A Coney-style hot dog (Bob Fila/Chicago Tribune )
Old Town Social 455 W. North Ave. 312-266-2277
Lions and hot dogs and Bears, oh my—it's time for Monday night football (7:30 p.m.) and chef Jared Van Camp celebrates with a Bears vs. Lions challenge. View the game on 23 flat screens and choose a house-cured and smoked foot-long dog in either the Chicago-style or Detroit Coney-style. Partial proceeds benefits a youth organization here or in Detroit, based on whichever dog sells the most. 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Burger Joint 675 N. Franklin St. 312-440-8600
Get some bang for your buck—or at least a great snack—when the fast-casual River North spot celebrates its first anniversary with sliders, mini-gyros and hand-cut fries, all for $1 each through Oct. 29. 2-7 p.m.
Gourd Have Mercy
David Burke's Primehouse 616 N. Rush St. 312-660-6000
Sip some Halloween goodness in the form of the new Pumpkin Float cocktail, made with Maker's Mark bourbon, ginger beer, rooibos-spiced syrup and a scoop of house-made pumpkin ice cream and on the menu through Oct. 31. 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Hard Knock Life
Brasserie 54 5420 N. Clark St. 773-334-9463
Head to the second story for 2nd Story's "Live Through This: Stories from the School of Hard Knocks," where Chicagoans Dion Walton, Cara Olansky, Parker Stockman and company member Kim Morris share true tales of attempts to escape toxic relationships, master lucid dreaming and other lessons learned the hard way. 7:30 p.m. $15-$20. Tickets: 2ndstory.com.
History at the Table
The Viaduct Theater 3111 N. Western Ave. 773-296-6024
See seven short comedies and dramas by seven playwrights—all duets featuring a set consisting of a table and two chairs and storylines which incorporate historical characters ranging from Harvey Milk to Abraham Lincoln to Lisa Nowak, the astronaut who drove from Texas to Florida to confront her former lover's ladyfriend. 8 p.m. $15; $12 if you say, "Happy birthday, Lefty" at the door.
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Smart hetero singles can meet a nerdy match at the Oct. 27 Dating for Nerds Freaks and Geeks Halloween party: nerdsatheart.com.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.