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Molé de Mayo
16th Street between Halsted and Morgan Streets 312-733-2287
Chefs from eight local Mexican restaurants throw down in an outdoor molé competition—set against the neighborhood's viaduct wall murals—where you can sample their offerings ($1-$5) and vote for your favorite. Additional festivities include lucha libre wrestlers, an artist expo, beer ($4-$6) and street food ($2-$10), live folkloric music, DJs, and fire dancers. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. No cover.
BYO Dog Dining
Bad Dog Tavern 4535 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-334-4040
Relax with your best friend on the 125-seat, dog-friendly patio with Saturday and Sunday brunch items including the Bad Dog Breakfast Burrito with chorizo, chihuahua cheese, white beans, pico de gallo and scrambled eggs ($9.99). Monday, it's lunch and dinner only, with menu options including the Bulldog Burger with applewood-smoked bacon, barbecue sauce and crispy onions on a pretzel bun ($11.99). 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; 2:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Monday.
(Free!) Turf Wars
Whole Foods South Loop 1101 S. Canal St. 312-435-4600
Local distillers Death's Door Spirits, Few Spirits and Journeyman Distillery battle it out for gin supremacy in this cocktail-shaking competition. Sample their best gin and juice recipes, vote for your favorite and enter raffles for take-home swag and other giveaways. Noon-3 p.m. Saturday.
Lager Jam III
Mahoney's Pub & Grille 551 N. Ogden Ave. 312-733-2121
This bash isn't just about lagers; admission gets you up to 30 three-ounce samples of all types of craft beers paired with bite-sized gourmet sausage samples at this afternoon bash from the folks who brought you WingFest. Abe Froman—The Sausage King of Chicago—hosts the festivities, which also include live blues music. Noon-3 p.m. Saturday. $20-$25. Tickets: ticketweb.com.
Two Fifty Snifty Monday
Shoes Pub 1134 W. Armitage Ave. 773-871-4640
Build your own mini-flights with $2.50 brandy snifter pours of draft crafts from such breweries as Lake Effect, Goose Island, Half Acre, Hinterland, Allagash and Sixpoint. 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Roof Sundays Kick-Off With Lil Jon
Roof 201 N. State St. 312-239-9501
Get low with the Southern rapper, who spins his favorites (5-7 p.m.) at the seasonal debut of The Wit hotel's rooftop lounge's weekly day party series while you sip punch cocktails such as the French Philander (vodka, creme de peche, lemon juice and sauvignon blanc, $16) and the rum-based Lost Room Key ($14). 2-10 p.m. Sunday. No cover.
The Second City's Neighborhood Tour
The Second City 1616 N. Wells St. 312-337-3992
Take a humorous walking tour of the Old Town neighborhood and learn about its history, architecture and development—as well as Second City lore that happened at such company haunts as the Old Town Ale House. Additional stops include St. Michael's Cathedral and The Second City lobby, which in itself features 53 years of comedy history. 10:30 a.m. Sunday. $15. Tickets: secondcity.com.
'The Cotton Mouth Club'
Victory Gardens Biograph Theater 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-871-3000
Chicago Dance Crash performs its original surrealist fantasy movement play—set to the music of Michael Jackson and Outkast and featuring hip-hop, ballet, jazz, swing, acrobatics, breakdance and contemporary dance styles—about a young Prohibition Era speakeasy owner, his long-suffering wife and rival gangs of hooch producers. Join the cast Saturday for a post-show reception. 8 p.m. Saturday. 3 p.m. Sunday. $25-$30; $20 for students. Tickets: victorygardens.org.
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Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.