Burger and Brew Night
Troquet 1834 W. Montrose Ave. 773-334-5664
Choose a specialty burger—optional toppings include celery root remoulade and fried green tomatoes; ham, fried egg, arugula and salsa; and more—to pair up with a flight of four Begyle beers—Bushel and a Peck saison, Farmer's Hand IPA, Flannel Pajamas stout and Summer ale. From 5-8 p.m., Begyle's Kevin Cary, Brendan Blume and Matt Ritchey are on hand for beer chats. Noon-midnight. $20.
Wrigley Rib Extravaganza
Sweet Baby Ray's 3478 N. Clark St. 773-975-7427
In preparation for a Nevada barbecue competition, the restaurant serves up smokehouse specials including a $25 sampler platter featuring baby back, St. Louis and a daily-changing "guest" rib with fries and slaw and comfort foods including $8 brisket mac 'n' cheese. Pair them up with $4 John Daly (iced tea, lemonade and bourbon). 4-11 p.m. Through Sept. 2.
Bad Dog Tavern 4535 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-334-4040
Whether or not you actually own a pooch, you can still celebrate National Dog Day on the 125-seat, dog-friendly patio with such $10 themed martinis as the Greyhound (gin, grapefruit juice) and the Shar Pei (pear vodka, lychee, pomegranate). 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.
Ciders & Sliders & Sci-fi, Oh My!
Jerry's 1938 W. Division St. 773-235-1006
Order $5-$8 ciders from Original Sin, Vander Mill, Virtue and others to sip with mix-and-match small sammies—pot roast, fried chicken, fried eggplant, grilled pork loin; $10.95 for three plus two sides—while you geek out to sci-fi cult classics including "Fantastic Planet," "Strange Invaders" and Andrei Tarkovsky's "Solaris." 7 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.
(Free!) Rhythms of China
Millennium Park 201 E. Randolph St. 312-369-3197
Pulsating and percussive are the key words in this Chinese Fine Arts Society concert of predominantly new chamber music performed by Third Coast Percussion, violinists MingHuan Xu and Rachel Barton Pine, pianist Winston Choi, traditional Chinese instrumentalists Betti Xiang, Yihan Chen and Hong-Da Chin and others. 6:30 p.m.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Get tickets for the Chicago Gourmet Hamburger Hop chefs' competition September 27: chicagogourmet.org.