Listen to true tales told live--Wednesday, the theme is "First Scare"--at…
Monster Sausage Cookout
Vienna Beef Factory Store parking lot 2501 N. Damen Ave. 773-278-7800
Bears legend Mike Ditka autographs your memorabilia and grills his new polish sausages and chicken sausages, which you can purchase for 89 cents each—proceeds benefit the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund—while enjoying live music and giveaways. Dress as Da Coach or a Chicago Super Fan and get a free sausage and a commemorative shirt. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. No cover.
Half-Price Flatbreads and Wine
Municipal Bar & Dining Co. 216 W. Ohio St. 312-951-2125
Save your pennies for the weekend with half-off flatbreads including the Three Cheese (ricotta, goat cheese, parmesan, toasted almonds, honey, truffle oil and arugula; regularly $10) which you can pair with half-price bottles of wine. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
"Lost in Space" Halloween Fashion Show
American Junkie 15 W. Illinois St. 312-239-0995
British dance-pop artist Natalia Kills performs songs from her new album, "Trouble," at this Chicago Costume runway show featuring space-themed Halloween looks and body paint designs. A $25 VIP option includes a 7-8 p.m. reception with appetizers and three drink tickets. 8-10 p.m. No cover for general admission. RSVP and VIP tickets: lostinspace-aj.eventbrite.com.
Women & Children First 5233 N. Clark St. 773-769-9299
The L.A.-based writer-performer shares moments from her new book, "My Life, A Four-Letter Word: Confessions of a Counter Culture Diva," about her experiences with her close friend and mentor—the drag actor Divine—plus filmmaker John Waters, the Venice Beach underground scene, the AIDS crisis and more. 7:30 p.m. No cover.
The First Time: First Scare
Martyrs' 3855 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-404-9494
ABC's "Windy City Live" social media producer Ji Suk Yi, comedian Adam Burke, DJ Scary Lady Sarah, The Moth GrandSlam champion Shannon Cason and others reveal true tales of personal terror and an onstage band follows with a song inspired by each piece. 8 p.m. $10. Tickets: martyrslive.com.
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Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.