Thursday, August 16
Taste of the Gold Coast
6 to 9 p.m.
Sofitel in the Water Tower hosts this food-focused benefit (non-profit Israel Sport Center for the Disabled will receive a portion of the proceeds from ticket and auction sales this year). Sample dishes from neighborhood favorites including Bar Toma, Cafe des Architectes, Francesca on Chestnut, and Carmines. $100. 20 E Chestnut.; event website
Frietkoten Summer Beer Tasting
4 to 6 p.m.
Head to the Chicago French Market today for a cone of Belgian frites and samples of six beers, ranging from Ace Joker Cider to Smuttynose Star Island. $10. 131 N. Clinton; event website
Friday, August 19
Friday 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday 12 to 10 p.m; Sunday 12 to 9 p.m.
An emphasis on hot dogs—a variety of kinds and vendors—sets this festival apart from similar neighborhood events. Sunday will even feature a hot dog eating contest; call 773-665-4682 to enter. $5. Lincoln Ave. at Irving Park Rd; event website
Saturday, August 18
Chicago Korean Festival
Saturday and Sunday 12 to 10 p.m.
In addition to a 5K run, Ssireum wrestling, and music and dance competitions, there is certain to be some delicious, spicy food—including Korean BBQ—at this annual cultural celebration. Free. 3200-3400 Bryn Mawr Avenue; event website
Sunday, August 19
JDY Gourmet Warehouse Sale & Food Truck Roundup
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Stock up your pantry with wholesale-priced goods at this one-time only sale. Look for meat from esteemed local farms such as Becker Lane and Dietzler, domestic and local cheeses, and artisan food products from BLiS and Spencer's Jolly Posh. Dine on food truck specialties from Big Star, The Southern, Meatloaf Bakery, and Beyond Borders while you shop. Free. 370 N. Carpenter Street; event website
Beyond the Weekend
The Sound Opinions End of Summer BBQ
August 22, 7 to 10 p.m.
Mingle with Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kott and fellow music lovers while enjoying barbecue and dessert from some of Chicago's best: The Butcher and Larder, Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Hoosier Mama Pie Company, and Black Dog Gelato. Stay for a great view of the Navy Pier fireworks while drinking Virtue Cider and Maker's Mark cocktails created by Adam Seger. $35. WBEZ Terrace at Navy Pier; event website