Things to do for November 20, 2008

The Weekender

Vettes, Whiskey and Beer Syrup

The weekend has your name on it.

The Shire Public House Opens

The Shire Public House Opens

The transformation of West Lakeview's divey Tavern 33, which began five months ago with the integration of many many craft brews, is completed tonight as it debuts a new interior and name. Save the LOTR jokes, you won't find Hobbits here—unless they're into Chimay.

Opens 6pm Nov 20, The Shire Public House, 3328 N. Lincoln Ave (between Roscoe and School), 773-935-6391

Marriott's Holiday Soiree

Marriott's Holiday Soiree

The half-ton, twenty-foot gingerbread house is the star of the seasonal party in the lobby of this Mag Mile hotel. But you've always been more impressed by the little things, such as sample-sized New Holland beer and free mini chocolate waffles with beer-infused syrup.

No cost, 4:30-7pm, Nov 21, Chicago Marriott, 540 N. Michigan Ave (at Ohio), 312-836-0100

Chicago Chevy Vettefest

Chicago Chevy Vettefest

Detroit doesn't need a bailout, just inspiration. Haul any downtrodden GM exec you can find to the world's largest indoor Chevy show and behold a '62 Corvette with Powerglide transmission, among other marvels. He'll feel reborn—particularly if you tell him how to remake it as a hybrid.

$15, 9am-8pm Nov 22, 9am-4pm Nov 23, Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd (at Bryn Mawr), Rosemont, 248-373-1700

Mixing Up Local Flavors

Mixing Up Local Flavors

This cocktail tasting and how-to is part of the FamilyFarmed Expo, where a pro-sustainability ethic extends all the way to the bar. So when you take a shot of Wisconsin-bred Death's Door Whiskey, feel good knowing you're doing your part to help the Door County eco-system.

$15-20, 5:30-7pm, Nov 22, Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph (at Michigan), tickets here

Experiment in the Art of Turducken

Experiment in the Art of Turducken

While others fiddle with cornbread stuffing, you'll go the extra mile with this course taught by a turducken master. Because when it comes to turkey stuffed with duck stuffed with chicken, you want to come as close to the Pilgrims' original recipe as possible.

$45, 6-9pm, Nov 23, Honky Tonk BBQ, 1213 W. 18th St (at Racine), 312-226-7427, tickets here

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