And … scene.
Chicago Fringe Festival
What: More than 200 performances (theater, solos, dance) teeter on the edge of mainstream.
Why: Silent film from the 1920s meets rock ’n’ roll vaudeville in Handshake Uppercut, about two guys who battle each other through eternity.
When: Thru Sept. 9. Schedule at chicagofringe.org.
Where: Theaters throughout Pilsen. Tickets ($10/show, plus one-time admission button for $5; $45/five-show pass; $80/ten-show pass; $175/unlimited pass) at 866-811-4111 or chicagofringe.org.
Jayson Home Garden Sale
What: Put a flourishing end to summer with 30 percent off.
Why: Frost-resistant planters, containers, pots, perennials, and other blooming bargains.
When: Thru Sept. 2. Mon. & Thurs., 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tues., Wed. & Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 1885 N. Clybourn Ave., at Kenmore Ave. (773-248-8180).
West Town Tavern Fall Farm and Wine Dinner
What: The harvest comes to fruition at the five-course meal ($79) with optional wine pairings (at an additional cost).
Why: Braised pork belly with Three Sisters grits, crispy crab cake with apple-fennel salad, maple pound cake, and more.
When: Oct. 14. Book now.
Where: 1329 W. Chicago Ave., at Throop St. Reservations (required) to 312-666-6175.
Urban Union’s Fall Menu
What: Chef/partner Michael Shrader whisks you to crisper days with fresh seafood, such as grilled baby octopus, gnocchi with Maine lobster and Bar Harbor mussels, and Lake Erie perch.
Why: Finish sweetly with pastry chef Mitsu Nozaki’s plum cake.
When: Sun.-Thurs., 5-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 5 p.m.-midnight.
Where: 1421 W. Taylor St., b/t Loomis & Laflin Sts. (312-929-4302).
What: Duck into Lincoln Park’s charmingly simple carryout spot for pies, calzone, and Caprese salad from James Spillane (formerly of Coalfire).
Why: Just add Netflix.
When: Tues.-Fri., 3-10 p.m.; Sat., noon-10 p.m.; Sun., noon-8 p.m.
Where: 711 W. Armitage Ave., at Orchard St. (312-867-9111).
Photo: Amy Bolger / Courtesy of Handshake Uppercut