Enjoy the best of fall with picks from Time Out Chicago's Marissa Conrad. With the weather warming up this weekend, be sure to get out there and enjoy these great events this weekend.
Kick off the weekend right with samples from more than 100 micro brewed beers at the annual Beer Hoptacular. Two sampling sessions feature more than 100 micro brewed beers. Food, music, beer vendors and a home-brewing contest round out the fete. Beer Hoptacular Riverfront Theater, 650 W Chicago Ave (888-556-9484, beerhoptacular.com). 6–9:30pm; $50, advance $45.
You can also get an early start on holiday shopping with the Empty Bottle's Handmade Market, and who doesn't love a good mix of warm chili during the Bears game on Sunday? Admire the handiwork of 33 vendors at the monthly Handmade Market. It's 21+, because it's right outside the Empty Bottle, and Handmade encourages "relaxed shopping." Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave (773-276-3600, handmadechicago.com). Noon–4pm; free.
Chili lovers and makers can enjoy endless tastings and a fun competition at Moonshine Brewing Company's fourth annual chili cook-off. It's about to go down in Wicker Park.
Warm Up & Bear Down Chili Cook-Off, Moonshine Brewing Company's fourth annual chili cook-off, is slated for before the Bears and Texans game. This year, the lucky winner not only receives the Gilded Ladle trophy and bowl full of $500 cash, but a slot on Moonshine Brewing Company's permanent menu for a month. Moonshine Brewing Company parking lot, 1824 W Division (773-862-8686, moonshinechicago.com). 1–6pm; $15, admission includes unlimited chili tasting.