Let Phil Be Your Party Planner

Plus freezing for some free food and pounding some pints

By Marcus Riley
|  Tuesday, Feb 2, 2010  |  Updated 8:14 AM CDT
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Let Phil Be Your Party Planner

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PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA - FEBRUARY 2: Groundhog handler Ben Hughes pets Punxsutawney Phil, while co-handler John Griffiths holds him after he saw his shadow predicting 6 more weeks of winter during festivities in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on Feb 2, 2008. Groundhog Day is a popular traditon in the United States and Canada. This year a crowd of 40,000 spent a night of revelry awaiting the sunrise and the groundhog's exit from his winter den. If the groundhog sees his shadow he regards it as an omen of 6 more weeks of bad weather and returns to his den. If he doesn't see his shadow, it is a sign of an early spring and he stays above ground. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

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GET YOUR PHIL: Your cheap drinks at Smoke Daddy tonight all depend on what happens with with Punxatawney Phil. If he sees his shadow, then load up on $2 hot cider drinks for that six more weeks of winter. If an early spring is in order, fill up on $2 John Daly cocktails. Either way, you can enjoy the $6 pulled meat nachos, and we're pretty sure groundhog isn't an option. 1804 W. Division St, 773.772.6656

EAT AND BEAR IT: What lengths will people go for some free food? We'll find out today at South Water Kitchen's Punxatawney Pack, a free lunch for anyone who willing to brave the chilly conditions on the the restaurant's patio. Withstand the cold and you can munch on goodies such as Chicken Pot Pie; or Chili Mac with aged cheddar, crème fraiche, homemade saltines and chives. Thankfully, coffee and hot tea are included. 225 N. Wabash Ave. Seatings at 11:30 a.m, 12: 30 and 1:30 p.m (312) 236-9300.

PINT NIGHT: If you haven't already, tonight's as good a time as any to check out Brasserie JO's new Bar JO concept. It's the first in a series of monthly complimentary Pint Nights featuring brew experts from Lagunitas. Take advantage of the $4 Lagunitas IPA pints and free pint glasses or check out one of the 75-plus rare and hard-to-find domestic craft and European beers. 5 - 10 p.m., 59 West Hubbard, 312.595.0800

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