A selection of brews and bites are only $2-$4 Thursdays at Pecking Order. (Courtesy of Pecking Order )
New Thursday Specials
Pecking Order 4416 N. Clark St. 773-907-9900
Keep both your belly and your wallet full with $3-$4 specials including longaniza sausage dogs with spicy cabbage slaw and chicharron, two-piece fried chicken dishes and more, which you can team up with budget-friendly $3 sangrias and $2 domestic beers. 5-10 p.m.
The Return of Cleetus
Fountainhead 1970 W. Montrose Ave. 773-697-8204
Raise a glass—or several—with chef Cleetus Friedman, who removes his chef's coat for a tap takeover featuring 13 collaborative beers ($6-$9) he's developed with eight Midwest brewers including Solemn Oath, Haymarket, Greenbush, Dark Horse and more, which can also be paired with Friedman's signature plates or a selection of whiskeys. 7 p.m.
Vida y Alma Sugar Skull Workshop
Chicago Truborn 1418 W. Division St. 773-420-9764
Get in the spirit of the Day of Dead with Mexican-American artist Teresa Magana, who leads a BYOB class with all craft supplies included where you decorate two pieces to take home—a ceramic "skullie" and your choice of a paper mache mask or a full skull head. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $30; or $50 for two people. Register: chicagotruborn.com
25th Anniversary Bash
Hubba-Hubba 2040 W. Roscoe St. 773-477-1414
The Roscoe Village apparel and accessories store celebrates a quarter century with a 25 percent discount on a single item, a La Pucara jewelry trunk show, champagne, pastries, swag bags with the first 25 purchases and a $100 gift card for the evening's 25th customer. 5-8 p.m. No cover.
(Free!) Gallery Launch: Chicago Is
Green Exchange 2545 W. Diversey Parkway, second floor
Browse paintings, screen prints, photography and more by local artists Joyce Owens, Dan Grzeca, Zissou of FugScreens Studios, Christopher May and Angie Mejia—plus Bucketfeet canvas shoe designer Aaron Firestein—as DJ Limbs spins on the turntables. 5-9 p.m. RSVP recommended: chicagois.eventbrite.com
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Get two-for-one tickets to see author Helen Fielding ("Bridget Jones's Diary") at Friday's Trib Nation event: helenfielding.eventbrite.com
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.