Show: Eric "Guitar" Davis "Most modern rock-styled 'blooze' guitarists leave me cold, if not nauseated, but occasionally a hot-blooded pyrotechnician like Eric 'Guitar' Davis manages to imbue the usual fusillades with genuine musical merit," writes David Whiteis.
Dinner: The Counter "There must be some latent anti-west coast bias in me that initially smirked at the idea of a bunless 'burger bowl,' what the folks behind exploding Santa Monica burger chain the Counter call what is essentially a burger salad. But the two I sampled, belonging to a pair of carb-conscious but pleasure-loving eaters, were really tasty," writes Mike Sula.
670 W. Diversey Pkwy., 773-935-1995, thecounterburger.com
2:30 pm, 5:15 pm, 8 pm, Pipers Alley, 230 W. North Ave., 312-642-6275
Dinner: Mizu Yakitori & Sushi Lounge Yakitori are a popular Japanese drinking food: skewered and grilled bits of meat, usually chicken. Old Town's Mizu Yakitori & Sushi Lounge takes the concept further, offering vegetable, beef, and seafood skewers as well.
315 W. North Ave., 312-951-8880, mizurestaurant.com
Show: True Grit This remake by Joel and Ethan Coen is being positioned as a truer True Grit, and though they take their own liberties with the plot and tone, they preserve Portis's impeccably authentic dialogue, which does more to conjure up the Arkansas of the 1870s than any period trappings. See J.R. Jones's in-depth review for more.
1:50 pm, 4:35 pm, 7:25 pm, 10:10 pm, 600 N. Michigan, 600 N. Michigan Ave., 888-AMC-4FUN
Dinner: Grahamwich New sandwich shop from Graham Elliot, offering sandwiches like a jibarito press and a pork belly banh mi, plus house-made sodas and snacks like "g-wich popcorn" with Parmesan, sea salt, cracked pepper, and truffle oil. Review pending.
615 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60654
Show: The Importance of Being Earnest Shawn Douglass's droll staging for Remy Bumppo Theatre brings out not just the absurdity but the absurdism in Oscar Wilde's classic farce about lovers stymied by, well, nothing very much.
Dinner: Cafe Bernard Venerable Lincoln Park bistro that still holds up against the new wave.
2100 N. Halsted St., 773- 871-2100, cafebernard.com
Show: Lobby Hero Kenneth Lonergan's intriguing 2001 comedy focuses on Jeff, a young security guard at a posh New York apartment building, whose friends—including his uptight supervisor and a rookie female cop to whom Jeff is attracted—tend to take him into their confidence.
Dinner: Edgewater Beach Cafe "Once a hot spot, the Edgewater Beach Apartments are a celebrity locale no longer, but this charming if slightly musty throwback offers a taste of the Pink Elephant in its heyday," writes Kristina Meyer. "On weeknights the scene is more early-bird special than I've seen inside the city limits, and I doubt that the live piano music on weekends changes anything. But the sleepy resort vibe is what makes this place so much fun."
5545 N. Sheridan Rd., 773-275-4141, edgewaterbeachcafe.com