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Kai Zan 2557 W. Chicago Ave. 773-278-5776
They're normally closed on Wednesdays, but chefs Carol and Melvin Visconti turn the original side of their now two-room Japanese restaurant over to employees who show off their skills with three ramen varieties—beef brisket ($13), pork shoulder ($13) and vegetarian ($11) with optional $2 side dishes such as kimchi. 5-9:30 p.m. (or until ramen runs out). Cash only.
(Free!) Xoco Revolution
Xoco 449 N. Clark St.
The Mexican street food spot from acclaimed chef Rick Bayless offers tastes of four limited edition menu items (through June 4) paired with Revolution brews, including hibiscus-glazed grilled chicken salad with Rosa hibiscus ale and smoked short rib torta served with Crystal Hero IPA—the first time that Xoco has offered smoked meat on a torta. 5-7 p.m.
Easy Bar 1944 W. Division St. 773-227-4644
Watch the world stroll by from the 30-seat sidewalk patio with drink specials such as $3 select craft beer cans. Or, head inside for a friendly—and free—game of pool. 5 p.m.-2 a.m.; patio closes at midnight. No cover. See more outdoor dining and drinking options at redeyechicago.com/patios.
Country Line Dancing
Old Crow Smokehouse 3506 N. Clark St. 773-537-4452
Kick up your heels with a 60-minute dancing workshop at the debut of this weekly non-Cubs-game-night series, where admission also includes one welcome cocktail or beer to get you started and a post-lesson barbecue buffet. 7-9 p.m. $35; $15 for lesson only. Tickets: hastickets.com/linedance
Cookies And Cake III
Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont Ave. 773-709-1401
The Two Cookie Minimum reading series throws a benefit for the May 31-June 1 Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) featuring comics artists David Alvarado ("Dirty Hands"), Kevin Budnik ("Dust Motes") and Isabella Rotman ("Animal Sex"), queer comics creator Alex Dahm and illustrator Danielle Chenette. And yes, free cookies and cake are included. 9 p.m. $5 suggested donation.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Register for Women Working In Mixed Media's networking (and makeup and booze and pizza) event at Emporium on May 17: wwimm.org
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.