Send sailors off to the Rail to Mackinac in style at a Veuve Cliquot party… (Matthew Reeves / Roof )
Odd Produce Dinner
Markethouse 611 N. Fairbanks Court 312-224-2200
Far from being an odds-and-ends dinner—Dave Odd is a Chicago-based purveyor of locally sourced, farmed and foraged produce—this four-course prix fixe with wine pairings features grass-fed filet mignon with wild mushroom roast and Illinois asparagus served with Elements by Artesa cabernet blend; goat cheese panna cotta with braised peaches, pistachio, bacon crisp and a moscato spritzer; and more. 6:30 p.m. $39. RSVP required.
Riot Fest Ticket Giveaway
Easy Bar 1944 W. Division St. 773-227-4644
Grab a $7 Hendrick's gin-based Black Betty cocktail—or a $4 Metropolitan Krankshaft kolsch, Founders Red's Rye ale or Absolut cocktail or $5 Jameson shot—and groove to tunes by DJ Cotton Fantasy. Make sure to grab a free raffle ticket at the door—at 10 p.m., the bar will draw winners for two Riot Fest three-day passes. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.
Race to Mackinac Pre-Party
Roof on the Wit 201 N. State St. 312-239-9502
The Veuve Clicquot champagne house hosts a farewell bash on the rooftop lounge for sailors preparing to race in the 105th annual Chicago-to-Mackinac competition. Mingle with sailors and wish them luck over $20 glasses of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.
Chuy Bravo's Mustache & Comedy Fiesta
Laugh Factory 3175 N. Broadway 773-327-3175
Ms. Handler's feisty, diminutive "Chelsea Lately" sidekick hits the stage with his comic posse—Erik Rivera, Nick Guerra and Aida Rodriguez—for the first stop on a summer stand-up tour. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday. $20-$35. Tickets: laughfactory.com.
Pop-Up Painting Party
Pazzo's Cucina Italiana 23 E. Jackson Boulevard 773-269-6570
Keep your Blackhawks pride alive at this art party hosted by Bottle & Bottega—which includes all materials, instruction and a Bud Light draft—where you create a take-home painting featuring a likeness of the Stanley Cup. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $35. RSVP required: bottleandbottega.com.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Dita Von Teese headlines four "Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray!" shows at the House of Blues Thursday through Saturday: ticketmaster.com.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.