Eat under the stars at Homestead in West Town. (Lenny Gilmore/RedEye / July 17, 2012)


Hawaiian Luau

Estate Ultra Bar 1177 N. Elston Ave. 312-582-4777

Toast to endless summer at this tropical celebration where tickets include two gin cocktails and Hawaiian-themed appetizers. Feeling lucky? Enter the Best Hawaiian Shirt or Hula Girl contests for your chance to win tickets to future events and bottles of premium liquor. 7-10 p.m. $10 in advance. Tickets:

Summer Harvest Celebration Dinner

Homestead 1924 W. Chicago Ave. 773-332-2354

Homestead chefs collaborate with Perennial Virant and Vie chefs to offer a four-course meal with options such as zucchini parmesan, seafood stew, crispy porchetta and roasted broccoli, blueberry tart with raspberry jam cookies, an assorted truffle box and more. 6 p.m. $75; tax and tip included. Tickets:


Summer Patio Specials

Frontier 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-772-4322

The Noble Square bar offers daily summertime food and drinks specials in the 2,500-square-foot beer garden, including $4 Coors Banquet cans and $5 craft beer cans. Need something to soak it all up? Tuesdays also mean $18 all-you-can-eat fried chicken.


Summer in the City

The Kensington 812 N. Orleans St. 312-380-0004

Order this rooftop party's signature cocktail, The Pink Lady (gin, lemon juice, grenadine and a lemon twist), and partial proceeds benefit Tickled Pink for Bright Pink, a marketing and event company committed to helping those affected by cancer. Stick around for complimentary appetizers and an Edith Hart fashion show. 6-9 p.m. No cover; RSVP required:

This Much is True

Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro 3905 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-248-3905

This edition of the monthly reading series boasts a lineup including 2nd Story associate artistic director Khanisha Foster, Sidetrack owner Art Johnston, author and poet Achy Obejas, writer Karen O'Donnell and musical guest Mike Maimone. Regulars Scott Whitehair and Stephanie Douglass also perform. 7:30 p.m. Free.


Watch "The Big Lebowski" on the Packing House rooftop from 8-10 p.m with $8 White Russians in honor of The Dude's cocktail of choice.


Amanda E. Snyder is a RedEye special contributor.