Thursday, September 25, 2008
The pop culture parade
Soccer great David Beckham is one of many celebrities expected to hang out in town this weekend.
Our economy's in turmoil, but if you want to get your mind off it for awhile, there's certainly plenty to do this weekend, from a host of celebrities hitting town and Chicago Gourmet to a few key lounge openings like the new Wrigleyville speakeasy 1914.
Here's what else is happening:
The Diva Series settles into its new home at Madame Tartine, with special celebrity guest Stephanie Izard of "Top Chef." It's also a kickoff party for Meals on Wheels' 20th annual Celebrity Chef Ball, happening in October. Comped Effen cocktails 7-8pm. 7pm-2am. No cover.
Also happening at Madame Tartine is the Johnny Boys Reunion, featuring nightlife icon BJ Murray, Madame Tartine owner Donnie Kruse, artist Gary Weidner and others. If you're all about the "old school," this is one not to miss. 9pm-2am. No cover.
Landmark Grill + Lounge throws a wine-tasting bash, offering guests the best of Aussie vino. Exec Chef Benjamin Browning pairs those with some culinary delights. 7-9pm. $35.
And Edgewater's annual Fall Dinner Crawl occurs at various venues in the neighborhood. Just how many restaurants can you fit in during this three-hour affair?! Twenty-six eateries and businesses will be open for your enjoyment, plus you'll be able to dance away the calories, view fine art and listen to live music. Spots include Broadway Cellars, Viet Bistro and Uncommon Ground. Get the $35 tix here. 6-9pm.
Janet Jackson, who's performing Thursday at Allstate Arena, is scheduled to host an after-party at Le Passage.
Deep, underground house is back at Cuatro, as Groove Parlor takes over with Sound Garden. Deejays Vic Lavender and Mario Romay perform; Mr. Ali's Carla Prather does a live PA. 9pm-2am. No cover.
A Fashion Sneak Peek happens at par lounge, with guests being treated to a hipster view on fashion, art, music and more. Also, get there for those drink specials: $4 Jameson shots, $5 martinis, $6 Effen cocktails. 7pm-2am. No cover.
Since it's so crazy warm outside, the Rib-A-Que Smoke-Out at Moonshine is mad appropriate. Socca is also on this deal, which includes more than 10 different local restaurants as well as award-winning amateurs to pick the "smoke-out champion." Also, "Top Chef" stars Stephanie Izard and Dale Levitski will make an appearance as judges; live music by Devil in a Woodpile and Javelinas. Also, Moonshine’s new onsite brewery should complement the rib-tasting experience. Noon-6pm. $25 in advance; $35 at door.
The Oak Street Council and CS Brides magazine host the annual Wedding Walk: An Afternoon of Bridal Luxury. Fashion shows from luxe boutiques Harry Winston, Hermes, Lester Lampert, Vera Wang, Ultimate Brides and Luca Luca should be the highlight as well as cake tastings and sweet tables by the likes of Bleeding Heart Bakery. Noon-4pm. $60 for brides, $25 for guests here.
Get a little provocative on Football Sunday with the Flirty Girl Football Bash, happening at Flirty Girl Fitness (1325 West Randolph St.). They're setting up multiple large screens to view the action, plus free food and five cash bars and an outdoor patio. The half-time show will consist of pole dancing and "Coyote Ugly"-style performances. Complimentary beer 6-7pm. 6pm-2am. $20 ($25 at the door, if available). Call 312-666-2266 for tickets.
La Madia's weekly football lunch includes the Hester Special: During any Bears game, if star Devin Hester has a return for a touchdown, pizza is on them. Also, the staff helps guests select the perfect brew to complement their extensive pizza selection. Saturday and Sundays 11am-4pm.