Lolla parties kick off today at River North's revamped Vertigo Sky… (Vertigo Sky Lounge )
First Anniversary Specials
Two 1132 W. Grand Ave. 312-624-8363
Chef Tom Van Lente smokes two suckling pigs from Swan Creek Farms for a special pulled pork dish served on honey-butter biscuits with a candy onion vinaigrette ($10). And since the best celebrations include a liquid component, all cocktails, ciders and craft beers are half-price with food purchase. 5-10 p.m. Through Sunday.
Lollapalooza Kickoff Party
Vertigo Sky Lounge 2 W. Erie St. 773-598-0852
Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation and Lance Herbstrong (Kamal Soliman, Bill Sarver and Peter DiStefano) spin electronica prior to their weekend sets at Lolla. Get in the groove with a Sky Hound martini (vodka, Campari, grapefruit; $12) or the Spicy Margarita (tequila, triple sec, pineapple, jalapenos; $14). 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. $10. Tickets: clubtix.com.
National IPA Day Flight
Luxbar 18 E. Bellevue Place 312-642-3400
Celebrate the glory of hops with a $14 beer-tasting flight featuring six-ounce pours of Revolution Brewery's Anti-Hero, Local Option's American Muscle, Greenbush Brewing Company's Anger, Boulder Beer Company's Mojo Nitro and Two Brothers Brewing Company's Resistance. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Thursday; 8 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday.
Luxury Garage Sale 1658 N. Wells St. 312-291-9126
For a preview of what your shoe closet in heaven will look, browse this one-day sale at the Old Town consignment shop featuring approximately 200 pairs of brand new shoes from Christian Louboutin, Alaia, Charlotte Olympia, Jimmy Choo, Lanvin, Oscar de la Renta, Miu Miu and others, all discounted 50 percent or more from original retail prices. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Comedy Theater Challenge
ComedySportz 929 W. Belmont Ave. 773-549-8080
Comedians from the long-running competitive improv show take on Stage 773's The Cupid Players 8 p.m. Thursday in this annual battle of wits tournament, which also features The Annoyance (8 and 10 p.m. Friday); The Playground (6 p.m. Saturday); Chemically Imbalanced Comedy (8 p.m. Saturday); and iO team Dart (10 p.m. Saturday). $22-$24. Tickets: comedysportzchicago.com.
2013 Country Chef Challenge
Daley Plaza Farmers Market 50 W. Washington St.
Watch three local chefs -- Jared Van Camp from Nellcote, Thai Dang from Embeya and Beverly Kim Clark from "Top Chef" and Kendall College -- complete in a farmers market-fueled cooking challenge. Chefs have 20 minutes and $50 to shop the market before cooking onstage at the plaza. 11 a.m. Free.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
"Jersey Shore" star Pauly D spins at the Backstreet Boys show Friday—and at his John Barleycorn Wrigleyville after-party. Tickets: johnbarleycorn.com.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.