Formento's Lunch Preview

The Garage 116 N. Aberdeen St. 312-344-1784

Get a peek of chef Tony Quartaro's (The Bristol, Balena) forthcoming Italian spot, Formento's, opening at 925 W. Randolph St. in November. Try a first taste of his menu with a meatball sandwich with house-made giardiniera ($12) or antipasti salad ($6) at this West Loop food truck dock. 11 a.m.

Lincoln Park Local (Free!)

Swirlz Cupcakes 705 W. Belden Ave. 773-404-2253

Try wine, spirits, milkshakes, cookies, coffee, pastries and other goodies from Edzo's, Johnny's Beef & Gyros North, CityGrounds and other neighborhood vendors at this outdoor party, which also features raffles for art and gift cards. 4-7 p.m.


Tapping of the Keg

The Berghoff 17 W. Adams St. 312-427-3170

Get a first taste of this year's Oktoberfest lager and chat with brewery representatives while snacking on free mini brats and potato pancakes. If a taste isn't enough, order the beer in $4 pints or $10 liter steins. The bash also features door prizes including Oktoberfest swag and Cubs tickets. 6 p.m. No cover.


Vintage Deutsch

Dank Haus 4740 N. Western Ave. 773-561-9181

Germany has more to offer than pretzels, sausage and beer. Try some of the country's wines and passed appetizers while mingling with jewelry and accessory designers from Berlin at this benefit for the German American Cultural Center. 7 p.m. $30. Tickets:

"Women Beware Women"

The Den Theatre 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-398-7028

Two Pence Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere of Thomas Middleton's 400-year-old blood- and sex-filled play about a two-time widow learning what it takes to be a successful woman. $20. Tickets:


Order Leinenkugel's seasonal Big Eddy Uber-Oktoberfest ($7) from 5-7 p.m. at Cactus Bar & Grill (404 S. Wells St.) and take home a free tulip-style beer glass.


Samantha Nelson is a RedEye special contributor.