Saturday, January 31, 2015

This Weekend

  • 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

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