Weekend: Eat. Drink. Do.

  • Combine DJ beats, sparkling wine and sunshine at brunch at Lincoln Park's J. Parker.
Combine DJ beats, sparkling wine and sunshine at brunch at Lincoln Park's… (Lenny Gilmore / Lenny Gilmore )
August 21, 2013|By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts | For RedEye

EAT

Four Star Bike & Chow

UIC Athletic Field Halsted Street and Roosevelt Road 312-427-3325 ext. 223

Cruise through your Sunday morning with Active Transportation Alliance on a 12, 22, 35 or 62-mile scenic neighborhood ride with three stops for snacks including pierogies at Red Apple Buffet, barbecue pork sliders at Smoke Daddy, Thai food at Star of Siam and/or samosas at Arya Bhavan, plus a post-ride festival. Start times vary between 6:30 and 9 a.m. Sunday. $37-$45. RSVP: fourstarbiketour.org.

The Nosh at Wicker Park

A.N. Pritzker School 2009 W. Schiller St.

Start your Saturday with street food from more than 30 vendors such as a cochinita pibil roasted pork sandwich from Mixteco Grill, watermelon gazpacho from Karl's Craft Soup and veal brats from Paulina Meat Market as Americana band CrazeeHeart provides the live soundtrack to your brunch (11 a.m.-3 p.m.). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. No cover. More info: facebook.com/thenoshatwickerpark.

DRINK

Liquid Brunch

The J. Parker 1800 N. Clark St. 312-254-4747

Add some sparkle—and a killer view—to your weekend with $10 glasses of Torresella prosecco and $85 bottles of Beau Joie brut champagne as DJ Will Galvan spins on the rooftop patio 13 floors above the Hotel Lincoln. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. No cover.

Endless Summer Swimsuit Party

Hamburger Mary's 5400 N. Clark St. 773-784-6969

Boxer, bikini and betweenie-style swimsuits are all welcome at this beach-themed dance party featuring complimentary tastings of Effen vodka's new salted caramel flavor and $6 Effen cocktails served by surfside-attired staff. Drag entertainer Velicity Metropolis performs and DJ John Murges sets up the summer beats. 9:30 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday. No cover.

Good Times Anniversary Party

The Burlington 3425 W. Fullerton Ave. 773-384-3243

Headbang with the gang—plus six DJs and 10 bands including Bloodiest, Mannequin Men and Tight Phantomz—at this two-room sixth anniversary bash which includes hosted PBR and Revolution receptions, themed giveaways, $2 PBRs, $5 well cocktails and other drink specials. Hungry? The Honky Tonk food truck and smoker parks out front (3-7 p.m.) with barbecue for sale. 1 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday. $12.

DO

Grand Opening

Duet Dance Studio 2515 W. North Ave. 309-750-6331

Swing into Saturday at this BYOB bash with a beginner-level salsa dance class, hosted appetizers, a showcase of performances by local artists, an open dancing and mingling session and—it is, after all, a launch party—a champagne toast. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday. $8 (21+). Tickets: duetopeningparty.eventbrite.com.

(Free!) "Crime Scene Chicago: Let Hope Rise"

Austin Town Hall Park 5610 W. Lake St. 312-226-9633

Collaboraction adapts their play, "Crime Scene Chicago: An Anthology" into a sequel which blends interviews, articles, online comments and other source material with reenactments of true Chicago crimes to explore questions of segregation, media and pop culture influences and more. A discussion follows. Saturday, arrive at 6 p.m. for a hosted barbecue. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

"O'Brien & O'Brian"

Dream Theatre 556 W. 18th St. 773-552-8616

Dream Theatre Company cofounder Anna Weiler Menekseoglu directs Barely Concealed Productions' staging of this rom-com by Chicago playwright John J. Enright in which confused clients, former lovers and the EPA wreak havoc on a male-female legal team's new practice. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Sept. 8. $20; $17 for students. Tickets: dreamtheatrecompany.com.

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY

See more than 40 acts for $12 at LaughingStock: The Chicago Comedy Rock Festival, Sunday at the Double Door. Tickets: ticketfly.com.

Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.

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