Spicy miso ramen and a 16-ounce Kirin Ichiban beer will set you back just… (Neil Burger )
(Free!) Meet the Cheesemaker
Pastoral Chicago French Market 131 N. Clinton St. 312-454-2200
Do your part to commemorate American Cheese Month with complimentary tastings of Miette, a pillowy sheep and goat's milk cheese made at Baetje Farms in Missouri. Chat with artisanal cheesemaker Steve Baetje about his work and—if you like what you try—take home a round for $8-$17. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
$10 Ramen and Beer Pairing
Kabocha Japanese Brasserie 952 W. Lake St. 312-666-6214
Belly up to the bar for this lounge-only special featuring spicy miso ramen made with chef Shin Thompson's from-scratch noodles, pulled pork, black garlic-apple-chili paste, pickled mushrooms and a sous-vide farm egg and served with a 16-ounce Kirin Ichiban beer. 5-10 p.m.
Old Fashioned Cocktails
Little Market Brasserie 10 E. Delaware St. 312-640-8141
Get cozy with six comforting cocktails featuring autumnal flavors and bitters from a new Thursday-only menu created by the Tippling Bros. mixmasters including an Old Fashioned Old Fashioned (rye, bitters and soda), a Charming Snake (bourbon, Indian spices and habanero bitters) and The Sutherland (scotch, honey, baked apple bitters). 6:30 a.m.-midnight. $7 each.
Pumpkin Carving Party
High Noon Saloon 1560 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-227-9339
Show off your carving skills at this Halloween bash featuring prizes and giveaways, hosted Goose Island Green Line beers (7-8 p.m.), live music from Eric Ortiz (9 p.m.-midnight) and $8 snifters of Southern Tier Pumking beer all evening long. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.
Stardust: Acid Dreams
Berlin 954 W. Belmont Ave. 773-348-4975
Stardust celebrates its fifth anniversary of weekly club parties with sets by acid house DJ and Mathematics Recordings founder Hieroglyphic Being and house DJs Kevin Starke and Jordan Zawideh, a hosted champagne reception (10 p.m.-midnight), $2 PBRs, $3 Berlin Bombs (Bacardi and Red Bull) and $5.50 Little Black Dress vodka cocktails. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. $5; free before 11 p.m. with RSVP at do312.com/stardust
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Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.