Second Annual Green Grocer Chicago BBQ
What: Local farmers slap pasture-raised meats on the grill. Snack on fruit from Seedling Farms and sip beer from Two Brothers Brewery and Goose Island.
Why: All you can eat for a suggested donation of just $5.
When: Today, noon-4 p.m.
Where: 1402 W. Grand Ave., at Noble St. (312-624-9508). R.S.V.P. to email@example.com.
Mangalitsa Pig Dinner
What: Chef Chris Pandel creates a five-course meal ($105) around everyone’s favorite animal protein.
Why: Proceeds go to Common Threads, so you’ll feel good about porking out.
When: Sept. 16, 7 p.m.
Where: The Bristol, 2152 N. Damen Ave., at Webster Ave. R.S.V.P. (required) to 773-862-5555.
What: Hefty discounts on bags, sunglasses, and jewelry.
Why: Everything you have is covered in sand and sunscreen (but any excuse is fine with us).
Where: Online at swirl.com.
What: New social dining network lets you go online to book an individual seat at a participating restaurant (a bit like OpenTable).
Why: Places around you get filled in with other friend-seeking diners.
When: You want to expand your flock.
Where: To register, go to grubwith.us.
What: The forested oasis on the Northwest Side is the city’s first free-ride bike park, where mountain bikers tackle dirt jumps and do stunts.
Why: It’ll take you back to your freewheeling Huffy days.
When: Daily, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Clark Park Playlot, 3400 N. Rockwell St., at Addison St. (312-742-7594).