It's October, so you have no excuse to fully engage in Oktoberfest shenanigans. Here's a few options for the weekend:
- Timothy O'Tooles celebrates with $6.50 25-ounce Oktoberfest drafts Friday and Saturday and German-inspired fare such as Viennese beef goulash and bratwurst with red cabbage.
- Rocktoberfest @ Rockit: Special menu items include Warm Soft Pretzels with cheddar cheese sauce, Mini Brats with sauerkraut, Bockwurst and German Chocolate Cake at $6. Drink offers include a special 32 oz. mug filled with Rockit White Ale for $11 - keep the mug! Through October 3.
- Art-Oberfest: We're not sure what the Center for Intuit and Outsider Art is all about, but we do know they're throwing a pretty massive Oktoberfest party Saturday night. It's all about beer, bourbon and BBQ and "kick up your spurs" to the entertainment, which we're guessing won't exactly be German-inspired.
CHRIS HARTLEY'S '70s-'80s PARTY: Get a jump on Halloween and get your best retro gear together for this annual themed bash at the Ivy League Baseball Club Saturday night. DJs E-Six, Matt Roan and DJ Corey Hartman provide the beats and a full bar is included, along with mixed drinks, beer and wine. Prizes will be given to the best and sexiest dressed males and females. 7-11 p.m., 3637 North Sheffield, Tickets $40
DAY OF THE DOG: Take your pooch to this block party and to help raise funds for homeless cats and dogs. Live music will be provided by the indie fold band Dastardly and pet-friendly vendors, activities and food and drink. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Rockwell St. between Irving Park and Berteau Ave., $5
CULTURE VULTURES: Check out artists in their own environment during the popular Pilsen East Artist Open House. More than 65 studios, galleries, and residences will be open as you check out performances, music, gardens and always some special surprises along the way. Stop by the Event Information Booth at 1821 S. Halsted St. for a map, performance schedule, and event information. FRI 6-10 p.m., SAT 12 p.m. - 7 p.m., FREE