Chilling Out: CHILL International Wine & Culinary Event
Pair dishes from The Bedford, Nellcote, and Hubbard Inn with 150 of the world’s finest wines (plus luxe home accessories).
Early birds: Get there early for a VIP tasting with Tuscan dishes from Coco Pazzo and wines picked by Wine Spectator.
Tonight 6-8:30p. Merchandise Mart, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, River North (312-527-4691). $95-175 here.
Nearby: Union Sushi & BBQ; Chicago Cut Steakhouse; Billy Goat Tavern
On the Spot: Chicago Improv & Beer at The Den Theatre
Sample local brews to get the creative juices flowing at this beginner’s improv class held above a coffee shop.
Liner notes: Learn traditional improv exercises, ice-breaker games, and scene work to become a Second City-style star.
Sun 6-8:30p. The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. 2nd Fl., Wicker Park (773-609-2336). $35 here.
Nearby: Bar Bar Black Sheep; The Savoy; Emporium Arcade Bar
Doggie Style: Hot Dog and a Shake! Burlesque Sketching
Local burlesque starlet Ivy Fabulous takes the stage in a hot dog costume, which she slowly strips from as you sketch her.
DIY drawing: You can bring your own beer, supplies, and condiments, but there is still no ketchup allowed.
Sun 3-6p. Everleigh Social Club, 939 W. Randolph St., West Loop (312-243-6690). $15 here.
Nearby: Haymarket Pub; Maude's Liquor Bar; Little Goat
Top of the Pop: Claudia Pop-Up Restaurant at Company
Former Acadia/L2O chef Trevor Teich offers a fresh take on French and Japanese fine dining at this one-night-only pop-up.
The lineup: The 7-course tasting menu includes mushroom short ribs, bone marrow octopus, and tuna with shaved foie gras.
Sat 5p. Company, 1307 Chicago Ave., Evanston (847-448-0327). $85 here.
Nearby: Blind Faith Café; Union Pizzeria; Dozika