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Article updated: 11/14/2012 6:07 AM

Dining events: Get your turkey early

By Sara Hooker

Turkey for a turkey
Throughout November, Pinstripes guests who bowl a turkey -- that's three strikes in a row -- receive a turkey in return in the form of a complimentary turkey platter for dine-in or carry out. Pinstripes has locations in Northbrook, South Barrington and Oak Brook. pinstripes.com.

TL's harvest maki roll
The tastes of autumn fill chef Shawn Li's Golden Age maki roll prepared especially for Thanksgiving week. The maki roll is handcrafted tempura-fried sweet potato topped with tiger shrimp and drizzled with spicy mayo pumpkin sauce. The roll costs $9.95 and is available for lunch, dinner and carryout. TL's Four Seasons Chinese & Japanese Restaurant, 110 W. Bartlett Ave., Bartlett. (630) 830-1988 or tlsfourseasons.com.

Turkey testicle festival
There's a celebration of a different kind of happening at Timothy O'Toole's. It's a turkey testicle festival complete with a turkey testicle eating contest at 9 p.m. the Wednesday before Turkey Day. The winner takes home a turkey to cook for their Thanksgiving feast. Food specials that day include a bucket of balls -- deep fried turkey testicles -- for $6, the open-faced hot turkey sandwich for $9.99, and the Thanksgiving dinner plate for $11.99. Finish it off with pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream for $3.99. Timothy O'Toole's Pub, 622 N. Fairbanks Court, Chicago. (312) 642-0700 or timothyotooles.com.

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