CHICAGO — On Thursday night, see if you can grab tickets to a trolley tour that pairs history and alcohol, catch a show from "American Idol" winner David Cook or choose between two stand-up comedy shows.
History and booze
History Pub Crawl: Booze, Bars and Bootlegging, Chicago History Museum, 7-10 p.m.
This trolley tour offers a chance learn more about Chicago during prohibition while you get your drink on. The museum's pub crawls usually include heading to four or five local bars and learning some lore along the way. Tickets are $30 for museum members and $40 for non-members. Though drink specials are sometimes available during tours, tickets do not include the cost of food or beverages. Online ticket sales have ended, so call 312-642-4600 for availability.
David Cook at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., 7:15 p.m.
The winner of "American Idol''s seventh season performs at Lincoln Hall with opener The Alternate Routes. Tickets are $25 at the door, $22 online.
Gilbert Gottfried at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells St., performances at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
You might know Gilbert Gottfried as the voice of parrot Iago in Disney's "Aladdin," or more recently as the voice of the Aflac duck commercials (and the surrounding controversy). But before all that, he was a stand-up comedian. Tickets to see his routine are $25, plus two minimum orders of food or drinks.
John Pinette at Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., 8 p.m.
Comedian and actor John Pinette performs at Park West Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $39 and restricted to those 18 and older.