Thanks Early: Chicago Food & Wine Fest
Get an early jump on Thanksgiving at this gourmet free-for-all with unlimited tastings, wine pairings, and cooking competitions.
Table taste: Pair steak tartare and swordfish puttanesca from Harvest with Two Brothers beer and 90+ Cellars wines.
Sat-Sun 11a-5p. Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. (630-984-4888.) $75-125 per day here.
Nearby: Portillo's; Giordano's; Sweet Tomatoes
Fight Club: UFC World Welterweight Championship at Division Ale House
This Irish pub turns into a bare-knuckled brawl with the UFC fight live on pay-per-view and hot wings-eating contest.
Right hook: Enjoy Jameson BBQ wings and fish tacos plus $20 Stoli pitchers — for those who drink their vodka in bulk.
Sat 9p. Division Ale House, 1942 W. Division St., Wicker Park. (773-324-6886). No cover.
Nearby: Boundary; Easy Bar; Prasino
Jacked: Afrojack at Congress Theater
One of the world's fastest-rising DJs takes over Congress Theater in an all-out dance party with DJs in the lobby.
Peep show: Get a sample of the insanity that awaits, including inflatable rafts and partial nudity, here.
Sat 8p. Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee Ave., Logan Square. (773-276-1235). $36 here.
Nearby: Revolution Brewing; The Boiler Room; Ultra Lounge
Saucy Spirit: 1-Year Anniversary Pep Rally at The Anthem
Local sports bar Anthem celebrates its birthday with a pep rally including cheerleaders, mascots, and martinis.
Cattle call: The Velveeta-stuffed Juicy Lucy burger is half-price from 4-8p; please exercise caution.
Fri 4p-2a. The Anthem, 1725 W. Division St., Wicker Park. (773-693-4804). No cover.
Nearby: Bangers & Lace; The Bedford; Carriage House