Free doughssants. We repeat: FREE. DOUGHSSANTS. (West Town Bakery )
Midwestern Boil with Virtue Cider
SmallBar 2049 W. Division St. 773-772-2727
Feast on all-you-can-eat shrimp at this picnic-style boil (3 p.m.) during the bar's ninth anniversary bash, which also features hosted Virtue pours of Red Streak, Cidre de Nava and Ledbury ciders, Half Acre Gossamer Nitro and Daisy Cutter with Mosaic hops on cask, and Three Floyds Tiberian Inquisitor and Zombie Dust plus live old-time music (5:30-7 p.m.) by the Sanctified Grumblers. 2-7 p.m. Sunday. $25.
(Free!) Doughssant Giveaway
West Town Bakery at Acme Hotel Company 15 E. Ohio St. 312-894-0800
Chef Chris Teixeira sweetens up your Friday with the debut of his new pastry composed of fried croissant dough shaped into filled long Johns, available in flavors including s'mores, apple butter and pumpkin-cream cheese. Swing by the walk-up window to grab one of 500 doughssants (regularly $4) and 500 cups of coffee on hand for the giveaway. 7 a.m. Friday.
Anniversary Party and SlapShot Launch
The Beer Bistro 1061 W. Madison St. 312-433-0013
Be among the first to taste the debut commercial release from Chicago craft brewery SlapShot Brewing Company (7 p.m.)—its founders are Chicago residents, brothers and former homebrewers Steve and Brian Miller—at this eighth anniversary celebration for the West Loop beer-focused neighborhood spot. 5 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday. No cover.
Sunday Wine Special
The Boarding House 720 N. Wells St. 312-280-0720
Proprietor and sommelier Alpana Singh offers up a rotating roster of bottles from her extensive cellar for $28 each (regularly $60-$95) in the bar. Sunday's offerings include a 2006 Gramona Imperial cava (Spain), a 2010 Chateau la Roque Pic Saint-Loup rosé (France), a 2001 Knoll Gruner Veltliner Federspiel (Austria) and four more selections. 5-10 p.m. Sunday.
Bears Game Kickoff
Headquarters Beercade 2833 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-665-5660
Grab a $10 Sip 'n' Slider bloody mary—topped with meats, veggies, cheeses and a White Castle slider—and watch the Bears-Bengals game (noon) at this viewing party that includes $15 buckets, a Bears jersey giveaway and complimentary barbecue with a beverage purchase. 11 a.m. Sunday. No cover.
The Hideout Block Party & A.V. Fest
The Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. 773-227-4433
Say farewell to summer with sets by Neko Case, Mavis Staples, Trampled by Turtles and Nude Beach (Friday); then, do it all over again Saturday with Young the Giant, The Hold Steady, Superchunk, The Walkmen, The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo), Girl Group Chicago and Guitarkestra. 4:30 p.m. Friday; 12:30 p.m. Saturday. $35-$50 per day; $60-$70 per two-day pass. Tickets: hideoutchicago.com.
The Clever Ape Race
Redmond's Ale House 3358 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-404-2151
Take off with your two- to four-person team on an urban scavenger hunt where you build, drink, fish for and perform things to earn clues that lead you to a mystery location for a jungle-themed loft party. Admission includes a craft cocktail, snacks, music, prizes and a Clever Ape tank top. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday. $30 per person. Tickets: cleveraperace.com.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Friday is the deadline to sign up for the So You Wanna Be a Naked Girl competition as part of the Sept. 20 Naked Girls Reading series: michellelamour.com.