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.
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: brownpapertickets.com
"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: twopencetheatre.org
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
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.