Take your lunch break to the next level with a midday sake tasting at Roka… (Courtesy of Roka Akor )
Vanille Patisserie 2108 N. Clark St. 773-868-4574
Satisfy your sweet tooth at the local French pastry shop's new third location, which features seating for 22, a visible decorating room, an espresso bar and such treats as individual gluten-free Manjari flourless chocolate cakes ($6.85) and signature macarons ($1.65 each). 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
BCS National Championship Game Party
Lillie's Q 1856 W. North Ave. 773-772-5500
The Florida State Seminoles take on the Auburn Tigers to determine the country's top NCAA Division I team (8 p.m.) and you can cheer them on with your choice of two cocktails, wines or beers and passed appetizers throughout the game including barbecue sliders, shrimp and grits, chicken and dumplings, fried pickles and more. 7 p.m. $40. RSVP recommended: eventbrite.com
Roka Akor 456 N. Clark St. 312-477-7652
Improve your midday with tastings of nine sake varieties, including Narutotai, Mizbasho Ginjo and Dassai 50, during a 15-minute pre-lunch session in the lounge; then, enjoy a full glass of your favorite—it's included with the tasting. Bonus: $10 is donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Through Friday. $20. RSVP recommended.
The Beetle 2532 W. Chicago Ave. 773-384-0701
Grab your pals—up to six people are permitted per team— and sharpen your wits with $3 Point drafts and $4 Stoli vodka cocktails. Quizzes testing your knowledge of fun factoids could win you concert tickets and other prizes. 8 p.m. No cover.
American Rhythm Center Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., third floor 312-922-1272
The Chicago Human Rhythm Project hosts a week of free dance classes for your exercising pleasure featuring such genres as tap, jazz, hip-hop, flamenco, classic Indian, modern, soul swing, ballet, Mad Haus and more taught by dancers from Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Muntu Dance Theatre, Gang of Toes and others. Various times. Through Saturday. Schedule: arcchicago.org
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
RSVP for the Lunch Break Open House—with vegan treats—from noon-1:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Upton's Breakroom, 2054 W. Grand Ave.: email@example.com
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.