My top four date picks for this weekend

Brand BBQ in Logan Square has reopened for dine-in and carryout.
(Photo by Chad Magiera)

I wore neon pink jeans yesterday. Not as a metaphorical fist shaking to the grey, heavy clouds above, but to give each of my brightly-colored summer pieces their final chances to see the light of day.

I encourage all of you to do the same, but with your weekend activities as well as your wardrobe. Wait two hours for the patio at Big Star. Arrive early to get a good seat at the movie in the park. Walk to dinner instead of taking the CTA. Two weeks or a month from now, you’ll be glad you did.

With that, here are my top four picks for your soon-to-be-last weekend of this glorious Chicago summer:

  1. Welcome Brand back to the neighborhood, as they’ve reopened after their hiatus. You’ll be able to eat in soon, but for now only carry out is available. Don’t skip the macaroni and cheese with burnt ends.
  2. Visit the new CH Distillery and cocktail bar in the West Loop on Saturday, and reserve a $15 tour. (Here’s Eater’s announcement of the opening.) Have dinner at speakeasy-sexy Sepia or the hip Vietnamese Saigon Sisters afterward.
  3. Take a free samba lesson at Brasil Fest in Logan Square Saturday night at 7:30. Stay afterward for Brazilian music that will get you hotter than a hot feijoada. An encore lesson happens Saturday at 7:30. Suggested donation is $5.
  4. Stomp on grapes the I Love Lucy way at Festa Italiana in University Village, then guzzle wine that hasn’t been touched by your own feet. This four-day long fest also has bocce ball and four live music stages. Che romantico.

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