New seasonal gyros have hit the menu at Covo Gyro Market in Wicker Park. (Lenny Gilmore/RedEye )
Gobble, Gobble, Gyro
Covo Gyro Market
1482 N. Milwaukee Ave. 312-626-2660
Greek street food gets a holiday twist as the Wicker Park spot unveils a seasonal menu with highlights like a turkey gyro with pomegranate cranberry sauce ($7) and sweet potato fries with marshmallow dipping sauce ($4). 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
(Free!) Sparkle and Sip
Whole Foods South Loop
1101 S. Canal St. 312-435-4600
Choose the perfect bottle for someone on your list at a Twitter tasting of go-to gift wines which features tastes of—and tweets about—Cinzano Deco d'Asti sparkling wine, H & G Alexander Valley cabernet sauvignon and Ferrari-Carano fume blanc white wine. Like what you taste? All bottles cost less than $16. 7-8 p.m. Also at Whole Foods Lakeview, 3300 N. Ashland Ave. 773-244-4200.
Market After Dark
1520 W. Fulton St. 312-952-1520
Clink glasses, try chefs' creations and shop artisan goods from 30 local vendors at Fete Chicago, which features giftable offerings from purveyors as Martyn George (vintage kitchenware), Sir & Madame (accessories) and City Provisions (honey) plus food and drink vendors, DJ music and a raffle. The best part? Some proceeds benefit Fresh Moves, the CTA-bus-turned-delivery truck that brings produce to underserved neighborhoods. 6-10 p.m. $5. RSVP: fetechicago.eventbrite.com.
Yes We Can
The Scrumptious Pantry
3230 W. Fullerton Ave. 301-979-9751
Learn how to can edible gifts at this Heirloom 2.0 class, which includes tips on how to choose produce and ensure food safety, basic canning process steps and no-fail recipes to take home—plus in-class appetizers such as pickled beet and feta crostini. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $20. RSVP: scrumptiouspantry.com.
To the Top
1925 N. Halsted St.
Skip the downtown crowds at this three-day holiday pop-up shop in Lincoln Park featuring an edited selection of the British retailer's gift selections and holiday looks, plus complimentary nail art, hosted festive drinks (after 5 p.m.) and in-store DJ sets. Can't make it Thursday from 1-8 p.m.? The shop reopens 1-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Make plans to warm up with delicious seasonal fare with the Chicago comfort foods guide on metromix.com.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.