Before the cold performs a Jay-Z-like takeover of your extremities, partake in this free Friday drinking tour de force:
4pm: Fox and Obel (4-6pm) 401 E Illinois, at McClurg; 312.410.7301â€Ž F&O's pouring six wines, three of them pulled from France's Cotes du Rhone region as well as a Cono Sur Pinot Noir, a smooth Chilean that will say its love for you soars higher than the Andes, just before everything goes black, and you wake up in a bathtub full of ice.
4:45pm: Potash Brothers Market (4-7pm) 875 N State St, btw Chestnut and Delaware; 312.266.4200 Reps from Terlato wines will be pouring a handful of selections from their portfolio of more than 40 worldwide brands, though thankfully not the Elton, which starts out promising but just winds up overpriced and hanging out with Andre Iguodala.
5:30pm: Binny's Beverage Depot (4-7pm) 213 W Grand Ave, at Franklin; 312.332.0012 The colossal clearing house of all things alcohol will be hosting tastings on behalf of Don Julio tequila as well as Famous Grouse Scotch, who didn't really warrant that title until after Big Momma's Grouse blew up in theaters for some reason.
6:15pm: House of Glunz (5-7pm) 1206 N Wells St, at Division; 312.642.3000 They'll be pouring all sorts of Thanksgiving-related action, from standard reds/whites/roses, to Champagne and other sparkling goodness, to after dinner pleasantries like Madeira, port, and being screamed at by dad for your total lack of direction.
7pm: Galleria Market (4-8pm) 340 W Superior St, at Orleans; 312.337.9300 The owners will make a gametime decision on which 4 to 5 global wines to pour along with some cheese, until Slim Charles takes it out for what it did to Prop Joe.