Thursday, January 24, 2008

A great time for a bottle of wine . . .and more


I know you’d rather be somewhere tropical this weekend, and if you do manage to get away, good for you.

If not, then you know the drill. Here’s the weekend update:

The House of Glunz (1206 N. Wells St., 312-642-3000). Perfect for an evening like tonight, this cabernet and merlot wine tasting event occurs at this old-school wine and spirits shop. Guests can walk around sampling vino from South Africa, Bordeaux, Napa, Sonoma, Washington State and other noteworthy regions. 7pm tonight. $25; reservations required.

Uncommon Ground (1401 W. Devon Ave., 773-465-9801) Also happening tonight is the new Edgewater location’s first Green Room Sessions. Local farmer Good Earth Farms and Green Acres will generously host the complimentary appetizer reception, while the Giving Tree Band performs. Party starts at 7pm. Free.

Wave (644 N. Lake Shore Dr., 312-255-4460). Get the girls together for an early dinner at the W Lakeshore restaurant and enjoy a Mediterranean-inspired, five-course small plates and mini desserts menu. Each guest (minimum of two) will also get a complimentary glass of sangria. 5-11pm Fridays. $25 (not including tax and tip).

Sonotheque (1444 W. Chicago Ave., 312-226-7600). Keepers of the underground house music culture 3 Degrees Global host their first event of the year with a upbeat party and music video shoot for “After the Rain.” Guests are encouraged to arrive in glammed-out attire for the event that includes a live set by Desla and Mr. David Broom, and deejay performances by FLX, Monna and Julius the Mad Thinker. If you love deep and sexy house music, then this is the place for you Friday 9pm-2am. $10.

Jokes and Notes (4641 S. King Dr., 773-373-3390). It’s the second-year anniversary for this comedy/live entertainment club located in the heart of Bronzeville. Get ready to laugh your ass off as the city’s top urban comedians—from popular shows like BET’s “Comic View” and “Def Comedy Jam"—offer hilarious perspectives on current events. Two shows on Jan. 26: 8:30 and 10:30pm. $20.

Republic (58 E. Ontario St., 312-440-1818). The monthly Chicago Fashion Exchange event happens with an urban fashion show and dance party on two levels. Guests may also order from Republic’s Pan-Asian menu. Jan. 26 9:30pm-3am. It’s free, so if it’s not hot, then head across the street to Jbar (610 N. Rush St., 312-660-7200) for a reliable stylish scene.

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