LINCOLN PARK — Forget chicken and waffles. How about waffles and ice cream?
Jeni's Ice Cream opens its third Chicago outlet this weekend, with a party open to the public at 7 p.m. Friday at Foxtrot, a self-described "elevated corner store" at 900 W. Armitage Ave.
It's Jeni's third Chicago location, after opening in Lakeview and Wicker Park. But because it's sharing the space this time with Foxtrot, which keeps morning hours, there's a twist: It will be the first to offer Jeni Britton Bauer's Iron Born, Feather Light Waffles, modified and updated from Fannie Farmer's original waffle-batter recipe in the 1896 "Boston Cooking-School Cookbook."
Ice cream will be free to everyone Friday, and the first 50 people in line will also get to sample the waffles along with taking home a Jeni's swag bag. Everyone left will have to come back at 8 a.m. Saturday to try the waffles.
Looking for things to do this weekend in Lincoln Park and Old Town? There's more, of course.
Old Town Social, 455 W. North Ave., holds a "Kickin' It 4 Christmas" charity event from 4-7 p.m. Saturday. It's a local affair to benefit the nationwide Kicks 4 the City drive, which provides shoes to the homeless. Bring a new pair of shoes and get in free, or pay a $15 donation at the door for a couple of drink tickets and appetizers. To add to the local flavor, "Chicago P.D." TV star LaRoyce Hawkins will attend, dressed as Santa Claus.
Tobacco Road Tap Room, which delivered a sneak peek of its sports-bar style during the Cubs' run to the World Series title, formally opens at 5 p.m. Saturday at 2249 N. Lincoln Ave. It claims to be the first Chicago bar to associate itself with an entire college athletic conference, and not the local Big Ten but in this case the Atlantic Coast Conference. The menu culls regional favorites from the East Coast such as the Clemson Bird Dog (chicken tenders in a bun) and Panhandle Catfish from Florida State, as well as deep-friend Oreos.
The Second City's new mainstage revue, "The Winner ... of Our Discontent," got most of its opening publicity from a new sign posted at the door warning against any expressions of hate speech from the audience. Supporters of President-elect Donald Trump might be stymied, but those still fretting over the results of the November election should find its confrontational abiding attitude a balm. Tickets start at $19, with performances at 8 and 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays at 1616 N. Wells St.
Steppenwolf Theatre's latest play, "The Christians," opens with a rousing performance of gospel music, and the true-to-life singers and performers remain onstage. After that, its success depends on the audience's willingness to explore nuances of Christian dogma, but as ever it's well-played, with trouper Tom Irwin holding down the central role and Bob Brueler making a welcome return as a church elder. Tickets are $20-$89, and performances at 1650 N. Halsted St. are generally at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, with additional matinees at 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, but check the calendar for shifts during the holidays.
With the theater dark on Monday, however, Jaret Landon, the production's music director, plays host to a "Celebrating the Holidays With Friends" concert at 7 p.m. in Steppenwolf's new 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted. As part of Steppenwolf's "LookOut" series, it features members of the play's gospel choir breaking free to sing some seasonal staples. Tickets are $20.
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