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Weekend: Eat. Drink. Do.

(Chuan D. Vo for RedEye )
February 20, 2014|By Julia Borcherts | For RedEye

EAT

Raclette Party

Bar Pastoral 2947 N. Broadway 773-472-4781

Drop in for an Alpine feast where melty goodness awaits at the cheese bar. Pair it with accompaniments brought to the table, including caramelized cipollini onions, roasted pork shoulder and brussels sprouts, baguettes, charcuterie, veggies and pickles, plus spiced oranges to top off your meal. 5-10 p.m. Sunday. $35.

Now Open

Stan's Donuts & Coffee 1560 N. Damen Ave. 773-360-7386

The iconic L.A. shop—open since 1963—partners with Chicago's Labriola Baking Company for traditional glazed and cake doughnuts ($1.75), fritters and filled varieties ($2.50) and specialty offerings such as twisted cinnamon pretzels and pastry pockets with such fillings as peanut butter and banana ($3.25). 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.

DRINK

Solidarity::Darkside

Emporium Arcade Bar 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-697-7922

Hardcore Craft Beer—a local organization which aims to bridge the gap between producers and consumers—celebrates its second anniversary with a bash featuring tastings of 24 stouts, porters, black IPAs, black ales and other dark beers from 16 breweries including Deschutes, Cervejaria Colorado and One Trick Pony plus brewery swag and game tokens. Noon. Sunday. $25. Tickets: brownpapertickets.com/event/531571

Beadquest Mardi Gras Bar Crawl

Murphy's Bleachers 3655 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-478-3378

From the folks who brought you TBOX—the Twelve Bars of Xmas crawl—comes this sixth annual bead-collecting quest featuring nine Wrigleyville stops. Admission includes $3 Miller Lites, a souvenir mug, a social media contest for gift certificate prizes and a post-crawl karaoke party. Noon-10 p.m. Saturday. $20. Tickets: festaparties.com

3 Floyds and Friends Beertacular

Northdown Cafe and Taproom 3244 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-697-7578

Head to the West Lakeview spot for 11 a.m. tappings of four Three Floyds brews including the Rats in the Ashes collaboration with Off Color Brewing and 3 p.m. tappings of BackMasking, Behemoth barleywine and the 15th anniversary Baller stout ($6-$10 per pour), plus a gallery exhibition of works by artist Don Rock. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday. No cover.

DO

(Free!) Northalsted Winter Fest

Halsted Street between Belmont Avenue and Irving Park Road 773-883-0500

Warm up to winter at this neighborhood sidewalk and patio bash featuring live ice sculpting, an eight-stop complimentary soup walk (2-4 p.m.), fire dance performances, a 3D light show and more. Noon-6 p.m. Sunday.

Chicago Mixtape Fundraiser

Empty Bottle 1035 N. Western Ave. 773-276-3600

To celebrate three years of promoting Chicago music with 157 mixtapes featuring 786 bands, the organization throws a multimedia music mash-up with more than two dozen acts including Psalm One, Mig Mora, Eiren Caffall, ShowYouSuck, members of The Hood Internet and more with DJ sets from Jive Fresh and Minimal Beat. 9 p.m. Saturday. $10. Tickets: emptybottle.com

Chicago Dance Crash: The 'Keeper Of The Floor' Championship

Mayne Stage 1328 W. Morse Ave. 773-381-4554

Meet at the intersection of late night theater and Olympics-style sports as 11 contenders in various genres—breakdancers, ballerinas and more—take on returning champion Rich Ashworth as each goes for the gold in this freestyle dance competition. 9:30 p.m. Friday. $15-$25. Tickets: maynestage.com

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY

Learn to make beer with some of Chicago's top female brewers at Brew Camp on March 8. Info: http://www.hail2theale.com/2014/02/celebrating-international-womens-brew.html 

Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.

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