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2 Chainz, September 7th at 9pm, Metro, $26
Details: Part of the Based on a T.R.U. Story tour, 2 Chainz hits the stage at the Metro for his Chicago appearance!
Children's Home + Aid Women's Board Gala, September 7th at 6:30pm, Four Seasons Hotel, $500-25,000
Details: For 125 years, Children's Home + Aid has been giving foster children in Chicago help, hope and opportunity in life. Join the women's board in celebrating and honoring an individual who has made a tremendous impact on the lives of children and families through their support and commitment.
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900's Night Out, September 6th at 6pm, 900 N Michigan Ave Shops, FREE
Details: Celebrate Fashion's Night Out with the 900 Shops! Ali Larter will host the evening and guests will be able to enjoy the Beauty Bazaar, Gastronomy by Groupon restaurant tasting, fashion show with styles from famed Chicago stylist, Eric Himel, a glossedandfound.com photo booth plus numerous gifts & promos at stores!
Bruce Springsteen, September 7th-8th at 7:30pm, Wrigley Field, $87-464+
Details: The Boss hits up iconic Wrigley Field for what promises to be 2 incredible nights of classic rock.
Natural Foods Boot Camp, September 6th-20th at 6:30pm, Whole Foods Market (Halsted & Waveland), $25-65
Details: Learning how to eat a natural, well-balanced diet isn't as hard as it may seem. Natural foods chef and wellness coach Amanda Skrip will show you how easy it is with 3 sessions (greens, beans and grains).
Gala of the Arts, September 7th at 6pm, Navy Pier, $250
Details: The Catholic Charities' annual gala will feature art from Eddie Corkery, Tom De Mint, Karen Hohman and many others. The evening will be emceed by NBC5's Allison Rosati and will feature a performance from Beatles cover band, American English.
NASCAR Contenders LIVE, Sept 12th at 1:30p, House of Blues, $20
Details: Live on stage, the final 12 Contenders will have the opportunity to interact with the biggest supporters of NASCAR, the fans, and also share their strategies and insight on how they plan to win the ultimate prize: the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Trophy! Rivalries will be formed, bragging rights will commence, and there is no telling what will happen once the sparks begin to fly! So "boys have at it!"
Good Night, Chicago, September 6th at 7pm, Square One, FREE
Details: Hosted by The Simple Good, Good Night, Chicago is a night to simply celebrate the everyday good things that happen in the city. Bring a picture representing your meaning of good in Chicago and participate in lively discussions, various interactive activities and simply a fun night in the city.
Style Series Celebrates FNO, September 6th at 10pm, The Underground, FREE
Details: What better way to kick off the Style Series than with a runway fashion show celebrating Fashion's Night Out in a nightclub?! Catch the latest looks from Escama, Aquatica, Nora del Busto, Annie Diamantidis and George Gina & Lucy.
WindyCityRails, September 6th-7th at 8am, South Shore Cultural Center, $499
Details: Technologist actively building Rails apps? Then this is the perfect place for you to be! Meet some of the best designers and developers and sharpen your Rails knowledge at this 2 day conference.
A Soiree in the City for Make-A-Wish, September 6 from 6-9pm, Paris Club, $35 general admission
Details: Hosted by Ryan Chiaverini! Drinks, Hors D'oeuvres, silent auction to benefit Make-A-Wish and performances by Don'teh Bashful. 100% of the proceeds from the event will help grant wishes for children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.
Design Center Sample Sale, September 6th-9th at 9am, Merchandise Mart, FREE
Details: Find beautiful pieces from the top names in furniture, outdoor, area rugs, fabrics, accessories, lighting and more-- at savings up to 75-percent. merchandisemartdesigncenter.com
Marty Casey Silver Elements Celebrates FNO, September 6th at 6pm, MADE IN CHICAGO by AIBI Store, FREE
Details: Stop by and shop the latest silver styles while enjoying wine and appetizers in celebration of Fashion's Night Out!
silverelementscollection.com Back to Football, September 6th-9th at 9am, Rockit Bar & Grill, FREE
Details: A true sign fall is around the corner...it's football season once again! Head to the lounge at Rockit Bar & Grill nice and early to celebrate football being back with an all-day LIVE broadcast of The Score, ticket giveaways and appearances from members of the 2012 Chicago Bears!
Plus Fashion Week's Night Out, September 7th at 5:30pm, A.i Lounge, FREE
Details: Fashion's Night Out goes curvy this year! Come see the latest styles for sizes 10-28, sip on AI Lounge's specialty cocktails and meet some of the designers behind these looks!
Chuck's Fest, September 7th-9th at 5pm, Toyota Park, $5
Details: Executive Chef Chuck Pine from Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe cooks up small portions of Cajun favorites, gourmet Mexican bites, good ol' BBQ and desserts so that you can enjoy a little bit of everything. Also enjoy a beer tent and live entertainment each night!
German American Festival, September 7th-9th at 5pm, 4700 N Lincoln Ave, FREE
Details: Celebrate German Day at this weekend fest filled with bratwurst, sauerkraut, German beers, live music and the Steuben parade!
Park Ridge Pizza Fest, September 7th-8th at 5pm, Prospect & Summit Aves, $5
Details: Grab a slice of your favorite pie from Beggars Pizza, Caponie's Trattoria or Georgio's Chicago Pizzeria & Pub and enjoy some live music, including '70s music staple, Foghat on Friday night.
Paddle Royale, September 7th at 6:30pm, Sofitel Chicago, $20 (for spectators)
Details: Leo Burnett hosts a one-of-a-kind ping pong tournament sponsored by Killerspin for a creative agency showdown. This year's tournament will benefit the Off the Street Club.
RedBull Flugtag, September 8th at 11am, North Ave Beach, FREE
Details: Witness aviation history as fearless pilots launch their flying machines off a 30-foot ramp into the waters below.
The Late Live Show, Stage 773, September 8th at 8pm, $3
Details: We are beyond excited for our guest for the fifth season premiere: professional wrestler Lisa Marie Varon! Also, we'll be joined by musical guest Sarah Holtschlag & the Crosscuts.
Kick-Off for Kids, September 7th at 6pm, Pinstripes (Northbrook), $250
Details: Chicago Bear Johnny Knox hosts an evening of bowling to raise money for Prevent Child Abuse America. The event includes dinner, cocktails, raffle, and silent & live auctions featuring great prizes, including the chance to bowl with a player that night!
KISS, September 7th at 7pm, First Midwest Bank Amphitheater, $48.50-210
Details: '80s rockers KISS take the stage with special guests Mötley Crüe.
Festival de la Villita, September 7th-9th at 6pm, Pilsen (26th & Kostner), FREE
Details: Little Village will be celebrating Mexico's independence from Spain with over 100 vendors serving up authentic Mexican cuisine, live music, artisans, a carnival for kids and much more!
Frank Caliendo, September 7th-8th at 8pm, Chicago Improv Comedy Club, $33-38
Details: Known for his 'dead-on' impersonations of actors, politicians and broadcasters, Frank Caliendo has been making audiences laugh for years. Don't miss your chance to see this laugh-fest in person!
Brunch and a Bowl, September 8th at 10am, Penguin Foot Pottery, $35
Details: Purchase a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted dog bowl glazed by Project Rescue volunteers--and filled with treats for your pup. When you pick up your bowl, you're invited to stay for a light "people food" brunch and coffee.
Gorilla Challenge, September 8th at 9:30am, Houlihan's (Wacker Dr), $40
Details: What happens when The Amazing Race and Fear Factor are put together? You get the Gorilla Challenge - more or less. Gorilla Challenge is a race that will tests you with hidden clues around town, puts your body to the test with crazy obstacles, and supports local charities, in this case, PAWS Chicago.
Ukrainian Village Festival, September 8th-9th at 1pm, Sts. Volodymyr & Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church, $5
Details: Celebrate the Ukrainian spirit at this weekend fest by buying unique Ukrainian gifts, enjoying a cold one in the beer tent, listening to live music and much more!
8th Annual Lakeview East Festival of the Arts, September 8th-9th at 10am, Broadway & Belmont, $5 Details: This annual festival showcases more than 150-juried artists featuring world-class original paintings, sculpture, photography, furniture, jewelry and more. In addition to the artists' booths, the festival features live music with beer and wine gardens. lakevieweastefestivalofthearts.com
Historic Route 66 Car Show, September 8th at 10am, Ogden Ave (between Ridgeland & Oak Park Aves), FREE Details: Classic car lovers flock to Berwyn every year for this event to revel in automotive history at its finest. This year attendees can also enjoy a live performance from The Crown Vics and an appearance from Chris Kamarmesines, and American drag racer. berywnrt66.com
Renegade Craft Fair, September 8th-9th at 11am, Division St (Wicker Park), $5 Details: Crafters unite! This unique marketplace features one-of-a-kind pieces from contemporary indie-craft artists and include everything from home goods to jewelry renegadecraft.com
Celestial Ball, September 8th at 6pm, Adler Planetarium, $600 Details: The museum's annual gala features live and silent auctions, museum tours, a raffle, dining, and dancing under the stars. adlerplantearium.org
Inaugural Cookie Classic, September 8th at 9am, Grant Park, $11-14
Details: Join the Girl Scouts as they celebrate their 100th anniversary with the first ever Cookie Classic 5K Run, Walk & Celebration.
Evening of Hope, September 8th at 7pm, River East Art Center, $150
Details: Join SpineHope as they host this fundraiser to help children in South America with severe spinal deformities. The evening will feature a live auction, hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and live entertainment from Mike Dangeroux.
Zombie Army Games, September 8th at 11am, Statesville Haunted Prison, $25-85
Details: Embrace the living dead for this all-day physical obstacle course full of zombie-themed challenges. Costumes - zombie or survivor - are strongly encouraged.
Misericordia Family Fest, September 9th at 11am, Misericordia Home, $5-8
Details: Come out to support Misericordia at their annual family fest featuring food, games, auctions and live entertainment - including the Jesse White Tumblers!
16th Annual Chicago ½ Marathon & 5K, September 9th at 7am, $25-75
Details: ½ marathon runners get the opportunity to run on Lake Shore Drive and all participants get technical shirts as well as an epic post-race party featuring Michelob Ultra and that famous Chicago deep-dish pizza!
Ferrari Festival, September 9th at 11am, Italian Village, $30
Details: Included in admission is an Italian buffet, Italian wine & beer, Music, children activities and the display of over 60 vintage Ferraris.
Chicago Bears Season Opener, September 9th at 12pm, Soldier Field, $169-2,000
Details: Not only is it the season opener for the beloved Bears, but it's the home opener too! To make it even better, it's against our neighboring rivals, the Indiana Colts.
Walk to End Alzheimer's, September 9th at 8am, Montrose Harbor, Suggested Fundraising Goal of $225
Details: Join the Alzheimer's Association for the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research.
Chicago Forward: Windy City White House 2012, September 10th at 6pm, Field Museum, $15
Details: Bill Daley, Jim Edgar, Christie Hefner, Jonah Goldberg and Leonard Pitts, Jr. discuss the 2012 presidential campaign with the Chicago Tribune's Bruce Dold.
4th Annual WingIT Festival, September 10th all day, Rockit Bar & Grill, $10/dozen
Details: Each day features a different kind of wing...from hot habanero to lemon dijon, there's bound to be something to please your taste buds at least one day during the week!
Around Chicago LIVE!, September 11th at 5:30pm, The Redhead Piano Bar, $15
Details: Great networking event including people in law, real estate, events, hospitality, public relations, transportation, not-for-pro fit, arts, marketing, human resources, the chambers of commerce and others.
Building Sweet Home Chicago, September 12th at 5:30 pm, The DoubleTree, $80-130
Details: No Reservations Giving will host this event with Windy City LIVE's own, Ryan Chiaverini. The goal is to raise $50,000 to benefit Windy City Habitat for Humanity and help build a 16-home neighborhood in the West Pullman neighborhood.
Green Night Out, September 12th at 6pm, Uncommon Ground, $25
Details: Featuring free rooftop garden tour, two complimentary beverages, appetizer buffet & screening of festival film "Ru: Water is Life."
Tech Cocktail's Chicago Mixer, September 12th at 5:30pm, John Barleycorn (Wrigleyville), $17-35
Details: Whether you are a technology enthusiast, inventor, creator, entrepreneur, investor, developer, or designer, we are all linked by a passion for innovation and technology. Cars.com, based locally in Chicago, is thrilled to announce special speaker Marty Cagan.
2012 Chicago Screenwriter Network Awards, September 12th at 6pm, The Mayne Stage, $20-25
Details: This evening will include the announcement of the winner of our screenwriting contest, who will receive a 4-day/3-night industry trip to LA, and also the presentation of the very first Founders' Award to Director/Writer, Andrew Davis.
CRAVE: Network-O-Rama, September 12th at 4:30pm, The Victor Hotel, $20-25
Details: Network with Chicago's finest Gals while shopping a dazzling array of one-of-a-kind, head turning jewelry, purses, shoes and more! Meet amazing women (and men) from multiple organizations!