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Monday, January 23
Maria's Package Goods & Community Bar (960 W 31st St.) celebrates Belgium's Independence today with Belgian-inspired savory pies from Pleasant House Bakery and specials on Brewery Ommegang brews. From 7pm-9pm tonight, sample their limited-release 2014 Belgian IPA and any other Ommegang beer for $1 off the usual price.
The Downtown Sound free concert series at 6:30pm in the Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St. in Millennium Park, this week features The Both (aka Aimee Mann and Ted Leo), with Pillars & Tongues opening. Seating begins at 5:30pm -- and you're probably going to want to get there early.
Essay Fiesta returns to the Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 7pm. The lineup features 2nd Story podcaster Ozzie Totten, writer and Young Chicago Authors board president Debbi Welch, writer Sarah Michael Hollenbeck, Inland Mag founder and journalist Britt Julious, and "Our Man In Chicago" Scott Smith. Karen Shimmin and Willy Nast cohost. Free, but donations for 826CHI will be collected.