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MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY
108 W. Kinzie St. 312-329-9555
Chef Patricio Sandoval celebrates his roots with the traditional Mexican holiday dish, Chile en Nogada (ground pork, green apple- and plantain-stuffed peppers with walnut cinnamon sauce and pomegranate; $21), plus other off-menu specials and $11 La Patria cocktails made with tequila and smoked pineapple liqueur. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; 5 p.m.-midnight.
FISH & FUNK
980 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd floor 312-280-2750
Join chef Sarah Grueneberg, sommelier Jason Carlen and guest chef Giuseppe Tentori of GT Fish & Oyster in the bar for roasted swordfish with pasta, eggplant and smoked mozzarella—served in between the head and tail of the swordfish and rolled out to the bar for presentation—plus tuna poke, fried oyster sliders, miso aioli octopus and other snacks, funk music and half-off specialty cocktails and glasses of wine. 7-10 p.m. $20. Tickets: brownpapertickets.com/event/455620
(Free!) VOYAGE INTO THE UNKNOWN
1840 W. Hubbard St. 312-733-0098
Enter Hendrick's gin's sideshow-themed party featuring a botanist who explains the spirit's eleven botanicals, an apothecary shop with a chemist, Hendrick's cocktail samples and eclectic live music from White Ghost Shivers. 7:30 p.m.. Monday-Tuesday. RSVP required: hendricksgin.com/voyages-rm.
FOODRAISER FOR FREEDOM
1354 W. Wabansia Ave. 773-227-4433
Celebrate and support marriage equality with State Representatives Greg Harris and Kelly Cassidy amidst a cake walk, food trucks, silent auction featuring merch from local restaurants and a guitar signed by Hideout Block Party performers including Neko Case and Mavis Staples and music by guest DJs Steve Albini, Tim Mazurek, Rob Miller and Lea Tshilds. 7-10 p.m. $10-$50. Tickets: bit.ly/FoodRaiser
W Chicago City Center
172 W. Adams St. 312-332-1200
Mingle with Chicago fashion expert Kevin Aeh over hosted appetizers and cocktails at this Charity:Water benefit where you can strut the runway—in your bare feet with two 40-pound fuel cans painted by designer Jason Pickleman—and W Hotels donates $45 for your efforts to a clean water and sanitation fund in India. 6:30-9 p.m. RSVP required: firstname.lastname@example.org.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Get tickets for the Chicago in White flash mob dining party Sept. 22: chicagoinwhite.com.