DJ La Perla at this monthly bash for trans, gay, lesbian, bi and allied folks hosted by the F.K.A. (Formerly Known As) party producers. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.
Independence Day Specials
Division Ale House 1942 W. Division St. 773-384-6886
Make your own fireworks with $3 Fireball cinnamon whiskey and Fighting Cock Kentucky bourbon shots, $4 Lagunitas drafts and $5 Deschutes drafts and house-infused watermelon and honeydew margaritas. Hungry? Add a house-made brat with choice of side for $5 or a half-slab of house-smoked pork ribs with garlic mashed potatoes and corn on the cob for $10.99. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.
(Free!) Congrats on Your Freedom: The Fourth of Success
Uncharted Books 2630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Freedom rings—along with some Independence Day-themed gags—at the holiday edition of the free, BYOB monthly comedy show Congrats On Your Success featuring headliner Joe McAdam, Ali Clayton, Jerry Tran, Dale McPeek and producers Rebecca O'Neal and Justin Covington. 7 p.m. Details: congratsonyoursuccess.tumblr.com.
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Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.