Ryder Cup don’t-miss events
More things to do during Ryder Cup week (September 25–30)
Chicago Gourmet All this talk of golf is bound to work up an appetite. Fill up at Chicago Gourmet, an outdoor extravaganza of eating and drinking featuring more than 100 local restaurants and chefs, including Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill, Topolobampo and XOCO; Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard; and a dizzying number of their peers. September 28–30; $159 per day or $265 for weekend pass. Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph St (312-380-4128, eventbrite.com/event/1366301645).
Architecture River Cruises In-the-know locals routinely cite this first-rate tour as one of Chicago's don't-miss highlights. Learn about the city's architectural wonders from Chicago Architecture Foundation docents while cruising along the Chicago River from River City north to Goose Island. Reservations strongly recommended. Daily hours vary. $38, advance $35. Southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Dr. (312-922-3432, architecture.org).
Second City: One Nation Under 1% + Who Do We Think We Are? Leave it to the Second City troupe and its comedic wit to take on Republicans, Democrats, liberals, conservatives, the Green Party and the tea party alike. With this pair of politically charged revues, the cast digs into our great nation, its policies, its absurdities and what it is that makes us stubbornly, but undeniably, American. How can you not laugh at that? September 29, 30; $28–$30. Second City, 1616 N Wells St (312-337-3992, secondcity.com).
Chicago White Sox The Cubs may be out of town during the Ryder Cup, but the White Sox have a full week at home, competing in back-to-back series against the Cleveland Indians and the Tampa Bay Rays. Grab a bite and a cocktail before the game at Bacardi at the Park, located at Gate 5, where you'll find a full menu of specialty cocktails, burgers, BBQ and more. September 25–30; $19.45–$74.45. U.S. Cellular Field, 333 W 35th St (312-674-1000, chicago.whitesox.mlb.com).
World Music Festival Chicago Spread across Chicago’s noteworthy music venues and parks, the World Music Festival showcases myriad styles from across the globe including the colorful klezmer-fl amencofolk antics of the Fishtank Ensemble and France-based Malian songstress Fatoumata Diawara. September 21–27, prices vary. Multiple venues throughout the city, including Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St (312-742-1938, worldmusicfestivalchicago.org).