Monday, November 23
Get pumped for this week’s NFL showdown between the Packers and the Bears by slurping milkshakes at Miss Ricky’s (Virgin Hotel, 203 N. Wabash Ave., Loop, 312-940-4777). They’ll have a shake for each of the divisional rivals all week long: The Chicago Bears #9, with salted caramel ice cream, chocolate liqueur, and bacon-peanut caramel, and the Cheesehead, with mint chocolate chip ice cream and cheesecake and a cheese-puff topper.
Wednesday, November 25
Bake your holiday pie in someone else’s kitchen at Fig Catering (1850 S. Blue Island Ave., Pilsen, 773-793-1035). The pros will walk you through the steps to creating an ideal holiday dessert by helping you make your choice of Dutch apple streusel, double-crust apple, pumpkin custard, or vegan pecan pies. The class costs $64 and includes the cost of your treat, and additional pies will be available for purchase.
How many turkey testicles can you eat in one sitting? Find out at the sixth annual eating competition at Timothy O’Toole’s Pub (622 N. Fairbanks Court, Streeterville, 312-642-0700), where aspirants can try to stuff themselves for the chance at a free frozen turkey. The testicle festival starts at 9 p.m.
Thursday, November 26
Eat someone else’s leftovers at Longman & Eagle’s Off-Site Bar (2657 N. Kedzie Ave., Logan Square, 773-276-7110). The main restaurant will be closed to the general public, but the itty-bitty back bar will be serving turkey sandwiches starting at 3 p.m.
Friday, November 27
Skip Black Friday in favor of Black Fryday at Honey Butter Fried Chicken (3361 N. Elston Ave., Avondale, 773-478-4000). All day long you can get fries for $3.75, but tack on an extra $1.50 and you can get a black garlic aioli to dip ’em in.