Saturday (August 17)
Oak Park Micro Brew Review
Saturday, 3 to 7 p.m.
This sixth annual festival, brought to you by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, will offer over 120 different beers from 60 craft breweries. Proceeds benefit Seven Generations Ahead's non-profit work to build sustainable Midwestern communities. Local, organic food tastings will also be available. $45-100. Marion Street, between Lake Street and Pleasant Street, Oak Park; event website
Cooking Demo with Bill Kim
Saturday, 11 a.m.
Chef Bill Kim is hosting a cooking demonstration and Korean BBQ lunch at bellyQ. The menu includes watermelon salad, Korean BBQ short rib, kimchi, and passion fruit margaritas. $50. 1400 W. Randolph; event website
Chicago Air and Water Show Party at Oak Street Beach
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Air and Water Show while feasting on hamburgers, hot dogs, Polish sausages, tacos, nachos, pulled pork, and Caesar Salad from the chef's table at Oak Street Beach. Tickets also include an open bar. $125, under 21 $50. 1001 N. Lake Shore Drive; event website
Tuesday (August 20)
City Swarm Ice Cream Crawl
Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Celebrate summer with this five-stop ice cream crawl, which includes private trolley transportation and kitchen tours. Sample some of the city's best frozen treats at Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Truck, George's Ice Cream & Sweets, Black Dog Gelato, Miko's Italian Ice, and bellyQ. There is another crawl on August 27, as well. $39. 901 N. Clark; event website
Restaurant Crawl of Albany Park and North Park
Tuesday, 5 to 9 p.m.
Over fifteen restaurants are taking part in the 2013 restaurant crawl, sponsored by Swedish Covenant Hospital. Sample delicious fare from Semiramis, Noon O Kabob, 2 Asian Brothers, and Jaafer Sweets, among other local favorites. $45. 4736 N. Kedzie; event website
The 4th Annual Bacon Takedown has issued a call for twenty home cooks to participate in the event. Selected cooks will be given 15 pounds of Hormel Black Label Bacon to work with. Only interested in eating? Tickets are available now for the September 14 feast at Lincoln Hall. $15. 2424 N. Lincoln Ave; event website
Seasonal Soul Food: A Celebration of Chef Edna Lewis
Saturday, October 5, 6 p.m.
The culinary team at Inspiration Kitchen is preparing a four-course menu based on the recipes of Chef Edna Lewis. Readings from Lewis's cookbook will also be paired with jazz violin music. The event benefits The Sugar Beet Co-op of Oak Park. $100. 3504 W. Lake Street; event website