CULTURE CLASH: Experience the Art Institute's Modern Wing in a new late with the After Dark party Friday night. Every other month, the new bazillion dollar space opens its doors to the late-night crew, offering cocktails, hors d'ouerves, DJs and theatrical performances from Collaboraction. 9 p.m.-12 a.m., 159 E. Monroe St, Tickets $20-$25
CAFE BA-BA-BIRTHDAY: Lincoln Park culinary hot spot Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! starts celebrating it's 25th birthday this weekend with whole host of activities. Drop by Saturday morning for the Paella Cooking Class, where you can learn the savory secrets behind this staple ($30 per person). On Sunday, it's a day-long birthday celebration. Enjoy complimentary champagne and cupcakes, the Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar at brunch and the Flamenco Dinner Show. 2024 North Halsted St, RSVP required, 773-935-5000
ROOFTOP JAM: ROOF at theWit Hotel debuts its first-ever Winter Fest on Saturday, a new Saturday night music program. Two heavy hitter DJs are on tap this weekend -- Lady Starlight, who is Lady Gaga's tour DJ, and DJ White Shadow. 9 p.m.-12 a.m., 201 N. State St, $10 cover
GLOBE WATCHIN': Cityscape Bar hosts a viewing party for the 68th Annual Golden Globes Awards Sunday. Several $6 themed cocktails will be offered including The Red Carpet and The Envelope Please. Or you can check out the star-studded action at The Lobby Lounge (150 W. Roosevelt Rd) located in the ShowPlace Icon Theatre. Five 50 inch HD TVs will showcase all the action while you sip on the exclusive "Golden Globe" cocktail.
ICE COLD BABY: Vertigo Sky Lounge, the upstairs party palace inside the dana hotel and spa, embraces the frigid temps with Friday's official launch of its Fire and Ice winter patio. Check out the customized ice bar and warm up with fire shots with names such as the Flaming Dr Pepper, the Flaming Irishman or the Cookie Monster.