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Death by wings, a uniform dance party and more for Memorial Day weekend

Amalie Drury

It's my job to write about Chicago and all of its people, places and things. If it's new and it's cool, I'm checking it out.

Le Passage staff at last year's Operation Homefront benefit.

Le Passage staff at last year's Operation Homefront benefit.

Is everyone overwhelmed with jitters for the long weekend ahead? Are you sitting at your desks pretending to work but really checking Tom Skilling's latest forecast, IMing your friends about who's going where, reading your favorite blog (The Chaser), and checking Facebook on a moment-by-moment basis to see if anyone commented on  your "Wooo! Union Pier here I come!" status update?

I thought as much. But just in case you don't know anyone with a lake house and you don't have 17 BBQs on your agenda, please allow me to offer some suggestions:

Tonight: Matthew Santos album release party at Double Door. Someone e-mailed me a flyer for this event, and, intrigued by the claim that Santos' The Burning Ship of Fools was recorded and produced entirely in Chicago, I clicked through to his MySpace page (yep, musicians still use MySpace!) and took a listen. I think I could get into it. 8PM; tickets $12 in advance; $15 at the (Double) door.

Tomorrow (if you're not glued to the Blackhawks game): Take it to the burbs for a 10,000 Maniacs concert at the Arboretum of South Barrington. If you're less of a club kid, more of a have kids type of reveler, this block party will get the fam in an all-American mood with face painting, rides, food and more to benefit the Heart of a Marine Foundation and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. In an interesting marketing twist, the person who tweets the most about the event on Twitter using the hash tag #arboretummaniac will get to meet the band before they hit the stage.  


Tomorrow: DJ Frankie Knuckles at Crimson Lounge. This 2005 Dance Music Hall of Fame inductee helped bring house music to Chicago, and he's still at it. Dance dance dance!

Sunday: Set yourself on fire with the new Suicide Wings at Division Ale House. The hotter-than-hot $9 wings (free to anyone who finishes all 10; victors also get a trophy and T-shirt) come with a bell that must be rung to signal finish or surrender, at which point a server will bring over milk and bread to help fan the flames. Personally, I do not wish to die by wings. But you go right ahead. 


Sunday: Operation Homefront at Le Passage. In a nod to our men and women in uniform, this fundraiser for Operation Homefront is free to all (21+) service personnel who wear their uniforms and show valid military I.D. Relaxed dress code (in case you're coming straight from one of those BBQs); DJ Trinteno spins. RSVP to for a free hosted bar.

Monday: Go to a barbeque. Or have one. Or just go throw a frisbee by the lake. That's my best advice. After all, you do have to work tomorrow. Sorry. 



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