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  • Ada Street joins in Restaurant Week with a special prix-fixe menu.
Ada Street joins in Restaurant Week with a special prix-fixe menu. (Barry Brecheisen / for RedEye )
January 22, 2014|By Julia Borcherts | For RedEye

EAT

Hail to the Female Chefs

Ada St. 1664 N. Ada St. 773-697-7069

The restaurant—which boasts a female executive chef, sous chef, general manager and operations director—pays tribute during Chicago Restaurant Week to dishes popularized by female chefs with three-course mix-and-match dinners featuring such options as Moroccan carrot salad inspired by Alice Waters and bouillabaisse inspired by Julia Child. 5:30 p.m.-flexible closing times. Friday-Sunday. Through Feb. 6. $33.

Chicago Restaurant Week

Various locations

Nearly 300 restaurants team up for this showcase—which actually runs for two weeks—featuring prix-fixe lunches and dinners in neighborhoods around Chicagoland, including 40 new participants such as Beatrix, Stella Barra Pizzeria and The Refinery. Hours vary. Friday-Feb. 6. $22 for lunch; $33-$44 for dinner. Schedule: eatitupchicago.com or choosechicago.com/mobile-app.

Fast Food Week

The Garage 116 N. Aberdeen St. 312-344-1784

The team at the brick-and-mortar hub of The Salsa Truck concludes its week of gourmet fast food with a "McDowell's" theme featuring a Royale with Cheese burger and a boneless rib sandwich ($10 each with fresh-cut fries and drink). Also on the menu are Chicago staples such as Chicago-style hot dog, Maxwell Street polish and Mother-in-Law sandwich. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; 4 p.m.-sold out. Friday.

DRINK

Beer Can Appreciation Day

Delish Diner 2018 W. Division St. 773-276-5200

Celebrate the aluminum packaging with $1 tallboy cans of old-school classics including PBR, Schlitz, Old Style and Old Style Light with the purchase of any entree. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday.

'Rupaul's Drag Race' Event

Spin 800 W. Belmont Ave. 773-327-7711

Grab a $5 Bacardi Bomb and watch Chicago-based contestants from the popular Logo-TV show—Gia Gunn from the upcoming Season Six, Jade (Season One), DiDa Ritz (Season Four) and Monica Beverly Hillz (Season Five)—perform at midnight and 1 a.m. A meet and greet follows. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday. $5; no cover before 10 p.m.

Jai Ho!: Bebo Vs. Beu

Big Chicks 5024 N. Sheridan Road 773-728-5511

Drag artist LaWhore Vagistan portrays the Queen of Bollywood—Kareena Kapoor, also known as Bebo—who takes on performer Shea Coulee as the Queen of Pop—yes, Beyonce—in a battle of the divas at this quarterly, Bollywood-themed LGBT bash which also features $3 Miller Lite pints and $4 Blue Moon pints. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday. $5 suggested donation.

DO

'Moral Hazard'

Chemically Imbalanced Theater 1422 W. Irving Park Road

Chicago actor-writer Walt Delaney—recently seen onstage as Tom Cruise in "The TomKat Project"—returns with a comedic look at his former job as an auto finance account manager during the 2008 economic collapse, interspersed with humorous commentary about factors contributing to the recession from writer-performer Chandler Goodman. 8 p.m. Saturday. Through March 1. $10. Tickets: cicomedy.com/moral-hazard

Hubbard Street Comedy

Hubbard Inn 110 W. Hubbard St. 312-222-1331

Co-owner—and stand-up comic—Chris Bader and local funnyman Paul Farahvar launch a stand-up showcase in the new third-floor event space where the two perform with Chicago comedians Ashley Corby, Jonah Jurkens, Martin Morrow and Chris Palladino. Bonus: There's no drink minimum, but there is a 20 percent food discount for show-goers. 8-9:30 p.m. Friday. $10-$15. Tickets: eventstand.com/events/hubbardstreetcomedy

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY

Get tickets for the inaugural St. Jude Art and Craft charity event Jan. 30 at Duffy's: stjude.org/artandcraft

Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.

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