StreetsBlog Chicago writers Steve Vance and John Greenfield (formerly of Grid Chicago) host a launch party for the new site tonight from 6 to 9pm at Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave. Free apps, cash bar and lots of transportation-interested people. Get GridChicago and StreetsBlog Chicago swag while it lasts. Free, 21+
Author Greg Borzo discusses his new book, Chicago Cable Cars, tonight in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., at 6pm. Borzo will show an illustrated presentation with Jacob Kaplan, editor of ForgottenChicago. Free.
Give Chicago Restaurant Week the push-off it so greatly needs tonight at the First Bites Bash, tonight from 6 to 9pm at Union Station, 500 W. Jackson St. Tastings from 50 participating restaurants (among them Baume & Brix and Mercadito), along with beer from Blue Moon and Peroni, are on the bill. Your $95 ticket benefits the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
Chicagoist presents the "Ramova Room" Soup Kitchen at the Benton House, 3052 S. Gratten St., tonight from 6 to 9pm. Guest chefs -- including Allium's Kevin Hickey, Bridgeport Pasty Company's of Jay Sebastien and Carrie Clark, Nightwood's Jason Vincent, Pleasant House Bakery's Art Jackson, Vera's Mark Mendez and Zaytune Mediterranean Grill’s Daniel Sarkiss -- will each serve soup in the recreated Ramova Grill dining room at the center. Suggested donation is $10. All proceeds benefit the Benton House's food pantry.
MAKE Magazine celebrates the release of its latest issue, #12 "Architectual," tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. The event features a Q&A with the City of Chicago's official cultural historian, Tim Samuelson, performances by Like Pioneers and Soft Speaker, and readings by magazine contributors. Tickets are $8 in advance or at the door. Doors open at 7pm, show's at 8pm. 21+
"30 Rock's" Judah Friedlander does a three-show stand at the Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, tonight and Friday. Tonight's show is at 8pm. Tickets are $20-$30 plus two-drink minimum. 18+