Friday, January 30, 2015

This Weekend

  • Between the Bun: Roscoe Village Burger Fest

    From elk to grilled cheese to bahn mi burgers, this festival honors America’s favorite food in deliciously weird ways.

    Drink it: Sure, you could drink a light lager, but why not quench your thirst with a Bloody Mary burger?

    Sat-Sun 11a-10p. Belmont & Damen Aves., Roscoe Village (773-868-3010). $7 suggested donation.

    Nearby: Beat Kitchen; Hungry Brain; Underbar

  • Goin’ Out West: West Fest

    Roots Pizza, Tito’s vodka, and Tecalitlan tacos are some of the finest offerings at this West Town throwdown.

    Saturday night fever: See electro party-starters Javelin (7p) and local sound experimentalists Tortoise (8:30p).

    Sat-Sun noon-10p. Chicago & Damen Aves., West Town (312-850-9390). $5 suggested donation.

    Nearby: Cleo’s; High Dive; Roots Handmade Pizza

  • Up In Smoke: Windy City Smokeout

    This first-ever fest brings an outdoor Texas smokeout to Rush Street with endless baby back ribs and Southern-inspired BBQ.

    Liquids of choice: No Southern festival would be complete without copious amounts of Jim Beam and Third Shift brew.

    Fri 3-10p; Sat-Sun noon-10p. Rush and Illinois Sts., River North. $30-60 here.

    Nearby: Bub City; Billy Goat Tavern; The Purple Pig

  • Park It: Dan Deacon at Millennium Park

    If you only attend one free outdoor concert in Millennium Park this summer, make it this eclectic electric free-for-all.

    Hit list: From crowd-level conga lines to frenetically oddball dance opuses, you never know what to expect — except a good time.

    Tonight 8p. Millennium Park Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St., Loop. Free.

    Nearby: Rudy’s Bar & Grille; The Berghoff; III Forks

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