Photo: courtesy tomato blast. 

Whoever said it was rude to play with you food clearly never went to Tomato Blast. 

Tuesday, 7/23: Chicago is inarguably the best place to celebrate National Hot Dog Day. Stop by one of the city’s classic stands, or hit up Bull & Bear (431 N. Wells St., 312-527-5973) for their ‘Dog Days of Summer’ menu. From July 22 to 28 the restaurant will serve up a different dog each day, taking inspiration from the cultural and geographical areas of Chicago.

Wednesday, 7/24: Watch as the 18th & 19th Police Districts compete in the 3rd Annual Pig Out for Charity burger eating contest. 25 Degrees (736 N. Clark St., 312-943-9700) will host the event and provide appetizers and beverages. Buy tickets in advance for $20 or at the door for $25. All proceeds benefit the 100 Club of Chicago and the Chicago Police Memorial.

Thursday, 7/25: Learn how to make your own summer cocktail at Epic’s (112 W. Hubbard St., 312-222-4940) Rum Under the Sun cocktail class. Starting at 6 p.m., beverage director Michael Cristiani will instruct guests on how to mix and muddle three different rum drinks, including the mai tai and Mojito. Guests will be treated to passed appetizers during the event. Tickets cost $25. 

Thursday, 7/25: National Cheesecake Day isn’t until July 30th, but Eli’s Cheesecake (773-205-3800, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr.) is kicking things off early with a week of celebratory events and free samples. They’ll be handing out cheesecake slices and snow cones Wednesday morning for starters. See their website for an entire list of events. Hint: There’s a cheesecake buffet on the schedule.

Saturday, 7/27: LM Bistro (111 W. Huron St., 312-202-9900) is offering deals on their new weekend brunch menu throughout the end of July. Guests who order one brunch item can get a second one free. If you’re looking for an extra good time, check out the $25 bottomless mimosa brunch special.

Saturday, 7/27: Why travel to Spain’s La Tomatina Festival when you can hurl overripe tomatoes at your friends right here in the city? Tomato Blast takes over Soldier Field Saturday afternoon from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 for participants, $25 for spectators, plus $5 for safety goggles (which are required). Tomatoes and a hosing-off area for afterward will be provided, but we strongly recommend bringing a change of clothes.

Sunday, 7/28: Chefs John Manion (La Sirena Clandestina), Mark Steuer (Carriage House), Chris Curren (Homestead), Rob Levitt (The Butcher & Larder), Michael Dean Reynolds (Bread & Wine), and Matt Troost (Three Aces) will be manning the roasters at Three Aces (1321 W. Taylor St., 312-234-1577) this Sunday for the Bands, Beasts & Brews fundraising event for the Rock for Kids charity. Tickets are $35 for an all-you-can-eat pass, and there will be $1 beer and cocktail specials.

Sunday, 7/28: The Village Tavern (135 Old Mchenry Rd., Long Grove, 847-634-3117) hosts its 4th Annual Veteran’s Recognition Day on Sunday. The event will feature live music, raffles, a brat cook out, and a pig roast to top it all off. Tickets are $10 for the general public and free for veterans and current military members.