From the highly anticipated Bears/Packers game, the Chicago Gourmet festival to the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, the city is buzzing with a ton of events to enjoy in the city. Billy Dec, CEO of Rockit Ranch Productions, shares his picks with Ryan on this week's edition of "What's on Dec"
''What's on Dec'' w/ Billy Dec September 22-28: Best Events, Concerts, Parties, Games, Fests...
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Chicago Gourmet 2011 (9/23 ? 9/25)
Location: Millennium Park
Time: Times vary depending on event (s) attending
Price: Various prices/events, tickets start at $150 + tax
Details: Chicago Gourmet is an interactive, epicurean affair showcasing more than 100 of Chicago's finest restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers and premium breweries from around the world. Held in spectacular Millennium Park, guests enjoy dozens of live cooking demonstrations, gourmet tastings, wine seminars, and book signings by internationally renowned chefs, master sommeliers and winemakers.Additionally, the fun?and tasty?Hamburger® Hop kicks off the weekend on Friday night, an exclusive Grand Cru wine tasting will be featured on Saturday and Sunday, and the Bon Appétit and Chicago Gourmet Dine Around will extend beyond Millennium Park into some of the area's best restaurants.
Bears v. Packers (9/25)
There are tons of great places to watch the game this weekend. Meet Superbowl XX players Jim McMahon at Quay Restaurant or Richard Dent at Sunda for pictures and autographs. Other bars & restaurants showing the game include Rockit Bar & Grill (22. W Hubbard) & Rockit Wrigley (3700 N. Clark), both have drink specials, brunch and game day menu (including truffle tater tots, chili mac, wings and nachos) and gourmet bloody mary bar. Union Park Lounge, The Fifty/50, Cityscape Bar, Luxbar, Frontier, Finn McCool's, Lion's Head, Moretti's, The Spot, O'Leary's Pub, St. Andrew's Pub & Kroll's bar will also be playing this game!
Randolph Street Market Festival (9/25)
Location: Journeymen Plumbers Hall (1340 W. Washington, Chicago, IL)
Price: Prices vary
Details: The Randolph Street Market Festival is home to the world-renowned Chicago Antique Market & Indie Designer Market. As seen in Travel & Leisure, the NY Times, Lucky Magazine and featured on TV news shows and web casts, the Randolph Street Market Festival is considered "a mecca of cool", "the best hot spot for antiquing", "the best Chicago venue for people watching", and "the Barney's of Vintage". Celebrity designer Nate Berkus says, "I love this market?the quality is incredible!" As one of Chicago's most happening monthly parties, Randolph Street Market has become the summer destination!
Dose Market (9/25)
Location: River East Arts Center
Price: $8 Advance, $10 at Door
Details: This is a monthly food, fashion & design extravaganza market. There will be tons of great food & fashion. Some of the food will include dumplings & the debut of seol sauce from chef Bill Kim (Urban Belly Shack); frozen, wild-caught Alaskan salmon on NY bagel; Sea & Cane's sea salt caramels; City Provisions' Bloody Marys; Sweet Cakes Bakery's brioche bostock; individual bread puddings & quiche; Franks 'N' Dawgs' fanciful sausage sandwiches; Heritage Prairie Farm's Bron's Bees honey and organic grains. Some fashion highlights include Lisa Kingsley's collection of French linen & cobra skin bags, jewelry & Mexican Huilpil shirts; Eviana Harman's fall collection; Coutour's home & furniture collection debut, printed tees & intricate shawls from Anke Loh, Chicago debut of clothing & accessories from NYC-based Emerging Thoughts
Bon Appetit 2011 (9/27)
Location: Foster Avenue between Christiana and Spaulding Avenues
3310 W. Foster Ave.
Price: $30 in advance, $35 the day of the event, $12 for kids 12 and under.
Details: Guests will depart on their walking taste tour of Albany Park & North Park on Tuesday, September 27th any time after 5 PM, with passports in hand, to enjoy eclectic ethnic and cultural samples from each restaurant. Crawl located along Foster and Kedzie Avenues. Venues will provide small dishes of food and drink until 9 PM. Vans will continuously drive the route allowing you to participate in the Crawl at your own pace. Restaurants will stop serving and vans stop running at 9 PM.
Fashion on Ice Starring Aretha Franklin (9/24)
Location: Sears Centre Arena
Time: 7:00PM, Doors open at 6:00PM
Price: $45, $60, $150
Details: Join the legendary Aretha Franklin and Olympic and National medalists, such as Sarah Hughes, Johnny Weir, Jeremy Abbott, and Ryan Bradley as they combine music, fashion and ice-skating for a night of pure excitement. Performing numbers from her new hit album, "A Woman Falling Out of Love" live for one-night only, this "catwalk on ice" will showcase work from top designers Betsey Johnson and Giles Mendel of J. Mendel.
Uber Chicago Car Service Unveiling this Week
Details: Introducing Uber, an app that is quietly putting a roving fleet of town cars, SUVs and the occasional Mercedes-Benz at your disposal... beta testing now on the streets of Chicago. It's kind of like a car service, except it's nothing like a car service?no dispatcher, no cash required, no wondering where your cab is 30 minutes after you called.You'll register your name, phone number and credit card number with Uber. Then, the next time you need a comfy ride to the airport or, say, find yourself on the desolate end of Randolph Street after a night of exhaustively researching the regional wines of South America, pull out your phone and set a pickup point with a click. You'll receive a text saying that your car's on its way. You can track the vehicle's progress on a live map?in case you want to duck back inside for another sip of the malbec. When you arrive at your destination, you won't need a credit card or tip money; it's all charged to your account.
A Special Wish Foundation: Annual Fall Fundraiser (9/22)
Location: Goose Island Wrigleyville
Time: Open Bar and appetizers from 7-9pm, Cash bar, auction close & more 9-11pm
Price: $30.00 in advance, $40.00 at door
Details: Beer Tour, Goose Island beers, wine, soft drinks and appetizer buffet. Silent Auction and Raffle.
Improvised Musical Showcase at iO Chicago
Location: iO Theater (3541 N. Clark St.)
Price: $5 General Admission / FREE for iO Chicago Students Details: Pairing improv with music, the acts featured at this showcase creatively bring the laughs as they break out into song featuring topics gathered on the spot from audience members. These men and women can think on their feet, composing tunes and jokes at the same time! Groups in attendance include Leotard Foundation, Slow Clap!, and Stacked, an all female musical improv ensemble who are gearing up for their debut at the Toronto International Improv Festival.
Chris Brown at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
Location: First Midwest Bank Amphitheater (19100 S Ridgeland, Tinley Park, IL)
Price: $19 - $171
Details: Chris Brown brings The F.A.M.E. Tour with Kelly Rowland, T-Pain, and TYGA to town. Expect plenty of bright lights and explosive dance moves as he takes charge of the stage.
Chicago Beer Experience- Beer Tour (9/23 - various dates)
Location: Various Locations
Time: 6:00 pm
Price: $54.00, no beer $30.00
Details: The tour combines the unique history of Chicago with detailed descriptions of a variety of different beer tastings. You'll find that the two go together as well as hops and barley, which are two of the main ingredients in beer ? if you didn't know that fact, you are learning something already!We start on the north side of Chicago, between the downtown Chicago "Loop" and Wrigley Field, in Chicago neighborhoods that are more off-the-beaten path compared to some of the other more touristy areas in Chicago. Great for tourists and locals alike, whether you are a first time visitor or have lived in Chicago your entire life, you will learn something new. Of course, you'll be drinking beer, too!
Black Star at the House of Blues (9/23)
Location: House of Blues
Price: $50 - $150
Details: Consisting of Mos Def and Talib Kweli, Black Star performs at the House of Blues. The duo's timeless beats and rhymes are sure to impress.
The 2011 Chicago Horror Film Festival (9/23- 9/25)
Location: The Portage Theater (4050 N. Milwaukee Avenue)
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Price: $10 , Weekend pass $25
Details:The Chicago Horror Film Festival has become a Chicago institution. With a past that started with the historic 3 Penny Cinema and a future continuing to grow with moving on to new and better venues. What has once started with a simple one day festival to showcase Short Independent Horror films has now become a festival for both feature and short horror films and to be known for seeing many of it's featured films picked up for distribution.
Chicago's 1st Annual Rock & Roll Pig Roast (9/24)
Location: Ethyl's Beer and Wine Dive (324 S. Racine)
Time: Doors are at 1:00PM, Music starts at 3:00PM
Price: Presale tickets: $10, tickets at the door: $15
Details: Live music, drink specials, and roasted meat are all on the menu for Chicago's 1st Annual Rock & Roll Pig Roast. Celebrate with one of summer's last outdoor events. Local acts such as Mannequin Men, Secret Colours, The Record Low, and Chicago Stone Lightning Band are scheduled to take the stage.
Jane's Addiction at The Metro (9/24 - 9/25)
Location: The Metro (3730 N. Clark St.)
Time: 9:00PM for both shows
Details: Jane's Addiction takes the stage for two nights at The Metro. Doors open at 8:00PM.
Urban Harvest 2011 (9/24)
Location: Division & Clybourn
Price: General Admission $30.00, Children (12 and under) $5.00 Details:An evening of food, fun and music to benefit the Resource Center & further support urban agriculture initiatives. Enjoy the tastes of City Farm's fall harvest with samplings from some of our featured restaurant partners. Family fun and games starts at 4pm.
Summer Sessions on the Square (9/24)
Location: Illinois Centennial Monument (2600 N. Kedzie Blvd)
Details: Summer Sessions on the Square is an outdoor summer concert series in Logan Square, Chicago. Bring your blankets, families, and food and enjoy a warm summer evening on the Square.
Chicago Wook Walk and Community Dog Walk (9/24)
Location: Hamilton Elementary School (1650 West Cornelia Avenue)
Time: 10am - 2pm
Price: FREE for dogs & owners!
Details: The first event will take place in Chicago on September 24, celebrating dogs, being outdoors and having a healthy and active lifestyle. With obesity levels rising in both humans and pets, our fun and festive activities will encourage pet owners to get up, get out and get moving! Activities include: 2k community dog walk, free pet health screenings by veterinarians from BANFIELD Pet Hospital, dog yoga demonstration, Pet Caricaturist sessions, fun for the whole family, with free arts and crafts, bounce house and face painting, live music and dance party, healthy snacks for pets and people!
Red Carpet Concierge of Chicago (9/25)
Loaction: Grossinger City Autoplex ( 1530 N. Dayton)
Time: 4:00 pm
Price: $35.00, other packages available
Details: Red Carpet Concierge of Chicago is lining up for their second annual "Outstanding Business & Fashion Award" event on Sunday, September 25, 2011 4pm (3pm for media and VIP list) at Grossinger City Autoplex 1530 N. Dayton at North Avenue Chicago, Il 60642 with a red carpet award event, two fashion shows and a performance by Nina Maiden and Fly Phoenix among others.Red Carpet Concierge Social Editor "Gloria The Hat" will be hosting the event and exploring for new businesses to network with.The Red Carpet Concierge Committee of the 83rd Oscars 2011 Awards will be the Host.They are Steve Starr, Carolina De athey, "King Green", Michelle Elfvin, Robert Brooks, Jr., Sherine Azzam, also Simon and Naomi Bollin.
Location: Hamburger Mary's (5400 N. Clark Street)
Time: 8:00 pm
Price: Suggested $5 donation
Details: HamBINGO Mary's is a weekly charity event held in Hamburger Mary's Dining Room, with a different charity beneficiary every week. Hosted by drag diva Velicity Metropolis (often dressed as Mary herself), this is NOT your typical "church basement bingo." The show can get a little risqué, so enjoy the $5 Sauza Margaritas and leave the kids at home! It's all about having fun while supporting local Chicagoland charities.
Parle Mondays (9/26)
Location:Beauty Bar (1444 W. Chicago Avenue)
Time: Opens at 5pm
Price: No cover
Details: Mondays. Rotating industries host the weekly party as DJ Bylamplight spins soul, old school R&B and funk, also featuring special guests. Drink specials include $3 drafts, $4 well drinks and $10 martinis and manicures.
Mixtape Tuesdayz (9/27)
Location: Exedus ll
Time: 9pm- 2am
Price: $10 to perform, $7 to watch
Details: 21+ audience. Watch musicians perform hip-hop and soul, or get onstage and perform yourself (BYO music and promo materials). Two winners chosen by a judging panel take home a cash prize. Afterward, DJ Awol spins hip-hop and soul.
Hanson w/ Meiko at the House of Blues (9/27 - 9/28)
Location: House of Blues (329 N. Dearborn)
Price: Advanced tickets: $32.50, Day of tickets: $35
Details: For two nights, catch the three Hanson brothers at the House of Blues. Doors open at 5:00PM.
The Magic Cabaret (9/28)
Location: The Greenhouse Theater Center
Details: In the Golden Age of Magic, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Chicago established itself as a major center for magic in the United States. Magicians from all over the world gathered here to amaze and entertain audiences in theaters, parlors, nightclubs, bars and restaurants throughout the city.Since 2007, The Magic Cabaret has continued the Chicago magic tradition, bringing a live magic show to audiences eager for surprise, mystery, and wonder. Every Wednesday evening, magic fans gather in the intimate setting of the Greenhouse studio theater, where P.T. Murphy and David Parr present classic conjuring in the Windy City style ? with an emphasis on audience participation and mind-boggling sleight of hand! As the Chicago Readerput it, "This is an evening that shows magic to its best advantage, up close and personal."
Love, Loss, and What I Wore (9/28)
Location: Broadway Playhouse
Time: Various times
Details: Proving that a great show is always in fashion, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, with its starry rotating cast and compulsively entertaining subject matter, has become an international hit. This intimate collection of stories by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron is based on the best-selling book, as well as on the recollections of the Ephrons' friends. Like the popular book, the show uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to, creating one of the most enduring theatergoing experiences in New York and now across the country.
IL Volo at The Chicago Theater
Location: Chicago Theater (175 N. State St.)
Price: $29.50 - $69.50
Detail: IL Volo performs at The Chicago Theater. Having won the hearts of numerous fans throughout the world, their show is not to be missed.
Hyde Park Jazz Festival (9/24 -9/25)
Location: Main Stage on the Midway Plaisance at Woodlawn Ave
Time: Times vary
Details: The 5th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival is a 2 day/20 hour celebration of Jazz in Hyde Park with over 150 musicians playing in 13 indoor and outdoor stages throughout the Hyde Park neighborhood as well as the James W. Wagner Main Stage on the Midway Plaisance South on the University of Chicago campus. There will also be artisans, food and drink, classic old jazz films, and a fully programmed Family Tent all day Saturday and Sunday so bring the kids.
2K Community Dog Walk (9/24)
Location: Hamilton Elementary School 1650 West Cornelia Avenue
Time: 10am - 2pm
Details: Enjoy Free pet wellness checks by veterinarians from Banfield Pet Hospital Dog yoga demonstration
Pet Caricaturist sessions
Fun for the whole family, with free arts and crafts, bounce house and face painting Live music and dance party
Healthy snacks for pets and people!