Apple Sauced: Cider Summit Chicago
Sample 80 hard ciders from Wisconsin to New Zealand with food pairings at this inaugural beer fest/wine tasting hybrid.
Free ride: Instead of driving under the influence of cider, hitch a free ride on the Chicago Brew Bus shuttle.
Sat 11a-7p. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., River East (312-595-7437). $20 (includes glass and 10 drink tickets) here.
Nearby: Riva; Wave; Yolk
Wine & Dine: Valentine's Day Winemaking Dinner
Make your own six-gallon vat of wine at this couples seminar with a grape stomping competition and post-event dinner.
Meal hour: Dinner from Harvest includes beef sirloin with mushroom risotto and homemade bacon leek soup.
Sun 3-6p. Chicago Marriott Downtown, 540 N. Michigan Ave., Magnificent Mile (773-233-7579). $199 here.
Nearby: Bandera; Harvest; The Terrace
Donut Dinner: Paczki Eating Contest
Finally find out exactly how many paczki (deep-fried donut-style Polish treats) you can eat in five minutes.
Winner's circle: Winning teams earn $300 in cash, with gift cards and t-shirts awarded to all participants.
Sat 2p. Bennison's Bakery, 1000 Davis St., Evanston (847-328-9434). Free; register here.
Nearby: Chef's Station; Gigio's Pizzeria; Cozy Noodles & Rice
Worker's Revolt: Velvet Revolution at Beauty Bar
Listen to obscure dance beats as local artists produce live surrealist art at this underground feast for the senses.
Photo finish: Following the art on the dance floor, create your own visual art in the on-site photo booth.
Tonight 9p-2a. Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave., West Town (312-226-8828). No cover.
Nearby: Leopold; Five Star; Green Zebra