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AKIRA 10th Annual Fall Fashion Show, September 23rd at 4pm, Grossinger City Autoplex, $25-125
Details: The theme of this year's show is Métropolitain and promises to be quite an extravaganza! The event is hosted by 2012 Miss USA, Olivia Culpo, and emceed by CelebTV's Kelli Zink; throughout the event enjoy a fully stocked bar, bites from a ton of local eateries, and shop the latest looks at the one-night only pop-up shop.
Adler After Dark, September 20th at 6pm, Adler Planetarium, $9-17
Details: What better way to explore a planetarium than at night with a cocktail in your hand? This 21+ event gives attendees the unique experience of basically partying in the planetarium at night, there's truly nothing else like it.
CCAC Guys Night Out for the Kids, September 20th at 6pm, Carmichael's Chicago Steakhouse, $100-200
Details: Join the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center for their signature fundraising event featuring an indoor BBQ, games, golf pros, premium cigars and liquor, as well as professional athletes - including Chicago Bear Charles Tillman!
34th Annual IMAGINE Fashion Show, September 21st at 8pm, UIC Forum, $25-40
Details: Students from the International Academy of Design & Technology host this fashion show with designs from forty-four student designers while Jane Monzures from LoopFM's morning show emcees the event. There will also be a musical performance by K.Rose.
Bobcat Goldthwait Live, September 20-23rd, UP Comedy Club, $20
Details: The legendarily dark comedy of Bobcat Goldthwait comes to UP Comedy Club for five hysterical shows. Since first gaining recognition for his stand-up specials and as a voice actor for Hercules: The Animated Series & Lilo & Stitch!
Social Media Week Kickoff Party, September 24th at 8pm, Rockit Bar & Grill, FREE
Details: What better way to kickoff Social Media Week than with a party hosted by CEO and founder of Rockit Ranch Productions, Billy Dec? Meet and network with Social Media Week panelists and participants!
Prince Welcome 2 Chicago Concert, September 24th-26th at 8pm, United Center, $29.50-$150
Details: Party like it's 1990 with the iconic Prince. No show is the same, but no matter what, you'll go crazy.
Toddlers, Tunes and Turtles, September 20th at 5:30pm, Schreiber Playground and Park, FREE
Details: This free outdoor nature program provides families the opportunity to meet live animals, sing along to family friendly music, and little ones experience the very important nature free play.
Les Turner ALS Walk4Life, September 22nd at 9:30am, Soldier Field, $100 suggested fundraising
Details: The Les Turner ALS Walk4Life is one of the world's largest ALS gatherings, with thousands of walkers gathering each year. In its ten-year history, the Walk has raised over $7 million. Walkers organize into fundraising teams, each walking in support of or in memory of a loved one.
93XRT/Samuel Adams Octoberfest, September 22nd at 2pm, Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Hall, $15
Details: The event will celebrate the history and spirit of Octoberfest with live music, specialty cuisine, Stein Hoisting competition, craft beer sampling and more, all with XRT's Lin Brehmer as the master of ceremonies. The festivities will be filled with live music from The Phenix Band, Jimmy's Bavarians, Die Musikmeisters and German dancers to keep the Octoberfest spirit.
25th Annual Apple Fest, September 22nd at 8am, 4700 N Lincoln, FREE
Details: Celebrate the beginning of fall with dozens of vendors selling everything from candy apple to scarves and hats. Be sure to pick up some warm apple cider, a bushel of apples, an apple pie or even an apple pizza!
George Lopez: That's The America I Live In Tour, September 22nd at 7pm, The Chicago Theatre, $60.50-68
Details: George Lopez is a multi talented entertainer whose career encompasses television, film and stand-up comedy. Don't miss the chance to see him live on stage during his visit to Chicago on his "That's The America I Live in Tour".
Expo Chicago, September 20th-23rd at 10:30am, Navy Pier, $20-65
Details: The inaugural international exposition of contemporary and modern art and design. This innovative exposition will draw on the city's rich history as a preeminent art fair destination and present a new concept for the art world to explore.
Chicago South Asian Film Festival, September 20th-23rd at 6pm, Various Locations, $35-125
Details: The 3rd year of this film festival features 24 films, 5 world premieres, 8 U.S. premieres and 11 Chicago premieres. The centerpiece film is the world premiere of Listen Amaya starring acclaimed actors Deepti Naval and Farooq Shaikh.
Kouzina, September 20th at 6pm, National Hellenic Museum, $100
Details: Celebrate Greek and Mediterranean cuisine at this annual event. Try foods from some of your favorite Greek restaurants including Artopolis Cafe & Bakery, Parthenon, Greek Islands and many more!
Willie Nelson and Family, September 20th at 8pm, The Chicago Theatre, $48-73
Details: Living legend, singer-songwriter, musician, performer, actor and American icon Willie Nelson is on the road again with newly announced tour so come see this American icon perform classic songs that have undoubtedly become a piece of American history.
Chicago's Social Media Week, September 24-28, FREE
Details: Social Media Week Chicago will feature more than 200 experts exploring the social, cultural and economic impact of social media. Catch panelists all over the city at venues including the Tribune Tower, Riverfront Theatre, Hyatt Regency Chicago, Google and Tribeca Flashpoint Academy.
Masquerade the Night Away: A Night of Art Music and Fashion, September 20th at 7pm, Stan Mansion, $25-$97
Details: A night full of fun, fashion, and festive food at a historic Chicago mansion. Costumes are encouraged--especially a mask!
Solemn Oath Brewery Craft Beer Dinner, September 20th at 6pm, Uncommon Ground on Devon, $45
Details: It was just a matter of time! Quality, local, and innovative define the approach that Chicagoland newcomers Solemn Oath Brewery bring to beer. Now you have the opportunity to experience their beers with a restaurant that takes the same way. Uncommon Ground Executive Chef Matt Holmes has designed an evening pairing of four dishes to match up with each Solemn Oath small-batch creation.
Sterling Bay Benefit Bash, September 20th at 5:30pm, Benchmark, $80
Details: Sterling Bay hosts their second annual Benefit Bash, with all proceeds supporting the PKD Foundation, the largest organization leading the fight against polycystic kidney disease through research, education, advocacy, support and awareness. Join for a great night of friends, food, drinks, and more!
FLAIR Pop-up Shop VIP Reception, September 20th at 6pm, 900 Shops, $50
Details: The Chicago Lighthouse is presenting its second annual weekend of fun, fashion and philanthropy with the FLAIR pop-up shop which will be open until September 23rd. The VIP reception includes cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, a fashion show and early access to items available at the pop-up shop.
Take Back the Summer, September 21st at 9pm, Rockit Bar & Grill, FREE
Details: Summer doesn't have to be over just yet! Fall may be (literally) just around the corner, but if you want summer to continue head to Rockit to enjoy the sounds of reggae band Gizzae and $4 Corona & Corona Light.
The Weeknd, September 21th at 6:30 pm, Congress Theater, $35
Details: Celebrate the beginning of the weekend with The Weeknd! The Canadian alternative hip hop artist comes back to Chicago right before the new album comes out.
Chicago Repertory Ballet Premiere Engagement, September 21st-22nd at 7:30, The Rush Page Theatre, $20-25
Details: It's the Chicago Repertory Ballet's Premiere Performance! This performance features 3 world premiere works Brought to you by choreographers Jacqueline Stewart, Autumn Eckman and founder and artistic director Wade Schaaf! Shows include by award winning works and audience favorites.
Gallery Weekend Chicago, September 21st-23rd at 1:30pm, Various Locations, FREE
Details: After a successful weekend in 2011, Gallery Weekend is back even better than before! Go around the city to experience exclusive art showings, artist talks, and the best of the best in the Chicago cultural scene.
The Shakespeare Project Open House, September 21st at 8pm, Nile Library, FREE
Details: Listen to excerpts of some of the most famous plays of all time--all in under an hour! Refreshments will be provided, as well as a chat with actors.
Silversun Pickups, September 21st at 7pm, Aragon Ballroom, $35
Details: Come see the Silversun Pickups hit the stage with special guests School of Seven Bells and Atlas Genius.
Lobster Bake, September 21st at 6pm, Carmichael's Steakhouse, Price Varies
Details: Order some lobster-oriented dishes and proceeds go to Spirit of Blue. The organization benefits police officers across the country ensuring safety on duty.
Toque: An Evening with Chicago's Culinary Masters, September 21st at 7pm, Chicago Hilton & Towers, $250
Details: The evening is presented by Children's Oncology Services, Inc and promises to be a memorable night of exceptional dining under the direction of Chef Michael Kornick. The evening includes a cocktail reception, program featuring restaurants from around the city with signature dishes exclusively prepared by featured chefs, wine pairings, live and silent auctions and lots of dancing!
Changing Lives, September 25th at 6pm, Sunda, $150
Details: Join us for a silent auction, cocktails, dinner and live entertainment benefiting the Valentine Boys and Girls Club of Chicago. One hundred tickets will be sold so don't delay!
Lightworkers Midwest Conference, September 21st-23rd at 5:30pm, Benedictine University, $10-155
Details: This annual Event created to bring spiritually- minded people together from across the U.S. and beyond. Such topics as spirituality and your growth, holistic healing, angels, near death experiences, quantum psychics, past lives, hypnosis, ancient sacred sites and latest archaeological discoveries to name a few will be covered.
2nd Annual Fall Festival, September 21st-23rd at 5pm, St. Francis Borgia, FREE
Details: St. Francis Borgia is holding a huge festival fundraiser complete with live music, carnival rides for kids, food and beer and much more! Help out this neighborhood church and school all while having a good time!
Concert for Chicago, September 21st at 6:30pm, Pritzker Pavilion, FREE
Details: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Riccardo Muti are hosting a free concert for the city. Enjoy classic musical pieces, including Carmina Burana, as well as an appearance by the Chicago Children's Choir.
2nd Annual Fashion's Fight Against Breast Cancer, September 22nd at 8pm, The Underground, $35
Details: Fight against breast cancer with a night of comedy, fashion, cocktails and a raffle with all proceeds benefitting Bright Pink. Stand-up comedy from Mark Anderko will kick things off with a fashion show to follow with looks from Havilah and shoes from Stilettos Boutique.
Susan G Komen Race for the Cure, September 22nd at 6:30am, Butler Field, $25-40
Details: Help fight breast cancer while running in a 10K or walking/running a 5K with proceeds benefitting the Susan G Komen for the Cure organization.
Harvest Ball, September 22nd at 6pm, Chicago Botanic Garden, $550
Details: This black tie ball takes place in the the beautiful setting of the gardens and starts off with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by dinner and a live auction. Proceeds from the event will go to support the various missions of the Chicago Botanic Gardens.
Sea Otter Awareness Week, September 23rd-29th at 9am, Shedd Aquarium, $6-35
Details: For a week the Shedd goes to the otters! Learn all about these adorable aquatic creatures through interactive chats on the Shedd's twitter account, blog updates and live demonstrations at the aquarium.
Ben Howard, September 26th at 7:30pm, The Vic Theatre, $19
Details: Benjamin John Howard is an English singer-songwriter who has performed such hits as "Keep Your Head Up", and "Old Pine Official". Come enjoy his musical talents at the Vic Theatre and fall in love with his voice and stage presence.
Bet on a Cure!, September 22nd at 7pm, Chicago Cultural Center, $20-275
Details: The Michael Rolfe Pancreatic Foundation host their 8th Annual Casino Night to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research and support. Included in the event ticket price is a set amount of playing chips, various casino games, auction prizes and much more!
Fashion Advisory Board: 2012 Open House, September 22nd at 6pm, Oak Street Design Studio, FREE
Details: A night for fashion industry professionals and students alike! Come talk fashion and network with other style lovers! By attending you get to meet new people and support Columbia College Chicago Fashion Studies programs! Sounds fabulous.
Rhea Lana's of West Chicagoland Consignment Sale, September 23rd-27th, Villa Park, FREE to Attend
Details: Twice a year, Rhea Lana's has their huge consignment sale where gently used children's clothes, shoes, toys, books, DVDs and baby items are on sale. Find childrens brands like Ralph Lauren, Janie and Jack, Hannah Anderson and more at the Villa Oaks Shopping Center.
Brookfield Zoo Run Run, September 23rd at 8:30am, Brookfield Zoo, $25-35
Details: Go on a 5K run through the zoo to help raise awareness and funds for animals who are fighting for survival. Once the race is over enjoy a performance by the Million Dollar Quartet.
Kendrick Lamar, September 23rd at 6pm, Congress Theater, $24
Details: Hailing from Compton, CA, Kendrick Lamar takes the stage at the Congress Theater to promote his new album, Good Kid, mAAd City. Hit songs from his album include The Recipe featuring Dr. Dre and Swimming Pools (Drank).
Resevoir Dogs with Michael Madsen, September 23rd at 8pm, Hollywood Blvd Cinema, $10
Details: Watch the famous Tarantino movie with Mr. Blonde himself! The evening also includes screenings of Vice and Strength and Honor.
Anita Dee Tailgate Party, September 23rd-December 16th at 8am, Navy Pier, $73
Details: We all know tailgating before a Bears game is fun, but how about a tailgating cruise? Take a cruise from Navy Pier down to McCormick Place and a dockside tailgate party 10 mins away from Soldier Field; if you're not going to the game you can still have fun and then cruise back to Navy Pier!
25th Annual Bagpipes & Bonfire, September 23rd at 4pm, Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve, $35-175
Details: This family friendly event is a whole evening full of Scottish entertainment, games, food and fun. The night culminates with kilted skydivers, a bagpipe procession and the lighting of the bonfire.
Matthew Perryman Jones, September 25th at 8pm, SPACE, $12-22
Details: Listen to the singer songwriter in the unique Evanston concert venue. Matthew Mayfield will open the concert.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, September 24th-January 6th at 9:30am, Kohl's Children's Museum, $8.50-9.50
Details: Step into a life-size 3D version of the classic L. Frank Baum book. Each section of the exhibit is a life-size page out of the book; experience science, art and history through this magical story-telling.
Die Hard, September 24th at 7pm, Paramount Theatre, $1
Details: See John McTiernan's 1988 thriller movie starring Bruce Willis, presented as part of the theater's Classic Movie Mondays series, which features a throwback ticket price of just a buck.
Gin Palace Jesters, September 26th at 6pm, Untitled, FREE
Details: Indulge in some cocktails at the speakeasy-inspired restaurant while listening, and dancing, to a western-themed set from the Gin Palace Jesters.
RedBull Thre3Style World Finals, September 25th-29th at 9pm, Various Venues, $10
Details: 18 DJs from around the world compete for the title of World's Best Party Rocker. Features special guests Nadastrom, Skratch Bastid, Flosstradamus, DJ Jazzy Jeff, ?uestlove and many more!
Ani DiFranco, September 25th at 7:30pm, Vic Theatre, $40
Details: After 20 years in the music biz, self-described "Little Folksinger" Ani DiFranco is still technically little, although her influence on fellow musicians, activists, and indie-minded people the world over has been huge. Come see her rock the Vic Theatre with her sweet vocals and lyrics!
Blondie and Devo: "Whip It To Shreds Tour", September 26th at 7:30pm, The Chicago Theatre, $45-75
Details: Blondie will be playing the acclaimed songs from their most recent album Panic of Girls, as well as the biggest hits from their storied four-decade career. Devo will mix up their set with their newer material and the classics. Come admire the two together as one at the Chicago Theatre!
Sweet Bird of Youth, September 26th at 7:30pm, Goodman Theatre, $27-88
Details: Academy Award nominee Diane Lane takes the stage as an aging actress in Tennessee Williams' play. It kicks off the 2012-2013 season of the famous Chicago theatre company.