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What: Nick Cave and Bob Faust (the pair behind Cave’s wickedly cool art site, SoundSuitShop) gather local designers (Frei Designs, Anke Loh, Katrin Schnabl, and more) for an accessories sale.
Why: The specially designed wrapping paper is gift-maverick gold.
When: Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: SoundSuitShop Project Space, 110 E. 23rd St., at Michigan Ave. Admission is free.
What: As if you need another reason to visit Pilsen, there bubbles up a gloriously unpredictable shop of modern, industrial, and vintage finds for the home.
Why: It’s the latest venture from the gal behind Blue Bell Bazaar and the antiques whiz who runs Zap Antiques & Props.
When: Thurs. & Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.; by appt.
Where: 2229 S. Halsted St., at 22nd Pl. (224-522-4525).
Cookbooks for Chefs and Foodies
What: Whether you’re in charge of the bird or just bringing wine, study up on seasonings and best vintages with cookbooks from James Beard, Ina Garten, Jamie Oliver, and more.
Why: You don’t want to give Grammy food poisoning — again.
When: T-Day is a week away. The time is now.
Where: Online at dailycandy.com.
What: The WGN radio show wraps its season with a taping of a foodie edition airing convos with chefs (Graham Elliot, Stephanie Izard, Paul Kahan), mixology battles, sketch comedy, and more.
Why: It’s a hot dog smackdown when Doug Sohn (Hot Doug’s) and George and Manolis Alpogianis (America’s Dog) compare notes.
When: Tonight, 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., at Lake St., downstairs. Tickets ($25) online at ticketmaster.com or at the theater.
Una Mae’s Online Shop Launches
What: The Wicker Park boutique celebrates taking its stash (clothing, accessories, and home items) to the Web. Reckless Records DJs and free PBR/cocktails from Through the Liquor Glass will loosen you up for a spending spree.
Why: All purchases are 15 percent off.
When: Fri., 6-9 p.m.
Where: 1528 N. Milwaukee Ave., at Honore St. (773-276-7002).
Bourbon Week Dinner at The Gage
What: Chef Dirk Flanigan puts South in your mouth with dishes inspired by the spirit (spicy bourbon-glazed pork spare ribs, bourbon bread pudding, and more). Whiskey flights, shots, and cocktails, too.
Why: There’s a glass of Pappy Van Winkle’s twenty-year Family Reserve with your name on it.
When: Thru Mon.
Where: 24 S. Michigan Ave., at Madison Ave. (312-372-4243).
Photo: Courtesy of Body Implement