Check out the comedic stylings of RedEye contributor Clark Jones at Velvet… (Clark Jones )
Grilling Month Specials
Sweetwater Tavern and Grille 225 N. Michigan Ave. 312-698-7111
Celebrate with such special offerings as a Slagel Farms grilled brisket sandwich on a Hawaiian bun with Fair Oaks swiss cheese sauce, pickles, beer mustard, baked beans with burnt ends and olive oil parsley fries ($14) and more. All are also offered at The Boundary, South Branch, Howells & Hood and Old Town Pour House. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Through Sunday. Additional locations: bottleneckmgmt.com.
The Velvet Jones Comedy Show
Velvet Lounge 67 E. Cermak Road 312-794-5904
Get your drink on with an $8 Velvet Jones cocktail (white wine sangria with pomegranate); then, get your laugh on as RedEye "Five on Five" contributor Clark Jones hosts sets from "Wait Wait … Don't Tell Me!" panelist Brian Babylon, Joey Villagomez (HBO Latino), Kellye Howard (Comedy Central), Calvin Evans and Will Miles. 8 p.m. $5.
Widmer Brothers Tap Takeover
Division Ale House 1942 W. Division St. 773-384-6886
Sip Widmer Brothers hefeweizen, marionberry-hibiscus gose, India pale lager, Alchemy ale, Kill Devil brown ale and Raspberry Russian imperial stout ($6-$8) as founder Kurt Widmer fields your brew-related questions, chef Jim Foltice serves Widmer-spiked foods including a half-slab of Alchemy ale-smoked barbecue ribs ($10.99) and Joe Shadid of the band Waterstreet plays live with special guests. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.
Marcus Sakey Book Release Party
Sheffield's 3258 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-281-4989
Mingle with the Chicago author—and host of the Travel Channel crime-themed show, "Hidden City"—whose novel, "Good People," is currently filming in London with James Franco and Kate Hudson. Snack on complimentary appetizers as he signs copies of his new book, "Brilliance" ($14.95, includes a beer or glass of wine). 6:30-8:30 p.m. No cover.
Zanies 1548 N. Wells St. 312-337-4027
It's Thursday night live as the "SNL" cast member—who made a name for himself with spot-on impressions of everyone from Barack Obama to Kanye West—arrives in town to headline two stand-up shows. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $30 plus a two-drink minimum. Tickets: zanies.com.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
RSVP for chef-owner Bill Kim's Korean BBQ Cooking Demo August 17 at Belly Q: brownpapertickets.com.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.