Eating Mexican in River North

Plus Luxbar celebrates the return of "Melrose Place" and Reggie's parties hard

MASTER STROKE: "Top Chef Master" Rick Bayless' quick-serve cafe, XOCO slings Mexican street food (churros, empanadas, tortas and "meal-in-a-bowl" caldo soups), plus Mexican hot chocolate, craft beers and wine. Bonus: XOCO was awarded LEED Gold Certification, meaning Mexican food's finally as easy on the environment as it is hard on your pipes.
449 N. Clark St., at Illinois; River North; 312-334-3688

THE RETURN OF SYDNEY ANDREWS: Luxbar's rolling out "Melrose Place" nights, where the bar's famous sliders are $2 a pop, and $5 drink specials include the Mancini-Tini. 8 p.m., no cover.
18 E. Bellevue Pl., at Rush; Gold Coast; 312-642-3400

REGGIE'S ROCKS: Reggie's Rock Club in the South Loop will party hearty for its second birthday tonight, with free food, $3 cocktails and giveaways, plus a showcase of nine bands, including Mr. Blotto and the New Duncan Imperials. 7 p.m., no cover 2109 S. State St., at 21st; South Loop; 312-949-0120

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