Good day, sunshine.
Southport & Irving
What: Lakeview’s just-opened bistro hits you with thoughtful, seasonal American food (honey-brined pork chops, duck lasagna, seared jumbo sea scallops) and a deep wine list.
Why: It’s your new brunch go-to.
When: Mon.-Thurs., 5-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. & 5-11 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: 4002 N. Southport Ave., at Irving Park Rd. (773-857-2890).
Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival
What: Meet culinary artisans from around the world, sample their goods, and toss back a small-batch beer or glass of wine.
Why: Everyone from cheesemakers (London’s Neal’s Yard Dairy, Oregon’s Rogue Creamery) to confectioners (Chicago’s Das Foods, California’s Happy Goat caramels).
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Chicago French Market, 131 N. Clinton St., b/t Washington Blvd. & Randolph St. (312-575-0306). Admission is free.
Chicago Zombie Pub Crawl
What: Dress up like one of the undead and troll Andersonville to scare up drinks specials at many of its bars.
Why: Proceeds from registration benefit local comedy theater company pH Productions.
When: Sat., 2-8 p.m.
Where: Register and start the crawl at pH Comedy Theater, 1515 W. Berwyn Ave., b/t Ashland Ave. & Clark St. (773-732-5450). Advance registration online at brownpapertickets.com. Cost is $25/person.
Sarca Mini Summer Sale
What: Walk away with designer clothes priced 40 percent off.
Why: Ella Luna sweaters, Doma jackets, Rebecca Minkoff blazers, and other pinch hitters that take you from warm days to cool nights.
When: Thru May 31 (while supplies last).
Where: 710 N. Wabash Ave., at Huron St. (312-255-0900).
What: Artist Carrie Schneider built a wood cabin in the Wisconsin countryside. Then she burned it to the ground and rebuilt it, then burned it down again and again. This exhibit shows the eerily beautiful photos she took along the way.
Why: It sparks conversation.
When: Thru May 12.
Where: Moniquemeloche, 2154 W. Division St., at Leavitt St. (773-252-0299). Admission is free.
Photo: Courtesy of Southport & Irving