Bearded Chefs: James Beard Foundation’s Taste America at Union Station
Top local chefs take over Union Station to invent new dishes under the theme of “Journey Through the Great Lakes.”
After hours: Take part in a “Night Bites” dine-around with local chefs from Carriage House, Nightwood, and Telegraph.
Fri 6p. Union Station, 500 W. Jackson Blvd., West Loop (312-943-6900). $75-350 here.
Nearby: Plymouth; The Florentine; 65 Asian Kitchen
Local Labor: Andersonville City Made Fest
Celebrate all things made in Chicago — from beer to bands to art — at this new fest on the first two days of fall.
Local sample: Check out local hip-hop star Psalm One (Sat 5:15) while sipping brews from Lake Effect and Off Color.
Sat-Sun noon-9p. Clark Street between Argyle and Carmen, Andersonville (773-728-7552). $5 suggested donation.
Nearby: Sofo Tap; Bongo Room; Tokyo Marina
Pig Out: Pig, Swig and Record Dig at Schubas
Browse new and vintage albums from local record stores and labels as a suckling pig crackles under the fire outside.
Drink up: Swig $3 Revolution brews including Anti-Hero IPA and Bottom Up Wit during the raffle for concert tix.
Sat noon-5p. Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., Lakeview (773-525-2508). No cover.
Nearby: Schoolyard; La Gondola; Murphy’s Red Hots
Border Crossing: Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest
Finally, the taco gets its own fest with crazy variety: from cactus, to short rib, to beer-battered shrimp.
Pony up: Head straight to the Pony tent for duck, smoked beef, and pork belly tacos as local bands rock.
Sat-Sun. Southport between Addison and Newport, Lakeview (773-868-3010). $5-7 suggested donation.
Nearby: Schubas; Mystic Celt; Bulerias Tapas Bar