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  • Do some beachside people watching--and drinking--at Castaway's seasonal opening.
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May 22, 2014|By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye

EAT

Memorial Day Barbecue

Deuce's & the Diamond Club 3505 N. Clark St. 773-644-5554

It's patio launch time at the Wrigleyville spot known for its swim-in fountain and poolside cabanas. Celebrate the season with $10 vodka-spiked snow cones, $12 rum fishbowl cocktails, $15 Corona buckets and a $7 barbecue buffet (noon-4 p.m.) featuring burgers, dogs, ribs, chicken and sides. Noon-11 p.m. Sunday. No cover.

Grilly Sunday

Billy Sunday 3143 W. Logan Blvd. 773-661-2485

Drop in before or after a stop at the nearby Logan Square Farmer's Market for an entirely fresh-grilled meal of skirt steak, sourdough bread and seasonal vegetables served with a Praga pilsner. Noon-2 a.m. Sunday. $25. 
(Read our review of Billy Sunday.) 

Memorial Day Specials

High Noon Saloon 1560 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-227-9339

The Wicker Park Tex-Mex spot opens early for the holiday with all-day specials such as a $7 beer-taco combo featuring a Lagunitas IPA draft and any regular taco from the menu (fish, al pastor, barbacoa-style chicken, grilled asparagus, applewood-smoked brisket), plus additional food and drink deals. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday. No cover.

DRINK

Opening Weekend

Castaways 1603 N. Lake Shore Drive 773-281-1200

Do some North Avenue Beach-gazing from the deck with $7.50-$9.25 frozen cocktails, $6 Corona cans, a KISS-FM live broadcast (1-5 p.m. Saturday), live music from Sunfallen (1-7 p.m. Sunday) and DJ beats from DJ Jem & The Dance Floor Junkies (1-7 p.m. Saturday and Monday). 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Monday. No cover.

The Day After

Local Option 1102 W. Webster Ave. 773-348-2008

The annual post-apocalyptic shindig features tappings of what are billed as "the most devastating beers on earth"—31 specialty brews for $6-$9 each including Scratch Gotlandsdricka ($9), Central Waters Exodus ($9) and Local Option Bierwerker American Muscle ($7). 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday. No cover. More: localoptionbier.com

Brew LaLa

1st Ward at Chop Shop 2033 W. North Ave. 773-537-4440

This afternoon social includes beers from 18 local purveyors including Temperance Beer Company, Goose Island Beer Company, Distortion Brewing and others. Admission also includes appetizers and, in honor of Memorial Day, partial proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. 2-7 p.m. Saturday. $35. Tickets: brewlala.brownpapertickets.com
(Read our review of Chop Shop.)  

DO

Ridge Run

Ridge Park 9625 S. Longwood Drive 773-233-3100

Take a trot through the Beverly and Morgan Park neighborhoods on a scenic course that includes Chicago's highest hill at this 37th annual run/walk event. Online registration has closed, but in-person registration is available at the park from 3-7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; noon-3 p.m. Sunday; and 6:30 a.m. until 30 minutes before race time Monday. 8 a.m. (10K); 9:30 a.m. (5K) Monday. $30-$60. Info and application: bapa.org.ridgerun

Neighborhood Walking Tour

The Second City 1616 N. Wells St. 312-337-3992

See the spots where both architectural and comedic history were made as author Margaret Hicks ("Chicago Comedy: A Fairly Serious History") leads you to landmarks from the Second City's chronicles and its Old Town neighborhood—with humorous anecdotes included. 10:30 a.m. Sunday (also 4 p.m. Wednesday). Through October 29 (Sunday start time changes to 10 a.m. July 6). $15. Tickets: secondcity.com

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY

Hugo Burnham and David Allen of legendary post-punk band Gang of Four will DJ at Analogue (2523 N. Milwaukee Ave.) on Saturday night, midnight-3 a.m.

Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.

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