Thursday, August 27, 2009

Toast on the town . . . for charity


One night. 20 bars. Lots and lots of booze.

It's that time of year again for Bar AIDS, the sixth-annual event when a number of establishments all over town donate a portion of the evening's profits to AIDSCare.

The leading organization does everything it can to improve the quality of life for those living with HIV/AIDS, so props go to the likes of Chaise Lounge, Fat Cat, The Village Tap and Zocalo for lending a hand.

Bar AIDS takes place tonight all over town. Get the entire list of participating bars here. No cover, but some spots may offer drink specials.

It's raining like hell, but you won't let that stop your weekend . . .


You love pork as much as you love beer, so there's no excuse to miss the pig roast going down at Landmark. They're doing it up with savory pork sliders paired with beer from Three Floyds, so it's guaranteed to be a squeal. Deejay J. Rose spins. 9pm-2am. $30.

The cool, kick-off bash for the annual Bucktown Arts Fest
happens tonight at The Bristol, giving you a chance to meet participating artists. Expect the offbeat eatery to lay out delicious bites, plus two beverages are included in the ticket price. 6-10pm. $30 in advance; $40 at door.

Kit Kat and Purgatory host tribute parties for what would have been Michael Jackson's 51st birthday.


Still relishing in summer hours?! Grab a late lunch at Publican, in the West Loop, where the celebrated pub offers a nice menu of casual grub like a lamb pastrami sandwich, spicy pork rinds, frites with George's organic egg and Bouchot mussels. Menu available 3:30-5:30pm.

To fete what would've been Michael Jackson's 51st birthday, Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club throws a tribute bash featuring all of his celebrity "friends." Look for Liza Minnelli and Liz Taylor, plus performances by lil sis Janet and the King of Pop himself. Toast his b-day with the signature $5 Black & White Martini (VOX vodka, dark chocolate liqueur, vanilla), and of course they'll be showcasing all his videos on large screens all night. 5:30pm-2am. No cover.


Glazed, our fave local donut maker, is holding a Donut Fan Appreciation Party at Green Grocer. That's right, that means you'll get these tasty organic donuts using all local and sustainable ingredients for free! 5-7pm.

Purgatory hosts a Michael Jackson tribute party on his actual birthday. Guests are encouraged to come dressed as the King of Pop for free entry, and to dance along to a night of all MJ music. Look for the Carlton Bradley Dance Crew to teach guests a few of MJ's more famous moves. 9pm-2am.

The Eat Well, Drink Well guys (English, LaSalle Power Company, Angels & Mariachis) have added Rockwood to their little empire this week. Expect the usual casual neighborhood vibe this team is known for. 11am-2am.


Too bad we cannot transport ourselves to Timothy O'Toole's right now for the bottomless Mimosas and Bellinis during brunch. That'll cost you $12, plus they pair easy with super-savory dishes like the breakfast nachos (tortilla chips with refried beans, cheese, lettuce, tomato, scallions, jalapeƱo, and two eggs any style), a half-pound Angus burger, or corned beef hash served with two poached eggs. 10am-2pm.

Flatwater also jumps on the pig roast trend with its first-ever event offering guests all-they-can-eat Swan Creek Farm suckling pork paired with grits, grilled corn and pineapple. Microbrews also included in the deal. Starts at 5pm. $75.


And Monday night revelers should slip into Spring for the weekly Fling. For $20, you'll get small plates paired with hand-crafted cocktails. 6-11pm.

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