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Taste of Chicago continues through 7/5, with food from 56 vendors plus live music (check out the Reader's recommendations) and fireworks 7/3 at 9 PM. 11 AM-9 PM (closes 7/3 after the fireworks and 7/5 at 6 PM), Grant Park, Columbus and Jackson, 312-744-3315.
Just Grapes focuses on American wines for a free Independence Day Tasting. 4-7 PM, 560 W. Washington, 312-627-9463.
At Purgatory Pizza’s hot-dog eating contest, the competitor who eats the most wienies in five minutes wins a trophy and prizes. Spectators can pig out too, on hot dogs for a buck apiece. 1 PM, 3415 N. Clark, 773-975-6677, $5 entry fee.
Fulton's on the River hosts its second summer all-you-can-eat clam bake (the third and final one is Tue 8/4), featuring baked stoneneck clams with brown butter breadcrumbs; razor clams and mussels steamed with beer, fresh herbs, lemongrass, and ginger; corn on the cob; and jalapeño-cheddar cornbread, among other menu items. Two Hoegaarden beers are included in the price, and there are specials on beer, wine, and cocktails. 5-8 PM, 315 N. LaSalle, 312-822-0100, $22.
From the folks behind this past winter’s popular Soup and Bread events (bartender and Reader contributor Martha Bayne and the Hideout) comes Veggie Bingo, with prizes ranging from locally produced honey and hot sauce to a box of fruits and vegetables from Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks. Free hot dogs and tofu pups will be served for bingo players, and proceeds benefit NeighborSpace, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving community open space in the city. The caller for the first event will be country singer Lawrence Peters. Through 9/9: Wednesdays, 6-8 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433 or 866-468-3401, $1 per card, six for $5.
Historian Ellie Carlson will shop for local ingredients at Green City Market and use them to prepare dishes Abe Lincoln might have eaten in his log cabin for the free program Land of Lincoln Readers: Cooking on the Illinois Frontier, copresented by the Chicago Public Library. 9:30 AM, Green City Market, south end of Lincoln Park, 773-880-1266.
The Chicago Botanic Garden offers beer and wine tastings with industry pros, plus cheese and crackers, at its Grapes & Hops summer festival. Also 7/22, 8/12, and 8/26. 6-8 PM, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, 847-835-5440, $10 (designated drivers free), parking $20.