Up and at ’em.
Brunch at Pecking Order
What: Roll out of bed and straight to the North Lakeview restaurant for hangover helpers and cold-weather comforts.
Why: The breakfast poutine is a heavenly mound of fried potatoes, gravy, smoked Gouda, and jalapenos, topped with two fried eggs.
When: Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 4416 N. Clark St., b/t Montrose & Sunnyside Aves. (773-907-9900).
Frei Designs’s Fall Capsule Collection Sale
What: Designer Annie Novotny cozies up to blustery days with wool-and-cashmere ponchos, boiled wool cardigans, vintage leather bags and belts, and more.
Why: The intimate sale in a private residence has spiked cider to sweeten the deal.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 1515 W. 18th Pl., at Laflin St.
Leopold’s New Executive Chef
What: Hello, Michael Dean Reynolds. The former chef de cuisine at The Gage now puts his light, seasonally inspired touch on Belgian fare in West Town.
Why: This month try the four-course prix fixe (including seared scallops, smoked pork belly, and braised goat) paired with Corsican wines.
When: Tues., Wed. & Sun., 5-10 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 5-11 p.m.
Where: 1450 W. Chicago Ave., at Bishop St. (312-348-1028).
Fall Collections at Sarca
What: Your in-with-the-new kick starts with printed skirts from Alexis, chunky necklaces from Damen + Division, and wrap blouses from Show Me Your Mumu.
Why: September means style.
When: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 710 N. Wabash Ave., at Huron St. (312-255-0900).
What: Nelsan Ellis (from HBO’s True Blood) directs the Chicago play about a Mississippi cotton field escapee who meets an enigmatic rambling bluesman.
Why: Love, magic, jealousy, secrets, and intrigue. Lots of intrigue.
When: Sat.-Oct. 21.
Where: Collective Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., b/t Oakdale & Wellington Aves. Tickets ($27-$32) at 773-935-6875 or web.ovationtix.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Pecking Order