It's National Burger Day...not that you needed an excuse. (Courtesy of Stout Barrel…)
The Sunnyside of Lincoln—Holiday Edition
Lincoln Avenue between Sunnyside and Wilson Avenues 773-271-6100
Celebrate the season in Lincoln Square with carolers from Porchlight Music Theatre and two seasonal dishes and two drinks—wine, beer or hot cocktails—at each of three restaurants: Bistro Campagne, The Grafton Pub & Grill and Due Lire Vino & Cucina. 6-9 p.m. $45. Tickets: brownpapertickets.com
National Hamburger Day
Stout Barrel House & Galley 642 N. Clark St. 312-475-1390
Honor this most American of meals with an off-the-menu Stoutastic Classic diner-style burger made with two quarter-pound beef patties, lettuce, tomato, special sauce and fries ($12). Pair it with Oskar Blues Dale's pale ale for $6 more. 4 p.m.-4 a.m. Through Saturday.
Cooking for a Cause
Red Door 2118 N. Damen Ave. 773-697-7221
Teena Crane from local organization In Chef's Hands joins chef Troy Graves to prepare the evening's dinner service and 50 percent of all food sales from the regular menu—including chestnut-fried calamari with tarragon aioli ($10) and braised turkey leg with black bean puree ($18) and more—benefit In Chef's Hands. 5-10 p.m. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Holiday Cocktails 101
Mariano's West Loop 40 S. Halsted St. 312-243-7657
Learn from the best—in this case, The Aviary's Charles Joly, the 2013 winner of the prestigious Tales of the Cocktail conference's Best American Bartender Award—who demonstrates three seasonal drinks including The Guild Meeting bourbon-based punch, the champagne-based French 75 and a modern version of the 19th Century Tom & Jerry cocktail. 6-7 p.m. $15. RSVP required by 5 p.m.: eventbrite.com
Mondo Toy Drive for AIDS Care
Innjoy 2051 W. Division St. 773-394-2066
Support the efforts of local AIDS care organization Edge Alliance with a donation of an unwrapped toy at this ninth annual bash hosted by Urban Theater Company featuring a Stoli vodka cocktail reception (9-10 p.m.), sexy Santa's helpers, a drag performance by UTC's Madrid St. Angelo and beats by DJs Knife Fight, Lego and Teri Bristol. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.
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Learn once and for all how to open a bottle of wine for the holidays with our short video: redeychicago.com/wine
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.