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Wednesday, March 22
Head to Brasserie Jo tonight from 5-8pm for an hors d'oeuvres reception sponsored by DiVine vodka, a Michigan-based distiller. Cost is $25 for food (which will be made with DiVine vodka) and cocktails; call 312-595-0800 to reserve your spot.
The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a month-long salute to the comedy stars of the 1930s; specifically, the Marx Brothers, W.C. Fields and Mae West. Today's film is W.C. Fields' most famous feature: The Bank Dick, which features Fields bluffing his way into a series of jobs. The film screens this evening at 8:30 PM. Tickets are $9, $7 for students, $5 for Film Center members and $4 for SAIC students. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.
Slow Food Chicago presents "A Casual Midwestern Meal" at the recently opened Uncommon Ground on Devon Wed, Jan 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Appetizers will begin the meal followed by a family style dinner at 7 p.m. The cost is $35 per person which includes tax, gratuity, and a Slow Food donation. The soft drinks and metropolis coffee are free, but a beverage flight is another $15.
Reservations are recommended, which can be made by calling 773-465-9801. For more info on the even and the menu, click here.
At 6:30 tonight, several Lakeview communities are meeting at the Wrigley Field Stadium Club (inside Wrigley Field) to learn about a proposed development for the block of Addison across from the stadium. Steven Schultz, who owns several of these properties, will speak about his proposal to build a 105-foot tall structure that will include: a nine-story apartment building; a ten-story, 137-room Hyatt hotel; and 100,000 square feet of retail space. The block is currently zoned for buildings no higher than 50 feet in height. The meeting, which was called by Alderman Tunney, is intended to gather community feedback. Attend if you'd like to learn more or give Schultz or Tunney your feelings on the project.
The man does it all, and seems to have proven himself impervious from the career carnage that seems to affect those he works with. And now you can rock along to his multi-pronged style. Door at 7:30, show at 9pm. Lyfe Jennings opens. Tickets here and start at $32.