Fleming's bottle wars
Save the whales -- er, bottles -- each Friday throughout September at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar's "Bottle Wars." Rival wines are highlighted at four unique wine tastings. Each night, try eight to 10 wines for $25. From 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, the war is a "Pinot Smackdown," featuring pinot noirs from California's Central Coast competing against pinot noirs from Sonoma, Oregon and the Anderson Valley.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar is located at 980 Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire. (847) 793-0333 or flemingssteakhouse.com.
New bar in Palatine
There's a new place to grab a cold brew in Palatine. Mac's on Slade recently opened as a cozy spot for upscale pub grub, as well as beer, wine and cocktails. Expect live music on the weekends. Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Mac's on Slade is at 117 W. Slade St., Palatine. macsonslade.com.
D.O.C. stomping fun
Celebrate the grape harvest with some foot-stomping fun at D.O.C. Wine Bar that includes free wine tastings each day from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday, Sept. 10-16, half-priced bottles of wine on Monday, Sept. 10, and half-priced glasses of wine on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Or sign up for the cupcakes and wine night on Wednesday, Sept. 12, which includes a flight of four wines paired with four cupcakes from Molly's Cupcakes Chicago for $25. Reservations required; call (773) 883-5101.
D.O.C. Wine Bar is at 326 Yorktown Center, Lombard. (630) 627-6666 or docwinebarchicago.com.