Try out three of Chicago Q's most popular dishes with a $30 prix-fixe. (Lenny Gilmore/RedEye )
Three-Course Prix Fixe
Chicago Q 1160 N. Dearborn St. 312-642-1160
Popularity contests can be a nightmare in middle school, but they're great when it comes to selecting a menu. To celebrate the Gold Coast restaurant's third anniversary, chef-partner Lee Ann Whippen serves up the three most popular courses from an online voting contest: bacon-cheddar hush puppies, pulled pork shoulder with a choice of side and pound cake with grilled peach compote. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. $30.
(Free!) Naked Juice
The Naked Juice Power Garden at Two Riverside Plaza 2 N. Riverside Plaza 248-872-6678
Sip complimentary Naked Juice samples during a harvest of the onsite urban garden as Washburne Culinary Institute chef Vincent Jackson leads a cooking demonstration featuring the harvest's produce. Additional interactive component: Tweet a water-related message to @thepowergarden to instantly activate garden hydration. 5-7 p.m.
Hopleaf 5148 N. Clark St. 773-334-9851
Hear stories from MacArthur Fellow Aleksandar Hemon ("The Book of My Lives"), Virginia Konchan, Lania Knight, Norman Doucet and co-hosts Bill Shunn and Andrew Huff and toast the tales with a $7.50 Atomium Premier Grand Cru beer, about which Shunn says, "its eclectic combination of six grains gives it the same spicy zest as Tuesday Funk's eclectic combination of readers." 7:30 p.m. No cover.
Empty Bottle 1035 N. Western Ave. 773-276-3600
Step into the dark side with a viewing of the 1997 dystopian cult classic from Harmony Korine ("Kids") about residents in a fictional tornado-stricken town (10 p.m.). DJs from Permanent Records kick off the evening with "Gummo"-inspired tunes and DJ Brent Heyl follows suit to close out the night. 8:30 p.m. No cover.
Two Cookie Minimum: "Sad Robot Stories"
Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont Ave. 773-709-1401
Chicago writer Mason Johnson reads from his new book, "Sad Robot Stories," along with self-published authors including comics artist Alex Nall, Artifice Books editor James Tadd Adcox, Abstract Door zinester Vicky Lim and Wood Sugars Comedy co-founder Jeff Phillips—plus free cookies to cheer things up. 9 p.m. No cover.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
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Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.