Sturgeon at Blackbird, one of the restaurants taking part in Chicago Chef Week.
Time to plan the week. Here's some of what we recommend:
SlutTalk and Alicia Swiz host Amelia Bonow, Lindy West, and Kimberly Morrison, the founders of Shout Your Abortion
, to share their personal stories at the Whistler (2421 N. Milwaukee). 8 PM
Alicia Swiz hosts Shout Your Abortion at the Whistler on Mon 4/18.
More than 100 Chicago and Chicago-area restaurants—including Blackbird, Duck Inn, and Lula Cafe—offer lunch and dinner prix-fixe menus for Chicago Chef Week
. Make reservations early, as spots fill up quickly.
Half Acre is taking over the kitchen at Crossroads Restaurant at House of Blues (329 N. Dearborn) for Hopped Up Beer Dinner
, a five-course meal inspired by and paired with Half Acre beers. 6:30 PM
Host Ian Belknap pits local writers against each other in Write Club
, a composition competition at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia): two players have seven minutes to write about two opposing ideas, and the audience picks each round's winner. 7 PM
The Laugh Factory (3175 N. Broadway) hosts its third annual Open Books and Laugh
event, featuring a night of stand-up comedy—including comics Kelsie Huff, Adam Burke, and Martin Marrow—to benefit Open Books's reading and writing programs. 8 PM
The Whistler (2421 N. Milwaukee) is allowing you, the patron, to get creative with cocktails at the second annual Whistler Cocktail Challenge
. Guest cocktails will be on the menu for one night; $1 from each drink bought will be donated to the charity of the drink creator's choosing. 6 PM
Neil J. Burger
Sip on some patron-created cocktails at the Whistler on Wed 4/20.
Grammy-nominated producer and Tompkins Square label founder Josh Rosenthal
reads from his first book, The Record Store of the Mind,
at City Lit Books (2523 N. Kedzie). The event includes a performance by local musician Michael Vallera. 6:30 PM
Comics artist and filmmaker Lyra Hill
presents three pieces at the Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N. State) that use "multiple film projectors, looping audio effects, and pulsating hand-drawn images to create super-sensory environments of light, color, and sound." Hill will take part in a postscreening discussion. 6 PM
Lyra Hill presents three film pieces at the Gene Siskel Film Center on Thu 4/21.
Kristina Isabelle Dance presents Three Rooms
, a progressive dance performance that takes place in three different rooms at High Concept Laboratories (2233 S. Throop). 7:30 PM
For more stuff to do this week—and every day—check out our Agenda page.