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posted: 2/28/2014 6:01 AM

Night life: Eddie Merlot's offering cakes, cocktails

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Eddie's bridal invite

Brides can sample the goods at Eddie Merlot's cakes and cocktails event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in Lincolnshire. The evening includes complimentary cocktails and small bites. Learn more about hosting bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and weddings at Eddie Merlot's. Reservations required.

Eddie Merlot's, 185 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire; (847) 276-2000 or

Paint and sip

Live by Pinot's Palette's slogan "paint, drink and have fun" at an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday March, 2, and every other Sunday in March. Choose from 15 different styles of 8-by-8-inch self-guided mini-paintings for $10 each. And drink half-priced mimosas. Bar offerings include wine, craft beer and select spirits.

Pinot's Palette, 175 W. Jackson St., Suite 123, Naperville; (331) 457-5440 or

School's in session

Hit the books at Tap House Grill's monthly beer school Thursday, March 6. It's time to learn about stout beers. The evening includes sample tastings, food and beer pairings, free appetizers, beer swag and mini training certificates. All free. The bell rings at 6:30 p.m., so don't be tardy.

Tap House Grill, 1474 Market St., Des Plaines; (847) 813-9996 or

-- Sara Hooker

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