Appetizers, including the mussels and fries, are half-off at Hutch in Lakeview… (Courtesy of Hutch )
Fried Chicken Sunday
Gemini Bistro 2075 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-525-2522
The Lincoln Park restaurant debuts a family-style spread featuring buttermilk fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, biscuits, honey butter and Crystal hot sauce. The chicken is brined with juniper berries, cinnamon, cloves and bay leaves on Friday; soaked in buttermilk with lemon, hot sauce and Southern spices on Saturday; and cooked on Sunday. 5-9 p.m. Sunday. $28 (five pieces); $48 (10 pieces).
Half-Price Bar Bites
Hutch 3301 N. Clark St. 773-248-1155
For lighter fare that's also light on your wallet, head to Wrigleyville for 15 different $3-$7 appetizers including steamed mussels with seasoned fries (regularly $13); rare-seared tuna (regularly $12); the Hutch Board with cured meats, Wisconsin cheese curds, crostini, corn nuts and garnishes (regularly $14); and more. 5-7 p.m. daily; 10-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
Dusek's 1227 W. 18th St. 312-526-3851
Kick back with a weekly-changing prix fixe for two or more featuring a shared starter, entree, dessert and a pitcher of the house Czech pilsner, Krusovice. The March 30 menu includes a panzanella salad; fried Slagel Family Farm chicken quarter with braised green beans and pommes Robuchon; and a Chocolate Bar dessert made with pretzel ice cream truffle, Coke cream, cherry jam and a bruleed house-made marshmallow. 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Sunday. $25 per person.
What The Firk? Firkin Fest
Headquarters Beercade 2833 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-665-5660
Tease your taste buds with 20 samples of unfiltered, unpasteurized, casked beers from 25 breweries including Great Divide Yeti with cocoa nibs and oak staves; Metropolitan Dynamo with ancho chilies; Two Brothers French Press with spices; and more. 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $40.
Guest Mixologist Alex Kratena
Travelle at The Langham 330 N. Wabash Ave., second floor 312-923-9988
The Tales of the Cocktail International Bartender of the Year award-winner arrives from London's Artesian Bar to serve up $15 specialty cocktails inspired by his favorite cities including the Back to the Future—a tribute to both the Great Chicago Fire and the city's forward-looking ethos—made with Talisker scotch, port, sherry, citrus, cacao and raspberry. 3 p.m.-midnight. Thursday-Friday. No cover.
The Big Prom: Space Horses In Space
The Drucker Center 1535 N. Dayton Ave. 773-506-7140
Don your best—or cheesiest—formalwear and sip beer, wine and spiked punch in an actual gymnasium at Barrel of Monkeys' fancy fundraiser, which features live music from Diego Sol and the Metronomes, appetizers, raffles, carriage rides, a photo booth, comedic entertainment from Barrel of Monkeys and prom king and queen awards. 7-11 p.m. Saturday. $50-$75. Tickets: barrelofmonkeys.org/bigprom
Goorin Bros. Sample Sale
Mazi Dance Fitness Center 1564 N. Damen Ave. #208 773-278-9600
The San Francisco-based hatmaker offers discounted modern and retro styles including $10 baseball caps and cadets, $15 flat caps and $20 cloches, floppies and fedoras during its only sample sale in Chicago this year. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
Soulful Chicago Bus Tour
Reggie's 2105 S. State St. 312-949-0120
As part of the Soul Togetherness USA Rare Soul Weekender, hop a bus with music journalist James Porter, who showcases studios, clubs, street corners and other local landmarks where the soul music magic happened. The tour concludes at Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar (960 W. 31st St.) where Soul Togetherness DJs spin until midnight. Noon-2 p.m. Sunday. $15 suggested donation. RSVP: soultogethernessusa.com
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Want to celebrate Earth Hour 2014? Turn out your lights from 8:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday in honor of the worldwide planet protection movement.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.