Gino's East (Brian Cassella/Chicago…)
Carnivale, 702 W. Fulton Market 312-850-5005
It's all about the pairings at Carnivale University Summer School: Artisanal Cheese 101, where you learn about cheeses from different regions and their complementary Spanish and South American wines. Sample combos such as a rosemary manchego with a Casa Lapostolle sauvignon blanc. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $25. Phone RSVP required.
Piece of the pie (free!)
Gino's East Sports Bar, 521 S. Dearborn St. 312-939-1818
Stop in for opening day at the new restaurant and upscale sports bar from the folks who put Chicago-style deep dish on the map back in 1966. Get treated to a complimentary slice of pizza and wash it down with one of 12 draft or 50—that's right, 50—craft beer bottle selections. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lucky No. 5
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin St. 312-212-3262
The Loop tavern celebrates its fifth anniversary by offering everything on the menu at $5 each. Items include The House of Shandy's Curious Traveler, Three Floyds Blackheart and 10 more draft brews, plus vittles such as shrimp po'boys, Big Tex burgers, sweet Thai chili salmon salad and more. 11 a.m.-midnight.
Four pours (free!)
River Shannon, 425 West Armitage Ave. 312-944-5087
Get schooled at Chardonnay is Queen, the kick-off event for the Pour on the Knowledge series, where you learn about and taste pale varietals from four vineyards including Stemmari and Estancia, paired with savory bites. 6-7:30 p.m. RSVP required: rushanddivision.com.
On board (free!)
Village Tap, 2055 W. Roscoe St. 877-410-7184
Go from bored to board—games, that is—at Night of Laughter, where you bring your own team (four to eight people) or join a group and play rounds of the new party game Telestrations over complimentary appetizers and game giveaways. 6:30-9:30 p.m.
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Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.