Kitsch'n on Roscoe launches taco nights this weekend. (Kitsch'n on Roscoe )
No Dessert Left Behind
Little Goat 820 W. Randolph St., second floor 312-888-3455
Pastry chefs from more than 30 restaurants including Vanille Patisserie, RM Champagne Salon, Floriole, Fat Rice, Avec and Bombon team up with 20 food bloggers and home cooks for a baked goods mega-sale to benefit Share Our Strength. Take your treats home or out to the patio with a $10 blueberry mimosa—partial patio bar proceeds also benefit the organization. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. No cover.
Backyard BBQ & Bike Bash
Schubas Tavern 3159 N. Southport Ave. 773-525-2508
Chain up your ride and grab a house-made sausage—either Italian or a Wisconsin-style brat made with Schlitz beer and nicknamed "Schlitzwurst"—from the grill ($5) along with burgers, skewers and sides ($3-$5) and a Revolution brew ($3) and check out workshops, demos, bike tune-ups, a cycle donation drive, raffles, indie vendors and a vintage poster sale. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday. No cover. RSVP for free raffle ticket: thechainlink.org.
Artisan Taco Nights
Kitsch'n on Roscoe 2005 W. Roscoe St. 773-248-7372
This weekend-only dinner menu featuring five taco varieties including pulled pork and charred pineapple carnitas ($2.75) plus Mexican street food such as elotes (grilled corn on the cob with lime-mayo butter; $4), all of which you can wash down with cervezas and tequilas while you dine on the patio. 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
Whole Foods Beerfest
Whole Foods Lakeview 3300 N. Ashland Ave. 773-244-4200
Tip one back to support repurposed building materials organization Rebuilding Exchange as you contribute to a community art project made from reclaimed wood while you sample special kegs featuring classic and new beers from Great Lakes Brewing Company and Metropolitan Brewing paired with light bites. 2-5 p.m. Saturday. $5 donation.
Ram Eagle Release
Longman & Eagle 2657 N. Kedzie Ave. 773-276-7110
Folks at the Logan Square spot collaborated with Goose Island to develop Ram Eagle beer using two empty barrels from a rare Willett whiskey Longman & Eagle secured for bottling in 2012. Sample the new robust porter for $8 per 12-ounce glass and—if you're in the mood to celebrate—add a Willett whiskey shot pairing for $25 or two-ounce glass for $40. 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Sunday; 9 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday.
Dose Market 2nd Anniversary
River East Art Center 435 E. Illinois St. 312-321-1001
Get a dose of the latest trends in fashion, art and design, prepared foods, home accessories and more from 60 vendors during the monthly market's second anniversary where you can also treat yourself to brunch from Yo Soy, Indie Burger and La Sirena Clandestina and free samples of Letherbee gin, Next Star vodka and Goose Island and Begyle Brewing Co. beers. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $10. Details: dosemarket.com.
Hard to Chew Open Mic
The Rap Factory 2315 W. Fullerton Ave. 312-399-2695
Sign up to throw down with your best original R&B, hip-hop or spoken word pieces—and BYO backing tracks on CD—at this showcase where the winner scores a recording package and a feature spot in a subsequent event. Dress to impress, too—the show is taped for broadcast on two CAN-TV programs, "Spritz" and "The Skoochy Show." 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday. $10.
(Free!) Prime 8 Art League Opening
Design Cloud 118 N. Peoria St. 312-348-5836
View commissioned works by five winning artists selected from more than 100 submissions at this bash which also features Revolution Brewery beers, Noble Grape wines and food from Lou Malnati's, live music from Sidewalk Chalk and a raffle with all proceeds benefiting local youth arts education programs. 7:30 p.m. Friday. RSVP recommended: prime8artleague.com.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
No, you're not hallucinating those nude cyclists—the 10th annual World Naked Bike Ride takes place Saturday: chicagonakedride.org.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.