Kanela Breakfast Club

Kanela Breakfast Club in Lakeview debuts a new menu of refreshing summer cocktails. (Barry Brecheisen / for RedEye / February 18, 2011)

EAT

National Macaroni Day

Stout Barrel House & Galley 642 N. Clark St. 312-475-1390

Celebrate your inner child's favorite pasta with Smoked Mac 'n' Cheese ($9), or add bacon, short ribs, chicken or spinach for $11. High rollers, upgrade yours with lobster for $13. Complement your macaroni with a $7 17-ounce draft of Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro. 4-11 p.m.

Bento Box Lunch

Ani 3056 N Lincoln Ave. 872-206-8553

Lakeview's new Japanese joint offers four lunch sets, including ribeye and brussels sprouts, grilled chicken and seasonal veggies, grilled salmon with seaweed salad or grilled firm tofu with spicy tofu salad. All boxes are served with edamame, miso soup and your choice of white or brown rice. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $13-$14.

Now Open

Mercadito Fish 10 E. Delaware Place 312-640-8141

Be one of the first to check out Mercadito Hospitality's first seafood-focused restaurant opening today in the former Little Market Brasserie space in the Gold Coast's Talbott Hotel. Snack on appetizers such as California-style fish tacos (two for $10.50) and crudos ($13.50-$15) or go all-out with a lobster roll ($24.50) or choice of two seafood towers ($44 and $99). 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m.

DRINK

Seasonal Cocktails

Kanela Breakfast Club 3231 N Clark St. 773-248-1622

Cool off with cold, fruity cocktails (all $8) including pineapple mojito sangria, strawberry-basil lemonade, iced Rumchata chai, iced coconut coffee, the Tipsy Rhubarb Palmer and the Kanela Radler. 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

DO

Movies in the Parks: 'Saving Mr. Banks'

Calumet Park 9801 S. Ave. G. 312-747-6039

Settle under the stars to watch this biographical dramedy about Walt Disney (played by Tom Hanks) and his efforts to persuade "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to give Disney the screen rights to her books. 8-10 p.m. Free.

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Amanda E. Snyder is a RedEye special contributor.