Billy Dec, CEO of Rockit Ranch Productions, shares his picks of events for the upcoming week.
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Chicago Food Film Festival, Nov. 18 - 20, Kendall College, Prices and Times vary upon event
Details: The Chicago Food Festival gives food and movie lovers the chance to taste food that is actually seen in films.
A Christmas Carol, Nov. 18-Dec.31 at Various times, The Goodman Theatre, Prices vary on seating
Details: Enjoy the classic story of a Christmas Carol in Chicago for a limited time!
I Wish to Party, Nov 19 at 7pm, The Griffin Lounge, $40
Details: This cocktail reception is benefiting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Chicago Craft Mania DIY Trunk Show, Nov. 19 at 10am, Broadway Armory Park, FREE
Details: Take a look at 130 crafters and artists jewelry, stationary, housewares, accessories, body care products, and kids' crafting area at this 9th annual show.
Pilsen Tamale Fest, Nov. 20 at 9am, Chi Town Sports, $5
Details: Taste Mexican and Central American plates from over 20 neighborhood restaurant and vote for your favorite tamale.
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, Nov. 19 at Night, Michigan Avenue, FREE
Details: Don't miss the 20th Annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. There are a bunch of family-friendly activities, live entertainment, and holiday shopping.
Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting, Nov. 23 at 4:30pm, Daley Plaza, FREE
Details: Live music for the lighting of the tree starts at 4:30pm. The tree gets lit at 5pm!
March of Dimes' Signature Chefs Auction of Chicago, Nov. 17 at 5-9pm, Swissotel, $250
Details: Try different dishes from 25 local chefs from the best restaurants in Chicago. You can also bid on travel, dining, and entertainment packages while you're there. Also, the March of Dimes Chicago Chef of the Year Award will be presented to Chicago restaurant legend Jimmy Bannos.
Aspire's SUNDAY FUNDAY Sunday, Nov. 20 Frontier at 1072 N. Milwaukee
What: $30 donation goes to Aspire and gets you complimentary Miller Lite, Wine and Vodka drinks Huge Raffle Prizes (TV, Blackhawks tix, Bear tix, $500 Gift card to Gibsons)
For more information go to http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=299718143373159
More Dance Than Dinner, Nov. 18 at 7pm-2am, Tantrik Chicago, $25
Details: The Chicago Academy of Music present a live show featuring some of the best musicians and vocalists in Chicago. An awesome after party will be held after the two hour show. Dress is formal/black tie.
Pig Out for Charity, Nov. 22 at 7:30pm, Twenty Five Degrees, $25-$30
Details: This great event supports the Police memorial for fallen officers and the Chicago food depository. There will be a raffle and burger eat off hosted by Jim Rose!
Wine & Wildlife: Black-Footed Ferrets ? Back from the Brink, Nov 17 at 6-8pm, Lincoln Park Zoo, $40
Details: Enjoy food and wine while hearing the tale of how Black-Footed Ferrets came back from the brink of extinction. You can mingle with experts at the forefront of the ferret recovery project.
Chocolates Around the World, Oct. 8 - Jan. 8, Field Museum, Prices Vary upon packages
Details: Take a journey through the Field Museum to learn the history of chocolate throughout the world while going through different exhibites, interactions, and media.
Designer Trunk Show, Nov. 17, Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique
Details: The ultimate sweet and fashion event! Check out Lindsay Kroll and Paige Smith from the boutique Cake Plate will be showing you all types of tricks! You can sample thee tasty treats while looking at an exclusive designer trunk show with special shopping discounts.
Luna Fest, Nov. 17 at 5:30pm, Thorne Auditorium, $25-$40
Details: Luna Fest is a festival of inspirational short films by, for and about women. All the proceeds from this event benefits the Breast Cancer fund and local Chicago non-profit organization Recovery on Water.
Preservation Snapshots: Chicago's Bridges, Nov. 12 at 12:15pm, Chicago Cultural Center, FREE
Details: Learn about Chicago's bridges that are now protected as city landmarks. These moveable bridges are a part of Chicago's unique character.
In The Jungle, Nov. 17-20, Calo Theatre, Prices vary on seating
Details: Keaton Wood directs In The Jungle to raise funds for Howard Bound and HIV prevention.
Do Right, Be Brite, Nov. 17 at 6pm, Frontier, $5-$10
Details: This event highlights Chicago charities that are in need of volunteers.
Autism Speaks Heroes Ball, Nov. 18, at 8:30, Venue 1, $100-140
Details: Austim Speaks recognizes heroes at their annual Heroes Ball. The heroes range anywhere from a teacher, parent, volunteer, or anyone who brings attention to the mission every day.
Ice Skating at McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, Nov. 18 - Mar. 11, $10
Details: To kick off the winter season, the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park will open Friday!
Fall Wine Tasting, Nov. 18 at 6pm, Ciao! Cafe & Wine Lounge, $25
Details: Sip on delicious seasonal wines from Argentina, Italy, and Spain. Appetizers included.
The Chicago Toy and Game Fair, Nov. 19-Nov. 20, Navy Pier, Adults $10, Children $5
Details: Check out the hottest new toys and games as well as classics! You can preview, play, purchase them and even meet their inventors.
American Indian Center of Chicago's Pow-Wow, Nov. 19-Nov. 20 at 11am, Navy Pier, $12/$6 for students/FREE for kids under age 6
Details: Join the Midwest's largest gathering of Native American dancers, singers, and drummers. There will be plenty of food and arts & crafts from more than 40 national vendors.
Chicago Book Expo 2011, Nov. 19-Nov.20 at 6pm, Various Locations, FREE
Details: Check out books produced by over 40 Chicago fiction and poetry publishers. There will also be workshops, kid's activities, and author readings.
Ork Posters holiday pop-up shop, Nov. 22 at 12pm, 2003 W. Montrose Avenue, FREE
Details: Check out tons of wall art, screen prints, T-shirts, cards, calendars and more from this Chicago-based printing company. There will also be over 30 Midwest artists.
Turkey Trolley Trot, Nov. 23 at 8pm, Various Location, $20
Details: This Black Wednesday party gives you transportation between six bars! You will also get domestic drafts. pilgrim punch, and a buffet at every stop!