Drinking Games: Beer1Up at Emporium
It’s brewers vs. bloggers in this boozy pinball tournament where brewers pour specialty beers.
Warm ups: Wear that sweet Galaga tee in the video game t-shirt contest or watch live homebrew demos from Brew Camp.
Sat noon-4p. Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park (630-857-0495). No cover.
Nearby: Bar Bar Black Sheep; Covo Gyro Market; Antique Taco
Getting Cheesy: Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival
It’s an orgy of French wines, bread, charcuterie, and cheese at this all-you-can-taste tasting event.
Brew too: Besides something called “beer cheese,” you can also sample local brews from 5 Rabbit and Half Acre.
Sat 11a-3p. Chicago French Market, 131 N. Clinton St., River West (312-226-4382). Free.
Nearby: Lillie’s Q; Buen Appetito; Sepia
Creep Out: Flip or Treat: A Halfway to Halloween Flip Cup Tournament
Flip cups in last year’s Mitt Romney costume while gorging on vodka cocktails and Halloween candy.
Party weekend: The party starts at Bull & Bear (Fri 10p) and goes until the afterparty at State (Sat 10p).
Sat 11:30a-3:30p. Bar Louie, 333 N. Dearborn St., River North (312-863-2363). $30 here.
Nearby: Chicago Cut Steakhouse; Bridge House Tavern; Siena Tavern
Bowled Over: Chicago Urban Race for CHD Research
Go on a citywide Amazing Race-style scavenger hunt/obstacle course for charity using only your feet and public transit.
The Dude parties: After the race, stick around to bowl a few frames at the afterparty.
Sat 11:30a-5p. Starts and ends at Lucky Strike, 322 E. Illinois St., River East (312-245-8331). $45 here.
Nearby: D4 Irish Pub & Café; Hoyt’s; Lizzie McNeill’s