Fans of fruit beers will want to cozy up to the bar at The Dawson on Tuesday. (Kaitlyn McQuaid/For RedEye )
Chef's Tasting Menus
Table, Donkey and Stick 2728 W. Armitage Ave. 773-486-8525
Let the kitchen stretch its legs with a five-course prix fixe ($45) featuring dishes such as aged duck breast with duck sausage, glazed turnip and brussels sprouts; and tea-cured fluke with sunchokes and preserved cherries. There's a $70 eight-course option, too. 5-11 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays.
Mixology Academy: The Martini and the Manhattan
Double A Lounge at Mercadito 108 W. Kinzie St. 312-329-9555
Get saucy—so to speak—as liquor experts the Tippling Bros. lead you through the history and evolution of the two classic cocktails and the drink that led to both. Then, learn to create all three and some modern variations. 7 p.m. $35. RSVP required by 3 p.m.: doubleachicago.com
Tuesday Beer Chat
The Dawson 730 W. Grand Ave. 312-243-8955
Get your daily fruit allotment in liquid form as Jim Blockinger from specialty beer importer Merchant du Vin discusses Lindeman's fruit beers and Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock—a dark double bock—and pours complimentary samples (5-6 p.m.). Then, sip a glass of Lindemans Kriek sour cherry ale for $8—and yes, since it's at The Dawson, the staff is calling it "Dawson's Creek." 5 p.m. No cover.
First Tuesday: Midwest Independent Film Festival
Landmark Century Centre Cinema 2828 N. Clark St. 773-248-7759
The series celebrates its 10th anniversary with the Chicago premiere of the coming-of-age comedy "Adventures in the Sin Bin"—featuring Bo Burnham, Emily Meade, Jeff Garlin and Tim Blake Nelson—plus a 6 p.m. cocktail reception, a producers' panel and a post-screening discussion with director Billy Federighi. 6 p.m. $10-$15. Tickets: midwestfilm.com
Going Out of Business Sale
Clothes Minded 1735 N. Damen Ave. 773-227-3402
After 42 years—first in Lakeview, then in Bucktown—boutique owner Sandy Horwitz says goodbye with good buys including 30 percent discounts on new spring items, 50-75 percent off winter items and deals on accessories, tables and shelving units. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Through mid-late February.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Purchase $50 tickets for Sunda's Singles & Sushi event on Feb. 14 at sundachicago.com/valentines
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.