Beyond happy hour: The best food and drink events in Chicago this week

If you love to eat and drink, this week offers a great chance to explore the world of food and beverages beyond the typical happy hour.

From a tequila tasting to a foodies sidewalk tour, there's plenty to explore and enjoy if you're hungry for something new.

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Chicago Tequila & Sangria Festival

At this popular festival, take your time sampling a myriad of tequilas, sangrias and spirits inside the West Loop's Alhambra Palace restaurant.

The first tasting session is 11:45 a.m--2:45p.m. and the second one is 3 p.m.--6 p.m.

Admission includes 15 tasting tickets, entertainment and more. The event is open to adults 21 and over.

When: Saturday, November 10, 11:45 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: Alhambra Palace, 1240 W. Randolph St.

Price: $15-$45

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Light Vs. Dark Side

At this festival, it's okay to cross over to the dark side.

This Saturday, Empirical Brewery is hosting "Light vs. Dark Side," a beer festival showcasing the best light and dark beers from 12 home-brew clubs in Chicago.

One $30 tickets includes unlimited three ounce samples of 40 beers, access to the brewery, and participation in a costume contest.

Multiple food trucks will be on hand: be sure to try the Donut Republic's beer-infused doughnuts and Carnivale's tacos.

When: Saturday, November 10, 1-5 p.m.

Where: 1801 W Foster Ave.

Price: $30

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Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago: Wicker Park

Where's Obama favorite fried chicken place? What sweet shop carries homemade French macaroons?

Find out the answers to these questions and more when you join this three-hour Sidewalk Food Tour. Get to know the real Wicker Park--from its ethnic eateries to best-kept secrets. Between stops, the guide offers insights into the Windy City's culture, history and architecture.

When: Sunday, November 11, 11 a.m.

Where: Wicker Park, 1601 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Price: $42

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Up to 53% Off Argus Brewery Tour

From the moment you enter Argus Brewery, located in the original Schlitz distribution stable, you're surrounded by history.

Guests notice the terra-cotta horse heads that decorate the building's exterior and wonder who put them there. During this 90-minute tour, learn more about the history of the brewery and the Pullman neighborhood while sampling the latest Argus brews.

Where: 11314 S. Front Ave., Far Southeast Side

Price: $28 (53 percent discount off regular price)

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