Show: The Fancy Led by singer-keyboardist Seth Garrison and singer-guitarist Clara Latham, the New York orch-pop quartet features bassonist Katherine Young and violist Amy Cimini, both adventurous classical players who established themselves as improvisers and experimenters while living here in the mid-aughts.
9:30, the Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee, 773-227-3530, free
Dinner: Cocina Boricua "This Puerto Rican joint seems to be off the radar of local foodies. Maybe that’s a good thing, because the place is remarkably unspoiled. From the first bite I had there, my primary sensation was wow," writes David Hammond.
2420 W. Fullerton, 773-235-7377
Show: Films by Joseph Cornell 1937-1965 "Joseph Cornell's art could be described as a cartography of the imagination—the connections between history, memory, and fantasy as played out in the individual subconscious," writes Ben Sachs at Cine-File.
7pm, Doc Films, 1212 E. 59th, 773-702-8575
Dinner: Piccolo Mondo Located in one corner of the Windermere, an enormous old Hyde Park hotel gone residential, this spacious, sunny room is two-thirds trattoria, one-third Italian deli.
1642 E. 56th, 773-643-1106
Show: Society of Midland Authors Chicago novelists Marcus Sakey (The Amateurs) and Laura Caldwell (Red Blooded Murder) discuss the craft of writing crime fiction.
7pm, Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan, 22nd floor, free
Dinner: The Gage The extensive drinks list features specialty and vintage cocktails like the Champagne Charlie (champagne and Grand Marnier with a sugar cube soaked in blood orange bitters). The one-page menu has surprising breadth without seeming scattershot: there are half a dozen steaks and burgers alongside more unusual offerings like roast saddle of elk and caramelized lobster with lemon quinoa.
24 S. Michigan, 312-372-4243
Show: American Buffalo "Mamet's great achievement with American Buffalo was to take the earnest broken-American-dream themes of Clifford Odets and Theodore Dreiser and marry them to a street-smart vernacular that sings and scats with its own odd, relentless drive," writes Kerry Reid.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Downstairs Theater, 1650 N. Halsted, 312-335-1650, $20-$77
Dinner: Mizu Yakitori & Sushi Lounge Yakitori are a popular Japanese drinking food: skewered and grilled bits of meat, usually chicken. Old Town's Mizu Yakitori & Sushi Lounge takes the concept further, offering vegetable, beef, and seafood skewers as well.
315 W. North, 312-951-8880