A hamachi roll at Roka Akor. (Lenny Gilmore/RedEye )
Roll With It
Roka Akor 456 N. Clark St. 312-477-7652
Ready to set aside all things pumpkin for a minute? Take advantage of National Sushi Day at the River North spot with a $5 hamachi serrano chili roll made with yellowtail hamachi, avocado, cucumber, chive, serrano pepper and wasabi aioli (regularly $12). 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; 5 p.m.-midnight.
Deal De Los Muertos
Zocalo 358 W. Ontario St. 312-302-9977
In America, it's All Saints' Day; in Mexico, it's Dia de los Muertos. Celebrate with a turkey leg confit taco, black Oaxacan molé and sweet potato crisps ($3), a 5 Vulture Oaxacan-style dark ale from local brewery 5 Rabbit ($6) or—for a buck more—a Day of the Dead Trio, which includes both plus a shot of Milagro blanco tequila ($10). 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
The Pony 1638 W. Belmont Ave. 773-828-5055
Move over, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley and Lady Antebellum—Snoop Dogg's among the 46th annual Country Music Association Awards nominees. See if his collaboration with Willie Nelson wins at this viewing party, which features $6 32-ounce Paisley Punch cocktails, $6 Antebellum shots, $3 Shiner cans and an $8 Cowboy burger on Texas toast. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.
The Scrumptious Pantry 3230 W. Fullerton Ave.
Classic comfort food gets a healthy twist at Heirloom 2.0: '50s Favorite Party Dishes Revisited, where you learn to make—and eat—six modern versions of old favorites including The 'New' Tuna Casserole (puff pastry, white bean puree and olive-oil poached tuna). 6:30-8:30 p.m. $35. RSVP required by 5 p.m.: scrumptiouspantry.com.
Just Say No
iO 3541 N. Clark St. 773-880-0199
Comedians Lisa Linke and Katy Colloton present "How To Ruin Your Life in One Hour," a half-improv, half-scripted self-help seminar spoof in which the two—portraying a pathological liar and an alcoholic mom—team up to offer inappropriate advice. 8 p.m. $12. Tickets: ioimprov.com.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Sample bites from 40 chefs with 150 wines on Nov. 15 at Chill: An International Wine & Culinary Event: luxehome.com/chill.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.