(Free!) CHAMPERS AND CAVIAR
180 N. Field Boulevard 312-938-4303
Toast the steakhouse's first anniversary with a complimentary flute of champagne paired with chef Grant Clark's caviar flatbread on the heated rooftop. 4-6 p.m. Friday.
ALL FOR FALL
553 W. Diversey Parkway 773-234-2320
As part of Chicago Craft Spirits Week, North Shore Distillery joins the Lincoln Park restaurant for a four-course Flavors of Fall dinner featuring sweet potato pave with tobacco cream sauce, fall "hay" and bacon dust; seared whitefish with ratatouille and more—plus cocktail pairings. 7 p.m. Friday. $50 plus tax and gratuity. RSVP required by 5 p.m.
1925 W. Cortland St. 773-489-0738
The fact that the Bears are in Jacksonville doesn't mean you can't tailgate. The Bucktown pub offers a pre-game tailgate brunch buffet featuring breakfast sliders, bacon, eggs, French toast and more with drink specials including $15 Miller buckets, $5 bloody marys and $4 mimosas. Then, watch the game (3:30 p.m.) on 23 flatscreens and two projectors—and if you get hungry again, with $9 cheese pizzas. Noon-3 p.m. Sunday. $25.
(Free!) POST-RUN FUN
Michael Jordan's Steak House
505 N. Michigan Ave. 312-321-8823
Taking part in the Chicago Marathon? Celebrate your ability to still walk up the street from the Grant Park finish line with the restaurant's "Beer for a Bib" promotion—show your marathon bib and get a post-race complimentary pour of locally brewed Metropolitan Krankshaft kolsh. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday.
3123 N. Broadway 773-348-8058
Elevate your love for caffeine on the Red Line Coffee Crawl, where you sample coffee flights at Intelligentsia, Ch'Ava Cafe and Metropolis and discuss roasting methods, brew tips and more with proprietors, compare flavors with other crawl-ers and more. 1-4 p.m. Friday. $30 plus your own CTA pass. RSVP required by 10 a.m.: caffentures.com.
Clark Street and Berwyn Avenue
5300 N. Clark St. 773-728-2995
Creativity rules at Andersonville Arts Weekend, where you take a self-guided visual art tour through 40 participating shops and restaurants, the Swedish American Museum and the final show at Las Manos Gallery, which closes its doors after 19 years. 6-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
BEATS AND EATS
151 W. Erie St. 312-274-1111
Rene Vera—resident DJ at Las Vegas club Drai's After Hours—arrives in the Chi for the kick-off of the River North restaurant's late-night party series hosted in its lounge area. Keep your energy up with Spanish-inspired shareable plates from an after-hours menu, which includes 10 orders of paella ($17 each) available to the first 10 people ordering it before 2 a.m. 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday. No cover.
5400 N. Clark St. 773-784-6969
In honor of both Halloween and its 10th anniversary, Hell in a Handbag Productions remounts its inaugural drag parody, "Scarrie—The Musical," a campy take on the classic Stephen King horror tale and Brian De Palma film, "Carrie," about a prom gone horribly wrong. A VIP option ($40) includes preferred "prom court" seating with the cast, a crown, guacamole, a cocktail and a feminine hygiene party favor. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $22-$40.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Logan Square's City Lit Books celebrates its grand opening Friday through Sunday: citylitbooks.com.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.