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Riot Fest, September 14th-16th at 7pm, Congress Theatre & Humboldt Park, $40-175
Details: Bigger and better than ever before, Riot Fest returns with a killer lineup including Rise Against, Coheed & Cambria, Alkaline Trio, Chiodos and more! Opening night kicks off at the Congress Theatre with the following two days rocking Humboldt Park.
Office Max's Green Tie Ball: Chicago Gateway Green's 21st Annual Gala, September 15th at 6:30pm, A. Finkl & Sons Co., $135-5,000
Details: One of Chicago's most celebrated charity events, the Green Tie Ball, returns this year with a whimsical "Alice in Wonderland" theme. This year enjoy bites from over 70 Chicago restaurants, premium open bars, silent & live auctions & live entertainment - including a DJ set by Pete Wentz.
Festiv-Ale: A Celebration of Beer, September 14th at 6pm, Carmichael's Steakhouse, $65-100
Details: Come out and "Cure What Ales Ya!" Festiv-Ale brings together beer enthusiasts to sample handcrafted, high-end beers from the Midwest's finest brewers to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through a silent auction.
UYE: Got Tacos? Taco Crawl, September 15th at 12pm, Starting at Cemitas Puebla, Various Prices
Details: Join a Chicago local for a taco crawl that is sure to fill you up for days. Starting at Cemitas Puebla followed by five other taco joints including Big Star and Taqueria Traspasada you get to taste many different kinds of taco's and meet some new friends along the way! Friendly reminder, be sure to bring cash
Guinness Oysterfest, September 15th-16th at 11am, Damen & Roscoe, $7
Details: In its 14th year, the Guinness Oysterfest becomes a full fledged street fair in Roscoe Village. Guzzle some beer and slurp oysters while enjoying bands all weekend.
Big Night Celebrity Chefs Benefit, September 19th at 6:30pm, Chicago Cultural Center, $125
Details: Hosted by Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control, this event is one way you can help save the lives of Chicago's neediest animals. It's a night of food, drinks and auctioning to help Chicago's neediest animals! Jesse Campbell from The Voice will be there to entertain!
House of Blues Gospel Brunch, September 16th at 10am, House of Blues, $22-37.50
Details: Every Sunday the House of Blues offers up a special deal that is sure to get your Sunday off to a great start! Come out and enjoy inspirational gospel entertainment and indulge yourself in a great buffet!
Latino Music Festival 2012, September 14th-December 9th at 6:30, Fullerton Hall, FREE
Details: Soprano Amy Conn, with pianist Shannon McGinnis and guest musicians, present songs by Enrique Granados, Joaquin Turina, Ernesto Lecuona, Ernestina Lecuona, and Elbio Barilari.
Madonna, September 19th-20th at 8pm, United Center, $45-355
Details: The Madonna World Tour 2012 is taking the world by storm and now it's time for Chicago to party it up with Madge!
Berghoff Oktoberfest, September 13th-14th at 11am, Federal Plaza, FREE
Details: Throw back a couple of German beers and brats at the largest and longest running Oktoberfest event in Chicago. While listening to music and indulging in German fare, couples can also enter for the official Prince and Princess of Oktoberfest. Prost!
Tyga, September 16th at 6pm, Congress Theater, $25-$80
Details: Come listen to Kirko Bangz, Iggy Azalea, and the one and only rapper, Tyga!
Rockit.LIVE with Dynasty Podcasts, September 17th at 6pm, Rockit Bar & Grill, FREE
Details: Live panelcast with Chicago artists and industry weighing in on music licensing, monetizing digital performances, artist self-managing, and more. This episode's panel includes William Beckett (of The Academy Is...), Alex White (White Mystery), Mark Rose (of Spitalfield) and more.
Madame ZuZu's Opening, September 13th at 8am, Highland Park, FREE
Details: Smashing Pumpkin's frontman Billy Corgan is opening his 1930's inspired tea room. Sip teas from around the world, along with pastries from Bent Fork Bakery and they also offer free wifi.
Disney On Ice: Treasure Trove, September 13th-16th at 7pm, Allstate Arena, $17-$80
Details: Get tangled up in Disney's 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of your other favorite Disney princesses and best Disney characters from over the years!
Watercolor Art Exhibit, September 13th-October 30th at 9am, Mayslake Peabody Estate, FREE
Details: Mayslake Hall as seen by their watercolor students who have roamed the historic house inside and out and let it inspire their creative endeavors. Exhibit runs through October.
Tim Gunn, September 14th at 7pm, Anderson Bookshop Naperville, FREE admission
Details: Meet Project Runway's own Tim Gunn when he comes to promote his book, Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible. A must for all fashion fanatics, a purchase of the book before gets a priority number in line.
The Color Purple Charity Gala, September 13th at 8pm, Chizakaya Japanese Pub, $65
Details: The National Alumnae Association of Alpha Kappa Delta Phi will be hosting their first annual charity gala in Chicago benefitting the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Raise awareness and show support for victims, survivors and families of those who have been affected by domestic violence.
Benefit Perk-Up Brow Crawl, September 13th at 12pm, Benefit Boutiques (Southport, Armitage, Damen), FREE
Details: Celebrate the 6th anniversary of Benefit being in Chicago with the daughters of the founder as they host a hands-on brow mastering class and showcase tips & tricks from the new Benefit complexion kit.
Apple Fest, September 13th at 6:30 pm, Now We're Cooking, $60
Details: Take part in this ready-for-fall cooking extravaganza! Chef Lilly helps start things off with traditional apple pie - while enjoying deliciously spiced warm cider - followed by the scrumptious French version of apple pie - the tarte aux pommes - and finish the day with the classic tarte tatin.
Charity4LIFE's Happy Hour, September 18th, 6pm, Argent Restaurant, $10-$20
Details: This monthly event will be hosted by social entrepreneur, Cameron Croft and include a raffle giveaway. 100% of proceeds benefit Charity4LIFE, which helps rehabilitate street children across the globe!
Resistance Pro Presents Just a Game, September 14th at 7:30 pm, Excalibur Nightclub, $20
Details: See Billy Corgan's Resistance Pro Wrestlers duke it out with special WWE All-Star Gene Snisky. Also have a chance to meet and greet with the wrestlers.
Art for Haiti Benefit II, September 14th at 6pm, Zhou B Art Center, Suggested Donation $30
Details: Art for Haiti artists support the medical teams from the Global Health Program at Rush that travel to work with local community organizations to provide health care. All funds and donations go directly to benefit the medical and community work.
Nuts and Bolts Singles Mixer, September 14th at 7:30pm, The Joynt, $19
Details: A Nuts & Bolts mixer is a unique way of bringing together Chicago area singles (35+) by giving bolts to men and nuts to woman at the start of the night. Mix and mingle while looking for your match.
Shreya Ghoshal, September 14th at 8:30pm, Rosemont Theatre, $37-97
Details: Get a taste of Indian culture at this concert by chart-topping pop singer Shreya, called the Britney Spears of India, this is sure to be a phenomenal show!
Halfway to St. Pat's Day South Side Irish Parade Party, September 15th at 2pm, 115 Bourbon St., $30
Details: It's less than half a year away to the South Side Irish Parade, so why not celebrate? Price includes food, beer, wine, raffles & a silent auction also live performances by The Larkin & Moran Brothers. Stick around for a performance by Red Rebel County at 10:30pm!
Naperville Independent Film Festival, September 15th-22nd at 4:30pm, Various Locations, $4
Details: The 8-day long festival kicks off with 79 films screened with a total of 72 hours worth of film. Films are nominated in 10 categories, and screenings are throughout 5 locations.
8th Annual Chicago Lung Run, September 15th at 8am, Montrose Harbor, $15-35
Details: Astellas Oncology hosts the Chicago Lung Run where more than 2,000 runners, lung cancer survivors, and representatives of leading Chicago hospitals participating take part in either a 5 or 10K run or a 1 mile walk along the city's lakefront.
Cultivate Festival, September 15th at 11am, Lincoln Park, FREE
Details: Chipotle is hosting this new festival that brings together food, ideas & music with an incredible lineup of celeb chefs and bands like Richard Blais and Sarah Grueneberg of Top Chef and music from G. Love & Special Sauce!
chipotle.com LSF 4.0 Open House, September 15th at 10am, Lakeshore Sport & Fitness, FREE
Details: Lakeshore Sport & Fitness has rebranded, it's time for you to as well! Check out the newest LSF brand with an open house showcasing various sample fitness classes, various tennis activities, chair massages and more.
Pretty Muddy Women's Run, September 15th at 6am, Orland Park, $50-70
Details: This women's only 5K adventurous obstacle course mud run gives women an excuse to get outside, run around in some mud and have a good time with their friends. There's also quite an epic post-race party when it's all said and done.
Firefly Run, September 15th at 5:30pm, Montrose Harbor, $35-50
Details: Run through the city (either 5 or 10K) in the cover of darkness with light-up accessories lighting your path! Enjoy live entertainment, a costume contest and incredible visual effects.
Launch Party for Primo Classico D'Italia, September 15th at 9pm, The Underground, $20
Details: Get up close and personal with the most sexy & sumptuous assets of Italy at the Primo Classico d'Italia--namely its fiercest race cars (think Lamborghinis and Alfa Romeos), coolest Italian fall couture & sumptuous cuisine from leading eateries. Proceeds to benefit the Primo Center for Women & Children.
Avenue Q, September 15th-October 14th at 8pm, NightBlue Theatre, $27-30
Details: Previews for the Tony Award-winning musical start on Friday at the 773 Theatre. Avenue Q mixes live actors with furry puppets to tell the story of Princeton, a post grad living-trying to find his purpose in life.
Sweet. Dreams., September 15th at 10am, Wilmette Theatre, $10
Details: Come along with Peter Pan for the Actor's Training Center sing-a-long! All ages can dress up in costume and enjoy belting out movie favorites like "A Whole New World," and "When You Wish Upon a Star."
Highwood's Last Call Art Fair, September 15th-16th at 10am, Downtown Highwood, FREE
Details: It's the last chance to go to Highwood's Art Fair with 120 artists. Enjoy live demos, and chow down on some food at Taste of Highwood and get pieces of art at the lowest prices.
Cosmetics Trend Show, September 15th at 8am, Nordstrom - Michigan Ave, $15
Details: Catch the latest fall trends in makeup, skincare and fragrance in a high-energy runway show with appearances from some of the best in the industry - including Kimora Lee Simmons! After the show enjoy a complimentary skincare and/or makeup consultation with leading professionals!
nordstrom.com Ryan's Run, September 16th at 9am, Vernon Hills Century Park, $25-30
Details: Head out to Vernon Hills for a 5K run/walk as well as numerous children's activities to help raise money for The Ryan Briere Foundation. A portion of the proceeds will go to A Child's Voice which helps diagnose and treat newborns and toddlers who have failed the state hearing test.
I Run Chicago & Team Challenge, September 16th at 9am, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, $25-40
Details: This inaugural run brings together University of Illinois fans, students, alumni and rivals for either a 5K or an 8K with an after-party both inside the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and continuing at Joe's on Weed St. Proceeds benefit the University of Illinois I Fund for the athletics department.
8th Annual Walk & Run for Wishes, September 16th at 8am, Montrose Harbor, $10-30
Details: Help celebrate the magical and imaginative spirit that is Make-A-Wish by dressing up in costume. Participate in a great family friendly festival, 5K fun run/walk and of course a costume contest.
Neighbors of Kenilworth Fashion Show, September 18th, 12pm, Kenilworth Club, $45-55
Details: Teaming up with the Lake Forest Shop, this fashion show will display the designs of Nena Ivon. See the latest in fall fashion along with lunch and drinks.
David Byrne and Saint Vincent Concert, September 18th at 8pm, Chicago Theatre, $38-78
Details: Talking Heads lead singer performs with indie artist Saint Vincent at the iconic Chicago Theatre. Their album, 'Love This Giant', released earlier this month.
Vaudezilla's Rollin' Outta Here Naked: A Big Lebowski Burlesque, September 17th at 10pm, Viaduct Theatre, $17
Details: Chicago's original burlesque parody show is back! Before there were all the rest, there was the best: Vaudezilla brings back its critically-acclaimed, box office smash hit burlesque tribute to "The Big Lebowski."
Together Wherever We Go-Celebrating Sondheim!, September 17th at 7:30pm, Wilmette Theatre, $18-$20
Details: Some of Chicago's premiere cabaret singers celebrate the Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim at the Wilmette Theatre. Listen to some of the most memorable songs from musicals Gypsy, Company and Sweeney Todd.
Hamlet, September 18th at 7:30pm, 325 Tudor Court Theatre $35-70
Details: Recognized as one of the best theatres in the country, Writers' Theatre take on one of Shakespeare's most famous plays, Hamlet.
Clarins Trend Show with Beauty Expert, September 15, Doors open at 7:15am, Spa Nordstrom, $15
Check out fall's newest skincare trends during a high-energy runway show - all while you sit back and enjoy breakfast treats. Afterward, enjoy skincare consultation with Clarins Beauty Expert, Christopher Truffa. Plus, receive a gift for attending the show!