A roll at Union Sushi Barbeque (Lenny Gilmore/RedEye )
Have a Ball
D.S. Tequila Co. 3352 N. Halsted St. 773-697-9127
The Boystown bar hosts its second annual Turkey Testicle Festival—complete with an eating contest starring the deep-fried goodies—as a part of its Movember initiative to raise awareness for men's health issues including testicular cancer. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.
Back in Black
Union Sushi & Barbeque Bar 230 W. Erie St. 312-662-4888
Grab your home-for-the-holidays friends and head to the Black Wednesday Re-Union for a cash bar—with specials including $6 Three Floyds Zombie Dust—plus beats by DJ Flaco and complimentary passed black rice sushi. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. No cover.
Sip and Spin
Parlour on Clark 6341 N. Clark St. 773-564-9274
LGBT multimedia website The Qu hosts Wishbone: The Pre-Thanksgiving Very Special Episode, a fundraiser to expand its programming which includes a champagne reception with columnist Marcia Prichason (8-10 p.m.) and sets by San Francisco-based DJ Papa Tony and local DJ XP. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $10; no cover after 10 p.m.
Up on the Roof
Vertigo Sky Lounge 2 W. Erie St. 312-202-6060
The sky's the limit—literally—at this 26th floor indoor-outdoor patio bash featuring complimentary chicken wings and music by a roster of 312 Productions DJs. Cocktail options include your choice of premium liquor packages ($40 from 8 p.m.-midnight; $30 from 10 p.m.-midnight) or a cash bar. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.
(Free!) GIVE THANKS FOR GOOD STORIES
Powell's Bookstore 2850 N. Lincoln Ave. 312-243-9070
Essay Fiesta co-founder Keith Ecker and Bitches Gotta Eat blogger Samantha Irby host "Guts & Glory," a no-holds-barred true tales show featuring "Real Talk Live" producer J.W. Basilo, "Off the Eatin' Path" host Monte LaMonte, playwright Barrie Cole and others. Freewill donations benefit local organizations 826CHI and One Tail at a Time. 7 p.m.
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Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.