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  • An assortment of sandwiches at Duran European Sandwich Cafe.
An assortment of sandwiches at Duran European Sandwich Cafe. (Sara Mays/ For RedEye )
January 02, 2014|By Julia Borcherts | For RedEye

EAT

Winter Tea Service

Duran European Sandwiches Cafe 529 N. Milwaukee Ave. 312-666-6007

Choose from 29 loose leaf teas paired with two open-faced sandwiches—popular options include the pickled baby beet-based The Beetnik; and The Austrian, made with potato salad, Kasekreiner sausage, bacon sauerkraut, horseradish, red onion and German mustard—plus a house-made baked good such as a parmesan-chive scone or a Russian tea cookie. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Through Jan. 31. $15.

Brunch Menu

Azzurra EnoTavola 1467 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-278-5959

Start your day with classic Italian table fare such as oven-roasted porchetta with red onion jam, eggs and crispy potatoes ($11) or polenta griddle cakes with preserves, whipped mascarpone and bacon ($10). Also in classic Italian style, there's no set end time—brunch is served until the room clears out. 10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday.

DRINK

Nu: The Outer Space Disco Dancing Society of Chicago

Neo 2350 N. Clark St. 773-528-2622

Get down with your bad self—with the help of resident DJs and special guest Jesse De La Pena of vocalo.org and $4 Treat Yo Self flavored vodka shots—at the first anniversary for this monthly deep house and indie dance music party, where creative dress and costumes highlighting individuality are rewarded with free entry and a hosted cocktail. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Friday. $5.

Distillery Tour

Rhine Hall 2010 W. Fulton St. 312-243-4313

Take a 30-minute tour of the recently opened West Town craft distillery, complete with a tasting of their signature apple brandy. Like what you try? Take home a bottle for an additional $28.99. 4 p.m. Saturday. $7. RSVP: rhinehall.com

Dragalicious

Hydrate 3458 N. Halsted St. 773-975-9244

The Boystown club throws a final bash featuring $7 bombs before closing Sunday for renovations. Go glam early with a show featuring Gia Gunn from the forthcoming season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" plus reigning Miss Continental Naysha Lopez and a cast of female impersonators. Then, show your muscle on the dance floor at a Hard Hats & Sledgehammers party featuring DJ Ted Eiel. 9:30 p.m.-5 a.m. Saturday. $5.

DO

Fillet of Solo Festival

Lifeline Theatre 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. 773-761-4477

Heartland Studio Theatre 7016 N. Glenwood Ave.

The 17th annual solo performance festival features three weeks of rotating lineups from 13 comedy and storytelling groups including The Kates, 2nd Story, Write Club and You're Being Ridiculous, plus 10 individual monologists, panel discussions and workshops. Various times. Friday-Sunday. Through Jan. 19. $10 per show; $30 for all-festival pass. Schedule: lifelinetheatre.com

2013 Sundance Film Festival Short Films

Music Box Theatre 3733 N. Southport Ave. 773-871-6604

See a 93-minute program of eight short cuts featuring fiction, non-fiction and animation about such subjects as an aspiring drummer entering an elite conservatory's top jazz orchestra, a glimpse into a L.A. housing project and a guilt-ridden yuppie's attempts to convince herself and others that she's a decent person. Various times. Friday-Sunday. $9.25. Schedule: musicboxtheatre.com

The Interview Show

The Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. 773-227-4433

Mark Bazer celebrates the sixth anniversary of his live talk show with chef-restaurateur Paul Kahan of Avec, Blackbird, The Publican and newest venture Nico; Kate James of The Second City and Schadenfreude; and musician Robbie Fulks, whose "Gone Away Backward" was named Rolling Stone magazine's No. 10 country album of 2013. 6:30-8 p.m. Friday. $8.

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY

Get tickets for Chicago Restaurant Week's Jan. 23 kick-off event, the First Bites Bash: firstbitesbash.com

Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.

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