Wings at Rockit Bar & Grill
Nella da Pizzeria Cucina Napoletana 1443 W. Fullerton Ave. 773-281-6600
This Lincoln Park pizzeria's Margherita Monday special is the perfect excuse to try chef-owner—and Naples native—Nella Grassano's authentic, wood-fired, Naples-style pie with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil and olive oil for $7 (down from the usual $11.99) during dinner hours. 3-10 p.m.
Rockit Bar & Grill 22 W. Hubbard St. 312-645-6000
The fourth annual Wingit Festival kicks off Monday and runs through Friday, with whimsical wing flavors changing daily. Tailgate TV-side for Monday Night Football with chef Amanda Downing's Hot Habanero wings made with charred habanero butter and cilantro lime sour cream ($10 a dozen). 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sake to Me
Union Sushi & Barbeque Bar 230 W. Erie St. 312-662-4888
For a supreme sake experience, head to this River North spot as Sho Nagai, president of Japan's esteemed Mizbasho Sake Brewery, leads a tasting of several varieties, including a three-year aged sake and a sparkling series, all paired with Chef Chao's appetizers. 7 p.m. $40. RSVP recommended.
Abroad in Chicago (FREE!)
Daley Plaza 50 W. Washington St.
Immerse yourself in all things Istanbul at the 10th annual Chicago Turkish Festival, which features an Ottoman-inspired fashion show, folkloric performances (noon-2:30 p.m.), arts and crafts booths and traditional food vendors. New this year: A collateral Turkish film series (chicagoturkishfilmfestival.com) screens at the Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N. State St.). 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Schedule: chicagoturkishfestival.com.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave. 773-525-2508
Discover a rising artist before she takes off when singer-guitarist ZZ Ward stops in town in advance of her debut “Til the Casket Drops” arriving Oct. 16. She was raised on the blues and embraces rap as well; Ward’s EP “Criminal” features a guest turn from Gary, Ind. rapper Freddie Gibbs and Kendrick Lamar appears on the upcoming full-length. By the way: You may have already heard her “Put the Gun Down” in the background of recent commercials for “The Voice." Check redeyechicago.com later this week for our interview with ZZ Ward. 8 p.m. $10-$12.
Webster's Wine Bar 1480 W. Webster Ave. 773-868-0608
The 2nd Story collective opens its 2012-13 season with "Up, Up and Away: Stories of Busting Out," in which local writer-performers Andy Bayiates, Deb Lewis, Earliana McLaurin and Rebecca Anderson share true tales of attempting to create astrology predictions, venturing into Chicago's leather scene and more. 7:30 p.m. $15-$20. Tickets: 2ndstory.com.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
The local burger chain Epic Burger's seventh location is now open at 407 N. Clark St. in River North. Weekday hours: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.