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Saturday, March 25
The Four-Star Bike Tour is actually four tours -- 12-, 22-, 35- and 62-mile options await you, each with a different focus. The tours depart between 6:30am and 9am; the longer the ride, the earlier you start. Advance registration is $32 for adults, $15 for children 17 and under; Active Transportation Alliance members receive a discount. Day-of registration will be $42.
The Randolph Street Market is this weekend, Aug. 25-26 at Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington St. Browse antiques from more than 200 dealers inside and outside the hall from 10am to 5pm today -- and this year there's also a vinyl record swap meet, gourmet food market and "global goods bazaar." Admission is $8 in advance online, $10 at the door ($3/$5 for students).
Fork and the Road food tours by bike embarks on a Global Snack Attack today, tasting snacks from Latin America, Italy, Serbia and India. The 14-mile tour pushes off from the Kitchen Sink Cafe, 1107 W. Berwyn Ave., at 11am, and ends back there at 4pm. Tickets are $50.
The 27th annual Bucktown Arts Fest runs 11am to 7pm Saturday and today at Senior Citizens Memorial Park, 2228 N. Oakley Ave. Browse the work of several dozen artists, enjoy live music and theatre performances, take a workshop and more. Admission is free; donations accepted.
Food trucks, music acts and people who live those food trucks gather again for the second annual Food Truck Social on Chicago Avenue between Wood and Wolcott. The event starts at noon and goes until 10pm Saturday and today. More details here.
Join the chefs at Publican Quality Meats, 825 W. Fulton Market, today from 3pm to 8pm for a parking lot barbecue. They'll provide the meats (natch), sides, dessert and cocktails--and even seafood and veg alternatives. Chef Bill Kim of Urban Belly/Belly Shack will join PQM at the grill.
This weekend is the third annual Evanston Writer's Workshop Conference. Billed as the Midwest's only multi-genre writer's conference, it features workshops on topics such a memoir writing, publishing tips, writing a synopsis and finding the time to write. Featured speakers cover a range of genres including nonfiction, romance, thriller, science fiction/fantasy, horror and graphic novels. Orrington Hilton, 1710 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, August 24 through 26. Click here for registration information and pricing.