Bon Appetit: Chicago Gourmet at Millennium Park
More than 100 of the city’s top chefs teach you (and your taste buds) about fine wines, hog butchering, and cooking with whiskey.
Burger time: The fest starts early with Friday's Hamburger Hop burger cook-off on the Harris Theater rooftop.
Sat-Sun. Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., Loop. $159 and up here.
Nearby: Rudy's Bar & Grille; III Forks; Tavern at the Park
Music Without Borders: Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Banks, churches, and Frank Lloyd Wright homes turn into live music venues at this showcase of 170+ musicians in 15 venues.
Sixth sense: Catch local jazz legend Jeff Parker and Chicago Reader critic Peter Margasak in Saturday's “Blindfold Test.”
Sat-Sun. Various locations (773-324-6926). Free.
Fall Into Fall: Edgewater Fall Art Fair
More than 65 artists showcase cityscapes, paintings, sculptures, and just about anything else you can think of.
Private entrance: Enter through the Blue Buddha Boutique (1127 W. Granville) for access to Friday's artist party.
Fri 6-p artist party, Sat-Sun 11a-6p. Granville Street between Broadway and Winthrop, Edgewater (773-878-9004). $5 suggested donation.
Nearby: The Pumping Company; M. Henrietta; Gino's North
Pimp Your Pad: Design Harvest Festival
Discover locally-crafted home furnishings and designs with Blue Moon Harvest Pumkpin Ale in hand.
Sound track: Hit up Saturday night's afterparty in a furniture store backed by the East of Edens Soul Express.
Sat-Sun 11a-8p. Grand Avenue between Damen and Wood, West Town (312-850-9390). Free.
Nearby: Roots Handmade Pizza; Bar Deville; Cleo’s