Weekend Planner: Chili Fest, Sweetest Day at Weber Grill, National Pasta Day, Rooftop Tailgate at The J. Parker

Chili Fest at Municipal Bar + Dining Co.

The weather's getting chilly, so it's time for chili! Municipal Bar + Dining Co. celebrates the heady bowl of comfort this weekend with a two-day Chili Fest on October 17 and 18. Taking place from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the adjacent parking lot, the event features chili samples from local vendors like Dia De Los Tamales, Lindy's Chili, Chicago's Dog House, and others. On Saturday, Municipal will broadcast the Michigan State vs. University of Michigan game, and on Sunday they'll air the Bears vs. Lions game at 1:00 p.m. Tickets to attend the event are available in $10 to $40 packages, with the $10 fee inclusive of five 4-ounce samples, $30 ticket inclusive of four hours of craft beers and mimosas, and $40 inclusive of five four-ounce samples and four hours of craft beer and mimosas. 

Sweetest Day at Weber Grill

From savory news to sweet, this weekend also happens to be Sweetest Day, and Weber Grill is celebrating with a weekend-long menu for two. Available at all three Chicagoland locations, the sweet holiday menu is a three-course surf and turf-themed dinner on hand from October 16 through October 18. Dishes are also available a la carte. First course is a baby greens and citrus salad, followed by entree choices of cedar plank-grilled mahi mahi or Parmesan truffle-crusted NY strip steak. For dessert, it's red velvet cake for two. 


Chili Fest
Chili Fest at Municipal Bar + Dining Co.

National Pasta Day at Chop Shop

This weekend is just filled with festive holidays, because National Pasta Day just so happens to be Saturday, October 17. To celebrate, hit up Chop Shop to take part in some of their carb specials. The multi-tiered restaurant, butcher shop, sandwich counter, and bar is showcasing their grab-and-go pastas for home cookery, slinging meat or cheese ravioli for $5/lb, along with all the lasagna fixings (housemade egg lasagna sheets, ricotta, Parmesan, butcher's sausage) for $35, with servings for up to 10 people. Pasta deals are available from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the deli. 

Rooftop Tailgate at The J. Parker

It's tailgating season, but rather than adhere to the typical parking lot fodder, head up to The J. Parker to tailgate in style. The roof bar atop the Hotel Lincoln is hosting their first annual rooftop tailgate on Sunday, October 18, for the Bears vs. Lions showdown. Starting at 11:30 a.m., the bar will feature a special menu of grilled bites and beer buckets, plus music by DJ Kareem and bags. Some of the special menu items include mini burgers, chicken wings with cherry bomb sauce, "Frito" spiced pork rinds, and beer jam brats with beer mustard. The space contains a retractable roof, in case of weather issues, and televisions are positioned throughout the space, for easy access to game action. 

- Matt Kirouac