''What's On Dec'' w/ Billy Dec September 27-30
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Couture & Cocktails, September 28th at 6pm, 1301 N Elston, $150-1,500
Details: Presented by the Women's Board of the Joffrey Ballet, enjoy a fashion show presented by Neiman Marcus, dine on food from Stefani Signature Events and dance with the acclaimed Joffrey Dancers. Attend the dance party afterwards with some of Chicago's favorite food trucks providing tasty treats!
Fright Fest, September 29th-October28th at 11am, Six Flags Great America, $41.99-61.99
Details: Are you ready to have the ever-living daylight scared out of you? Well you're in luck, Fright Fest is back and scarier than ever before! This year enjoy kid-friendly activities during Thrills by Day and take part in the truly scary at Fright by Night.
Chicago Indie Spirits Expo 2012, October 3rd at 7pm, Carmichael's Warehouse $55
Details: Meet the distillers, brand owners, importers and others who make it possible for you to enjoy a great a variety of small batch, unique and artisanal spirits from around the world!
The Birth & Death of Rock 'n' Roll, September 28th at 7pm, Modern Wing at the Art Institute, $175-250
Details: The Art Institute's auxiliary board hosts an incredible evening to debut the latest exhibition. Hors d'oeuvres & cocktails will be served as rock 'n' roll music plays in the background; there will also be a performance from Million Dollar Quartet.
57th Gold Coast Fashion Award Show, September 28th at 10:45am, Hilton Hotel & Towers, $50-200
Details: Hosted by The Children's Service Board of the Lurie Children's Hospital, this event highlights the most prestigious retailers in Chicago and features a competition segment where the hottest new design talent competes for the coveted Gold Coast Fashion Award; all in a fast-paced live runway show.
Ryder Cup, September 28th-30th at 6:30am, Medinah Country Club, $275-325
Details: The Ryder Cup is golf's most spirited competition, with an unwavering tradition of sportsmanship and respect among the teams, match officials and galleries. Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and many other greats are playing in the tournament.
Wicker Park Bucktown Fall Dinner Crawl, October 2nd at 6pm, Restaurants of Wicker Park and Bucktown, $35
Details: During this inaugural event, sponsored by the WPB SSA, Fall Dinner Crawl ticket holders will have the opportunity to sample cuisine from some of the best local bars and restaurants WPB has to offer.
BackStage Evanston, September 30th at 3pm, Ethel M Barber Theater, $20
Details: Seventeen Evanston-area music, theatre and dance organizations will put on five minute performances. The evening will be produced by the Piven Theatre Workshop and there will be performances from the Actors Gymnasium, the Evanston Symphony Orchestra and the Piccolo Theatre just to name a few.
Chicago Gourmet, September 28th-30th at 6pm, Millennium Park, $97.01-334
Details: One of the nation's top culinary events returns to Millennium Park! Head to the Hamburger Hop on Friday to see who has the best burger in the city and enjoy cooking demonstrations, book signings, seminars and tastings on Saturday and Sunday.
Wanda Sykes, September 29th at 7pm,Chicago Theatre, $39.50-65.50
Details: Voted one of Entertainment Weekly's 25 Funniest People in America, Wanda Sykes will be sure to have the audience in stitches all night. It's time to get your laugh on Chicago!
Niketown Reopens, September 27th at10am, Niketown, FREE
Details: After being closed for just over 6 months for its first remodel ever, Niketown is reopening to the public bigger and better than before. The 3 floors of the new Niketown will feature a Nike I.D. customization section, a display of every Jordan sneaker ever made, art from local artists and much, much more!
The Filipino Kingz Comedy Show, September 27th-29th at 7:30pm, Chicago Improv, $19
Details: Raw talent and hard-hitting jokes, accompanied by an all-star lineup including Keith Pedro, Kevin Camia, Joey Guila and Ron Josol. The diverse Filipino culture, recognized around the world, relates the same customs many know from their own cultural traditions.
Pin Your Chicago, September 27th at 7 pm, Rockit Bar and Grill, FREE
Details: Learn how Pinterest can help your business at the launch party for "Pinterest for Business." Writers Jess Loren and Ed Swiderski (of the Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad) will be there too!
StreetWise Fundraising Gala, September 27th at 5:30pm, VenueSix10, $150
Details: Rob Elgas of NBC 5 emcees the evening, which includes live entertainment, silent, and live auctions. All proceeds to benefit StreetWise and their mission to help the homeless community.
Five for Fighting, September 27th at 8pm, Pfeiffer Hall, $50-$65
Details: Hear classics like "Hero" and "100 Years" live at the North Central College venue!
2nd Annual Cook-Off, September 27th at 6:30pm, Fulton's on the River, $85
Details: The Common Threads Associate Board hosts this annual event where Chefs create and serve their favorite cookout themed dish either in a glass, on a bun, in a shell or on a stick. Guests will then vote for their favorite in each category and the top chef wins a prize!
ZZ Top, October 2nd at 7:30pm, The Chicago Theatre, $25.50-$103
Details: ZZ Top will rock the house for one night at The Chicago Theatre! Classic rock songs will be playing all night long, it's a show that should not be missed!
Bagpipes & Blues, September 27th at 8pm, Field Museum, $325
Details: Join the Ronald McDonald House of Chicago and the Illinois PGA Foundation as they celebrate the Ryder Cup at the official PGA-sanctioned pep rally for the U.S. and European teams.
Dancing with the Giordano Stars, September 27th at 6pm, Park West, $50-$200
Details: Watch contestants step out of their comfort zone and dance with professional Giordano dancers. Proceeds go to benefit the dance company and their outreach programs.
Esperanza Spalding, October 1st-3rd at 6pm, City Winery Chicago, $55-100
Details: Enjoy the sounds of this Grammy award-winning jazz bassist, vocalist and composer up close in an intimate setting while on tour to promote her newest album, Radio Music Society.
5th Annual Evanston Harvest Celebration, September 27th at 6:30pm, 1601 Payne St., $75
Details: Indulge in delicious, farm fresh dishes from some of Chicago's best chefs. Amazing food from the Evanston Downtown Market will be prepared by chefs from Publican, North Pond and more!
Dirty, September 27th at 7:30, The Gift Theatre, $22-$27
Details: This Jeff-recommended show just started and runs through November 18th. Dirty explores philanthropy and family values in this cut-throat country called "home".
PedalPub Party, September 27th at 6pm, Schoolyard Tavern, $34
Details: Before hopping aboard the newest mode of transportation to hit Chicago, enjoy 2 hours of domestic drafts and food. Groups of 16 guests will take turns riding around the Lakeview neighborhood on the pedalpub and then head back to Schoolyard to play various drinking games.
3rd Annual Black & White Ball, September 28th at 6:30pm, Dusable Museum of African American History, $30-100
Details: This event focuses on the good things going on in the community and will honor those who have made it their mission to bring about positive change. This year proceeds will benefit iGlow Mentoring, a program that mentors girls to enrich their lives academically and socially.
The Devil's Ball, September 28th at 7:30pm, Auditorium Theatre, $65-85
Details: Support the Auditorium Theatre's Junior Board by coming out to enjoy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, live DJ, auction and the return of a Smilebooth! Proceeds for the evening go to support the junior board.
630 Fashion Show, September 28th at7:30pm, Hotel Arista, $75
Details: Amazing fashion show featuring local designers Purple Leaf, Modahnik, Jill K. Bags, Kelsey Jean Jewelry Artist & Sadie; all benefitting 360 Youth Services.
The Avett Brothers, September 28th at 7:30pm, Charter One Pavillion, $58
Details: Seth and Scott Avett come to Chicago with their guitar and banjo to please the crowds with rock songs all night long.
Oktoberfest Chicago, September 28th-30th, St. Alphonsus Church, $5
Details: Celebrate German heritage, Chicago-style, by going to this south Lakeview event. Beers, brats and bands are on the schedule, as well as a kinderfest for the kids.
Kill Viktor Vol 1 & 2, September 27th at 11pm, Theatre Wit, $18
Details: New MillenniumTheatre starts their Halloween season with a late-night tribute to Tarantino's classic. The Bride of Frankenstein goes on an adventure of vengeance, paying respects to classic gore and horror films.
Zac Brown Band, September 30th at 7pm, First Midwest Bank Amphitheater, $38.50-79.40
Details: Grab some whiskey, some chicken fried and a pair of jeans that fit just right...Zac Brown Band is in town! Head down to Tinley to hear your favorite country hits.
Eleventh Hour, September 29th-October 31st at 7pm, Eleventh Hour Haunted House, $16.95-44.50
Details: 'Tis the season...to get scared! Experience four haunted houses in one venue, all done by Jim Upchurch who developed and produced the special effects for Metallica's most recent world tour.
Will County Celtic Fest, September 29th at 12:15pm, St. Joseph Park, $5
Details: Expect the typical great food and fun at this fest, but with some Irish flare! Buy traditional celtic arts and watch an Irish dancing competition.
Kevin Hart, September 29th at 8pm, United Center, $55-$125
Details: You've seen him hosting the VMAs, you've seen him in movies like "Think Like A Man," now see him live in comedy show, "Let Me Explain."
Screams in the Park, September 29th-October 31st at 7pm, MB Financial Park, $15-20
Details: Enter the mansion of H. H. Holmes to see if you'll be able to survive and escape the basement of America's first serial killer. This haunted house joins the ranks as the newest Grand Haunted Halloween Attraction.
AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, September 30th at 9:30am, Soldier Field, $30-$50
Details: The 11th Annual AIDS will be more than an event to raise money for an important cause. Wanda Sykes will kick off the walk, and The Voice's Jamar Rogers will perform!
Rosehill Cemetery Crypt 5K, September 29th at 7pm, Rosehill Cemetery, $35-40
Details: This new 5K run/walk takes place in the perfect location for a little pre-Halloween fun. Run (or walk) through the historic, Victorian-era cemetery with all the proceeds benefitting the American Diabetes Association.
Slutwalk Chicago, September 29th at11am, Thompson Center, FREE
Details: Stand up for women's rights and intolerance at this rally and march that goes from the Thompson Center to Daley Plaza. The idea for the walk came about when a Toronto Police Service member was quoted as saying "Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order to not be victimized;" so come together for women's empowerment!
4th Annual Mind, Body, Spirit Yogathon, September 29-30th, Various Locations
Details: Throughout yoga studios in the Chicagoland Area, classes will be held to help benefit Rape Victim Advocates. Get zen while helping a good cause...and enter go get door buster prizes!
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#Twittamentary, September 29th at 7pm, Heritage Bicycles General Store, FREE
Details: Twittamentary looks at how lives connect and intersect within the Twitter community as the real-time web accelerates serendipity. Bonds are forged as a result of unexpected encounters between strangers as they share moments of their lives in real time. It's free to attend, so come learn where "hashtag" originated and enjoy food from two celebrated food trucks and tweet away with old and new friends alike!
BarkaPALooza, September 30th at 10am, Lisle Community Park, $10-$15
Details: The West Suburban Humane Society invites you to collect pledges and walk to benefit the homeless animals in their care.
Falling In Love: Autumn Bridal Expo, September 30th at 12pm, The Marriott - Naperville, FREE
Details: Come and experience a fabulous fashion show, featuring the latest in bridal designs for your wedding day!
Primo Classico d'Italia, September 30th at 1pm, The Primo Residence, $100-1,000
Details: Co-chairs Diane & Quintin Primo invite you to their private residence in Lake Forest as the Primo Classico d'Italia pays tribute to the rich history of Italian sports cars and cuisine. All net proceeds of this amazing RedHot event will go towards the Primo Center for Women and Children.
Magnolia's 1st Anniversary, October 1st all day, Magnolia Bakery, FREE
Details: It's been one deliciously scrumptious year since the famous New York bakery opened up its Chicago location. Help celebrate with them at their State St location at Block 37!
Chicago Football Classic, September 29th at 4pm, Soldier Field, $15-$40
Details: Albany State University takes on Kentucky State University in the 15th Annual Chicago Football Classic. It's not-for-profit organization whose mission is to inspire African-American high school and college students through support for programs, initiatives and events that increase awareness of opportunities to achieve educational excellence.
Redbull Thre3style Championships, September 29th at 9p, Metro, $10
Details: An innovative concept that gives highly skilled DJs a platform to battle, perform, gain notoriety and express themselves in a party atmosphere.