Chowing Down in L.P.

Plus, Hearty hosts a preview dinner and Britney's back

Courtesy of Gemini Bistro

WHAT'S YOUR SIGN? Chef-about-town Jason Paskewitz (formerly of the Pump Room and Wave) and Ryan O'Donnell (Keefer's) open Gemini Bistro today in Lincoln Park. Simple, Machine Age-inspired surroundings set the stage for satisfying dishes like lobster gazpacho, duck confit nachos and a 32-ounce ribeye. 2075 N. Lincoln Ave., at Dickens; Lincoln Park; 773-525-2522

SNEAK PEEK: Food Network darlings The Hearty Boys preview Hearty, plating a three-course menu featuring chef Dan Smith's takes on comfort food, such as a grilled Caesar salad, pork belly and beans, and a pudding flight for dessert. 5-10 p.m., $35 3819 N. Broadway St., at Grace; Lakeview; 773-244-9866

IF YOU SEEK BRITNEY: Just when you think it's safe, Britney Spears is back, and she's bringing her "Circus" with her. The spectacle will take place at the Allstate Arena tonight. 8 p.m., $39.50-$150 6920 N. Mannheim Rd., at United; Rosemont; 847-635-6601 

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