XOCO debuts new menu items, including this torta. (Arthur Mullen / July 9, 2014)


New Menu Additions

Xoco 449 N. Clark St. 312-334-3688

The restaurant's second location in Wicker Park is scheduled to open in early August, but until then, head to River North to fill up on dishes such as a poc chuc torta (wood-grilled pork, tomato, Napa cabbage, cilantro-lime crema, habanero; $12). 8 a.m.-9 p.m.


Publishing Cocktails

Resi's Bierstube 2034 W. Irving Park Road 773-472-1749

Bring a wrapped book to swap with other readers and writers—and be prepared to rave about it to the person who snags it—at this beer garden mixer from the folks at City Lit Books. Refresh yourself with $3 Krombacher Weizen bottles, $4 Stiegl Goldbrau lager tallboys, a dozen German beers on tap and dining options including a $6.50 Coney Island dog featuring a Paulina Market frank, housemade chili, cheese and onions. 6:30 p.m. No cover.

Founders Brewing Big Beer Tapping

Sheffield's 3258 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-281-4989

Sip your way through $4-$10 full-bodied offerings from Founders, including Kentucky Breakfast stout, Sweet Repute barleywine, Devil Dancer triple IPA and imperial stout, which you can pair with four $12 beer-infused small plates such as Dirty Bastard ale-infused grilled peaches with blue cheese, bacon and candied pecans. 7 p.m. No cover.


(Free!) Tuesday at the Triangle

Polish Triangle Milwaukee and Ashland Avenues at Division Street 773-354-1239

This installment of the weekly outdoor shindig features live music from local punk rock band Miss Demeanor. Grab dinner or a snack from the Bee & Tea, Sweet Cakes and Cevapcici food trucks. 6-8 p.m.

Story Club South Side

Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S. Morgan St. 773-837-0145

Andrew Marikis hosts writer-performer Steven Strafford ("Methtacular"), This Much Is True founder Scott Whitehair and local storyteller Lauren Sivak, who all share stories on the theme of Beautiful Poisons. Sign up for one of three open mic slots for your own eight-minute story. BYOB. 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation.


Get tickets for the Chicago Fire Foundation's August 7 White Party at the MCA Warehouse: chicago-fire.com/community/foundation/events


Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.