Attention homebrewers: Get yourself to Horse Thief Hollow in Beverly for… (Lenny Gilmore/RedEye )
$12 Steak and Fries
Hutch 3301 N. Clark St. 773-248-1155
Live large on a small budget at this new Lakeview comfort food bistro in the former Socca space with a grilled New York strip steak and seasoned fries on the side (regularly $21). 5-10 p.m.
CitySwarm Ice Cream Social
Washington Square Park 901 N. Clark St. 773-340-1358
Beat the heat with a visit from the Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams truck, then hop a trolley for tastings of ice creams at George's Ice Cream & Sweets, gelatos at Black Dog Gelato, ices at Miko's Italian Ice and gourmet soft-serve at Belly Q. 6:30 p.m. $39. RSVP required by 2 p.m.: cityswarmchicago.com/ice-cream-crawl.
Hats Off to Homebrewers
Horse Thief Hollow 10426 S. Western Ave. 773-779-2739
Chat with Horse Thief brewer Dave Williams and Deschutes brewer Kyle Spencer while sipping their collaborative saison beer and other Deschutes offerings with bites from Chicago chef Graham Elliot. Admission includes two pints or two brew-and-bite pairings (additional pints cost $5 each), take-home brewing supplies, hops and recipes and live entertainment from the Environmental Encroachment marching band. 5-9 p.m. $10 donation. Tickets: deschutesbrewery.com.
Laurent-Perrier and Peaches Reception
City Tavern 1416 S. Michigan Ave. 312-663-1278
Pair your champagne grapes with peaches as a brand ambassador leads tastings of brut NV, brut rosé and demi-sec champagnes served with chef Robert Hoffman's oysters on the half shell with cucumber-peach mignonette, Point-Reyes Toma cheese with peach mustard and herb flatbread as well as pork belly and peach bao. 6-8 p.m. $25.
"Summer Nights" and "Blessing"
iO 3541 N. Clark St. 773-880-0199
Take a joyride through a double bill of improv in which Blaine Swen and Susan Messing team up for two-person improv in "Blessing" and John Hartman, Mike Kosinski, Punam Patel, Tim Stoltenberg, Emily Walker and Chris Witaske help you bid farewell to the season of carefree adventures—and occasional big regrets—with "Summer Nights." 10:30 p.m. $5. Tickets: ioimprov.com.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Chicago Water Taxi adds a one-evening-only additional route from Ogilvie Transportation Center to Goose Island at 6:40 p.m. Mention that your destination is Goose Island Brewpub for a complimentary ride.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.