Emmett's to go
Not feeling very social? Take Emmett's Ale House to go. Choose from Victory Pale Ale, McCarthy Red Ale, 1871 Pre-Prohibition Style Lager and Robust Porter in six packs for $9.99 or cases for about $43. Or get most other beers in growlers. Call ahead to confirm stock, if your heart is set on a particular brew.
Daily at Emmett's Ale House, 110 N. Brockway St., Palatine, (847) 359-1533, or 5200 Main St., Downers Grove, (630) 434-8500. See emmettstavern.com.
It's Villa Park, Vegas-style. Catch Vegas-like performer Vito Zatto at La Tosca Ristorante and Pizzeria Thursday, July 28. Enjoy $5 martini night with a long list of martini ideas including the red velvet martini, lemon drop martini, the appletini and chocolate martinis. No cover but reservations recommended.
7 to 11 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at La Tosca Ristorante and Pizzeria, 123 E. St. Charles Road, Villa Park. (630) 832-5300 or ristorantelatosca.com.
Champagne and chicken
Champagne and fried chicken. They might be an unlikely combo, but together they're a tasty treat at El's Kitchen and Bar. Sip $5 per glass Secco Bianco Italian Bubbles Sparkling White Champagne on Thursdays and order the buttermilk battered Southern fried chicken. It only costs $10 for a half chicken and $15 for a full.
Thursdays at El's Kitchen and Bar, 1450 W. Webster Ave., Chicago. (773) 248-5210 or elskitch.com.