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Celebrity Chef Ball 2012, October 12th at 6pm, Venue One, $150
Details: Support the programs of Meals On Wheels while enjoying tasting plates from dozens of top Chicago chefs paired with cocktails and wine from the city's best mixologists.
Chicago Loop Alliance Gala, October 12th at 6:30pm, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel $350
Details: Celebrate another great year in the Loop at this black tie gala that is all about bringing together the Loop community. Mix and mingle with guests while strengthening personal and professional relationships.
Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions, October 14th at 6pm, United Center, $25-200
Details: See the 2012 USA Olympic gymnastic team members like McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas joined by Nastia Liukin and her 2008 Olympic teammates for a spectacular, high-energy one night show!
Under the Harvest Moon, October 13th at 8pm, House of Blues, $100-125
Details: The Associate Board of NorthShore University HealthSystem hosts their 8th annual benefit with light bites and drinks, a silent auction, raffle and a live performance from Chicago's very own Forget Hannah.
Chicago International Film Festival, October 11th-25th at 6pm, Harris Theater/AMC River East, $5-240
Details: See the world premiere of Stand Up Guys at the opening night gala with appearances from Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and others. Throughout the festival enjoy the latest films from the world's leading independent filmmakers.
Fashion Focus Chicago, October 15th-21st at 7pm, Various Locations, FREE - $100
Details: The week- long celebration of Chicago's thriving fashion industry showcases some of its top designers and features runway shows in Millennium Park and fashion events at various locations around the city.
34th Annual Ron Santo Walk to Cure Diabetes, October 14th at 9:30am, Montrose and the Lake, Donations
Details: Walk to raise money for research to prevent, treat and cure type 1 diabetes. The famous Cubs player's walk is now in its 34th annual walk!
Global Latino Fest, October 12th at 6pm, The Museum of Broadcast Communications, $80-100
Details: This event celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and features live music and cocktails, amazing food from some of the best Latin food in Chicago and offers live exhibits showcasing the beautiful culture.
Open House Chicago, October 13th-14th at 9am, Chicago Architecture Foundation, FREE
Details: Ever wanted to explore some of Chicago's greatest buildings? With FREE access to over 150 of Chicago's greatest architectural marvels there's no reason to miss out on the fun!
Harvest Days, October 13th-14th at 10am, Lincoln Park Zoo, FREE
Details: Celebrate fall at the zoo with a pumpkin patch for kids, pumpkin decorating, live music, animal activities and much more! The activities will take place in the farm of Lincoln Park Zoo.
World Series of Poker, October 11th-22nd at 12pm, Horseshoe Casino, $150-1,675
Details: The high-stakes action of the richest sporting event in the world returns to Horseshoe Casino!
A$AP Rocky, October 11th at 7:30pm, Congress Theatre, $25
Details: The "Hot Thing" rapper comes to the Logan Square along with the rest of A$AP Mob artists like Schoolboy Q and Danny Brown.
Roof Runway, October 11th at 7pm, Roof at the Wit, FREE
Details: Haberdash Men's Store is hosting this edition of Roof Runway with styles from their fall/winter 2012 collection. Frankly Hank from Windy City Live will be strutting his stuff down the runway as well!
MHOA & Latino Fashion Week Present Teen Runway Show and Hacer Gala, October 11th at 5pm, Zhou B Art Center, $10-200
Details: This family event features teens walking the runway while promoting self-esteem and healthy lifestyles. A special panel features Vox Populi Magazine Patrick Seller, Miss Illinois Nancy To, and a special performance by Angel Quinceras.
Legacy Walk, October 11th at 2pm, Various Locations, $100-200
Details: October 11th is National Coming Out Day, and the world's only outdoor museum walk will celebrate the rich and diverse accomplishments of the GLBT community on Halsted street.
Next Fashion Chicago, October 16th at 6pm, Germania Place, $35-$95
Details: This event (hosted by Candace Jordan and Marcus Riley) will have a red carpet, dinner and a fashion show featuring some of the hottest local designers. A portion of the proceeds will go to PAWS Chicago, the city's largest no-kill organization.
The Bra Crawl, October 13th at 1:30pm, Public House, $10
Details: No, you're not dyslexic. This is a bra crawl which asks for you to wear a bra over your shirt to support American Cancer Society while hopping around all of the best bars in River North.
Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra, October 11th at 9pm, The Green Mill, $6
Details: Hear a mix of jazz standards with sixteen members of who's who jazz performers come together to create swingin' sounds that make you wanna get up and dance! This event would be perfect for a date!
The Conservation Ball, October 12th at 6:30pm, Harold Washington Library, $250-700
Details: Join Friends of Conservation president, Reute Butler & former NBC 5 reporter, Zoraida Sambolin as they host an evening dedicated to supporting and helping wildlife. The evening will consist of dinner, a thrilling wildlife exposition, live & silent auctions and much more!
Nosferatu, October 12th at 7:30pm, The Music Box, $9.25
Details: Come watch the classic Vampire film at The Music Box. The silent 1922 German film features an ultimate battle of epic vampire proportions which has inspired pretty much ever vampire film since, including Dracula.
History of House Music, October 13th at 6pm, Congress Theatre, $20-75
Details: Staring 25 of the best artists and dj's performing live together for the first time ever! Bring your dancing shoes!
Shaw's 24th Annual Oyster Fest Block Party, October 12th at 3pm, Shaw's Crab House, $25
Details: Come and get your fill of seafood while listening to live music. Maybe even participate in the no hands oyster slurp? The prize is $1,000. A portion of the funds collected will be donated to the Shedd Aquarium. Only 21 and up please!
Rahm Zombie, October 12th at 10:30pm, Donny's Skybox Theatre, $13
Details: The Second City writer-instructor Kevin Reome is Mayor Emanuel in this musical comedy play featuring an on-stage rock band in which the mayor and other well known Chicagoans attempt to save the city from a zombie apocalypse!
Regina Spektor, October 17th at 7:30pm, Chicago Theatre, $52.78-63.05
Details: Known for her hit 'Fidelity,' Regina Spektor brings her piano and soulful voice to one of the greatest venues in the city.
The Big Yellow Bus, October 11th at 8pm, The Playground Theatre, $5-10
Details: Some of the Playground's best performers tackle the weekly goal of surprising the audience and themselves with new forms and ideas with improv acts that are created with audience suggestions!
Breathe Benefit, October 13th at 6:30pm, The Drake Hotel, $250
Details: The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation is hosting a black tie optional gala with Mary Ann Ahern of NBC 5 emceeing the evening. Support the foundation while celebrating those who have carried out the mission of the organization to raise awareness and funds to fight pulmonary fibrosis.
Career Survival 101, October 11th at 7pm, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, FREE
Details: This is a great event for both learning the ropes and picking up new skills for all journalists. The expert panel will help attendees learn to spot new trends and give advice on how to adapt to changes in the biz.
Octoberfest at Will's Northwoods Inn, October 13th at 4pm, $40
Details: This event benefits Domestic Abuse Awareness Month and comes with unlimited food, beer, fun times and giveaways!
A Great Fire: A Traveling Truck Show, October 13th at 5pm, Clark Park, FREE
Details: Learn about the post-Chicago fire with a live pop-up performance and enjoy comedy, storytelling, music, magic, multimedia dioramas and carnival-style sideshows. Great for the kids!
4th Annual Cooking Up a Cure, October 15th 5:30, Salvage One, $125
Details: Countless hot chefs and liquor companies are teaming up to raise money for Scleroderma, an autoimmune disease. A foodie must!
Speed Dating, October 12th at 7:30pm, The Option Room, $40
Details: Chicago men and women in their 20's and 30's are welcome to enjoy drinks and good company in this tavern and cocktail lounge. Is love in the air for you this fall?
2012 Walk for Adoption, October 13th at 10am, Lake Arlington Park, FREE
Details: Anybody who is passionate about the miracle of adoption is invited to join! The 2.4 mile walk around Arlington Lake includes a park area where picnic tables, a beautiful lake deck and playground are available.
Chicago Wolves Season Opener, October 13th at 7pm, Allstate Arena, $11.25-36.75
Details: Chicago's AHL team, the Chicago Wolves, host their home & season opener against the Blackhawks affiliate, Rockford IceHogs. It's the perfect chance for Chicagoans to get their fill of hockey - and see some familiar faces on the ice!
Luna Negra Dance Theater, October 13th at 8pm. Harris Theater, $25-$65
Details: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, the concert Reencuentros has Brazilian choreographer Fernando Melo and Spanish choreographer and artistic director Gustavo Ramirez Sansano.
Tachten Pub Crawl, October 13th at 2:30pm, Laschet's Inn, $10
Details: This German-themed pub crawl will take you to six different bars in the north side. Proceeds benefit Dank Haus German American Cultural Center.
#SuitUpChi, October 13th at 8pm, Fatpour, $20
Details: Every How I Met Your Mother fan knows that October 13th is national Suit Up Day. Celebrate in your finest (ladies can suit up too!) and proceeds benefit By The Hand, an after school program for Chicago kids.
Fall Fest, October 13th at 11am, Toni Patisserie & Cafe (Hinsdale), FREE to attend
Details: Celebrate fall with all things sweet and tasty at a family-friendly event! Kids can take part in cookie decorating, a pie eating contest and receive free apple cider when they stop in the cafe.
2nd Story: Stories and Wine, October 14th at 7:30pm, Webster's Wine Bar, $15-20
Details: Indulge in local true storytelling from four different local writers with incorporated wine and conversation. For an extra fee, you can also purchase customized wine flights of four selections meant for each story.
Sunday in the Park with George, October 17th at 7:30pm, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, $48-$78
Details: See Seurat's iconic painting come to life at the Navy Pier theatre. Music and lyrics are by Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim
8th Annual Bucktown Apple Pie Contest, October 14th at 2pm, The Holstein Park Field House, $25
Details: The contest is open to anyone who wants to bake an apple pie! The top three pies win ribbons and prizes and you are also able to bake a pie to sell to the crowd - all proceeds go to the Friends of Holstein Park.