Kick off rooftop season with a party at Vertigo Sky Lounge. (Courtesy of Dana Hotels )
(Free!) Italian Food Giveaway
Belmont CTA stop 945 W. Belmont Ave.
The Central Lakeview Merchants Association improves your commute with complimentary samples from 18 local Italian restaurants—six each week for three weeks—which launches with bites from Al's Beef, Frasca Pizzeria, Chicago's Pizza, Giordano's, Lina's Chicago Kitchen and Fornello Trattoria. 5-7 p.m. Thursdays through May 29.
Summer Patio Kick-off Party
Vertigo Sky Lounge Dana Hotel & Spa 2 W. Erie St. 312-202-6060
Splash into the season at this 26th floor rooftop party featuring sand castle sculptures, $14 summer cocktails, beach balls, cabanas and beats by resident DJs Sean Strange, Milty Evans and Johnny Fiasco. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover. RSVP required: firstname.lastname@example.org
John Barleycorn Lincoln Park 658 W. Belden Ave. 773-348-1570
The bar closes its original location Saturday, but you can celebrate its 50 years of history with throwback pricing on three favorites: $3 Guinness, Harp and Bass drafts, $3 glasses of house red and white wines and a $3.99 build-your-own burger. From 5-7 p.m. nightly, TVs display an artwork slideshow with a classical music soundtrack. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Through Saturday (hours vary).
(Free!) Here Is Your Alibi
The Frontier 1106 W. Thorndale Ave.
No justification needed—hey, it's free and it's BYOB—to step into this storefront theater for a stand-up show where comedians Mike Timlin, Mike Bobrinskoy, Shane Copland, Timmy Brochu, Kelsie Huff and host Lev Kalmens give you plenty of excuses to laugh. 8 p.m. More: hereisyouralibi.com
(Free!) 'Bellboys, Bears and Baggage'
Redmoon 2120 S. Jefferson St. 312-850-8440
RSVP (email@example.com) to catch a free preview of Redmoon's new tragic-comic, choose-your-own-adventure spectacle—inspired by Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale" and his famously enigmatic stage direction, "Exit, pursued by a bear"—which takes place in multiple rooms throughout the company's 16,000-square-foot headquarters. 7-9 p.m. (every 30 minutes). Previews run through Saturday; the show officially opens Sunday and runs through June 8 ($30; $15 for students).
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Drinking some Old Style this weekend? Keep an eye out for golden cans that could earn you prizes like music fest passes or a shopping spree.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.