Old Irving Park Beer & BBQ Challenge

St. Viator School 3644 N. Kedvale Ave. 773-545-2173

Sample beer and barbecued pork pairings from 10 local chefs and breweries including Solemn Oath, Begyle and Half Acre—plus an additional beer style from each brewer—and vote for your favorite at this new parking lot food fest where proceeds benefit St. Viator School & Parish and the Old Irving Park neighborhood association. 2-5 p.m. Saturday. $60. RSVP recommended:

Jove T's Ice Cream Shop

David Burke's Primehouse 616 N. Rush St. 312-660-6000

Cool off at this Friday-only pop-up in the bar where you can order up scoops of pastry chef Jove T. Hubbard's rotating flavors: Banana Toffee (banana ice cream, almond toffee, milk chocolate crunch) and Raspberry Cheesecake (cream cheese ice cream, local raspberries, graham crackers). 3-5 p.m. Friday. $5 per scoop.

Smoked Pork And Beer

Two 1132 W. Grand Ave. 312-624-8363

For the restaurant's second anniversary, chef Tom Van Lente smokes Swan Creek Farms suckling pigs and serves the pulled pork on a bed of roasted parsnip puree, local corn and smoked pork jus with a pea shoot salad and—to wash it down—Begyle Brewing's Let It Go rye pale ale. 5-11 p.m. Saturday; 5-10 p.m. Sunday. Through August 8. $10.


Riot Fest Karaoke Contest

Quenchers Saloon 2401 N. Western Ave. 773-276-9730

Sing your heart out for a chance to win a pair of three-day Riot Fest passes or a Founders Brewing Co. VIP tour at this bash, where you can order $6 Founders porter and Red's Rye drafts and $4 All Day IPA cans. Arrive at 4 p.m. for a new patio party where folks from Pinch Spices grill food in exchange for a cash donation. 7 p.m. Sunday. $5.

Lollapalooza After Parties

The Underground 56 W. Illinois St. 312-645-6000

Start each night with a VIP reception (10-11 p.m.) featuring Lolla-themed Grey Goose vodka and Bacardi rum cocktails to prep yourself for a performance by Nelly and DJ set from Samantha Ronson (Friday); open format sets from Chromeo and DJ Clinton Sparks (Saturday); and a closing party with DJ Cobra (Sunday). 10 p.m. Friday-Sunday. $20 per night. RSVP recommended:


'Mike And Seth'

The Side Project Theatre 1439 W. Jarvis St. 773-340-0140

Company members Derek Garza and Michael Manocchio portray 20-something friends—one straight, one gay—who attempt to make sense of their lives on the night before one's wedding. Artistic director Adam Webster directs the Midwest premiere of this drama by New York playwright Daniel Talbott ("Slipping"). 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through August 24. $10-$20. Tickets:

(Free!) The Ball Up Tour

Foster Park 1440 W. 84th St. 312-747-6135

Got hoop skills? Put them to good use during open-run tryouts for the Ball Up professional streetball team. At 7 p.m., spectators can watch the top 10 contenders take on the Ball Up All-Stars at Chicago State University (9501 S. King Drive; $15-$60;, which is filmed for Fox Sports broadcast. Two tournament MVPs are awarded a chance to represent Chicago in the Las Vegas finals, where one contestant wins a contract. 11 a.m. Saturday. RSVP recommended:

Seth Troxler And The Martinez Brothers

Lacuna Artist Lofts 2150 S. Canalport Ave.

Kick off your weekend with an all-night dance party as the EDM artists introduce their collaborative Tuskegee Project—a record label, DJ crew and party brand developed to showcase music of African-American and Latin origins and '90s American urbanism. Admission includes beverage samplings. 11 p.m.-6 a.m. Friday. $60. Tickets:


Get tickets for Mash Tun's inaugural Homebrewer's Ball, August 9 at Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S. Morgan St.):


Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.