Welcome Upland Brewing Co. to the Chicago area at a launch party at World of Beer Naperville starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. Upland Brewing Co., of Bloomington, Ind., introduces two of its most popular beers: Upland Wheat and Dragonfly IPA, as well as some reserve stock. Try three free 1-ounce samples. Or go for the 4-ounce pours for about $2.50 or a full beer for $5 to $6. No cover, but Facebook RSVP encouraged.
World of Beer is located at 1727 Freedom Drive, Naperville. (630) 955-0399 or wobusa.com.
Rockstar Rodeo takes over Mavericks Bar and Grill in Mundelein with a high-energy country rock star kind of night Saturday, Oct. 12. Drink specials include $3 MGD bottles, $3 shot specials and $5 bombs. No cover.
Mavericks Country Nightclub is at 2061 W. Maple Ave., Mundelein. (847) 949-0858 or mavericksinfo.com.
Broken Oar Pumpkinfest
Help The Broken Oar in Port Barrington create a massive wall of carved pumpkins along the Fox River by grabbing a drink and a $5 pumpkin weekends through October. Carve it on site or take it home, with the proceeds to benefit Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. Daily drink specials include a $5 specialty martini, $4 featured shots, $3 domestic bottles, $4 well drinks, and $2 PBR and Miller High Life drafts. Bring the family for free cider and hot dogs. The wall of carved pumpkins will be lit nightly throughout October.
The Broken Oar is at 614 Rawson Bridge Road, Port Barrington. (847) 639-9468 or thebrokenoar.com.