Monday, July 28
Salute Peruvian independence between now and Wednesday at Tanta (118 W. Grand Ave., River North, 312-222-9700), where they’ve got a special sampler feast of four dishes (including their beef heart anticucho and special tiradito) for $32.
Wednesday, July 30
Get in on some mojito madness at a cocktail class at Nacional 27 (325 W. Huron St., River North, 312-664-2727), where beverage manager Elyse Fuller will show participants how to make three different kinds of mojitos. You can RSVP for the $15 class, which includes samples of all the drinks as well as some tapas, by calling the restaurant.
Thursday, July 31
Piece Pizzeria & Brewery (1927 W. North Ave., Wicker Park, 773-772-4422) is about to enter its awkward teen years—join in a toast to the restaurant’s 13th birthday at 8 p.m., when they’ll be tapping their special Anniversary Ale and hosting live music from the Phil Angotti Band.
Saturday, August 2
Cast your vote for the best brew and barbecue tag team at the Old Irving Park Beer & BBQ Challenge in the parking lot of St. Viator School (3644 N. Kedvale Ave). Ten local brewers will work with a chef to come up with a pork dish to go with one of their beers—participants include Finch’s, Solemn Oath, and Half Acre—and attendees get to pick the winner. The showdown starts at 2 p.m.—grab $60 tickets here.
Or, if you prefer your beer festivals to be suburban, the second annual Highwood Craft Beer Festival (130 Highwood Ave., Highwood, 312-587-3474) will feature more than 40 breweries such as Lake Effect, Deschutes, and Oskar Blues with beers to sample. Both general admission and VIP tickets are still available—pick them up here.