Pick up some tropical stocking stuffers at Three Dots and a Dash on Monday. (Anjali M. Pinto )
Chef Night Dinner
Inspiration Kitchens 3504 W. Lake St. 773-878-0981
Chef Michael Kornick of MK the Restaurant teams up with students from Inspiration Corporation's food service training program for a five-course BYOB meal including smoked, roasted pork loin, wild mushroom pot pie and pecan caramel tartlet. 7 p.m. $40. Tickets: inspirationcorp.org
Bottomless Bites Monday
Barcito 151 W. Erie St. 312-274-1111
End the workday Spanish-style with all-you-can-eat tapas featuring six varieties such as filet mignon sliders with blue cheese and roasted red pepper and eggplant crostini with goat cheese and hazelnut-romesco sauce. 6-8 p.m. $18 or $25 with one cocktail, wine or draft beer.
Tiki Mug Release Party
Three Dots and a Dash 435 N. Clark St. 312-610-4220
Mixologist-owner Paul McGee whips up tropical creations including the FTW (Forget The Winter), made with St. Lucian and Trinidadian rums, ruby port, lime juice and bitters ($10). Add a new Golden Bamboo or McGee mug—the latter features McGee' likeness—or one from the bar's existing mugs-for-sale collection for $15-$20 more. 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
J-Star vs. 1983
Mary's Attic 5400 N. Clark St. 773-784-6969
Tease up your hair and join Chicago performer Jonathan Mayo who belts out 1983 tunes with a live band at this throwback performance in celebration of his 30th birthday which also features a clothing, personal care and book donation drive for the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Admission includes a premium cocktail. 7:30-8:30 p.m. $10.
That's Weird, Grandma: The Holiday Special
The Neo-Futurarium 5153 N. Ashland Ave. 312-409-1954
Barrel of Monkeys kicks off the seasonal edition of their long-running show in which actors bring to life such humorous tales as "Santa and Taco Bell," "The Crazy Reindeer," "Snowmen From Pluto," "Santa's Mean Day" and more, all written by kids in the organization's Chicago Public Schools writing program. 8 p.m. Through Jan. 13. $12. Tickets: barrelofmonkeys.org
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Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.