Pan-seared fish at Zed451 (Beth Rooney for Tribune )
Zed 451 739 N. Clark St. 312-266-6691
Whether or not you're looking for a way to celebrate Celiac Awareness Day, you can leave wheat behind with the River North restaurant's unlimited gluten-free sampling menu, which features pan-seared New Zealand venison, salmon and grapefruit ceviche, Moroccan chicken, roasted pineapple with orange aioli and 18 additional selections. 4-10 p.m. $48.
Park Grill 11 N. Michigan Ave. 312-521-7275
Get some beer education with your dinner as executive chef Michael Wallach teams up with Chad Lynd of Warrenville's Two Brothers Brewing Company for a three-course Two Brothers Beer Dinner including grilled Berkshire pork with marinated plums, parsnips and sea beans, paired with Philosopher's Stone ale. 6 p.m. $65. RSVP required: parkgrillchicago.com.
Zocalo 358 W. Ontario St. 312-302-9977
Go south of the border in River North at this Mexican Independence Day kick-off bash which features a themed cocktail; tastings of blanco, reposado and anejo tequilas from Herradura and El Jimador; passed appetizers; raffles and live folkloric music by Fandanguero. 6:30-830 p.m. $30.
Biers and Bears
Cactus Bar & Grill 404 S. Wells St. 312-922-3830
Certified cicerone Steve Carnes leads a free tasting of Hacker-Pschorr's Oktoberfest bier as the bar hosts raffles for Oktoberfest-themed prizes. Then, order a one-liter Oktoberfest stein ($12 includes the take-home stein) and settle in to view the Bears-Packers game on ten 42-inch TVs and two 10-foot projection screens. 5-7 p.m. No cover.
Greenhouse Theater Center 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-404-7336
"Six Dead Queens and an Inflatable Henry!"—Piccolo Theatre's production of the dark comedy about the ill-fated wives of King Henry VIII—is the featured play for the League of Chicago Theatres' Theater Thursdays promotion, which kicks off with a 6:30 p.m. appetizer and wine reception and concludes with a post-show cast discussion. 6:30 p.m. (reception); 7:30 p.m. (show). $28. Tickets: greenhousetheater.org.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
For its 35th season, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago offers $35 tickets for 35 hours starting at 9 a.m. with the code "35": hubbardstreetdance.com
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.