There’s no question that the city will be bustling with people this weekend as Lollapalooza takes over Grant Park. All the more reason to stay in the neighborhood and start out the weekend on the right foot—close to home and traffic-free! This week’s Recommended Event listing is dedicated to everyone’s best friend: Friday!
Local restaurant Sola (3868 N. Lincoln Ave.) is launching a program called Foodie Fridays, in which you can stop in any Friday during the month of August and receive 25 percent off your entire bill. Be sure to call ahead for reservations and mention “Foodie Fridays” when booking. The mai’a hot fudge sundae (homemade banana gelato, hot fudge, macadamia nuts, and bruleed banana) and the truffle parmesan fries = foodie heaven!
The Old Town School of Folk Music will put on a pumped-up version of its First Friday Open House as part of the groundbreaking festivities for its new building. In addition to regularly scheduled indoor events, free activities will line Lincoln Avenue (at the site of the new building) between 6 and 8 p.m. tonight.
Scheduled outside events include an opening singalong; Brazilian dance with Dill Costa; a slow jam with Paul, Colby and Maria; and a community drum circle with Rick Neuhaus. Don’t forget to stop inside for square dance, FreeDance, student ensembles, an open string jam, and more.
Head over to Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 North Lincoln Avenue) between 9 p.m and 12 a.m. to see Eddie Cos, local bartender extraordinaire, and hear the Million Sellers perform live. The ultra-smooth rockabilly group (think: Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and Carl Perkins) will perform hits from their latest release, Mighty Good and Other Rockin’ Hits!
The Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and spokesmodel/pinup girl Bernie Dexter (often referred to as the modern-day Bettie Page) will be on site promoting their Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager ($4). For those looking to play the part, check out this quick guide to rockabilly hair.