Gapers Block Hot Dog Cookoff

Sample hot dogs from chefs from Fat Rice, Harmony Grill and more at Schubas this weekend. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune / April 25, 2010)


Hot Dog Cookoff

Schubas Tavern 3159 N. Southport Ave. 773-525-2508

Chefs from Kuma's Corner, Fat Rice, ManBQue, Harmony Grill and more put their personal spin on dogs at this second annual competition, which also features drink specials, a raffle, music and bags games hosted by Gapers Block in the Schubas parking lot. Tickets include tasting portions of each chef's creation. 2-7 p.m. Saturday. $20.

Brunch Burritos

Henry's Swing Club 18 W. Hubbard St. 312-955-8018

Recover from the night before with tasty grub at this new River North bar. Choose from burrito selections ($6-$8) such as scrambled eggs, chorizo and green chili; fried eggs, three meats and cheese; Texas steak chili, fried eggs and potatoes; and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


World Cup Final Viewing Party

Lotties 1925 W. Cortland Ave. 773-489-0738

Watch Germany take on Argentina in the final match of the World Cup. Food and drink specials include $3.50 Blue Moon drafts and $9 pizzas. 2p.m. Sunday.

Lagunitas Summer Brew Cruise

Navy Pier's Gateway Park 600 E. Grand Ave. 312-222-9328

Take to the water for a 90-minute cruise hosted by Shoreline Sightseeing and Lagunitas Brewery. Tickets include Lagunitas Day Time, Night Time, IPA and Pils, as well as cocktail meatballs, chips and cookies. 8 p.m. Friday. $39.

Fan Fiction: New Orleans Edition

Scofflaw 3201 W. Armitage Ave. 773-252-9700

Feel like you're in the Big Easy when this Logan Square bar hosts a send-off for locals nominated for Tales of the Cocktail, taking place in New Orleans. Southern-inspired cocktail specials ($8) include sazeracs, hurricanes, brandy milk punch and more. 12 p.m. Sunday.

Naked Girls Reading

Everleigh Social Club 939 W. Randolph St. 312-243-6690

Michelle L'amour and company present "Tales, Tails and Cocktails," readings in the raw about cocktail culture. Includes readings by Chicago Starlets' Honey Halfpint and Greta Layne, as well as special guest Bella Blue from New Orleans. 7 p.m. Friday. $20-$35.


Short Cuts: Short Horror Films from the Midwest

Davis Theater 4614 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-784-0893

Get ready to tremble at this short film festival featuring horror flicks by more than 20 local filmmakers, including "Mime Time" (John Borowski), "Kusper on Ice" and "Schrodinger's Mummy" (both from The evening also includes movie-themed prizes and an auction of rare autographed movie art and other items. 9:30 p.m. Saturday. $10.

Chicago Independent Bookstore Day

57th Street Books 1301 E 57th St. 773-684-1300

Calling all bookworms! This Hyde Park bookstore (and the nearby Seminary Co-Op Bookstore) offer a free raffle of book giveaways and prizes including tote bags and other literary loot. Also available at other participating local indie bookstores: 10 a.m. Saturday.


Stroll the Bucktown neighborhood during the Bucktown Community Organization's annual Tree and Garden Walk Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


Amanda E. Snyder is a RedEye special contributor.