Thursday, August 7, 2008

Market Days!

Boys just wanna have fun at Market Days, which happens Saturday and Sunday on North Halsted Street. (Photo:

The weather gods are smiling down on us this weekend, blessing us with amazing weather. So, kick it outside to a fabulous fest like Market Days or treat yourself to Blind Tasting Sundays on Eno’s relaxing Mag Mile sidewalk patio:


It’s the first Thursday of the month, which means that it’s time for Good For Party at Crimson Lounge. Deejays Sonny Daze and Monna (3 Degrees) spin what they’re calling “dirty, sweaty, soulful Afro-Latin sounds, you know, that sexy shit.” Gotta love that, and it kicks off at 10pm. RSVP to for free admission.

Paramount Room wants you to check out its new after-work deal, which includes chef-driven, complimentary gourmet snacks and light bites. Pair those with their house-infused cocktails, craft beers and boutique wines, and you’ll be good to go.

Head to WineStyles for a tasting of North and South American vinos. They’re bringing out some of their favorites that won’t break the bank. And you’ll learn why these wines are so special. 6-8pm. Free.


Flirty Girls Night Out Party returns, and this time guests will have the chance to meet the “Naked Shower Guy” from the “Sex and the City” movie. Oooo-kay. The party starts at 5pm at Flirty Girl Fitness (1325 W. Randolph St.) with Flirtinis, makeovers, manicures and sexy dance classes (choose from pole dancing, chair dancing or striptease). Participants will then be whisked off in a pink stretch Hummer limo for the after party at Crobar. Mani-pedis will be half price and by appointment only. Event tickets are $10 for Flirty Girl Fitness members; $35 for non-members. Call 312-666-2266 for tix.

Zentra goes back to its roots when it fetes its ninth-year anniversary. They’ll have belly dancers, hookah girls, face and body painters and Duke the Camel (yes, a REAL camel!). Deejays Lego and Derrick Carter spin deep house, soul and Latin beats. 10pm-4am. Cover varies.


Market Days happens today and Sunday, with spontaneous parties happening up and down Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison. Spin, Hydrate and Lakeview Broadcasting Co. will have a host of deejays, drink specials and more to keep you busy all day. Also, Twister! 11am-3am. Donation suggested to get into Market Days.

If you don’t want to watch the Summer Olympics on TV, head to West Town for the Young Irish Wicker Park Pub Crawl Olympics. They’ll have a different “game” at each bar, which will certainly include some type of drinking competition. Event starts at Café Bionda, then makes its way to Pint, Northside, Cans and Lotties. 1-6pm. Get the $25tix (includes donation to charities, drink specials, appetizers) here.


Hey, Mon. Why not do a Reggae-style brunch at Between Café?! It launches today and includes $12 Yakuza Bloody Marys (made with a basil-Tabasco bloody Mary mix and garnished with a skewer of Yakuza beef) and $12 3 oz. $12 3 oz. Bloody Mary Flights with the Yakuza Bloody Mary, Bloody Geisha (made with sake) and a refreshing Ruddy Mary (made with fresh cucumber and Hendrick's gin). Of course they’ll be playing old-school reggae throughout the day.

Or perhaps you’d rather do Blind Tasting Sundays at Eno. Chill out on the new sidewalk patio right off the Mag Mile and order the “blind tasting” flight. The wine identities are concealed, leaving you to guess in categories such as region and varietal. Guests scoring high enough can score a discount of $5.05 off a full priced wine flight.