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Chicago Beer Festival, October 6th at 1pm, Union Station, $40
Details: The beginning of the best season of the year is complemented by amazing beer! The Chicago Beer Festival returns to Union Station, featuring dozens of domestic and international breweries, sampling their fall seasonal beers. The fall beer festival will have two sessions, 1pm to 4pm and 6pm to 9pm.
Jaime Kennedy LIVE, October 4th at 8:00pm, Laugh Factory, $25-35
Details: The character-driven performances of Kennedy have been a comedic staple since his breakthrough hit movie: Malibu's Most Wanted, and he has lent his talents to such popular television shows such as The Jamie Kennedy Experiment and Ghost Whisperer.
Fashion of the Opera, October 5th at 7pm, Intercontinental Chicago, $40-100
Details: Combine a fashion show with some of the best local designers accompanied by live opera performances and you get one unforgettable evening. Join Miss Chicago2012, Marisa Buchheit and Jeff Conway of 24/7 Chicago as they celebrate the American Chamber Opera.
The Second Annual Starving Artist Benefit, October 6th at 7pm, Chicago Artist Coalition, $150-200
Details: Redefining the term "starving artist," The Chicago Artist Coalition features four local up-and-coming artists paired with a chef with similar artistic appeal. The Chicago Artist Coalition outlines the deal. "Their assignment: inspire each other to create both edible "installations" to be enjoyed by the crowd and new works of art, which will be auctioned off the night of the event."
West Town Art Walk, October 5th-7th at 6pm, Chicago & Milwaukee/Ogden, FREE
Details: Celebrate art in all forms: visual, musical, culinary and more at storefronts in West Town. Enjoy West Town's diverse community of local businesses while supporting local Chicago artists.
Four Star Comedy Fest at Navy Pier,October 6th at 1pm, $39-$99
Details: Enjoy some of Chicago's best comedy troupes including members from The Second City and iO. SNL alum Tim Meadows will also headline this laugh fest.
Bank of America Chicago Marathon, October 7th at 7:30am, Grant Park, FREE for spectators
Details: Cheer on some of Chicago's most dedicated runners as they go through many of Chicago's vibrant neighborhoods. The finish line is one of the best spots throughout the entire course to watch the runners triumphant end to the 26.2 mile course.
Columbus Day Parade, October 8th at 12:30pm, Columbus Drive from Balbo to Monroe, FREE admission
Details: The Columbus Day Parade celebrates Christopher Columbus historic voyage to America with Italian-American culture.
Eat Global, Give Local, October 10th at 6pm, Carnivale, $125
Details: Chicago chefswill highlight world cuisine while guests enjoy a tequila and mojito bar, live music, wine stations, raffles and a photo booth. The evening is hosted by Candace Jordan and benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.
Jammin' Away The Blues 2012, Buddy Guy's Legends (700 S. Wabash Ave.), October 4th at 6pm, $40
Details: Features Blues Legend Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater, the Moonshine Blues Band, auction, raffle, drink specials and much more! Proceeds will benefit Mental Health America of Illinois (MHAI's) "It Only Takes One" campaign.
Lights, Camera, Fashion, October 9th at 5:30pm, Zhou B Art Center, $25-45
Details: Join emcees Ryan Chiaverini & Nina Chantele as they host a red carpet media reception tokick off Latino Fashion Week with a theme of Images of Fashion. Support Chicago's top local Latino designers as they present their most outstanding designs.
Greek Film Fest Opening Night, October 4th at 8:15pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, $4-11
Details: The Gene Siskel Film Center joins with the 2012 "Greek Film Fest Chicago!" in presenting three programs celebrating Hellenic storytelling. Featured films include: "Unfair World", "Fish N' Chips", and "Jerks". All films will be subtitled in English.
Sweet Honey in the Rock/The ChicagoChildren's Choir, October 4th at 7:30pm, The Harris Theatre, $10
Details: The vocalists of Sweet Honey in the Rock, a Grammy award winning female a cappella ensemble,will be performing solo with an orchestra for the first time. The Chicago Children's Choir will also be chiming in with the accomplished vocalists for this one-night-only musical event at the Harris Theatre.
Sports Radio Awards Show, October 6th at 8pm, Chicago Theatre, $50-75
Details: Featuring a roast to the sports radio format, including comedy, live music, awards and great bloopers from the last 25 years. The night honors personalities, programs and stations from across the country with appearances from Michael Wilbon, Steve "Mongo" McMichael and others.
Cheeky's 4th Birthday, October 4th at 7pm, The Four Seasons, $30-35
Details: Join the cheekiest girls in the city as they celebrate Cheeky Chicago's 4th birthday! This year's celebration is unlike any other before it, the night will be a mind-blowing sensory experience that takes attendees through all four seasons with live music, food, drinks, fashion and of course a fab goodie bag!
Pop-Up Art Loop First Thursday, October 4th at 5pm, Various Locations in the Loop, FREE
Details: Each month, art installations pop up in The Loop, along with some food and beverage. Also celebrate the end of the Color Jam installation at Adams and State.
Scarecrow Fest, October 5th-7th at 9am, Downtown St. Charles, FREE
Details: Celebrate fall on the scenic Fox River and make your own scarecrow for the annual scarecrow contest or have some fun at the carnival and enjoy live music. This family-friendly weekend event has activities for all ages.
Macy's Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, October 10th at 5:30pm, Macy's on State St., FREE
Details: Join a panel of experts as they discuss Carlos Santana's influence in music and fashion which will be hosted by Project Runway Season 2 contestant, Nick Verreos. After the panel enjoy live music by Jose Cornier, light Latin-inspired refreshments and more.
Lisa Lampanelli, October 5th at 8pm, Chicago Theatre, $44.07-64.60
Details: Heralded as 'more than a standup -- a standout' by comedy legend Jim Carrey, Lampanelli is a cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker and a vial of estrogen. The "Lovable Queen of Mean" returns to Chicago for one night only!
Pete Holms, October 5th-6th at 8pm, The Lincoln Lodge, $15
Details: Named one of Variety's Top Ten Comics to Watch in 2011, Pete Holm's is probably best known for voicing the e*trade baby and Comedy Central's Ugly Americans. Oh, and he's also appeared on Conan, Jimmy Fallon and VH1 too. He's also an accomplished writer for NBC and cartoonist for The New York Times. No matter how you describe this guy's career, he's sure to not disappoint on stage.
Oktoberfest Naperville, October 5th-6th, Naper Settlement, $10
Details: Celebrate the German Holiday in the suburbs! This family-friendly event starts in the evening on Friday and continues all day Saturday with some food, and classic rock bands.
Owl City, October 6th at 7:30pm, The Vic Theatre, $24
Details: Owl City is anAmerican electronica musical project by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Adam Young - The Vic Theatre welcomes him. The artist recently recorded the hit "Good Time" featuring Carly Rae Jepsen. Chicago is one of many stops on his world tour.Following Chi town, he will be making stops in Detroit, Paris and Zurich.
Lyric Opera Opening Night Gala, October 6th at 5:30pm, Civic Opera House, $79-600
Details: Marvel at thespectacle of our grand foyer, transformed to reflect the drama of Elektra. Savor elegant hors d'oeuvres and desserts, sip fine Champagne and revel in the atmosphere of the most glamorous party on the Chicago social calendar!
Murder at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt, October 6th at 2pm, Art Institute, $36
Details: Connect the clues surrounding a murdered curator and the planned multi-million dollar purchase of a Leonardo da Vinci painting.
Oktoberfest Pub Crawl, October 4th at 6pm, The Berghoff, $39
Details: Hit the pubs to take part in the two-hundred-year-old German celebration of beer. CitySwarmwill kick things off at The Berghoff then hop a private trolley to go to Brauhaus and Prost!
Fall Pug Party, October 6th at 12pm, Chicago Party Animals, $8
Details: Hundreds of pugs are expected to this fun party with karaoke, cartoon artists and some of Chicago's best food trucks. You don't have to have a pug to attend: just a love for the adorable pooches!
Run for Shelter, October 6th at 9am, Bunker Hill Forest Preserve, $35-40
Details: Help a local animal shelter in their mission to reduce the number of homeless adoptable pets in the Midwest. Wright-Way Rescue is hosting a 5K run with a family picnic to follow which includes appearance by NBC 5's Leeann Trotter and KISSFM's Special K, live entertainment, food, pet contests, raffles and much more!
Forgotten Chicago, October 7th at 12pm, Bridgeport Walking Tour, $15
Details: Join ForgottenChicago for a sure-to-remember walking tour of one of Chicago's "oldest, most historic, but least understood neighborhoods," Bridgeport. Get an inside look at many historic destinations, such as the site of the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
I Love Lucy: Live on Stage, October 7th at 2pm, The Broadway Place House at Water Tower Place, $82-96
Details: The classic television show "I Love Lucy" becomes transformed to the stage broadway style! Old and young alike can enjoy a classic piece of American television in theheart of Chicago.
Chicago Ideas Week, October 8th-14th, Various Times and Locations, $15
Details: Some of the world's most outstanding speakers will inspire innovation with topics ranging from entrepreneurship to fashion to the environment, sports and military.
Nora Jones, October 9th at 7:30pm at the Chicago Theatre, $48-65
Details: The talented Nora Jones brings her musical genius to the Chicago Theatre.
Harris Theater Presents 2012-2013 Series, October 4 at 7:30pm at Harris Theater (205 East Randolph Street)
Details: If you like food music and even better performances, this event is for you! Enjoy the African-American and Latino Youth Orchestra and Grammy Award-winning African-American Female A Cappella Ensemble
The King's Men Tour with Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin, Israel Houghton, October 10th at 8pm, The United Center, $75-$2181
Details: The King's Men Tour features four of the most successful performers in gospel music history all together on stage for the first time. It's like Springsteen, McCartney, Prince and Elton for gospel!
Chicago/Midwest Emmy Nominations Party, October 9th at 6pm, Rockit Bar & Grill, $10-15
Details: Join Karen Jordan of ABC 7 and Christian Farr of NBC 5 as they announce and celebrate the regional Emmy nominations.
Bananarama for Pinktober, October 9th at 8pm, Hardrock Cafe, $8-$10
Details: See one of thebest selling girl pop groups of all time at the Hardrock while helping raise money for Breast Cancer. While jamming to "Cruel Summer," you'll be helping out the Young Survival Coalition.
First Listen: Comasoft, October 4th at 10pm, The Underground, FREE
Details: '80s electro mixed with a touch of this and that...catchy vocals, bottom heavy rhythm and melodic synths - take a listen to one of Chicago's up-and-coming artists, Comasoft! Enjoy a VIP reception followed by a live performance.