Let Sheffield's beer garden handle the Labor Day weekend barbecue. (Jason Little/For RedEye )
Windy City BBQ Classic
South Parking Lot, Soldier Field 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive 312-235-7000
Sample pork shoulder, ribs, chicken and brisket 'cue from 30 professional and amateur pit masters from around the country and vote for your favorite at this no-gas, no-electricity competition where admission also includes cooking and butchering demos, six bands' worth of live blues music and more. Noon-9 p.m. Sunday. $49-$99. Tickets: windycitybbqclassic.com.
Sunday Donut Shop
Longman & Eagle 2657 N. Kedzie Ave. 773-276-7110
Stop into the Off Site Bar space connected to the patio for dine-in or take-out classic and seasonally inspired doughnuts from sous chef Vincent Knittel and pastry chef Jeremy Brutzkus, the recent champion of the Cooking Channel's "Donut Showdown." 9 a.m.-till they run out. Sunday. $2 each.
Mahoney's Pub & Grille 551 N. Ogden Ave. 312-733-2121
From the folks who brought you Chicago WingFest comes this street party competition where chefs from Frontier, Fireplace Inn, Mercat a la Planxa and more each take on a whole hog and the winning pit king takes home $1,000. At 6 p.m., dine on all-you can-eat results with Southern sides and two drinks. Partial proceeds benefit Variety Children's Charity of Illinois. 2-8 p.m. Sunday. $25. Tickets: hogfight.eventbrite.com.
Keep Theater Gay
Berlin 954 W. Belmont Ave. 773-348-4975
Party 'til you're over the rainbow with About Face Theatre—a local LGBT company that also has a strong youth component—at this fundraiser featuring pop-up performances, raffles, music by DJ Greg Haus and prizes for the "gayest" outfits in the house. Increase your support with a $3 Mini T (Long Island iced tea) cocktail; $1 from each benefits About Face. 9 p.m.-midnight. Friday. $15.
Labor Day Beer Garden Party
Sheffield's 3258 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-281-4989
Chill under the cottonwood tree on the courtyard patio with live country music from singer-songwriter Chris Buehrle, $4 Revolution Brewery drafts and house-smoked wings ($8) and rib tips ($10) made with Jack Daniel's-infused barbecue sauce. 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday. No cover.
(Free!) Paz En Mi Barrio (Peace In My Hood)
Ridgeway Avenue between 28th and 30th streets 773-733-5055
Get your Saturday off to an active start at this youth-produced block party designed to promote peaceful community unity and honor loved ones lost to violence where activities include yoga (10 a.m.), Zumba (11 a.m.), martial arts instruction (noon), a peace ceremony (1 p.m.) and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
Here's The Story
Theater Wit 1229 W. Belmont Ave. 773-975-8150
Share dinner and stories at this live lit night which features not only a potluck and a no-notes open mic—the winner gets a feature spot in the next show—but also tales from The Second City Conservatory director Norm Holly, The Moth Chicago producer Tyler Greene, French songstress Julie Meckler, local writer Kelli Honeysweet and Encyclopedia Show cast member Tim Stafford. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. $8; free if you bring a potluck dish. Tickets: heresthestorychicago.com.
Dressed to the Nines
The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Ave. 312-443-3600
Celebrate 19th Century art—and the Parisian lifestyle behind it—during an evening viewing of the Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity exhibition, which appears in Chicago as the final stop on a world tour and features 75 paintings by such artists as Monet, Degas, Renoir and Seurat. Festivities include a cash bar and a "Flowers in Your Hair" dress code inspired by the fashions in the paintings. 6-9 p.m. Saturday. $25. Tickets: artic.edu.
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Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.