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The 40th annual Fiesta del Sol, a four-day fund-raiser organized by the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, features food, art workshops, a school expo, and more. 7/26-7/29, Thurs 5-10 PM, Fri-Sat 11 AM-11 PM, Sun 11 AM-10 PM, 1400 W. Cermak, 312-666-2663, free.
The ninth annual Wicker Park Fest features live music, food, arts and crafts, and more. Sponsors include Blue Moon, Miller Lite, Leinenkugel's Classic Amber, Feast, Subterranean, Small Bar, and Smoke Daddy. Sat-Sun noon-10 PM, Milwaukee between North and Paulina, $5.
During Herb Garden Weekend at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, visitors can learn how to grow herbs, watch herb-related demonstrations, and participate in "Plant Parts" activities. 7/28-7/29, 11 AM-4 PM, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, free admission, $20 parking per vehicle.
More than 40 musical acts and 250 vendors will be at the 29th annual Taste of Lincoln Avenue. Food and drink sponsors include Bud Light, Honest Tea, Cabot Cheese, Svedka, Uncle Fatty's, Jamba Juice, and Yellow Tail. 7/28-7/29, Sat-Sun noon-10 PM, Lincoln between Fullerton and Wrightwood, 773-868-3010, $10.
Slow Food Chicago and Slow Food City's Edge are holding a picnic potluck at Garfield Farm. The main course will be vegetarian "snail" pasta by Valentino Pasta's Jeff Valentino. There will also be games and a tour of the farm. Tickets are available online. 2:30-6 PM, Garfield Farm Inn and Museum, LaFox, 630-584-8485, $5-$32.
Today is the "Red Canary Open," the Red Canary's third annual golf outing at the Deerfield Golf Club. Check-in and breakfast is at the Red Canary; once at the Deerfield Golf Club, there will be an open bar, games, and dinner, as well as prizes and an award ceremony. Register a team by calling the Red Canary at 312-846-1475. 10:30 AM, check in at the Red Canary, 695 N. Milwaukee; 12:30 PM, check in at Deerfield Golf Club, 1201 Saunders Rd., Riverwoods, $525 per group of four.
A Tale of Two Chefs' Chef Julius Russell and his staff are opening a pop-up restaurant for one night at Westminster Hot Dog. There will be ten to 12 courses featuring global dishes such as blackened Chilean sea bass with heirloom pepper puree and squash-and-sweet-corn succotash; a vegetarian menu is also available. Tickets online. VIP reception 5:30 PM, dinner 6:30 PM, 1045 W. Madison, $50-$80. UPDATE: sold out. A second date has been added for Sunday, August 26.
Attendees can combine their love for fashion and food at Dose Market, where they can eat from establishments such as Shaw's Crab House, Glazed and Infused, and Milk & Honey Cafe, and shop from Circa Modern, Stand Design, and more. 10 AM-4 PM, River East Art Center, 435 E. Illinois, tickets $10 at door, $8 in advance; kids under 13 free.
DMK Burger Bar and Hinterland Beer are teaming up for a multicourse beer dinner featuring courses such as cherry relish sliders and Wisconsin cheddar fries paired with Door County Cherry Wheat. Proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois. E-mail email@example.com for reservations. 6 PM and 8:30 PM, Fish Bar, 2956 N. Sheffield, $35.
WXRT pairs up with Supreme Lobster tonight to celebrate the station's 40th anniversary with a Rockin' Lobster Bash. Chefs include Troy Graves (Red Door), Jason Vincent (Nightwood), Mark Steuer (the Bedford), Mindy Segal (Hot Chocolate), Mike and Patrick Sheerin (Trenchermen), Ryan Poli and Greg Bastien (Tavernita), Paul Fehribach (Big Jones), and Dirk Flanigan (the Gage and Henri). Tickets are available online. 6:30-10:30 PM, Red Door, 2118 N. Damen, 773-697-7221, $60.