CHICAGO — Some of the many things to do in Lincoln Park and Old Town Thursday night include a boozy haunted house trip, a dark comedy act, a French vs. Californian wine battle and a few music shows.
Haunted House Bus Trip Kicking Off at McGee's and Duffy's, 6 p.m.
For those who'd rather be inebriated when they explore a dark haunted house, the area bars are organizing bus trips to Morton Grove's Fear City. A pre-party starting at 6 p.m. might help dull your fears until the buses leave McGee's, 950 W. Webster Ave., and Duffy's, 420 W. Diversey Parkway, at 7 p.m. The $50 package includes the pre-party, drinks on the bus, a haunted house and barn and the round-trip ride.
Christopher Titus at Up Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave., 8 p.m.
Christopher Titus will bring his signature brand of dark humor to Up Comedy Club from Thursday night until Sunday. Several of his comedy specials, including the recent "Love is Evol," have brought out the hilarity in some of the more tragic corners of his life. Tickets for the show are $25.
Mike Doughty at Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., 8 p.m.
Mike Doughty, who formed the '90s band Soul Coughing, plays from the albums "El Oso," "Ruby Vroom" and "Irresistible Bliss." Tickets for those 18 and older are $25.
Paste Magazine presents Spirit Family Reunion, Hurray For The Riff Raff and The Deslondes at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln Ave., 8 p.m.
Tickets are $15 to see New York band Spirit Family Reunion, described as "homegrown American music" along with American folk/country group Hurray for The Riff Raff plus opener The Deslondes. It's an 18 and older show.
Beth Stelling and Drew Michael at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells St., 8:30 p.m.
Beth Stelling, who started her career in Chicago before shipping off to L.A. and appearing on "Conan," will perform at Zanies tonight through Sunday with local comedian Drew Michael. Tickets are $25, plus two minimum orders of food or drinks.
Chardonnay-Pinot Noir Battle at the Winebar at Plum Market, 1233 N. Wells St., 7 p.m.
It's like the Judgment of Paris all over again. In this taste test, French wine will square off against California-grown vintages. Burgundy aficionado Peter Wasserman, the son of French wine importer Becky Wasserman, will make an appearance and go up against Rick Morrison of V2 Wine Group. Tickets for the event, restricted to those 21 and older, are $20 and may be bought online here.