A sausage from Hot Doug's (Hilary Higgins/RedEye )
Dogs and Tales
The Lincoln Lodge at Lincoln Restaurant 4008 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-248-1820
Whether you're hungry for humor or just plain hungry, head to Eat This: Stories for the Love of Food, where you sample vittles from Hot Doug's, City Provisions, Small Bar and others and hear food-themed tales from Hot Doug's owner Doug Sohn, Cleetus Friedman of City Provisions and others, including host Monte LaMonte ("Off the Eatin' Path" on WCIU-TV's "You & Me This Morning"). 8 p.m. $10. Tickets: brownpapertickets.com.
Salvage One 1840 W. Hubbard St. 312-948-4855
Spatulas are the weapons of choice at WBEZ's Chef Battle Royale, where culinary artists from Borinquen, Tank Noodle, Ras Dashen and Staropolska restaurants face off with Goose Island beer-based cuisine and you vote for your favorite dish. WBEZ-FM 91.5 host Tony Sarabia ("The Morning Shift") emcees. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $15. Tickets: wbez.org.
Gourds and Gulps
McGee's Tavern & Grille 950 W. Webster Ave. 773-549-8200
Grab a $2 Bud Light draft or $3 premium draft and a complimentary hollowed-out pumpkin and create your own masterpiece at this 14th annual carving party that features cash prizes for the top three designs. 7 p.m. No cover.
Phun For All
pH Comedy Theater 1515 W. Berwyn Ave.
Local comedy troupe pH Productions opens its new home with two opportunities to get in on the action yourself. First up is pHree for All: Improv Jam (8 p.m.; $5), where you team up with pH coaches, learn a comedy format and create and perform a show. Then, comedians Kenny Metroff and Eric Oren host pHree for All: Open Mic (9:30 p.m.; no cover) where aspiring comics try out five-minute stand-up routines. BYOB.
(Free!) Bridal Bash
Room & Board 55 E. Ohio St. 312-943-0333
Fashion blogger D. Graham Kostic hosts A Fashionable Affair, the launch party for e-magazine Be U Weddings which features appetizers, cocktails, a bridal runway show and opportunities to meet wedding planners and vendors. 6-8 p.m. RSVP: email@example.com.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Author Sandra Cisneros and artist Ester Hernandez appear at the National Museum of Mexican Art: nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.