Free gelato? FREE GELATO. (Courtesy of Paciugo )
Dungeness Crab Boil
Fish Bar 2956 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-687-8177
Crack some claws for a good cause—all proceeds benefit the Shedd Aquarium—at this once-a-year dinner featuring lobster bisque, half a Dungeness crab, boiled potatoes and a cold Red Hook beer. 6:30-9 p.m. $104 per couple including tax and gratuity. RSVP required: fishbarhascrabs.bpt.me
(Free!) Gelato Giveaway
Paciugo Gelato and Cafe 3241 N. Broadway 773-248-8433
2324 W. Giddings St. 773-989-1926
2009 W. Roscoe St. 773-661-9519
Celebrate the first day of spring with a free small cup of your choice of 32 flavors including Mediterranean sea salt-caramel, vanilla-lavender, panna cotta wedding cake, stracciatella and fondente extra dark chocolate. Be one of the first five through the door and get upgraded to a free large cup. 3-7 p.m.
Paint Your Pet Pop-Up Party
Foodlife in Water Tower Place 835 N. Michigan Ave. 773-313-9133
Bring a photo of your furry friend for this Bottle & Bottega pet portraiture class which includes wine tastings, complimentary appetizers, instruction and all supplies. Partial proceeds benefit the Anti-Cruelty Society. 6-9 p.m. $45. RSVP required: bottleandbottega.com
(Free!) Story Week: Literary Rock 'n' Roll
Metro 3730 N. Clark St. 773-549-4140
Authors Preston L. Allen ("Jesus Boy"), Christine Sneed ("Little Known Facts") and Eric May ("Bedrock Faith") rock the house with readings and local Latin jazz and Afro-Caribbean group Street Sounds performs at this annual, high-energy live lit show from Columbia College's Department of Creative Writing. 6 p.m.
'Venus In Fur' Fantasy Night
CH Distillery 564 W. Randolph St. 312-707-8780
Goodman Theatre 170 N. Dearborn St. 312-443-3800
Join other young professionals for a hosted cocktail at CH Distillery; then, head to the Goodman for a 7:30 p.m. performance of David Ives' edgy comedy. Meet cast members Rufus Collins and Amanda Drinkall at a post-show reception which includes CH Distillery cocktails, sweets from Sugar Bliss and a lingerie and jewelry fashion show. 5 p.m. $45. Tickets: goodmantheatre.org/fantasy
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Get $20 tickets for the all-female Speed Rack Chicago bartending competition on April 13 at Joe's Bar: eventbrite.com
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.