Culture Shock in Avondale

Plus cheap food and drinks at Citizen Bar and Global Adrenaline's b-day bash

Stephanie Marie

CULTURE CLUB: Dolce's inspirations may seem divergent -- Italian, Filipino and Japanese dishes all take starring roles -- but the world view comes together nicely. Drawing from the backgrounds of the three friends who own the Avondale spot, Dolce's menu is eclectic (think everything from Caprese salad and pastas to egg rolls and Japanese Wafu steak), but the look is clean and simple to fit this unassuming Northwest Side neighborhood. 4114 N. Kedzie Ave., at Belle Plaine; Avondale; 773-866-1910

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? The Bears' season might not start until next weekend, but Citizen Bar is geared up for game day anyway. Starting this weekend and going strong throughout the NFL season, indulge in 50 cent jumbo wings, $6 pizzas, $4 Bud Light stadium-sized cups, $5 Bud Light pitchers and $15 Bud buckets on Saturdays; and $4 pre-kickoff breakfast specials, $10 Miller Lite pitchers, $15 Miller or Coors Light buckets and $5 Bomb shots on Sundays. 364 W. Erie St., at Sedgwick; River North; 312-640-1156

A VERY SEXY BIRTHDAY: Global Adrenaline, one of Chicago's most prolific promotions companies, is celebrating its 12th anniversary in style. The bash will go down at steamy West Loop spot Theatro, featuring a MillerChill reception from 9-10 p.m., a midnight champagne toast, hors d'oeuvres and DJs Billy the Kid and Rock City. Sun. 9 p.m.-2 a.m., comped cover before 11 p.m. with RSVP 858 W. Lake St., at Peoria; West Loop; 312-226-6990 

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