Not talking about the Cliff Notes version:
Chicago Shakespeare Theater (800 E. Grand) presents “Short Shakespeare! The Comedy of Errors,” an abridged, kid-friendly version of one of Shakespeare’s best comedies at 11 a.m. today. Adult tickets are $20, students get in for $16. Call (312) 595-5600 or visit www.chicagoshakes.com
Perfecting our Oscar acceptance speech:
Have a photo taken of yourself holding an actual Oscar statuette at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Meet the Oscars, Chicago” exhibit at the Shops at North Bridge (520 N. Michigan) from 11 a.m. to 6 tonight. Free. (312) 327-2300.
Daring people to try the five-alarm chili:
The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts its 11th annual chili cook-off at Sidetrack from 2 p.m to 6 p.m. today. More than 15 restaurants and catering companies will offer up samples. Tickets, $10. Reservations strongly recommended. Call (773) 303-0167 or go to www.glchamber.org.