Billy Dec, CEO of Rockit Ranch Productions, shares his picks of events for the upcoming week.
''What's on Dec'' w/ Billy Dec October 20-26: Best Events, Concerts, Parties, Games, Fests...
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Duran Duran, Oct. 21 at 8pm, The Chicago Theatre, $50-$125
Details: Duran Duran is going live with Neon Trees at The Chicago Theatre for an unforgettable night! Enjoy their hits and songs from their latest album All You Need Is Now.
Vert Couture Eco Fashion Show, Oct. 20 at 6pm, Tents of Millennium Park, $35-$95
Details: This 3rd annual fashion show goes green every year and is headlining during Chicago Fashion Focus Week. Take a peek into the spring and summer 2012 collections of talented Chicago designers. These designers use renewable fabrics and vintage materials to mix up and shake up your couture style.
Legends Fight Night, Oct. 20 at 7pm, Soldier Field: United Club, $250-$15,000
Details: Fight Night is one of the must-go-to charity events in Chicago! With a "Vegas Baby!!" theme, enjoy food, an open bar, and a silent and live auction. Fighters from the Unites States and Canada will be going head to head in the ring. You can mingle with celebrities and professional athletes while benefiting multiple charities.
VIPINK Chicago, Oct. 20 at 8pm, Saks Fifth Avenue, $70
Details: Sip on cocktails and enjoy some great music for a bright cause. This event is raising proceeds for Bright Pink's education and support programming for young women with a high risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer.
Chicago Fall Shopping Event, Oct 20 at 5 pm, All different Locations, FREE to attend
Details: For one night shop-after-hours on and around The Magnificent Mile and Gold Coast! Chicago's best retailers come together for the ultimate night of shopping with gifts and exclusive offers.
Go Go Green 5k Run/Walk, Oct. 22 at 9am, Lincoln Park/Diversey Harbor, Adults $40 and children $15
Details: This Run/Walk event is organized to raise awareness about our urban ecosystem, support the Nature Museum, and teach people how to be more eco-friendly. Proceeds will benefit the Museum's vision of being the urban getaway to nature and science. After the race there are activities going on inside the Nature Museum for everyone.
2011 Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner, Oct. 20 at 6pm, The Forum (University of Illinois at Chicago), $1,000-$2,500
Details: The Chicago Public Library Foundation honors Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Roger Ebert. The proceeds support the library's innovative programs and you will get to sit with a Chicago writer, located at each table. Enjoy this cocktail reception and dinner event.
Haunted Lanes Bowlathon, Oct. 20 at 7pm, Diversey River Bowl, $40
Details: Alternative's 14th Annual Haunted Lanes Bowlathon is almost here! Bowl in your Halloween costume while the wonderful sounds of karaoke fills the room. This Bowlathon is benefiting Alternatives' services and youth development programs. Enjoy the fun and if you think you have the best costume definitely enter the contest!
Fall Into Fashion, Oct. 20-23 All event details listed below:
Brand & Designer: Maison de LaCour, by Julius LaCour
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2011
Time: 7PM-9PM, 8PM Runway Show
Location: The Drake Hotel, 140 East Walton Place
Door Donation: $10 General Admission, $20 VIP, $90 for a Table of 4
Sponsors: Luxury Management, Envieux Style, Agency Galatea, Restoration Salon, The Drake Hotel, Maxim Magazine , & JFilauri Photography
Mind Over Body
Brand & Designer: Garic Stephens, by Stephen Curd Date: Friday, October 21, 2011
Time: 10PM-12AM, 11PM Runway Show
Location: Lumen, 839 W. Fulton
Door Donation: $20
Sponsors: Luxury Management, Envieux Style, Agency Galatea, Lumen, & JFilauri Photography
Brand & Designer: Sofia Boutique
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2011
Time: 8PM-10PM, 9PM Runway Show Location: The Wit ROOF, 201 N. State Street Door Donation: $10 Sponsors: Luxury Management, Envieux Style, Agency Galatea, Salon Sanjoy, The WIT Roof, & JFilauri Photography
Good Health/Mad Wealth
Brand & Designer: Ends/Wealth Corp by Juan Sanchez & Breaux, with The Denim Lounge Date: Sunday, October 23, 2011
Time: 10PM-12AM, 11PM Runway Show
Location: The Underground,
Door Donation: $20
Sponsors: Luxury Management, Envieux Style, Agency Galatea, The Underground, Rockit Ranch Productions, & JFilauri Photography
Creatures of the Night, Oct. 21-23 & Oct. 28-30 at 6:30pm, Brookfield Zoo, $12 for adults/$8 for children 3-11 & seniors 65 and older
Details: Fun for the whole family, you can encounter zoo creatures and a not-so scary Monster Mash dance party for younger children. There is tons to do...pumpkin carving, cookie decorating, etc. This experience also features thrills and chills with The Haunted Tram, The Trail of Terror- Underneath, Crazed Maize, and The Creature Feature Center.
Fashion Focus Chicago: The Art of Fashion 2011, Oct. 21 at 7:30pm, Millennium Park- Chase Promenade North, $35-$95
Details: The Art of Fashion runway show is featuring the Spring 2012 collections of ten of Chicago's top designers. Featured designers are: Borris Powell, Eva Pazola, Lara Miller, Nade Baer, Nora del Busto, RÜCH, Shernett Swaby, Squasht by Les, Sylwia Wilczynska, and Zamrie.
Local Spanish Film released to Chicago Audience, Oct. 21-27 at Various times, AMC Theatre (Cicero and Galewood), Prices vary
Details: Una y Ptra Ves is a Spanish film that was filmed in both Chicago and Columbia and based on true events. The character Oliveiro Maldonado is a victim of sexual abuse who escapes Columbia to run away from his tragic childhood. Now, he has to overcome his past, adjust to a new life in the United States, and so much more.
Chicago's Table, Oct. 21 at 6pm, River East Art Center, $125
Details: All the top chef's and restaurants in the city come together for Chicago's Table event. All the proceeds from the event benefits research and therapies for stroke patients at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Enjoy live music, food, drinks, and a raffle while supporting a great cause.
Great Pumpkin Fest 2011, October 19-22, Highwood, IL, FREE
Details: The city of Highwood is aiming to beat a world record this year at their annual pumpkin fest: they hope to light up the city with 32,000 pumpkins! Along with the record breaking attempt, Great Pumpkin Fest offers tons of great stuff for the family including a Farmers Market, live music, hay rides, a haunted house, pumpkin carving stations, massive pumpkin displays, and raffles!
Murder Mystery at the Marble Palace: A Gilded Age Whodunit, Oct. 22 at 7:30pm, Marble Palace, $75
Details: Think outside the box and have a night full of murder, mystery, and mayhem. Be a part of a murder mystery, you will be in suspense all night! Guests will also be able to enjoy complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvers.
Columbian Ball, Oct. 22 at 6pm, Museum of Science and Industry, $600
Details: Get your ticket for an evening of cocktails, dinner, a live auction (with celebrity auctioneer Bill Kurtis) and a private viewing of Fast Forward...Inventing the Future. You can see different exhibits while interacting with people from the Museum's Center for the Advancement of Science Foundation.
Modern Vintage Chicago, Oct. 22-23 at 10am, Inside Historic Plumbers Hall, $8-$10
Details: This is going to have great Fall Fashion and Jewelry explosion! There will be vintage dealers from NYC, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Texas, and of course local dealers along with Indie designers. No doubt Modern Vintage Chicago will have everything you can imagine...men's & women's clothing, hats, belts, handbags, scarves, vanities, and definitely much more!
Northwestern Homecoming, Oct. 22 at 6pm, Ryan Field
Details: The Northwestern Wildcats will take on the Penn State Nittany Lions in the annual Homecoming game.
Sunday Oct 23:
Third Coast Filmless Festival, Oct. 23 at 10am, Joffrey Tower, $12-$100
Details: An all day celebration of sound, story, and the art of listening! There are multiple screenings of audio documentaries, plus producer Q & A sessions, lobby hoopla, and an awards ceremony for winners of the Third Coast competition.
Octavarius: Case of the Hindenburg Murders, Oct. 23 at 12am, ComedySportz Theatre, $10
Details: The Hindenburg Murders was a tragedy struck only minutes before reaching the dock. Who could the murderer be? Enjoy this dark mystery with and some comedy at this show.
Homecoming 5K 2011, Oct. 23 at 9:30 am, Montrose Harbor, $40/$10 for tailgate party only
Details: Grab your old college jersey and come out for the 2011 Homecoming 5K presented by Nike. This is an alumni-themed race goes along the beautiful Chicago Lakefront and starts and finishes at Montrose Harbor. Afterwards there will be a huge tailgate party that will make runners pine for their college days. The party includes a marching band, pom-pom squad, live music, outdoor games, and tapped kegs!
Masquerade: An evening of Fashion and Fantasy, Oct. 23 at 8pm, Crimson Lounge, $10
Details: K Dock Media is hosting a 2nd annual pre-Halloween celebration! Avant-garde designers will showcase their work with a masquerade vibe.
Bistro Bookswap, Oct. 24 at 6pm, Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, FREE
Details: The perfect event for all book-lovers! Find new and gently used books while getting rid of the ones you've already read.
The Chaser, Oct. 24 (Mondays until Dec. 19) at 9:30pm, ComedySportz Theatre, FREE
Details: Ever wanted to try your hand at some stand up comedy? Well here is your chance! You can get on the mic and try your jokes out with a prize of winning a slot in the next week's professional set. If you want a chill night with laughter and no pressure don't worry, sit back -watch others and comedians that have performed on HBO, Comedy Central, etc.
Parachute and Kate Voegele, Oct. 24 at 7pm, Park West, $20
Details: Parachute and Kate Voegele pair up for performances for a great price!
American South Wine Dinner, Oct. 25 at 7pm, Table Fifty-Two, $85
Details: A delicious five course meal with pairings of all different kinds of wines from Georgia, Louisiana, Kentucky, Virginia, and Texas.
'Flying Saucers Rock 'n' Roll' release party, Oct. 25 at 6:30pm, Chicago Cultural Center, FREE
Details: Creator Jake Austen reads from his anthology about undeservedly obscure musicians. Milt Trenier and his band perform and a premiere screening of "Flying Saucers Rock!"
Art Movement, Oct. 26 at 9pm, Subterranean, FREE
Details: A Halloween-themed live body painting showcase. Meet the artists and get yourself painted for free with non-toxic body-paint markers. DJ Excursions provides music.
Mayday Parade, Oct. 26 at 5:30pm, House of Blues, $17.50-$20
Details: Mayday Parade, We Are the In Crowd, You Me At Six, There For Tomorrow all share the stage at House of Blues Chicago.
Website: http://www.houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/chicago/ Get off the Couch, Oct. 26 & ever last Wed. of the month at 8pm, Villains Bar & Grill, $5 suggested donation
Details: A monthly music series that features new artists every month.
The Sound of Music, Oct. 26- Jan. 08 at various times, Drury Lane, $33-$45
Details: The classic, Sound of Music, comes to Drury Lane for a limited time.