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  • Toast to 20 years of the Wicker Park barbecue spot with a buffet and drink specials.
Toast to 20 years of the Wicker Park barbecue spot with a buffet and drink… (Courtesy of Smoke Daddy )
May 15, 2014|By Julia Borcherts | For RedEye

EAT

80th Anniversary Celebration

Lotties Pub 1925 W. Cortland St. 773-489-0738

Party like it's 1934 with 80-cent burgers (noon-4 p.m. Saturday) and all-day Saturday specials including $8 homemade pizzas, $5 Jameson shots and $5 Jameson Black and Stormy cocktails. Sunday, chill with 80-cent mimosas from open until close. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday. No cover.

Ho-Down Pig Roast

Smoke Daddy 1804 W. Division St. 773-772-6656

Celebrate the Wicker Park spot's 20th birthday with an indoor-outdoor bash featuring house-smoked suckling pig served with the restaurant's signature barbecue sauce and side dishes, $4 rum-based Pig Punch and draft beers in commemorative cups, $3 PBR cans, raffles, contests and live music from Andrew Diehl and the Nightmen and the Chicago Bound Blues Band. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday. No cover; $15 for buffet.

DRINK

Opening Night

The Roof at Packing House 1113 W. Randolph St. 312-929-4787

The new Packing House has an even newer rooftop bar—which officially opens Friday—featuring light bites and $12 signature cocktails including the Upton Sinclair (basil vodka, strawberry liqueur, lemon juice, prosecco) and a rum-based coconut daiquiri. 5 p.m.-midnight, weather permitting. Friday-Sunday. No cover.

Andersonville Wine Walk

Swedish American Museum 5211 N. Clark St. 773-728-2995

Pick up your souvenir wine glass at the museum and then head out on one of two routes—north or south—for three tastings each at 11 neighborhood shops (per route) including Found Vintage Living, Sparkles Fine Jewelry, Milk Handmade, Urban Orchard, Roost and Early to Bed. 3-6 p.m. Sunday. $45. Tickets and routes: andersonville.org

Space Pub

The Atlantic Bar & Grill 5062 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-506-7090

Join the folks from Project 891 Theatre Co. for a cash bar bash featuring "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" bingo, a shiny sculpture-making contest, cosmic crafting at the Alien Creation Station, a robot raffle, space-themed visual projections and music from the company's upcoming production, "Jim and Dave ('s Blood Meets Jupiter)." 8 p.m. Saturday. $10.

DO

The Big Sky Circus

First Ward at The Chop Shop 2033 W. North Ave. 773-537-4441

Get your Saturday night off to a flying start at this party from The Galaxie event producers, which features aerial artists, variety performers, beer and wine and beats by DJ Mr. Automatic. An optional VIP upgrade ($50) includes a 7-8 p.m. appetizer and hosted cocktail reception. 8 p.m. Saturday. $25-$50. Tickets: ticketfly.com/event/554233

Self Workout In The Park

Butler Field at Grant Park 350 E. Monroe St.

"The Biggest Loser" trainer Bob Harper helps you tone up with a full-body workout at Self magazine's 21st annual fitness event, which also includes CrossFit, Crunch, Barre Assets, yoga and Pilates classes, beauty treatments, healthy snacks, swag bags and a subscription to Self. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. $30-$35. Tickets: selfworkoutinthepark.com

Spring Swap

Elastic Arts 2830 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-772-3616

Trade in the nicest clothes you're tired of wearing and take home something equally fab from someone else's closet at this inaugural event from Elastic Arts and Chicago Looks, which also features styling tips and Angel's Envy bourbon tastings, plus DJ sets from Uncanned Music's Scott McNiece and vintage clothing, jewelry, housewares and more for sale. 2-6 p.m. Sunday. $2 suggested donation.

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY

Plan your Chicago Craft Beer Week (Through May 25) drinking with our guide: redeyechicago.com/ccbw

Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.

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