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Your Weekly Guide for What to Do, See, Eat, and Drink in Chicago

Photo by Max Depatie/Courtesy of Panango

This week in Chicago, celebrate barrel-aged beer, explore an artsy afterlife, take your kids to a film festival, and feast on Mexican pastries.

Photo by Lindsey Simon/Courtesy of Bandit/DineAmic Hospitality

November 4: Diversity in Beer: A Panel 
Beer is for everyone. Diversity makes a society stronger and more dynamic. These principles were challenged, but certainly not overthrown, when a racist email was sent to a craft beer online influencer. Her response spawned the Twitter hashtag #IAmCraftBeer and countless personal testimonies of support. Now this online discussion will move in-person to the Goose Island Clybourn Brewhouse with an all-star panel of brewing industry experts, including Liz Garibay, the founder of Chicago Brewseum; Chalonda White, a craft beer influencer; Jill Hopkins, the amazing host of The Morning Amp on Vocalo; and more. Details: 6–9 p.m.; $15
—Jim Morris, Beer

Weekdays: Happy Hour at Bandit  
Considering the retro-inspired motif and laid-back vibe at this colorful West Loop haunt, it’s only fitting that Bandit makes a name for itself as a happy-hour destination. And with discounted pretzels, tater tots with caviar, and fried Halloumi cheese, it looks well on its way. They’re all half price during weekday happy hour, along with rosé, canned beers, and quirky shots. Details: Monday–Friday, 3–6 p.m.
—Matt Kirouac, Food/Beverage

November 8: Jenny Slate: Little Weirds Tour at the Vic Theatre 
The stand-up comedian, actress, and author popular for her appearances in ​Obvious Child, Parks and Recreation, Big Mouth, and Kroll Show​ has written a new book, ​Little Weirds,​ and will be doing a live reading. The book is a collection of nonfiction and personal pieces, and Slate will also partake in a Q&A. Details: 8 p.m.; $47
—Matty Ryan, Comedy

November 8 and 9: Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer 
Returning to the UIC Forum, this national competition honors the best barrel-aged beers in a variety of styles: stouts and barley wines, but also fruit beers, ciders, and experimentals. A best in show and a runner-up will also be named. FoBAB is typically part accolade battle between breweries and part boozy celebration of the heavy stuff among fanatics. Details: $85
—Jim Morris, Beer

Man Bartlett, End Game Video Still, 2019. Courtesy of Bert Green Fine Art.

November 9: Emilio Rojas Performance at DePaul Art Museum 
In conjunction with a group exhibition that explores narratives of exclusion and erasure of heritage and place, Mexican artist Rojas is staging this performance. Using his body, he will address colonial legacies, specifically those tied to the oft-described discoverer of the Americas, Christopher Columbus.
—Claire Voon, Art

November 9: “End Game” at Bert Green Fine Art 
New York artist Man Bartlett presents a trippy multimedia installation that takes one through the afterlife. Expect video, sound, and scent, plus some illuminated rocks, in this timely show, which invites us to consider where we go once earth is no longer habitable.
—Claire Voon, Art

Through November 9: Mosquitoes 
What will emerge when conflicting familial ideologies collide like particles in the Hadron Collider? I will not be missing this play, which brings together science, sisterhood, and politics. Details: At Steep Theatre
—Tanuja Jagernauth, Theater

Photo by Lee Miller/Courtesy of Mosquitoes

Through November 10: Chicago International Children’s Film Festival 
Mini movie buffs will go wild for this festival, with flicks shown across the city, from animated productions to STEM-focused films to inspiring true-life stories. Check the schedule to read more about the movies, which will appeal to kids pre-K through high school. Details: $10, $6 for kids, $75 for family pass
—Samantha Lande, Family Fun

Restaurant Opening of the Week: Panango 
Earlier this season, Carlos Gaytan returned to Chicago with Tzuco in River North, and now he’s swiftly following it up with the next rung in a planned trifecta of adjoining restaurant concepts. Panango is the most casual of the bunch, a sunny Mexican café and bakery helmed by esteemed Latin American pastry chef Jesus Escalera. Look for delicious and vibrant sweets, breads, coffee, and more!
—Matt Kirouac, Food/Beverage