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Brooklyn Brewery Beer Brunch
Vera 1023 W. Lake St. 312-243-9770
The West Loop spot deviates from its dinner-only format for this breakfast of champions, where you dine on tapas including oysters with sriracha mignonette, tortilla espanola with seasonal vegetables, quail egg and blood sausage; assorted pastries and more, which you can pair with a selection of Brooklyn brews or a Hophead vodka bloody mary with a Brooklyn Lager back. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. $25.
National Taco Day
Taco Joint 158 W. Ontario St. 312-337-8226; 1969 N. Halsted St. 312-951-2457
Make your happy hour a little happier with a choice of any three tacos—including cochinita (pulled pork, pickled red onions), panela (grilled queso panela, black bean salsa, mushrooms, arugula) and mor—for $5 (3-5 p.m.). Or get a late-night fix (10 p.m.-midnight) at $2 each (regularly $3-$3.50). Bonus: Post an Instagram photo of your tacos with the hashtag #tacoday and get complimentary chips, salsa and guacamole. Friday.
Chicago Vendy Awards
Kendall College parking lot 900 N. Branch St. 312-752-2000
Eight food truck purveyors—including Babycakes, Chicago Schnitzel King and Pleasant House Bakery—hit the grills to compete for both judges' and audience votes in this street food chef contest where admission includes samples of the competitors' foods and beer and proceeds benefit the Slow Food Chicago charity. 1-5 p.m. Saturday. $45-$55; $35-$45 with promo code: StreetFood4Life. Tickets: 2013chicagovendys-es2.eventbrite.com.
Ravenswood ArtWalk Detour
Outdoor space at Ravenswood and Berteau avenues
Step into an urban beer garden hosted by Ork Posters and Begyle Brewing featuring food trucks, live bluegrass music, $2.50 six-ounce pours and $5 12-ounce pours from more than a dozen local breweries and limited edition beer tappings both days. Noon-9 p.m. Saturday; noon-7 p.m. Sunday. No cover. Details: rawdetour.com.
Books & Beer
Archie's Iowa Rockwell Tavern 2600 W. Iowa St. 773-486-2626
Sip a complimentary Brooklyn Brewery beer with Good Beer Hunting blogger Michael Kiser—winner of Saveur magazine's 2013 Best Beer Blog Award and author-historian Bill Savage ("Chicago by Day and Night") who discuss Chicago's beer culture with moderator and The Beer Temple owner Christopher Quinn. 7 p.m. Sunday. $10. Tickets: togather.com/event/670/bill-savage-in-chicago/html.
West Town Art Walk
Various locations 312-850-9390
Grab a map in the Banco Popular parking lot (1445 W. Chicago Ave.) and set off—on foot or by pedicab and trolley—to explore visual, musical, culinary and other arts at 30 neighborhood businesses including Sprout Home, Ugly Mug Cafe, Seek Vintage and Shaman by Chilam Balam. 6-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. No cover. Details: westtownartwalk.com.
Record Breakers 2105 S. State St. 312-949-0125
A quarter-century translates into savings on new, rare and collectible music at this weekend-long celebration featuring 25 percent discounts on vinyl, 50 percent off CDs, free hot dogs and soda and in-store performances by Mountains for Clouds, Canasta, Bad Bad Meow and others. 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday.
Chop Shop 2033 W. North Ave. 312-342-1909
The weekly market's Oct. 6 edition features a "Get Lucky" theme with affordable luxury offerings and opportunities for singles to get their flirt on via a social media game. Browse wares from 20 vendors including Shades of Grey jewelry, Agga B. fashion and LocalFolks Foods, take your photo in the Smilebooth and view video projections from WeTheory. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $5. Details: dosemarket.com.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Celebrity DJ Samantha Ronson spins at The Underground Friday. Details: theundergroundchicago.com.