(Free!) Channel your appetite
Oak Street Beach, 1001 N. Lake Shore Drive
The Cooking Channel celebrates its second anniversary, and you're invited to a pop-up Summer Eats Tour where G. Garvin ("Roadtrip with G. Garvin") and Baron Ambrosia ("The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia") whip up their favorite summer food and drinks along with some Chicago-centric bites. 5-9 p.m. Saturday. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Free!) Bovine salute
Chick-fil-A, 30 E. Chicago Ave. 312-266-8888
Admit it: You've done worse for less. Arrive dressed from head to hoof as a cow and your entire meal is free in recognition of the restaurant's annual Cow Appreciation Day celebration. Not quite that brave? Adorn yourself with a few spots and you'll score a free sandwich. 6 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday.
Mix(ology) and match
The Underground, 56 W. Illinois St. 312-943-7600
RedEye wingman Ernest Wilkins and Lisa Frame of #SoYeahDuh host a Skinny Socials bash where you get paired up with other singles based on your cocktail preferences. Includes health-conscious appetizers and craft cocktails. 8-10 p.m. Friday. $20. RSVP: skinnysocials.com.
Screams from the balcony
Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-736-4050
Friday the 13th translates into great luck for horror flick fans at Terror in the Aisles 11, a Clive Barker triple feature. Check out the extra-footage cut of "Nightbreed"—with appearances from star Anne Bobby and restoration director Russell Cherrington—and 35 mm print screenings of "Hellraiser" and the Chicago-based"Candyman." 7:30 p.m. Friday. $12.
(Free!) Oui for free
Daley Plaza, Washington and Dearborn streets
The French celebrate Bastille Day by storming the Loop with a block party featuring dance music ranging from accordion to electro, plus food vendors (think crepes, sandwiches and macaroons), activities, raffles for a Paris trip and more. 5-10 p.m. Saturday. Schedule: bastilledaychicago.org.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
From noon-2 p.m. Sunday, catch Pocket Guide to Hell's free "Like a Secondhand Sea" show (435 E. Illinois St.): pocketguidetohell.com.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.