Fun fact: Rock band Blues Traveler was formed in 1987. The guy writing this recommendation to go see them was formed in 1989. Still, the appeal of the iconic group isn’t lost on a Millennial (“Run-Around” is a classic for any generation — the music video has more than 10 million YouTube views, despite coming out nine years before the video streaming site was even an idea). To celebrate the band’s 30th birthday, the rockers have launched an anniversary tour, stopping at the House of Blues in Chicago Saturday. 329 N. Dearborn; tickets ($30) HERE.
You’ve made it a month into 2018, you deserve an indulgence. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is hosting Ice Cream for Breakfast this Saturday, opening their scoop shops three hours early (9 a.m.). And you don’t have to feel guilty about breaking your diet, because it’s all for a good cause: From 9 a.m. to noon, 50 percent of sales go directly to She Should Run, a nonprofit working to get 250,000 women running for office by 2030. Can’t make it in? Go online and order one of their Ice Cream for Breakfast collections and they’ll still donate the cash. Sweet! Jeni’s Spendid Ice Cream locations citywide; more info HERE.
Confession: My full name is Zachary. I’ve spelled my name Zak since high school as an act of rebellion (and because I like how it looks like a lightning bolt). That’s relevant because I’m recommending you go to Zanies Friday or Saturday to see comedian Myq Kaplan (born Michael). The nasaly, nerdy funnyman has had specials on Netflix and Amazon and has performed on the late-night talk show circuit, including “Conan” and “The Late Show.” His often self-deprecating humor is endearing, but one line from his Wikipedia page stands out: “He is a vegan, polyamorous and once described himself as ‘atheistic.’ ” No offense, but if you’re a guy like Myq Kaplan and you can convince multiple women to be in a polyamorous relationship, you must have a very funny personality. And that’s reason enough to go see him. 1548 N. Wells; tickets ($25) HERE.
Not into watching The Patriots beat another team this year? Skip the Super Bowl and head to Logan Square’s Park & Field for One Tail at a Time’s Puppy Bowl Party. If you’re unfamiliar with the Puppy Bowl, it’s the Animal Planet’s counter-programming for the Super Bowl and features opposing teams of adorable puppies (all up for adoption) trying to score touchdowns with toys. The viewing party will be packed with adoptable dogs, and a portion of specialty cocktail proceeds will benefit One Tail at a Time, a local pet adoption charity. 3509 W. Fullerton; more info HERE.
Hyde Park restaurant and music venue The Promontory is holding a unique Super Bowl bash: The second annual Super BODY Tailgate Party starts at 4 p.m. and guests can stuff themselves with grilled buffalo chicken sandwiches, house-made polish sausages, barbecue short ribs and a popcorn and nacho station. $20 beer buckets and $18 six-packs guarantee it’ll be a good time. But what’s really special is that 1) there’s no cover and 2) all guests receive access to BODY, the venue’s weekly dance night featuring Afro-Caribbean beats after the game. 5311 S. Lake Park; more info HERE.
Zak Stemer is a former Splash editor and lifestyle expert who currently works for Agency H5.