Race party after dark
Tuck the horses into bed and party into the night at Arlington International Racecourse's Miller Lite Party in the Park After Dark -- Country Night. It's one of the after-hours parties planned this summer, starting at 6 p.m. and going until 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 27. For $25, enjoy a three-hour open Miller and Coors draft beer bar with branded beer mugs, as well as dancing, live music and giveaways. Arlington International Racecourse is at 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. (847) 385-7500 or arlingtonpark.com.
Party on Harry's patio
Every Friday evening, join Harry Caray's summer barbecue from 5 to 9 p.m. Munch on pork wings and listen to this Friday's classic rock cover band, The Weeds. June drink specials include $4 Absolut and Malibu cocktails and $3 Stella Artois cidre. No cover. Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse is at 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard. (630) 953-3400 or harrycarays.com.
Tap House's dips
Get dipped at Tap House Grill. Through June 29, pick your vessel: pita chips, celery or carrots, and start dipping with appetizers all primed for dipping. Options include buffalo chicken dip, spinach artichoke dip, hummus and yogurt, dill and walnut dip -- each for $7.99. Other options are the ginger cilantro dip for $6.99, hot ricotta dip for $8.99 or the goat cheese spread for $9.99. The beer of the month in June is the Festina Peche for $3.50. Tap House Grill has suburban locations in Des Plaines, Glen Ellyn, Palatine, Plainfield, St. Charles, Westmont and more. taphousegrills.com.