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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: December 5th-7th, 2014

As if things aren’t festive enough around here, I’ve got some Christmas-inspired activities for you guys to check out this weekend.

Oh–and you can sing.

Enjoy!

Sing it, sista!

Sing it, sista!

SING-A-LONG SOUND OF MUSIC

November 28, 2014 – December 7, 2014

For nearly a decade, Thanksgiving has been celebrated at the Music Box Theatre with the Von Trapp Family Players and The Sound of Music. This annual event has grown now to two weekends, with thousands of people joining in on the fun. This fun-filled tradition includes a screening of the classic Julie Andrews musical in glorious, full-screen technicolor, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along! The fun actually starts before the film, with a vocal warm-up led by the evening’s host and Music Box Theatre’s house organist on the famous Music Box organ. Every member of the audience receives a complimentary Magic Moments Pack, containing various props to be used at strategic points throughout the film. Then of course there is the famous Costume Contest, in which everyone who has come in costume (and there are many!) is invited onto the stage to show off their tailoring skills. After a winner is chosen by the audience, it’s time to sing-a-long with The Sound of Music! Hours December 6: 11:30 a.m. December 7: 11:30 a.m. Advance Tickets $12.50 Day Of Tickets $14 Music Box Theatre 3733 N. Southport Ave. Chicago, IL 60613 FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/collections/sound-of-music-sing-a-long-2014

ZOOLIGHTS – WEEKENDS ONLY

November 28, 2014 – December 7, 2014

ZooLights is a spectacular holiday celebration that transforms Lincoln Park Zoo into a winter wonderland. This free event illuminates the sky with more than two million lights, including larger-than-life lighted animal and seasonal features, holiday crafts and activities and, of course, sweet treats. Be sure to swing by the Helen Brach Primate House for a visit with Santa Claus as well. Take a ride on the brand new Lionel Train Adventure through the snowy birch forest and craggy canyon. Ice Skating at Lincoln Park Zoo returns this holiday season. Skate past ponies and glide next to goats at the rink at Farm-in-the-Zoo. Warm winter drinks and snacks are available for purchase as well. Friday – Sunday: 5-9 p.m. Ice Skating – times vary Admission Free Ice Skate Entry $5 Ice Skate Rental $5 Lincoln Park Zoo Cannon Dr. at Fullerton Parkway Chicago, IL 60614 FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.lpzoo.org/events/calendar/zoolights

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

December 6, 2014 – December 21, 2014

Enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet during Brookfield Zoo’s annual Breakfast with Santa. Youngsters will have the opportunity to share their wish lists with Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will be on hand along with some of the zoo’s costumed characters. The breakfast will be held in the zoo’s Discovery Center. Saturdays & Sundays: 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Adult $40.95 Child (3-11) $28.95 Children 2 and under Free Brookfield Zoo/Chicago Zoological Society 31st Street and First Avenue Brookfield, IL 60513 FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.brookfieldzoo.org/CZS/Brookfield/Events/Breakfast-with-Santa

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AND SUE

December 6, 2014 – December 20, 2014

Add some history to your family traditions and celebrate the holidays at The Field Museum! Enjoy a buffet breakfast in the historic Stanley Field Hall. After breakfast, you’ll get to share all of your holiday wishes when you take your picture with Santa and SUE. Saturdays Three seatings are available: 8 a.m.; 8:30 a.m.; 9 a.m. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 312-665-7705 between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Your tickets also include general admission to the Museum following the event. Adult $40 Child (ages 2-11) $28 The Field Museum 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, IL 60605 FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.fieldmuseum.org/at-the-field/calendar

GLITTER & GOLD HOLIDAY BRUNCH

December 6, 2014

Gather with family and friends for the first holiday brunch in the Museum’s historic Ballroom. A Prosecco toast sets the stage for a festive buffet prepared by Jordan’s Food of Distinction. Pianist James Cebastian and the Festive Singers will entice you to sing along as they perform your favorite carols (and take requests!). In the spirit of the season, tables will be shared. Hours: 11 a.m. Driehaus Museum 40 E. Erie Street Chicago, IL 60611 Adults $85 Youth (6-18) $45 FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.driehausmuseum.org/programs/view/glitter_gold_holiday_brunch

HOLIDAY TREASURE HUNT AND TEA PARTY

December 7, 2014

Get ready for an amazing journey through your imagination as the Art Institute of Chicago embarks on a celebration of the seasons! Visit all four stops on this year’s Treasure Hunt to complete your activity book with fun stamps and colorful stickers. Visit the state-of-the-art Ryan Education Center, located in the Art Institute’s spectacular Modern Wing. Then join Artie the Lion and all of his friends for a festive holiday tea party! Hours 10:45 a.m. – 4 p.m. Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60603 Tickets $35 Children (ages 2+) $15 Children under 2 Free FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.artic.edu/event/32nd-annual-treasure-hunt-and-tea-party-everything-tells-story

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL!

December 6, 2014

A tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, with a night of movie, performances, live music, dancing, big production, light show, and just good family entertainment. Portage Theater brings you a Las Vegas style show to Chicago! Hours: 7 p.m. Portage Theater 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60641 Tickets Start at $15 FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.theportagetheater.com/event/631779-happy-birthday-michael-chicago/

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago November 21-23rd, 2014

I am just NOT ready for all this holiday stuff.

But I won’t be a grinch, instead I’ll enjoy one of my favorite Chicago traditions….Christkindlmarket! You should too.

Check it out below:

No boots this year...but there still will be hot wine!

No boots this year…but there will still be hot wine!

CHRISTKINDLMARKET CHICAGO (My favorite!)

November 21-December 24th

Each year, people from all over the world visit the Christkindlmarket Chicago. The outdoor market in the Chicago Loop has become so popular and loved by everyone that any Chicagoan will tell you that they could not imagine the city without it. Christkindlmarket Chicago is no longer just a German tradition, it has become a Chicago institution. The unique shopping experience, typical German food and drinks, as well as diverse holiday entertainment make the Christkindlmarket Chicago a preferred and popular destination. Admission is FREE!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://www.christkindlmarket.com/

CHICAGO FOOD FILM FESTIVAL

November 19, 2014 – November 22, 2014

Experience delicious food and great films all wrapped up in one! With a different theme each night, this festival will please all five senses.

Wednesday: Opening Night

A screening of director Matt Reynold’s The Great Chicken Wing Hunt, the full-length documentary about Buffalo Wings and the band of misfits who set out to find the world’s best one

Feast on an all-you-can-eat assortment of the world’s best Buffalo wings on the 50th Anniversary of the Buffalo Chicken Wing

The best hot wing in America, as discovered in Matt Reynold’s epic feature, will be in Chicago for ONE NIGHT ONLY

Thursday: Edible Adventure #012 Sriracha & More

Die-hard heat seeking fans won’t want to miss this screening of Sriracha, the documentary that traces the origins of everyone’s favorite condiment

The after-party brings the heat with an entire menu of sriracha-inspired dishes

Friday: The Night Aquatic

An evening of sea-centric films including Squid Chips, The Mobile Blues, Sweet, Sexy Ocean, and more

Enjoy a deep-sea spread of seafood favorites including squid, sea urchin, crab, oysters, and sushi

Keizo Shimamoto of Ramen Burger fame will be in Chicago to exclusively debut a seafood ramen for the festival

Saturday: #ILoveBeer

Beer aficionados won’t want to miss the craft beer bash with a screening of Craft, a feature-length documentary that takes you on a beertastic voyage to the front lines of the Craft Beer Revolution

An entire afternoon of craft brews including Lagunitas, sausages, salty snacks, and sweet treats from Chicago, New York, and more

Saturday: The Food Porn Party

The notorious (and crowd favorite) returns with an array of saucy shorts and antics from Larry Cauldwell, the world’s first Food Porn Star, who returns with his new short film, Balls!

Brooklyn BBQ Pit Master Billy Durney of Hometown BBQ will be serving his celebrated beef ribs to accomapny George Motz’s film, For The Love of Beef Rib

Hours

Wednesday: 6:30 p.m.

Thursday: 6:30 p.m.

Friday: 6:30 p.m.

Saturday: 12 & 7:30 p.m.

Admission

Ages: 21+

Kendall College

900 N. North Branch St.

Chicago, IL 60642

Tickets

Start at $45

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://thefoodfilmfestival.com/

RANDOLPH STREET HOLIDAY MARKET – NOV 2014

November 21, 2014 – November 23, 2014

Have fun shopping while you stretch your stylish dollars to the max as you get your holiday shopping off to the right start with gifts in all price ranges. At this indoor urban market, you’ll discover fabulous keepsakes from embroidered hankies to estate jewelry. Timeless antiques and modern treasures including vintage and indie fashion, jewelry, art, decorative objects, house wares, and more!

Plus FREE parking and FREE gift wrapping!

Hours:

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Randolph Street Market Festival

1340 W. Washington St.

Chicago, IL 60610

312-666-1200

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://imagepilots.com/holidaymarket/index.html

DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!

November 20, 2014 – November 29, 2014

The classic Christmas story by Dr. Seuss springs to life on stage bringing the spirit of the holiday season to children and adults alike. The limited engagement of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical has been called “100 times better than any bedside story” by The New York Times.

Audiences will find their hearts growing a few sizes (along with the Grinch’s heart, of course) when they witness the magic of the holiday tale on stage, which will feature the hit songs You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch and Welcome Christmas, both from the original animated television special. Max the Dog serves as the story’s narrator as the scheming Grinch plans to steal Christmas away from The Whos, the loveable characters that understand and embrace the true meaning of the holiday. When the Grinch realizes that he can’t take Christmas away from Who-ville by taking presents, he returns the gifts and decorations and joins the festivities, proving that all it takes is a little kindness and joy to grow the heart of any Grinch.

November 20: 11 a.m. & 7 p.m.

November 21: 7 p.m.

November 22: 11 a.m., 3 & 7 p.m.

November 23: 11 a.m., 3 & 7 p.m.

The Chicago Theatre

175 N. State St.

Chicago, IL 60601

Tickets

Start at $35

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.thechicagotheatre.com/events/2014/november/dr-seuss-how-the-grinch-stole-christmas-the-musical.html

MAGNIFICENT MILE LIGHTS FESTIVAL

November 22, 2014

The stretch of Michigan Avenue between Wacker Drive and Oak Street, known as The Magnificent Mile, turns into a winter wonderland every holiday season. On the Saturday before each Thanksgiving, the “Mag Mile’s” towering hotels and shops light up in glorious fashion, with more than one million lights adorning 200 trees! Plus a parade and a fireworks show over the majestic Chicago River end the night’s festivities. The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is the perfect opportunity to get you in the holiday spirit!

Parade of Lights

Michigan Avenue shuts down traffic so you and your loved ones can roam freely on the streets and pick the perfect perch to watch the spectacular parade.

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse act as the masters of ceremonies on the head float, along with their Disney friends

Kids will love the giant, floating balloons

Marching bands, twirling dancers, singers and the elaborate floats create an unforgettable parade

Holiday Shopping

Take a moment to see street entertainers and celebrities as you stroll past decorative windows and shop to your heart’s content thanks to extended shopping hours.

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Lights Festival Lane offers live musical performances by top artists and dozens of family-friendly activities.

5:30 p.m.

The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival lighting procession begins.

6:55 p.m.

Lights festival draws to a grand conclusion with a spectacular fireworks display over the Chicago River at Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive.

Admission

Free

The Magnificent Mile

Michigan Avenue between Wacker Drive and Oak Street

Chicago, IL 60611

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.themagnificentmile.com/events/lights-festival/

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: November 14th-16th, 2014

This whiskey fest legitimately scares me.

Proceed with caution:

Some of us can't handle the whiskey.

Some of us can’t handle the whiskey.

 

LIVELY WATER WHISKEY FESTIVAL

November 15, 2014

Discover why original distillers called whiskey “lively water.” Sip on a variety of styles, learn from master distillers, and taste unique whiskey cocktails. Lively Water Whiskey Festival welcomes those looking to expand their knowledge, as well as those that have been loyal to the whiskey spirit for years.

General Admission: 7 – 9 p.m.

VIP Admission: 6:30 – 9 p.m.

General Admission

Start at $45

VIP

Start at $115

Designated Driver Ticket

$25

The Field Museum

1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.

Chicago, IL 60605

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://livelywaterwhiskeyfestival.com/

SLEEPOVER WITH THE ANIMALS

November 14, 2014

Interested in sleeping among Lincoln Park Zoo’s amazing animals? Grab that nighttime gear and join the zoo for an indoor overnight adventure! The evening begins with dinner, followed by opportunities to explore the nightlife of the zoo’s residents. Slide your hands over the scales of a blue-tongued skink at Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House or see the chimpanzees settle into their nests at Regenstein Center for African Apes. Hear stories from zoo experts and wind down with quiet games and a bedtime snack before you-and the rest of the zoo-turn in for the night.

Families can choose to attend just the evening activities OR they can stay for the entire program and sleep over at the zoo.

Evening Encounter: 6 – 10 p.m.

Full Overnight: 6 p.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Evening Encounter Only

$42

Full Overnight

$70

Lincoln Park Zoo

Cannon Drive at Fullerton Parkway

Chicago, IL 60614

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.lpzoo.org/education/programs/sleepover-animals

#TRENDING

There’s a lot of weird stuff online, and Under the Gun Theater is here to make fun of all of it.

Each week a panel of distinguished guests talk about all the weird and wonderful things that your friends shared with you this week. And then that discussion inspires the improv which follows.

Fridays: 9 p.m.

Suggested Donation

$12

Under The Gun Theater

956 W. Newport Ave,

Chicago, IL 60657

FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://www.undertheguntheater.com/shows/trending

AIC AFTER DARK – NOV 2014

November 14, 2014

Explore the museum late night with After Dark in the Modern Wing. Check out special tours of The City Lost and Found: New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960-1980, and enjoy DJs, live music, and performances by acclaimed theatrical ensemble Collaboraction. Complimentary appetizers will be available along with a cash bar featuring exhibition-inspired craft cocktails by mixologist Adam Seger.

Hours:

9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Tickets

$30

Members & Students

$20

Evening Associates

$15

Art Institute of Chicago

111 S. Michigan Ave.

Chicago, IL 60603

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.artic.edu/event/after-dark-featuring-city-lost-and-found

CHILLFEST

November 15, 2014

Our city’s Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods are known as being one of the hippest, most eclectic communities in Chicago. The sister neighborhoods are putting their originality on display when over 100 local musicians will pop-up gig in over 30 storefronts for ChillFest. This free music event, featuring musicians playing live, acoustic “living-room sets” in the intimacy of local storefronts, celebrates the history and creative roots of Wicker Park and Bucktown.

ChillFest participants include local shops, restaurants and other venues. Each will stage musicians (or musical groups) in a dedicated portion of their business space. Each artist will play one acoustic 20 to 60-minute set, curated by the host business owner or the ChillFest Planning Committee.

Hours:

12 – 6 p.m.

FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://chillfestchicago.com/

DARK PASSAGES: TOUR OF CHICAGO CRIME

November 15, 2014

Explore some of Chicago’s most notorious crime scenes, including the two “Death Corners” – one on the Near North Side where the Black Hand reigned in terror in the early 1900s and another in the Stock Yards district, where labor violence, devastating fires, and the Ragen’s Colts street gang wreaked havoc. A tour of the Yards would be incomplete without a stop at the infamous cesspool once known as “Bubbly Creek.”

Hours:

1 – 5 p.m.

Chicago History Museum

1601 N. Clark St.

Chicago, IL 60614

Tickets

$55

Members

$45

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://chicagohistory.org/planavisit/upcomingevents/dark-side-of-history/#bustour

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: November 6th-9th, 2014

Fun Stuff To Do, People!

Fun Stuff To Do, People!

 

Listen here!

Just because Halloween is over, doesn’t mean you still can’t do something spooooky.

Plus, already with the Christmas tree lighting?? Sheesh. Maybe some wine will help take the ease of the upcoming holiday stress.

More stuff to do this weekend:

Devil in the White City Bus Tour

November 8, 2014

Experience the excitement of life in 1893 Chicago on this tour based on Erik Larson’s best-selling book. Visit the sites of the World’s Columbian Exposition, follow the path of Daniel Burnham’s work, and learn about the devilish doings of H. H. Holmes.

1 – 5 p.m.

Chicago History Museum

1601 N. Clark St.

Chicago, IL 60614

Tickets

$55

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://chicagohistory.org/planavisit/upcomingevents/tours/bus-tours/#whitecity

Lincoln Square Fall Wine Stroll

November 6, 2014

The streets of Lincoln Square and Ravenswood are transformed into Chicago’s very own wine country during the Fall Wine Stroll. Businesses throughout the neighborhood market themselves to wine strollers as they stop by for tastings of wine and complimentary hors d’ oeuvres.

6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.lincolnsquare.org/

College pHarm Night

pH Productions, a local comedy theater, showcases the best and brightest upcoming talent from local colleges and universities in this weekly improv show. Three college teams play each week with a special opening presentation by the pH All-Star team.

Hours

Thursday: 10 p.m.

Admission

Appropriate for ages 18+

The pH Comedy Theater

1515 W. Berwyn Ave.

Chicago, IL 60640

Tickets

$5

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://whatisph.com/

Macy’s 107th Annual Great Tree Lighting

November 8, 2014

Kick off the holiday season in the historic Walnut Room for the 107th annual Great Tree Lighting! Standing 45 feet tall, the Great Tree is adorned with 42 LED star ornaments ranging from 18 inches to 30 inches across along with other more traditional holiday ornaments and twinkle lights.

Holiday Windows

The 47th annual animated holiday windows will be on display November 8, 2014 – January 11, 2015.

Children are invited to visit and get their picture taken with Santa Claus. Fun fact: Macy’s SantaLand® has been featured in the State Street store since 1948! Dates are November 8 – December 24, 2014.

Macy’s on State Street

111 N. State St.

Chicago, IL 60602

312-781-1000

Admission

Free

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.visitmacysusa.com/visitor-center/macys-state-street

Ramenfest

November 8, 2014

A far cry from what was once known as a cheap, college student pantry staple, ramen is currently taking the states by storm with new authentic shops popping up around the country. This fall, Chicago will celebrate the beloved noodle dish with the city’s inaugural Ramenfest at bellyQ.

Owner and Executive Chef Bill Kim is gathering chefs from around the city – both ramen experts and novices – to prepare their culinary interpretations of the classic dish. Ten chefs will try their hand at ramen for the event including Chicago favorites like Chef Lee Wolen (Boka), Chef Jared Van Camp (Nellcôte) and more!

12 p.m.

Advance Tickets

$45

At Door

$55

bellyQ

1400 W. Randolph St.

Chicago, IL 60607

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/732848

Chicago Bears Park, Tailgate & Cruise

August 8, 2014 – December 21, 2014

For every home regular and pre-season games avoid Soldier Field pre- and post-game traffic hassles and sky-high parking rates with Harry’s Park, Tailgate and Cruise party. After tailgating at Harry’s, guests can board the Shoreline Water Taxi, which is located directly in front of the restaurant, and take a 15 minute scenic cruise to Museum Campus – just a short walk from Soldier Field. Following the game, the Shoreline Water Taxi will transport fans back to Harry’s for a post-game tailgate where they can keep the party going.

Ground transportation will be available to/from the game for guests during colder weather, when Shoreline is not able to run (reservations are recommended).

Discounted Parking

$13

Cruise – Adult

$11

Cruise – Children

$7

Harry Caray’s Tavern, Navy Pier

Navy Pier

Chicago, IL 60611

FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://www.harrycarays.com/harrycaraystavernnavypier/HarryCaraysTavern,NavyPier.aspx

 

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: October 31st-November 2nd, 2014

BOO!

Boo!

Boo!

BONESHAKER

Friday October 31, 2014

This Halloween, Redmoon’s wildly popular costume party Boneshaker returns for its fifth annual spectacular installment. For one night only, Redmoon transforms its massive Pilsen headquarters into an otherworldly playground for 1,000 revelers with interactive experiences, inventive machines, creative food and cocktails, and dancing to beats from DJs on three different dance floors.

Event Highlights

An outdoor Fire Garden featuring Fire Buoys, a sculptural arrangement of flaming devices that debuted in the Great Chicago Fire Festival on the Chicago River; The Fire Candelabras, two massive, 18-foot-tall candelabras with 10 wood-burning fire pots; and, The Sonic Boom DJ device with skyward-shooting flames.

Redmoon’s Celestial Swing, an eerie mausoleum on the outside with a peaceful, ethereal swing inside.

The UFO Carousel where guests climb inside one of three gigantic flying saucers and spin off into space alongside a DJ and snacks provided by Spin Spun.

A team of three wild DJs alongside Redmoon’s Signature DJ Devices keep the event moving all night long.

Hours:

9 p.m.

Redmoon Theater

2120 S. Jefferson St

Chicago, IL 60616

Early Bird

$75

Tickets

$100

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://redmoon.org/events/category/currentupcoming-events

FREAKY DEAKY

October 31, 2014 – November 1, 2014

Halloween weekend, React Presents is thrilled to announce the sixth annual Freaky Deaky Halloween Costume Party at Aragon Ballroom with some of the biggest names in dance music today!

Friday Lineup

Flux Pavilion

G-Eazy

Kennedy Jones

Louis The Child

Robot Dentist

Dakota

Saturday Lineup

Nervo

Kill The Noise

Tchami

Pegboard Nerds

Porn and Chicken

Zebo

Hours:

8 p.m.

General Admission (Presale)

$33.50

General Admission

$39.50

VIP

$85

Aragon Entertainment Center

1106 W. Lawrence Ave.

Chicago, IL 60640

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://freakydeakyhalloween.com/

NORTHALSTED HALLOWEEN PARADE

October 31, 2014

For the 18th year, a group of creative souls will bare their alter egos, dark sides, or their shadows, to the world on Halloween, parading them down one of Chicago’s hottest entertainment districts: North Halsted Street.

Hours:

7 p.m.

Admission

Free

Halsted St. and Belmont

Chicago, IL 60657

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.northalsted.com/

SUPERNATURAL CHICAGO

October 10, 2014 – November 1, 2014

After closing this past February following its record-breaking 10th Anniversary, Supernatural Chicago is back for just four weekends in October. Neil Tobin, Necromancer’s acclaimed interactive solo show treats an intimate audience (limited to 50 guests) to a darkly funny and sophisticated blend of local paranormal tales with demonstrations of the psychic and magical – all in a building reputed to be one of the city’s most haunted.

Attend on Halloween Night for an extra dose of spookiness: the show will be expanded to include a special Houdini Seance assisted by members of the Society of American Magicians, whose Chicago Assembly was founded by Harry Houdini in 1919.

Hours

Fridays & Saturdays: 7:30 p.m.

Please arrive by 7:15 p.m.

Castle Chicago

632 N. Dearborn St.

Chicago, IL 60654

Tickets

$25

Halloween

$30

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://supernaturalchicago.com/

CHICAGO HUMANITIES FESTIVAL – JOURNEYS

October 25, 2014 – November 9, 2014

The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) announces Journeys as the theme for the 25th Anniversary Fall Festival. More than 80 programs will take place in and around Chicago as part of the annual arts and ideas festival.

Confirmed 2014 presenters include:

Jazz composer-pianist Vijay Iyer

NYU professor and scholar of travel narratives Mary Louise Pratt

Top Chef Masters winner Marcus Samuelsson

Graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi

TV/film actress Victoria Tennant

Author/playwright Colm Tóibín

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://chicagohumanities.org/

SKYSCRAPER LIVE

November 2, 2014

Nik Wallenda, a high-wire walker, will walk across the Chicago River from Marina Tower to the Leo Burnett building, then walk between the two Marina towers blindfolded! This breathtaking event will broadcast live globally via the Discovery Channel/NBC.

Nik Wallenda is known as “The King of the High Wire.” He is the seventh generation of the legendary Great Wallendas and began walking the wire at age four. Nik stunned the world when he crossed the Grand Canyon untethered in 2013. His next walk, high across the windy Chicago skyline, is a feat no one else could dream of.

Hours:

6 p.m.

State St. and Chicago River

Chicago, IL

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.skyscraperlive.com/

 

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: September 24th-26th, 2014

More spooky things to do around Chicago this weekend.

If you dare.

BOOO! erhmygawd.

BOOO! erhmygawd.

 

Graceland Cemetery Walking Tour

October 25, 2014 – October 31, 2014

Experience the history of Old Chicago on a stroll through one of the country’s most famous cemeteries. See the graves of the Chicago elite, such as Marshall Field, Louis Sullivan, Potter and Bertha Palmer, and George Pullman. Bring your own headlamp or flashlight.

Hours

October 25: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

October 26: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 – 3 p.m.

October 31: 1 – 3 p.m.

Tickets

$25

Graceland Cemetery

4001 N. Clark St.

Chicago, IL 60613

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://chicagohistory.org/planavisit/upcomingevents/tours/walking-tours/#cemetery

Haunted River Tour – Seadog

October 3, 2014 – October 31, 2014

Experience the sights, lights, and frights of Chicago this Halloween!

Discover Chicago’s architecture at nighttime while exploring the many spirits, scandals, and sins of the Windy City. Their costumed tour guides will take you on a journey through Chicago’s darker history with spine tingling tales of supernatural occurrences, moonlit mysteries, and infamous figures along the beautiful Chicago River.

Hours

Fridays – Sundays

Time 1: Board 6 p.m., Cruise 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.

Time 2: Board 8 p.m., Cruise 8:15 – 9:15 p.m.

Tickets

Start at $34.95

Seadog Ventures

Navy Pier

Chicago, IL 60611

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.choosechicago.com/event/Haunted-River-Tour-Seadog/20260/

Spooky Seas

October 24, 2014 – October 25, 2014

Get into the Halloween spirit by spending a night at Shedd Aquarium! Enjoy animal encounters, themed activities and dancing to the beat of a live DJ at Spooky Seas, Shedd’s annual Halloween family and groups celebration. Celebrate Jellies before the exhibit closes by showing up in your best jellies-inspired costume. The person with the best Jellies-inspired costume will win two passes to come back to Shedd. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

Hours

6:30 p.m. – Saturday, October 25, 8:30 a.m.

Shedd Aquarium

1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.

Chicago, IL 60605

Overnight

$75

Evening-only

$40

VIP

$90

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.sheddaquarium.org/Learning-Experiences/Youth-Programs/Overnights/

Hallowed Haunts

October 25, 2014

The spirited and family-friendly Hallowed Haunts concert welcomes audiences of all ages. This annual concert by the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the preprofessional training orchestra affiliated with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, is full of Halloween-themed music that haunts and delights. Don your Halloween costume and join fellow ghosts and goblins, along with costumed members of the Civic Orchestra for fun and spooky preconcert activities.

Hours

Preconcert activities: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Concert: 3 p.m.

Admission

Recommended for ages 5 and up

Symphony Center

220 S. Michigan Ave.

Chicago, IL 60604

Tickets

Start at $10

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://cso.org/TicketsAndEvents/EventDetails.aspx?eid=6634

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween 2014

October 24, 2014 – November 1, 2014

It’s Halloween, which means The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Music Box Theatre! A Halloween tradition for years, the Music Box is the only venue in Chicago to catch a screening of the definitive cult classic, complete with a live shadowcast performance, audience interaction, pre-show dance party, and more!

As archetypal pair of squares Brad and Janet approach the castle of the fabulous Dr. Frank-N-Furter and meet his minions – including decrepit butler Riff Raff, patched-together golden boy Rocky, and rock-and-roller Eddie – a shadowcast of actors clothed in lingerie gyrate in front of the glorious Music Box screen. In the audience, a decades-long tradition of crowd participation carries on as guests are encouraged to participate in a group “Time Warp” dance, shine flashlights during the song “Over The Frankenstein Place”, and follow the exploits of Brad and Janet (Damn it!).

Each screening is presented with a live performance from the Midnight Madness shadowcast, which has been accompanying Music Box screenings since 2002. The Midnight Madness Virgin Kit (or “prop bag”) will be for sale at the screenings, and contains all you need for a Rocky Horror showing, including a Glow Stick, Time Warp Flier, Noisemaker, Confetti Bag, Toilet Paper, and more!

October 24: 11:59 p.m.

October 25: 11:59 p.m.

October 30: 10:30 p.m.

October 31: 11:59 p.m.

November 1: 11:59 p.m.

Advance Tickets

Start at $12

Day Of Tickets

Start at $15

Music Box Theatre

3733 N. Southport Ave.

Chicago, IL 60613

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/collections/rocky-horror-picture-show-halloween-2014

Historic Hotels of Chicago

October 25, 2014

Let architectural historian Rolf Achilles guide you through the lobbies of some of Chicago’s most lavish hotels – the Four Seasons, Peninsula, Sofitel, Radisson Blu, InterContinental, Trump, and Langham. The tour concludes with cocktails and conversation at the bar of one of these iconic hotels.

Hours:

1 – 5 p.m.

Chicago History Museum

1601 N. Clark St.

Chicago, IL 60614

Tickets

$55

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://chicagohistory.org/planavisit/upcomingevents/tours/bus-tours/#hotels

Chicago’s We Love Yoga Festival

October 26, 2014

The We Love Yoga Festival is a day-long celebration of yoga where participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of yoga specialty topics in group lectures and workshops. Between classes shop at the yoga bazaar and enjoy live music!

Hours:

9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Tickets

$69

DePaul University Lincoln Park Campus

W. Belden Ave. and N. Sheffield Ave.

Chicago, IL 60614

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.weloveyogafestival.com/convention/index.html

Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

October 24, 2014 – November 2, 2014

Join children, adults and educators at the largest annual festival of films for children ages 2-18 in the world. Programming 250 of the best, new cinema for children’s and young people from 40 countries, the Festival welcomes audiences of 23,000 and features hand-on filmmaking workshops with post-screening Q&A’s with dozens of filmmakers and celebrities.

The Venues

Facets

Music Box Theatre

Adults

$9

Children (2-18)

$6

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.facets.org/kids/index.php

 

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: October 17th-19th, 2014

It’s that time….TIME TO GET SO SCARED YOU PEE YOUR PANTS!

 

Get Yo BOO on!

Get Yo BOO on!

 

But if you’re not so into the Haunted House scene, here are some other things for you to do this weekend!

 

BOO! AT THE ZOO

October 18, 2014 – October 26, 2014

Brookfield Zoo’s annual Boo! at the Zoo Halloween celebration will be filled with more tricks, treats, and hocus pocus than ever before.

Pumpkin Smasher

Steve Dahlke, professional pumpkin carver

Costume parade

Costume showcase

7,000-square-foot Crazy Maize corn maze

Creepy Cowboy Carousel

Scarecrow building at Hamill Family Play Zoo

Cookie decorating

Memorable photos at the pumpkin patches located throughout the park

New this year, kids can stop by treat stations to receive goodies provided by Dulcelandia (while supplies last). The candy company will also have Halloween-themed piñatas for kids to smash open.

Special Zoo Chats

Hours

Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Brookfield Zoo/Chicago Zoological Society

31st Street and First Avenue

Brookfield, IL 60513

Adult (12-65)

$16.95

Child (3-11)

$11.95

Senior (over 65)

$11.95

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.czs.org/CZS/boo

CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

October 9, 2014 – October 23, 2014

Now in its 50th year, this celebrated festival offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and experiences of other cultures on the big screen and the chance to hear and maybe even meet some of the artists behind them. For two weeks, you can see films from more than 55 countries at AMC River East 21, located in Streeterville.

One of the Festival’s most notable features is the vast diversity of offerings, with numerous competitive categories and several highlight programs such as Black Perspectives, Cinema of the Americas, ReelWomen, Out-Look, After Dark, and the City & State program, showcasing films made in Chicago and throughout Illinois. In 2014, the Festival will shine a spotlight on Scandinavian cinema.

AMC River East 21

322 E. Illinois St.

Chicago, IL 60610

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/

SLEEPOVER WITH THE ANIMALS

October 17, 2014

Interested in sleeping among Lincoln Park Zoo’s amazing animals? Grab that nighttime gear and join the zoo for an indoor overnight adventure! The evening begins with dinner, followed by opportunities to explore the nightlife of the zoo’s residents. Slide your hands over the scales of a blue-tongued skink at Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House or see the chimpanzees settle into their nests at Regenstein Center for African Apes. Hear stories from zoo experts and wind down with quiet games and a bedtime snack before you-and the rest of the zoo-turn in for the night.

Families can choose to attend just the evening activities OR they can stay for the entire program and sleep over at the zoo.

Evening Encounter: 6 – 10 p.m.

Full Overnight: 6 p.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Lincoln Park Zoo

Cannon Drive at Fullerton Parkway

Chicago, IL 60614

Evening Encounter Only

$42

Full Overnight

$70

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.lpzoo.org/education/programs/sleepover-animals

LEBOWSKI FEST CHICAGO

October 17, 2014 – October 18, 2014

Lebowski Fest returns to the Windy City for two nights of bowling, bands, beverages, costumes, the movie and what-have-you.

Friday: Movie Party

Music (TBA)

Screening of The Big Lebowski

Thalia Hall (1807 S. Allport St.)

Saturday: Bowling Party

Bowling

Costume & trivia contests

Diversey River Bowl (2211 W. Diversey Pkwy.)

Friday: 8 p.m. (doors); 9 p.m. (show)

Saturday: 8 p.m. – midnight

Tickets

Start at $20

FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://lebowskifest.com/fests/lebowski-fest-chicago/

JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION’S TASTE AMERICA®

October 17, 2014 – October 18, 2014

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®: “Local Flavor from Coast to Coast” traveling food festival is making a stop in Chicago! Each city will enjoy a special evening that starts off with a walk-around tasting reception from a line-up of local chefs, followed by a one-night-only, collaborative four-course dinner crafted by a Taste America All-Star and a local celebrity chef.

A Night of Culinary Stars Dinner

Friday, October 17

Trump International Hotel and Tower

Cocktail Attire

The evening will begin with a reception filled with bites and libations from local chefs, including Jimmy Bannos, Jr.* (The Purple Pig), Dave Beran* (NEXT), Carrie Nahabedian* (NAHA, Brindille), Mindy Segal* (Hot Chocolate), and Takashi Yagihashi* (Takashi, Slurping Turtle).

Afterwards, guests will be seated for an exceptional dinner prepared by Taste America All-Star Grant Achatz* (Alinea) and special guest chef Sean Brock* (McCrady’s, Husk), along with Host Chef Thomas Lents (Sixteen), who will create a one-of-a-kind menu diners won’t forget.

Sur La Table®

Saturday, October 18

A series of free, in-store consumer events will take place at Sur La Table® located at 900 North Michigan Shops.

Activities of the day will include cooking demos, book signings, tastings from local producers and artisans; and more.

Hours

October 17

Cocktails: 6 p.m.

Dinner: 7 p.m.

October 18

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

A Night of Culinary Stars Dinner

$400

Sur La Table®

Free

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.jbftasteamerica.org/event/chicago

FASHION FOCUS: CHICAGO’S FASHION WEEK

October 14, 2014 – October 19, 2014

Fashion Focus: Chicago’s Fashion Week is a citywide celebration of our city’s fashion industry. Highlights during the week include a Fashion Town Hall and networking event for industry professionals; runway shows at the Chicago Cultural Center and in Millennium Park showcasing the latest trends, emerging and established designers; shopping events and much more.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/fashion_focus_chicago.html

CHICAGO IDEAS WEEK

October 13, 2014 – October 19, 2014

An annual, week-long gathering of global thought leaders sharing ideas through talks, labs and conversations with the goal of stimulating new initiatives and ventures.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://www.chicagoideas.com/

MEN’S HEALTH URBANATHLON

October 18, 2014

In 2014, Men’s Health is returning with their 9th annual URBANATHLON series, celebrating the Men’s Health work hard, play hard mentality. The URBANATHLON challenges competitors-or more accurately, flat-out dares them-to set new personal standards for what it means to be fit.

Whether you are taking on the classic distance or the sprint distance course, the URBANATHLON is the ultimate test of endurance, strength, mobility and pure toughness. Post race, the excitement continues at the Men’s Health URBANATHLON Festival, with DJ sets, food and drink, and tons of stuff from our sponsors to demo, sample, and take home.

Soldier Field

1410 S. Museum Campus Dr.

Chicago, IL 60605

Registration – Classic Distance

Starts at $95

Registration – Sprint Distance

Starts at $65

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.menshealthurbanathlon.com/

 

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: October 10th-12th, 2014

Some of us will be running a marathon this weekend.

Run or Beer? Hmmm.

Run or Beer? Hmmm.

The rest of us? Yeah, beer. 

 

BEER HOPTACULAR

October 10, 2014 – October 11, 2014

One of the city’s largest beer festivals enters its fifth year, inviting beer lovers to the Aragon Ballroom for three sessions of tasting. This year’s edition of Beer Hoptacular boasts 150 beers from more than 60 brewers, a BeerHop pinewood derby race and expanded food offerings from local eateries.

Friday: 6:30 p.m.

Saturday: 1 & 6:30 p.m.

Aragon Entertainment Center

1106 W. Lawrence Ave.

Chicago, IL 60640

Tickets

$45

VIP

$85

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://aragon.com/3.0/ai1ec_event/twenty-one-pilots/?instance_id=324

A TASTE OF THEATRE FESTIVAL

October 10, 2014 – October 11, 2014

This festival is perfect for those who have a passion for the arts. For over two days, you can take specialty classes, watch evening performances, attend panel discussions and more.

Presentations: 6:30 – 10 p.m. each night

Seminar: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on October 11

Carver Military Academy

13100 S. Doty Rd.

Chicago, IL 60827

Plays

$10/night

Workshop

$75

Showcase play

$150

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.atasteoftheater.com/

CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

October 9, 2014 – October 23, 2014

Now in its 50th year, this celebrated festival offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and experiences of other cultures on the big screen and the chance to hear and maybe even meet some of the artists behind them. For two weeks, you can see films from more than 55 countries at AMC River East 21, located in Streeterville.

The anniversary celebration will kick off with an Opening Night Gala presentation at the Harris Theater, followed by a Golden Anniversary celebration at the Chicago Cultural Center.

One of the Festival’s most notable features is the vast diversity of offerings, with numerous competitive categories and several highlight programs such as Black Perspectives, Cinema of the Americas, ReelWomen, Out-Look, After Dark, and the City & State program, showcasing films made in Chicago and throughout Illinois. In 2014, the Festival will shine a spotlight on Scandinavian cinema.

Individual Tickets

Start at $7

Special Event Tickets

Start at $30

Festival Passes

Start at $100

AMC River East 21

322 E. Illinois St.

Chicago, IL 60610

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/

WINDY CITY BBQ CLASSIC

October 11, 2014

This Fall Chicago will host 40+ BBQ Pit Masters in a REAL BBQ Competition! Teams from across the USA – from back-yard BBQ Kings to Memphis In May Winners – will fire up their smokers in a No Gas, No Electricity competition for the title of Grand Champion!

Every guest can watch, learn and swap BBQ stories with the Pit Masters as they prepare their meats. Attendees are STUFFED FULL OF BBQ GOODNESS – sampling and judging BBQ from another set of local and national BBQ restaurants, who are solely competing for the People’s LOVE. All you can eat BBQ, washed down with some of Chicago’s best Craft Beer (also included in the ticket price).

Set to the beautiful backdrop of Chicago’s Lakeshore and city scape at historical Soldier Field, this competition promises to give everyone who comes out an authentic experience of craft BBQ & Beer done right, right here in the Windy City!

Hours:

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tickets

Start at $49

Soldier Field

1410 S. Museum Campus Dr.

Chicago, IL 60605

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.windycitybbqclassic.com/

BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON

October 12, 2014

Consistently voted among the world’s top five marathons in most rankings lists, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is equal parts spectacle and world-class race. If you don’t consider yourself a runner, you can still enjoy the marathon by joining spectators or more than 100 volunteer groups in all the action.

Grant Park

Columbus Drive and Monroe Street

Chicago, IL 60603

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagomarathon.com/

 

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: October 3rd-5th, 2015

Time to celebrate an age old delicacy…..CHEESE.

 

CHEESE!

CHEESE!

MAC & CHEESE FEST

October 4, 2014

Mac & Cheese Fest is a celebration of the dish! With roots dating back to the 14th century, recipes that span continents and aficionados galore, the Festival is a time to explore every variety of this beloved food. The event will feature a mind-blowing variety of macaroni and cheese entrees, appetizers and sides served with craft beers, wine and soft drinks.

Mac & Cheese Fest will feature approximately 60 Chicago chefs featuring their versions of Mac and Cheese, inspired from cultures, family traditions and their restaurant’s menu. Chefs will be asked to use any kind of pasta with any type of cheese as the primary ingredients. One lucky chef, recognized by attendees and a panel of foodies, will take home “The Golden Noodle.”

Hours:

12 – 3 p.m.

UIC Forum

725 W. Roosevelt Rd.

Chicago, IL 60608

$50 Tickets

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.macandcheesechicago.com/

ZOOVIES – “GHOSTBUSTERS” AND “THE SHINING”

Friday October 3, 2014

Ditch the drive-ins and crowded theaters. Instead, experience a wildly different twist to movie night with free Zoovies at Lincoln Park Zoo. Audiences can come to the zoo after hours and enjoy a movie on the zoo’s south lawn. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase.

On October 3, enjoy screenings of Ghostbusters and The Shining.

Movie starts at dusk (7 – 10:30 p.m.)

FREE but you can upgrade to this:

VIP Package

1 drink (beer, water, soda, wine), slice of pizza, box of candy and unlimited popcorn

exclusive animal house access with educational front-of-house tour and private bathrooms

Lincoln Park Zoo

Cannon Drive at Fullerton Parkway

Chicago, IL 60614

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.lpzoo.org/events/calendar/zoovies

WEST TOWN ART WALK

Friday October 3, 2014 – Saturday October 4, 2014

For a fourth consecutive year, West Town’s prominent artist community boasts its talents at this pop-up gallery / Art Walk. The free Art Walk features art in all forms within dozens of storefronts. During the Friday and Saturday event, attendees can enjoy visual art, performance art, music, culinary and fashion from Chicago artists showcased within West Town’s shops, businesses, restaurants, and bars along Chicago Avenue.

There’s also a “party central” tented location with beer and wine, a designer “lounge” area, and DJs. Other activities include: trolleys and bike rickshaws transporting guests throughout the event, an after party and performance art along the Chicago Avenue corridor.

West Town Art Walk is part of Chicago Artists Month 2014, the 19th annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Friday: 5 – 8 p.m.

Saturday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

FREE

Chicago Ave. and Milwaukee Ave.

Chicago, IL 60642

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.westtownartwalk.com/

GREAT CHICAGO FIRE FESTIVAL

October 4, 2014

Redmoon, Chicago’s 24-year-old theater company known for “Spectacle Art” and free summertime community performances, partners with the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the Chicago Park District (CPD) to present the inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival. A new and totally free urban ritual celebrating Chicago’s grit, greatness and renewal following the devastating Great Chicago Fire of 1871, as well as showcasing the rich diversity of neighborhoods that have arisen since, the Great Chicago Fire Festival incorporates a series of citywide Summer Celebrations that culminate in a unique public River Bazaar and pyrotechnic Grand Spectacle on the main branch of the Chicago River.

FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://chicagofirefestival.com/

DOUBLE TEN PARADE

October 4, 2014

Our city’s Chinatown neighborhood will celebrate Chinese Independence on October 4 with a parade. It’ll feature lion dances, Chinese patriots, marching bands, local school floats, and the 100 ft. mystical dragon!

Hours:

1 p.m.

FREE

Wentworth Ave. and 24th St.

Chicago, IL 60616

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/neighborhood_parades.html

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: September 26th-28th, 2014

This weekend is all about the FOOD!

What is that? Give it to me!

What is that? Give it to me!

Wait, isn’t that every weekend?

 

CHICAGO GOURMET

September 26, 2014 – September 28, 2014

Come celebrate! Chicago Gourmet, presented by Bon Appétit, is a celebration of food and wine in Millennium Park. Guests enjoy gourmet food, wine, spirits, and beer tastings, live cooking demos, educational seminars, and more. What’s more, the popular Hamburger Hop® event kicks off the weekend, the Grand Cru offers participants exclusive tastings of some of the finest wines in the world and tasty bites from award winning chefs, and the Bon Appétit and Chicago Gourmet Dine Around extends the event into some of the area’s best restaurants.

New for 2014 – BBQ Pavilion

This year, they’ve partnered with the Illinois Barbeque Alliance (IBBQA) to bring the first-ever BBQ Pavilion to Chicago Gourmet! Imagine a party with your friends in the city’s biggest backyard – craft beer in hand – chowing down on fare from some of the state’s most iconic BBQ spots, all the while mingling with passionate pit masters, sauce makers, expert ribbers, and more.

New for 2014 – Global Street Food Pavilion

Taste the world with an all-new Global Street Food Pavilion at Chicago Gourmet. Sample selections of celebrated international fare from:

Shokolad

Vermilion

Kendall College

Red Butter

Barbakoa

Kasia’s

Spencer’s Jolly Posh Foods

Las Tablas

Bolat

Klas Restaurant

K-Kitchen

and many more!

Hamburger Hop®

Enjoy the juciest burger showdown in town – the Hamburger Hop®! Held at the Harris Theater Rooftop on Friday, this event features top area chefs as they do battle in a burger competition while you dine on tasty, gourmet burgers, along with beer, wine, spirits, and more. A celebrity panel of judges determines the city’s Best Burger award, while guests crown the People’s Choice.

Late Night Gourmet

The official after-party of the Hamburger Hop® will be held at world-recognized celebrity hotspot, The Underground. The event promises revelry well into the night with late-night bites, tasty libations and music from DJ Rock City. Guests with a coveted ticket will mix and mingle with hundreds of Chicago’s tastemakers and influencers, including Chicago Gourmet chefs, sommeliers, and star mixologists.

A Trotter Tribute Dinner

Chicago Gourmet presents an exclusive, newly added dinner to the 2014 event lineup: A Tribute to Charlie Trotter, presented by American Express®. On Saturday, September 27, many of the world’s finest chefs – including many of Chef Trotter’s protégés and dearest friends – will gather at the magnificent Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago for a rare, unforgettable dinner to honor the world-renowned culinary legend and his indelible impact on the hospitality industry. The dinner features exceptional wines from Terlato Wines and an elegant, 6-course seated dinner in the hotel’s stunning Grand Ballroom. This marks the first large-scale fundraising event held in Chef Trotter’s hometown and benefits Charlie Trotter’s Culinary Education Foundation.

Hours

Saturday: 12 – 6 p.m.

Sunday: 12 – 5 p.m.

Hamburger Hop®: Friday 6 – 9 p.m.

Late Night Gourmet: 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

A Trotter Tribute Dinner: Saturday 7:30 p.m.

Main Event

$170

Main Event – Weekend

$275

Grand Cru

$199

Millennium Park

201 E. Randolph St.

Chicago, IL 60601

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagogourmet.org/

FEAR NO ART PRESENTS THE DINNER PARTY

**Tuesday September 23, 2014

On The Dinner Party, host Elysabeth Alfano invites three celebrities of different domains and a known chef who cooks for them and a live audience. Over food, wine, chocolate, artist performances and Twitter, the conversations flow on this very popular, interactive show. Filmed live in front of a live audience and streaming live on The Sun Times website, The Dinner Party brings unscripted conversations about the creative process and current celeb projects to more people through an interactive dialogue and feast for the senses. With this fun and entertaining platform, they touch on the artists’ projects, hot topics, music, current events and anything else that comes up! Audience members share in the food, wine and conversations by tweeting in questions, making this a truly interactive and dynamic Dinner Party. As you know, the best conversations happen over dinner.

Special Guests – September 23

Famed Talk-Show Host Jerry Springer

Attorney General Lisa Madigan

Celebrity Columnist Bill Zwecker

Renowned North Pond Chef Bruce Sherman

Hours:

7 p.m.

Tickets

$45

City Winery

1200 W. Randolph St.

Chicago, IL 60607

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.citywinery.com/chicago/tickets/fear-no-art-presents-the-dinner-party-9-23.html

SHAW’S OYSTER FEST BLOCK PARTY

Friday September 26, 2014

Shaw’s Oyster Fest Block Party returns to downtown Chicago. Hosted by Chicago’s premiere oyster bar, Shaw’s Crab House, Oyster Fest brings together live music, Goose Island beers, fresh seafood and more.

This year, Oyster Fest kicks-off the 30th anniversary festivities of Shaw’s Crab House which will celebrate its 30th anniversary of the Oyster Bar in December 2014 and the dining room in April 2015.

The Menu

A variety of East and West Coast Oysters

Shaw’s signature crab bites, sushi rolls, fried oysters, and lobster rolls

BBQ bites from Bub City

Oyster Slurp Off

A high-energy Oyster Slurp Off will take place at Oyster Fest as last year’s finalists go head-to-head with this year’s contestants to see who will prevail as the slurping champion and take home the $1,000 prize.

Live Music

Brett Dennen (headliner)

Odessa

Andrew Diehl & The Nightmen

Hours

3 – 10 p.m.

Oyster Slurping Championship: 8 p.m.

General Admission

$25

VIP

$75

560 W. Grand St.

Chicago, IL 60654

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.oysterfestchicago.com/

OKTOBERFEST CHICAGO

September 26, 2014 – September 28, 2014

Wildly popular annual Bavarian celebration in West Lakeview welcomes fall with plenty of food, music, arts & crafts, and activities for families and children. The event’s KinderFest (Saturday and Sunday) features games and other activities for your young kids and family.

Southport Main Stage – Headliners

Friday: This Must Be the Band

Saturday: 16 Candles

Parking Lot Stage – Headliners

Friday: Wedding Banned

Saturday: Trippin Billies

Sunday: Ed Wagner’s Lustige Blaskapelle

Craft Beer Night – Friday & Saturday

Enjoy 20 tastings from craft breweries around the country. The Craft Beer Tasting sessions will be held in an intimate German beer hall within St. Alphonsus church. The event is limited to 600/night and attendees will get to try 20 of over 40 samples of unique beers! Each participant will receive a delicious pretzel necklace to accompany you on your journey of beer sampling!

Hours

Friday: 5 – 10 p.m.

Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Craft Beer Night: 6 – 9 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)

KinderFest: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)

St. Alphonsus Church

1429 W. Wellington Ave.

Chicago, IL 60657

Admission

$5

Craft Beer Night

$40

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=222

HYDE PARK JAZZ FESTIVAL

September 27, 2014 – September 28, 2014

This annual neighborhood Jazz festival returns, showcasing 30 musical acts on 14 stages across Hyde Park. This free event features critically acclaimed local, national and international talent in both indoor and outdoor settings. Besides great music, this festival also includes an outdoor dance floor, artisan vendors, and for the second year, a community-wide oral histories project where festival goers can share their experiences with jazz.

Hours

Saturday: 1 p.m. – midnight

Sunday: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Suggested Donation

$5

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://hydeparkjazzfestival.org/

QUINCY STREET DISTILLERY TOURS

September 26, 2014 – September 28, 2014

This tour includes a visit into the bonded area of the distillery where they produce and bottle their spirits. Bottles are also available for purchase.

Hours

Friday: 3, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.

Saturday: 1, 3:30 & 5:30 p.m.

Sunday: 11:30 p.m.

Quincy Street Distillery

39 E. Quincy St.

Riverside, IL 60546

Tickets

$10

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.quincystreetdistillery.com/tours/

CHICAGO BEARS V GREEN BAY PACKERS

September 28, 2014

Watch the Chicago Bears play the Green Bay Packers live at Soldier Field!

Hours:

12 p.m.

Chicago Bears

Soldier Field

Chicago, IL 60605

Tickets

Start at $106

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagobears.com/tickets-and-stadium/single-game-tickets.html

FIESTA FAMILIAR

September 27, 2014

Hoy hosts Fiesta Familiar – the largest Hispanic family event of its kind in the Midwest. Fiesta Familiar brings the very best family entertainment and interactive pavilions with hands-on activities at Lincoln Park Zoo. Enjoy projects in the fields of art, health, gardening, science and music for the whole family.

Hours:

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission

Free

Lincoln Park Zoo

Cannon Drive at Fullerton Parkway

Chicago, IL 60614

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.lpzoo.org/events/calendar/fiesta-familiar

 

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