An apple salad from City Tavern's new brunch menu. (Neil Burger / www.strongholdphoto.com )
New Chef, New Brunch
City Tavern 1416 S. Michigan Ave. 312-663-1278
Chef Amanda Barnes—formerly of The Purple Pig and The Publican—introduces a new menu including pork schnitzel with eggs, lemon, capers and maple mustard ($15) and shrimp hash with hollandaise, eggs, potatoes and bacon bits ($18). Combine your entree with bottomless mimosas during your meal for $25 total. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
High Noon Saloon 1560 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-227-9339
Kick off your day with a breakfast item such as French toast with Kahlua creme anglaise and fresh seasonal fruit or a Bandit Skillet with cheddar-jack cheese, peppers, onions, smoked bacon, chorizo, black beans, tomatoes, potatoes and eggs and—hey, it's the weekend—wash it down with all-you-care-to-drink Bud Light drafts, mimosas and bloody marys while dining. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $25.
Alex Chilton Birthday Bash
Empty Bottle 1035 N. Western Ave. 773-276-3600
The late musician—best known for co-founding rock band Big Star and as a producer for The Cramps and others—is immortalized at this ninth annual tribute show featuring 11 bands including The Injured Parties, Certain Stars and Puritan Pine. Get in the spirit with $6 Ice Queen punch made with black tea, honey whiskey, apricot brandy, ginger and fresh OJ. 8 p.m. Saturday. $9.
E3 VIP Bears VS. Packers Luxury Tailgate
Soldier Field Purple lot 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive 877-243-3334 ext. 107
Tailgate in style—at a 50 percent discount (regularly $250)—with premium cocktails, charcoal-grilled meats, a DJ, a raffle for a Graterhead hat and TVs for pre-game coverage in a 2,000-square-foot, velvet-roped, carpeted area with a luxury motor coach. Game tickets are available at an additional cost. 1 p.m. Sunday. $125. Tickets: bit.ly/J2QzLi
Late Bar 3534 W. Belmont Ave. 773-267-5283
Head back to the future with DJ Dave Roberts, who plays '80s New Wave music videos for your throwback pleasure, served up with $7 kir royales, $3 Schlitz 1960s Formula tallboy cans and $12 10-ounce horchata martinis made from managing partner Kristine Hengl's secret recipe. 8 p.m.-5 a.m. Saturday. No cover.
Thank You Very Much
NYCH/Robotic Minds Art Gallery 643 W. 18th St. 708-654-2554
Dive into the weekend at this house party in an art gallery featuring comedy by RedEye "5 on 5" contributor Clark Jones alongside comedians Calvin Evans, Willie Lynch, Jr. and host Davey Boy Helem, plus a cash bar and music by DJ Leon Rogers of WGCI's "The Morning Riot." 9 p.m. Friday. $10.
Paul Van Dyk
The Mid 306 N. Halsted St. 312-265-3990
The legendary German DJ and Grammy Award-nominated EDM producer—who's collaborated with everyone from Justin Timberlake to Depeche Mode to Madonna—headlines this pre-New Year's Eve show. 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Saturday. $30. Tickets: clubtix.com
Making Out With Wes Perry and Friends
Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. 773-227-4433
Bearded triple threat (writer/actor/singer) Perry hosts and performs at this variety show with an LGBT bent featuring sketch duo Pinque Pony (The Second City's Andy Eninger and GayCo's John Loos); queer NYC-based performing artist Shane Shane; comedy and real-life couple Claire Meyer and Alan Linic, who were recently featured on "Good Morning America" for tweeting about their every argument on their @WeFoughtAbout handle; and other acts. 8 p.m. Sunday. $7.
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Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.