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Organic Pizza

Every Friday and Saturday night at midnight, Michael Altenberg’s much-hyped certified-organic restaurant Crust serves up a variety of flatbread pizzas for its late-night bar customers. The kitchen picks three or four different pies from the menu–including wild herb and cheese, Italian sausage, and pepperonata–puts them out buffet style, and keeps them coming until 1 AM. […]

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thursday25 Stillman Brown (aka “Swilly Idol”) of Red Zeppelin wines pours and extols the virtues of his California winery’s syrah, dry rose (or Pink Zeppelin), cabernet-syrah, and chardonnay-viognier blends. There may also be some Black Zeppelin, a syrah-alicante-cabernet blend that’s won several medals and is in limited supply. a 5-9 PM, Lush Wine and Spirits, […]

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Acupuncture

On Wednesday, in celebration of National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day, Red Flower Acupuncture Studio is hosting its first-ever Acufest from noon to 8 PM. Guests get a personalized acupuncture session, either to induce general well-being or to treat a specific ailment–insomnia, stress, migraines–and can participate in yoga classes, guided meditations, and a tai chi […]

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thursday18 An English beer tasting led by beer specialist Anthony Norkus offers ales, stouts, bitters, and beers from all over the UK, including hard-to-find bottles such as the Welsh bitter Thomas Watkins OSB and Scotland’s Skull Splitter Orkney Ale. a 7-8:30 PM, House of Glunz, 1206 N. Wells, 312-642-3000, $20. saturday20 To kick off its […]

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Free Shit

As part of Fashion Focus Chicago, the city-sponsored fashion extravaganza that continues through Sunday, Blick Art Materials is hosting a workshop called Scarf Savvy on Friday from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Participants will be given a free scarf to decorate however they please, with hands-on assistance by students from the International Academy of Design […]

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saturday13 The Macy’s Day of Music at Symphony Center includes a 2 PM concert by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Branford Marsalis, a 6 PM set outside on Michigan Avenue by punk-rock marching band Mucca Pazza, and an 8 PM screening of the seminal 1922 vampire silent Nosferatu with live accompaniment by Tortoise. a 2-10 […]

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saturday6 Chez Panisse’s Alice Waters discusses her dedication to local, seasonal food and her new book, The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes. For a full schedule of her Chicago events, see our blog The Food Chain at chicagoreader.com. a 2:30-5 PM, Northwestern’s Thorne Auditorium, 375 E. Chicago, chicagocooks.com, $10. sunday7 Be your […]

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Genealogy Help

If you’ve ever wanted to research your family or neighborhood history but don’t know where to start, you might consider attending one of the Newberry Library’s genealogy and local history orientations, held the first Saturday of every month at 9:30 AM. They’re led by a member of the Local and Family History reference staff, who […]

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40 Days at the MCA

Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E. Chicago 312-280-2660 This Saturday the Museum of Contemporary Art kicks off 40 Free Days, a celebration of its 40th anniversary, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free cupcakes. The freebies continue through Wednesday, November 14, with exhibit tours and lectures by designers Todd Oldham and Cynthia Rowley, author Audrey Niffenegger, […]

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Bottle of Wine

Flat Top Grill multiple locations flattopgrill.com Every Wednesday night through November 14, Flat Top Grill is giving away free bottles of wine to its dinner crowd. (Well, virtually free–restaurants can’t legally give away alcohol, so the booze will add a penny to your bill.) Order an appetizer, two stir-fry entrees, and a dessert at any […]

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Pizza

Wellington’s Tavern 1300 W. Wellington 773-524-1111 Plenty of bars buy their customers free food once in a while, but it’s more rare to find a place that does it five times a week. Wellington’s Tavern serves Connie’s Pizza every Monday through Friday from 6 to 8 PM: sausage, pepperoni, cheese, and occasionally supreme. And there […]

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Groceries

Whole Foods FlavorFest Jonquil Park 1023 W. Wrightwood wholefoodsmarket.com/flavorfest This weekend Whole Foods is offering “more samples than you can shake a stick at” as part of its two-day FlavorFest in Jonquil Park, near DePaul. More than 50 vendors–among them Horizon Organic, Applegate Farms, Seventh Generation, and Kitchen Aid–will ply guests with snacks and send […]