It's the first week of Spring and Billy Dec is here to shares his picks of events for the upcoming week, including the Official Twilight Convention and many more.
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Official Twilight Convention, Mar. 24 at 11am, Westin O'Hare, $20
Details: The tour returns before the curtains close on the Twilight series. Enjoy contests, autograph signings, and photo ops with special guests from the films.
Bridal Expo - Bridal Sampler Urban Expo, Mar. 25 at 12pm, 1520 W. Fulton, FREE
Details: Come and experience a fabulous fashion show, featuring the latest in bridal designs for your wedding day.
The Bridal Experience: Classic, Couture, Contemporary, Mar. 25 at 11am, The Carleton Hotel of Oak Park
Details: This event caters to the chic bride and gives her the opportunity to explore endless options. There will be complimentary champagne & wine, facial options, passed hors d'oeuvres and desserts.
Chocolate & Couture: A Spring Fashion Show, Mar. 22 at 7pm, J Bar, $15-$40
Details: A spring fashion show that will combine stylish local designers, dessert, and cocktails at Jbar.
Families in the Loop Spring Fling, Mar. 25, $12
Details: This family-friendly party features music, cocktails, and activities! There will also be a Chicago's First Family Flash Mob dance.
Wine Tasting Event, Mar. 22 at 5:30pm, $75
Details: This local benefit for Spark Ventures has a silent auction, jazz trio performances, global wine tastings and appetizers.
Fleurotica, Mar. 23 at 6:30pm, Venue One, $175 RSVP Required
Details: Flowers meet fashion at this runway show that moves from the Garflield Park Conservatory to the West Loop.
Mies Van Der Rohe's 126th Birthday, Mar. 27 at 6pm, S.R. Crown Hall, $50
Details:Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a toast to the architect by famed hair stylist Vidal Sassoon. Benefits the Mies Society's project to restore the Carr Chapel on the IIT campus, Mies' only religious building.
Mary Lynn Rajskub to perform at Laugh Factory, Mar. 24-25, Laugh Factory Chicago, $15
Details: Mary Lynn Rajskub from TV show "24" performs stand-up comedy at Chicago's newest comedy club.
Macy's Spring Fashion Preview, Mar. 22 at 5:30pm, Macy's, FREE
Details: Join Macy's and OUT as we kick off the season in style. Check out the latest trends from Impulse and our top-name designers.
UNICEF's Taste of Tap Event, Mar. 23 at 7pm, Centered Chef Studios, $1-$10
Details: Local fundraising initiative that will celebrate the Tap Project and World Water Week in Chicago. Live Cooking Demonstrations. All proceeds to benefit UNICEF's water, sanitation and hygiene projects.
Chicago Fire Home Opener, Mar. 24 at 7:30pm, Toyota Park, $15-$225
Details: The Chicago Fire's 2012 season home opener.
Chicago West Career Fair, Mar. 26 at 11am, Marriott Chicago-Oak Brook, FREE
Details: Get the opportunity to get a free resume review and meet face-to-face with top employers with the National Career Fairs Job Fair!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, Mar. 22 at 6pm, Rockit bar & Grill, $35-$125
Details: Watch the NCAA basketball tournament and win giveaways from Chicago's best restaurants, sports teams, and boutiques.
B.B. King, Mar. 22 at 7pm, House of Blues, $153 21+
Details: Blues and Jazz legend BB King performs live!
Trendenzas Home Parties Launch Party, Mar. 22 at 7pm, FREE
Details: This is a first look at Trendenzas 2012 Spring/Summer Collection. bring a gently used jewelry or fashion accessory you will get 5% off your entire order.
Indie Horror Film Festival Mar. 23 - Mar. 25th, Portage Theater, $10-$25
Details: The Indie Horror Film Festival screens films from all over the world and brings the best of blood, gore and horror to the big screen for you to enjoy!
FoursquareTM Birthday Party, Mar. 23 at 6pm, 25 W. Hubbard Street,
Details: FoursquareTM is turning two years old and your invited to the party! This is a great event for networking and listening to inspiring presentations.
Urban Art Print Show, Mar. 23-24 at 6pm, B1E Gallery, FREE
Details: Hosted by Flash & Nino "tsel" Rodriguez, this group of amazing and legendary graffiti artists share their photos, prints and other art works.
Jack Daniel's 13th Annual Chili Cook Off to benefit Chicago Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Mar. 24 at 2, Sidetrack in East Lakeview, $10 donation
Details: Your $10 donation benefits the Chicago Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and gives you the right to be judge and jury of the dozen or more chili entries.
Macy's Prom Party, Mar. 24 at 2pm, Macy's at Woodfield Mall, FREE
Details: Check out the trends for the ultimate dance this year while enjoying sweets, music, a Beauty Bar and fragrance sampling.
Coffer With Your Canine, Mar. 24 at 9am, Canine Crews, $5
Details: Off-leash & indoor! Separate area for small dogs.$5 donation to ALIVE Rescue. Registered attendees get an entry into a drawing for a cool dog prize.
3rd Annual Rock the RED: Bold.Fashion.Awareness. Fashion Show, Mar. 24 at 6pm, Society Art Gallery, $25-$50
Details: Rock the Red brings together our passion for social justice and our love of fashion, while commemorating National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
Raqs n' Roll, Mar. 24 at 9pm, LiveWire Lounge, FREE
Details: Raqs n' Roll features bellydance, burlesque, fire-eating, and sideshow acts set to world music fusions of rock and metal classics.
The Junior League of Chicago's Windy City Nights, Mar. 24 at , River East Art Center, $125
Details: This annual celebrity Texas Hold 'Em Charity event benefits the empowerment of local women and children.
Annual Gala Event: A Legacy of Opportunity, Mar 24 at 6:30, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Tower, $125
Details: This year, Alternatives, Inc. celebrates 41 years of aiding Chicago's youth with its annual gala benefit with a cocktail event at the overlooking Millennium Park
1440 Film Frenzy, Mar. 25 at 10:30pm, iO Theater, $5
Details: Film teams compete to complete a comedy short in 1440 MINUTES (that's 24 hours)!! The winning film by audience choice will screen at the Chicago Comedy Film Festival 2012.
Dating for Nerds, Mar. 25 at 4pm, Halsted Harp, $30
Details: Flirt with love and le morte over board games, trivia and cocktails.
The Chi-Town Clown Revue, Mar. 25 at 9:30pm, The Neo-Futurarium, $10
Details: A showcase of local clowning that features physical comedians, circus clowns, and more.
World's Fair Memorabilia Show, Mar. 25 at 10am, Holiday Inn Elk grove, $6
Details: Browse 15 vendors with collectors and dealers to sell and trade items related to 1933-'34 Chicago World's Fair and other fairs from 1876 to present.
Bank Of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k 2012, Mar. 25 at 8:30am, Grant park, $45
Details: Kick off the running and racing season in Chicago at the 2012 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K. The 8K (4.97-mile) run starts and finishes in Chicago's Grant Park.
Maple Syrup Festival, Mar. 25 at 10am, North Park Village Nature Center, FREE
Details: Visitors can enjoy music, storytelling and more at this family event. You can even try to tap a tree and watch sap boil and sample fresh maple syrup right off the fire.
Ice Meltin' Blues, Mar. 25 at 11 am, Several stores in Long Grove, FREE
Details: Chicago's legendary Blues community heads to Long Grove's Historic Downtown District.
Desserts for Deserts, Mar. 28 at 8 pm, Chicago's Green Exchange, $55-$75
Details: A fundraiser to inform the public about food deserts. The term refers to areas where healthy, affordable food is difficult to obtain.
The 20th Anniversary of The Bodyguard, Mar. 28, Select Theaters, Prices vary
Details: Select locations will be playing the film for its 20th anniversary.
Chick-Fil-A fundraiser in Orland Park, Mar. 22 at 5pm, Chi-Fil-A
Details: Joseph Beilke was diagnosed with neutropenia and MDS and needs your help. Please go to Chick-Fil-A in Orland Park and mention his name to collect 15% of proceeds to him and his family.