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Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar 960 W. 31st St. 773-890-0588
Stretch out your summer—and celebrate the popular Bridgeport bar's third anniversary—at this indoor-outdoor community barbecue featuring five band's worth of live music and food for purchase including smoked ribs, Greek-style pork chops, artisanal banger sausages, kimchee and pork soup, papaya salad and more. 2-8 p.m. Saturday. No cover.
(Free!) Grand Opening
Jeni's Splendid Scoop Shop 3404 N. Southport Ave. 773-348-7139
Here's the scoop: Jeni herself dishes up free scoops of your choice of all 35 flavors of her ice creams, sorbets and fro-yos including Salty Caramel, Sweet Corn & Black Raspberries, Askinosie Dark Milk Chocolate, Roasted Strawberry and Buttermilk and—hey, it's Friday night, after all—Whiskey & Pecans. 7-10 p.m. Friday.
Block Party Bash
The Piano Man 3801 N. Clark St.
Nosh on Lillie's Q barbecue, sip hosted beers, meet new friends and friendly adversaries in a bags tournament, watch Da Bears (noon) on a large projection screen—additional games can be viewed indoors—and rock out to DJ sets during this outdoor benefit celebrating charity-driven sports league Live to Support's third anniversary. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. $30-$40. Tickets: ltschicago3rd.eventbrite.com.
First Anniversary Party
Jerry's 5419 N. Clark St. 773-796-3777
Rare beers flow at the Andersonville location's first birthday celebration where you can sample six- or eight-ounce pours ($6.25-$10) of four brews Friday including Lost Abbey Deliverance and Firestone Walker XVI Anniversary Ale and six more on Saturday such as Goose Island Baudoinia, Against the Grain Bo & Luke and Revolution Very Mad Cow. 7 p.m. Friday; 6 p.m. Saturday. No cover.
Halfway to St. Patrick's Day
Timothy O'Toole's Pub 622 N. Fairbanks Court 312-642-0700
Get your green on at this "all things Irish" celebration featuring $14 green beer pitchers, $7.99 corned beef sandwiches, $8.99 Dubliner burgers with Irish cheddar and Guinness-braised onions, games with prizes, giveaways, an appearance by the Leprechaun Joe character and green attire galore. 11 a.m.-4 a.m. Friday. No cover.
Slurp & Slush
Red Door 2118 N. Damen Ave. 773-697-7221
Sip handcrafted adult slushies including The Malort and the gin-based Aviation—plus PBR cans and Aperol Spritzers—as chefs from Red Door, Nellcote, Frontier and La Sirena Clandestina shuck and prepare Old 1871 oysters from Virginia's Chesapeake Bay. Each preparation is also served with passed appetizers and ice-cold oysters on the half-shell. 5-8 p.m. Sunday. $40.
Market Supply Co. 1747 S. Halsted St. 773-930-6977
Stop into this new general store with an eco-twist which features re-purposed, re-crafted and restored vintage men's and women's clothing and accessories, handmade eco-friendly jewelry from Clyde's Rebirth, Dethrose Vintage and MidNorth Mercantile—plus refreshments and old school barber and styling services. Presented as part of the Pilsen neighborhood's free 2nd Fridays art walk. 6-10 p.m. Friday.
Women's Work Weekend
Hoover-Leppen Theatre, Center on Halsted 3656 N. Halsted St. 773-472-6469
Pride Films and Plays shines the spotlight on the ladies with individual staged readings of six plays from finalists—of all sexual orientations—selected from submissions in a nationwide competition for their pertinence to the lesbian community and relevance to the world. Various times. Friday-Sunday. $10. Schedule and tickets: pridefilmsandplays.com.
(Free!) Open Streets
Milwaukee Avenue from Ashland Avenue to Logan Boulevard 312-427-3325 ext. 221
Stroll, bike or run the temporarily car-free thoroughfare, which becomes an urban playground featuring free cycle rental and repair, yoga classes and water and snacks, a dance party, pottery demos, skate ramps, an inflatable art installation, two pop-up Revolution Brewing beer gardens and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Details: openstreetschicago.org.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
View ofrendas and sugar skulls at the free Day of the Dead exhibition opening, 6-9 p.m. Friday at the National Museum of Mexican Art (1852 W. 19th St.).
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.