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  • It's National Burger Day...not that you needed an excuse.
It's National Burger Day...not that you needed an excuse. (Courtesy of Stout Barrel…)
December 13, 2013|By Julia Borcherts | For RedEye

EAT

The Sunnyside of Lincoln—Holiday Edition

Lincoln Avenue between Sunnyside and Wilson Avenues 773-271-6100

Celebrate the season in Lincoln Square with carolers from Porchlight Music Theatre and two seasonal dishes and two drinks—wine, beer or hot cocktails—at each of three restaurants: Bistro Campagne, The Grafton Pub & Grill and Due Lire Vino & Cucina. 6-9 p.m. $45. Tickets: brownpapertickets.com

National Hamburger Day

Stout Barrel House & Galley 642 N. Clark St. 312-475-1390

Honor this most American of meals with an off-the-menu Stoutastic Classic diner-style burger made with two quarter-pound beef patties, lettuce, tomato, special sauce and fries ($12). Pair it with Oskar Blues Dale's pale ale for $6 more. 4 p.m.-4 a.m. Through Saturday.

Cooking for a Cause

Red Door 2118 N. Damen Ave. 773-697-7221

Teena Crane from local organization In Chef's Hands joins chef Troy Graves to prepare the evening's dinner service and 50 percent of all food sales from the regular menu—including chestnut-fried calamari with tarragon aioli ($10) and braised turkey leg with black bean puree ($18) and more—benefit In Chef's Hands. 5-10 p.m. RSVP: troy@reddoorchicago.com

DRINK

Holiday Cocktails 101

Mariano's West Loop 40 S. Halsted St. 312-243-7657

Learn from the best—in this case, The Aviary's Charles Joly, the 2013 winner of the prestigious Tales of the Cocktail conference's Best American Bartender Award—who demonstrates three seasonal drinks including The Guild Meeting bourbon-based punch, the champagne-based French 75 and a modern version of the 19th Century Tom & Jerry cocktail. 6-7 p.m. $15. RSVP required by 5 p.m.: eventbrite.com

DO

Mondo Toy Drive for AIDS Care

Innjoy 2051 W. Division St. 773-394-2066

Support the efforts of local AIDS care organization Edge Alliance with a donation of an unwrapped toy at this ninth annual bash hosted by Urban Theater Company featuring a Stoli vodka cocktail reception (9-10 p.m.), sexy Santa's helpers, a drag performance by UTC's Madrid St. Angelo and beats by DJs Knife Fight, Lego and Teri Bristol. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY

Learn once and for all how to open a bottle of wine for the holidays with our short video: redeychicago.com/wine

Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.

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