Pick up Indian lunch in the Loop at recently opened Naansense. (Courtesy of Naansense )
Naansense 171 N. Wells St. 312-578-8825
Traditional Indian recipes feature modern twists from chefs Hiran Patel and Sahil Singh (Bombay Spice, Klay Oven, Hot Chocolate). Customizable lunch options include chicken, lamb or veggie-based naanwiches ($6.62-$8.62) made with the tandoor-baked flatbread plus rice and salad bowls, roti wraps and vegan and gluten-free selections. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Enoteca Roma 2146 W. Division St. 773-772-7700
The restaurant's 10th anniversary translates into $10 small plates such as handmade pear ravioli with walnut cream sauce and gorgonzola; orecchiette with baby clams and broccolini; pizza and more; plus $10 red, white and sparkling wine flights and half-price reserve bottle selections. 5-11 p.m. Through April 30.
20 For $20
Osteria Via Stato 620 N. State St. 312-642-8450
Take a tour of Italy with 20 wines from eight regions including Piedmont, Veneto, Tuscany, Sardegna and Alto Adige served in a tasting format with passed appetizers from chef David DiGregorio. Reps are on hand to answer questions about your favorites. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $20. Phone RSVP recommended.
Guest Bartender Night
CH Distillery 564 W. Randolph St. 312-707-8780
Belly up to the bar with Clint Rogers of The Dawson, who serves $11 custom cocktails such as the Poor Man's Gimlet (CH gin, broiled lemons, simple syrup) and the Uptown Saturday Night (CH gin, Luxardo Aperitivo, Cynar, sweet vermouth and strawberry soda). 8 p.m.-midnight. No cover.
The BPI Black Playwright's Festival
Black Ensemble Theatre 4450 N. Clark St. 773-769-4451
The opening night of this annual festival of staged readings of comedies, dramas, one-acts collections and musicals by local playwrights of color features "Price of Corn," a drama by L. Maceo Ferris. 7:30 p.m. $15 per play; $50 for an all-play pass. Through Sunday. Tickets and schedule: blackensemble.org
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
RSVP now for the Madonna-themed Brunch Gone Wild April 20 at Minibar: minibarchicago.com
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.