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Thursday: Eat. Drink. Do.

  • A chili-topped dog should help ease Polar Vortex pain.
A chili-topped dog should help ease Polar Vortex pain. (Courtesy of DMK Burger Bar/County…)
February 26, 2014|By Julia Borcherts | For RedEye

EAT

Virtue Cider Dinner

Standard Market Grill 444 W. Fullerton Parkway. 773-857-3080

Raise your dining standards with a not-so-standard four-course prix fixe featuring such dishes and cider pairings as a brie cheese "popsicle" with apple-almond chutney and a glass of Percheron Cidre, and spice-rubbed hangar steak served with Sidra de Nava. 7 p.m. $35. RSVP required: standardmarketgrill.com

National Chili Day

County Barbeque 1352 W. Taylor St. 312-929-2528

DMK Burger Bar 2954 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-360-8686

Cold weather isn't going anywhere, so dig into a chili-cheese dog smothered with slow-smoked brisket chili made with County Barbeque's recipe. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (County); 11:30 a.m.-midnight (DMK). $5.

DRINK

Mardi Gras Kick-Off

Division Ale House 1942 W. Division St. 773-384-6886

Transport your taste buds to the French Quarter with Fat Tuesday-themed specials including $6 hurricanes, $4 Abita bottles and bites such as Cajun gumbo ($3.99-$5.99) and jambalaya with housemade sausage, pulled chicken and shrimp ($10.99). 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Through March 4. No cover.

DO

#MixandMingle

Riff Music Lounge 2239 S. Michigan Ave. 312-965-4488

Fast-track yourself at this networking event for young professionals from Urban Fetes, where you can trade tips with staffers from Relaxation on the Go and the Mercer Agency and take in a Reverb Nation music showcase featuring K-Love, Jeff Gibbs & Co., Justin Ruff and Mallory Lennon. 7 p.m.-midnight. No cover. RSVP recommended: eventbrite.com

Oyster Blues Thursday

Bow & Stern Oyster Bar 1371 W. Chicago Ave. 312-988-0644

Chase away the late-winter blues with live music from the Harmonica Hinds Blues Band which you can accompany with your choice of a dozen fresh oyster trios such as Sunset Beach from Washington ($7.50) and Kumamoto from British Columbia ($9). 7-10 p.m. No cover.

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY

Get last-minute tickets for Friday's Kiss for a DIFFA-rence Winter Ball at Center on Halsted, which benefits HIV/AIDS charities: diffachicago.org

Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.

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