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Booze, Books & Brunch
What: The Empty Bottle’s book club reads between the lines of Sarah Terez Rosenblum’s Herself When She’s Missing, about a dysfunctional romance between band groupies.
Why: Join the discussion and grab brunch from Bite Cafe next door.
When: Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 1035 N. Western Ave., at Cortez St. (773-276-3600). Book discussion is free.
Birchwood Kitchen’s Winter Menu
What: Get your comfort food fix with the locavore Wicker Park cafe’s new brunch, lunch, and dinner lineup.
Why: Scallion egg salad with house-made kimchi, curry-braised duck with turmeric-pickled cauliflower, spicy turkey sloppy Joe, and more.
When: Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 2211 W. North Ave., b/t Leavitt St. & Bell Ave. (773-276-2100).
What: All fall and winter stock is up to 50 percent off, including Sessun skirts, Echo mufflers, and Wooden Ships sweaters.
Why: Stylish finds for frosty days.
When: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 1913 W. Division St., b/t Winchester & Wolcott Aves. (773-395-2351).
Virtu Anniversary Event
What: Ring in twelve years of biz at the Bucktown shop with prosecco, snacks, and 20 percent off all full-price merchandise.
Why: The modern-gift bliss of Orla Kiely handbags, Chan Luu wrap bracelets and scarves, and Beth Mueller ceramics.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 2034 N. Damen Ave., at McLean Ave. (773-235-3790).
Brunch at The Bristol
What: Chef/owner Chris Pandel tempts you to face the blustery day when he adds Saturday brunch to the weekend lineup.
Why: Get a boost from the Hangover Breakfast (noodles, pork broth, and shrimp cake) and ricotta with figs and granola.
When: Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 2152 N. Damen Ave., b/t Webster & Shakespeare Aves. (773-862-5555).
Photo: Courtesy of Atomic Books