WCL: ''What's on Dec'' w/ Billy Dec October 18-24: Best Events, Concerts, Parties, Games, Fests...

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Navy Pier's Really Big Halloween Party, October 19th-31st at 12pm, Navy Pier, FREE
Details: Get ready for some frighteningly fun entertainment with a variety of activities perfect for Halloween fans of all ages. Everything from pony rides and costume contests, to a 500 lb pumpkin carving and a DJ Spinning dance party will be at this bash you surely don't want to miss.


VIPink Chicago, October 19th at 8pm, Saks Fifth Avenue, $65-100
Details: Spend an evening with local influencers at a cocktail party complete with rockin' tunes from Chicago's best DJs, raffle prizes and a fashion show by Saks Fifth Avenue. All proceeds to benefit Bright Pink.


Circus Soiree, October 18th at 7pm,Architectural Artifacts, $100-1200
Details: Join CircEsteem, The Chicago Youth Circus, for an amazing night of inspiring performances, delectable foods and a silent auction, all to benefit the self-esteem of children everywhere.


A Cup of Gratitude, October 21st at3pm, Flossmoor Country Club, $75
Details: This high-teaevent is about celebrating adult friendships among females while supporting Think Royally, an organization that empowers young girls and women.


Live Band Karaoke, October 18th at 8pm, Subterranean, $15
Details: Choose from THE JAM's catalog of over 140 songs and get ready to impress the crowd with a live band providing your jams! The proceeds from this evening will benefit the emergency Child Welfare program of the Association House of Chicago Auxiliary Board of Young Professionals.


Fashion Feast, October 21st at 2pm, The Bridgeport Arts Center Gallery, $25
Details: Fashion Week in Chicago presents Elda de la Rosa, Arlo Menswear & Horacio Nieto Spring/Summer 2013 Collections. Hosting the event will be Susanna Negovan of the Sun-Times & Eric Himel, Stylist & Fashion Expert.

32nd Annual Columbian Ball, October20th at 6:30pm, Museum of Science and Industry, $600
Details: This year's Columbian Ball will transport you back to the 1893 Columbian Exhibition - the White City - recreating the idealism, excitement, romance and mystique of one of the world's most extraordinary gatherings.

Run for Science 5K - Bugapalooza - Backyard Monsters, October 20th at 10am, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Various Prices
Details: There is something for everyone at the Nature Museum on this exciting day including the Run for Science 5K, return of the popular Bugapalooza exhibit and the new attraction Backyard Monsters - experience a larger than life backyard with giant robotic insects keeping you company.

Fashion Takes Flight, October 18th at 7pm, Millennium Park, $35
Details: Presented by Mario Tricoci and vitaminwater, enjoy an evening of fashion and find out who the winner of Mario, Make Me a Model is!

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, October 20th at 8am, Montrose Harbor, $25-30
Details: Walk to support the American Cancer Society and raise funds to fight breast cancer. Take part in a Zumba workout and watch a Rockettes performance before the walk kicks off!

4th Annual Edison Park Comedy Fest, October 17th-19th at 8:30pm, Various Locations, $8-25
Details: The Snuggery, Emerald Isle and Edison Park Inn welcome some of the city's funniest people for an evening filled with laughs and entertainment. Save some money and get the event pass to see all of the fun at each location.

Fall Harvest Dinner, October 18th at 6pm, Socca, $45
Details: Chef Roger Herring celebrates the autumn season by creating a menu of seasonally-inspired dishes like butternut squash with truffled brussel sprouts, and scallops with smoked pig cheek and porcini risotto, which are paired with pumpkin-and cranberry-flavored libations. Sounds delicious!

A Taste of Pop: Art and Wine Exhibition, October 18th at 6pm, 694 Wine and Spirits, FREE
Details: Be among the first to enjoy Good Vines Wine showcasing original artwork by Michel Balasis. This would make for a great night out with friends - you can also win a framed piece of art from the showcased artist!

RE.STOCK Designer Flash Sale, October 18th at 5pm, Fiat Showroom Chicago, FREE-$20
Details: Browse a large assortment of clothing from both Chicago and nationally known designers. Enjoy runway shows and an after party - plus, VIP access gets you in an hour early to snag all of the best finds, first!

Night of a Thousand Noogies, October 19th at 7pm, Park West, $75-125
Details: Enjoy an evening of food, drinks, a silent auction and live entertainment provided by The Second City with celebrity appearances by Scottie & Larsa Pippen, The Bachelor's Ed Swiderski, Meg Caswell and others. Proceeds benefit Gilda's Club Chicago.

The Second Annual Pink Tie Gala, October 19th at 6:30pm, The Riverfront Theater, $100-120
Details: Come out and support breast cancer awareness with the Tribune Group and Susan G. Komen as they pair together to celebrate the second annual Pink Tie Gala. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served while guests honor the new class of koMEN, the courageous men who make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.

The Old 97's, October 19th at 8pm, The Vic Theatre, $24
Details: Recognized as the pioneers of alternative country, The Old 97's will join Chicago THIS Friday night! Visit one of Lakeview's most popular and historic venues to enjoy some tunes and great drink specials.

Winemaker For a Night, October 19thvarious times, Fleming's Steakhouse, $65
Details: What's better than enjoying a good glass of wine? Learning how it's made! Take part in a unique evening featuring a video introduction to wine blending and a hands-on wine blending session.

ACappella Fest, October 19th-20th, Various Locations, $25-100
Details: Enjoy a cappella tunes from various competing groups, workshops, concerts and other great attractions during this weekend long festival. See some of the best in the industry live on-stage and have the chance to meet and greet during after parties and other fun events!

Mix{ology} & Match, October 19th at 9pm, The Underground, $20
Details: Grab a drink that best describes you and have "wingmen" help find your perfect match! If you've found your match, head to the "Sweetheart Bar" to have a special drink made just for you and your new love.

PlayFest, October 19th at 6am, Pioneer Plaza, FREE
Details: Celebrate the benefits of play while having some fun with giant-sized games! Step onto a giant Twister mat, play giant checkers or chess, or immerse yourself in a giant word search.

We Must Be Dreaming Masquerade Charity Ball, October 20th at 8pm, Salvage One, $75
Details: This one-of-a-kind Masquerade Ball presented by non-profit Chicago HOPE Dollars for Scholars includes an open bar, dessert tables and a silent auction. The proceeds gathered will help send financially- strained students to college. And don't worry, masks will be provided!

F*CK Cancer, October 18th at 9pm, The Underground, $20
Details: Celebrate Kelly Cardenas' 4th anniversary with a pop-up salon and stylings setup all while supporting f*ck cancer - an organization to help educate people about early detection, which is a proven cure for 90% of all cancers.

The 8th Annual Drinking and Writing Festival 2012, October 20th at 12pm, Haymarket Pub & Brewery, $30
Details: The theater that explores connections between alcohol and creativity invites you to join in their 8th annual festival honoring drinks and words. Drinkers and writers like Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti will be spotlighted all day.

Beacon in the Night, October 20th at 8pm, Epoch Floral Studio, $100-$750
Details: It's the first benefit for Erika's Lighthouse, a beacon of hope for adolescent depression. Chicago's young, hip and social will gather to party for a cause, sipping cocktails and munching on hors d'oeuvres at this inspiring gala.

T2 Fall Fashion Show Fundraiser, October 20th at 12pm, Mary's Attic, $10-25
Details: Celebrate Chicago's Fashion Week with a Team to End AIDS fashion show! The evening features an open bar, raffle prizes, an appearance from Leslie Jordan of "Will & Grace" and much more.

American Streetball Classic, October 20th at 10am, Attach Athletics, $160 team donation
Details: Play some 3 on 3 to compete for a choice Nike Prize package while raising money for Imerman Angels. If B-ball isn't your game, come anyway to this star studded event and catch the mayor, the governor, and even some Bears players!

Justin Bieber, October 23rd-24th at7pm, Allstate Arena, $49.75-101
Details: Do you (or your teens) have Bieber fever? Well the day you have been waiting for has finally arrived, see pop sensation Justin Bieber perform live at Allstate Arena.

USA v Germany, October 20th at 5:30pm, Toyota Park, $26-199
Details: Watch your Olympic favorites Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Captain Abby Wambach and the rest of the gold medal-winning USA Women's National soccer team take on Germany in what is guaranteed to be a high-energy, exciting game!

Waka Flocka Flame, October 21st at 6pm, Congress Theater, $25
Details: The Chicago stop of the Triple Life Tour is sure to be a great show. Get ready to hear "No Hands" and some other awesome hits.

Soup's On!, October 21st at 11:30am, Rotary Club of Naperville, $10-45
Details: Hesed House, DuPage PADS and Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry come together to throw a family focused fundraiser and help feed those in need. Over 30 local restaurants will be serving up delicious soups, stews, chili and BBQ.

Vintage Garage Chicago, October 21st at 9am, Uptown 5051 N. Broadway, FREE
Details: It's the final hurrah for this Uptown market. Browse through various levels of the garage finding unique furniture, jewelry and clothing!

"Sip & Giggle" Sweetest Day Weekend, October 21st at 7:30pm, Joe's On Weed Street, $12
Details: Bring your honey out for a night of laughs this sweetest day! Join Joe's Bar as they welcome "The Mikey O Comedy Show" on October 21st.

The 2012 Chicago Innovation Awards, October 22nd at 5pm, Harris Theater, $25
Details: Back for its 11th consecutive year, the Chicago Innovation Awards invites you to join Chicago's leading business, civic and non-profit innovators, start-up entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors and more in honoring the most innovative products and services in the city. Network with the minds behind it all while sipping on cocktails and enjoying tasty hors d'oeuvres.

Justice, October 24th at 6:30pm, Congress Theater, $40
Details: If you missed them at Lolla, you're still in luck! Do the D.A.N.C.E over to Congress Theater and jam with the famous French electronic duo.

Election Fest 2012, October 22nd-30th at 7:30pm, Theater Wit, $13
Details: Pine Box Theater Company presents this series of bold ten-minute plays exploring today's political issues. Written by some of the country's most exciting theatrical voices, the plays in this 4-night festival arrive just in time for the final showdown at the White House!

Spooky Zoo Spectacular!, October 22nd at 11am, Lincoln Park Zoo, FREE
Details: Bring your kiddos to Lincoln Park Zoo and enjoy the free haunted house, October activities and family entertainment while hangin' with the zoo animals! What a great way to get into the Halloween spirit.

Harry Potter Trivia Night, October 23rd at 5:30pm, Geneva Public Library, FREE
Details: How Harry Potter savvy are your kids? Let them test their knowledge at a trivia night with other teens while noshing on treats inspired by the series. Costumes are encouraged!

Cigar & Compass Box Whisky Pairing, October 23rd at 9:15pm, Fountainhead Rooftop Garden, $20
Details: Fountainhead, Compass Box and Up Down Cigar team up for a Fall Cigar and Dram experience, inviting guests to enjoy cigars specifically picked to pair with Compass Box whiskies. A 4-course dinner with a Flaming Heart whisky blending is available for the additional cost of $45.

Choose Chicago Marketing Seminar, October 23rd at 1pm, McCormick Place West, FREE
Details: Learn the tricks of the trade behind the marketing strategy at Choose Chicago while gaining insight into why the company is the best at what it does. Representatives from Choose Chicago as well as partner organizations will be available to offer advice and answer questions so you achieve your marketing goals.

100 from 100 Campaign Reception, October 23rd at 5pm, Kaleidoscope Group, Donations Requested
Details: Solve the dropout crisis of our youth with Spark, a national nonprofit that provides apprenticeships to at-risk youth in order to "spark" their potential and re-engage them in their learning.

American Whiskey & Cheese Night, October 24th at 7pm, The Grafton Pub, $20
Details: Join Provenance Food & Wine at the Grafton Pub for a unique event featuring a variety of bourbon, rye and cheese pairings. Tenzing Wine & Spirits will be on hand to describe the whiskeys while Nicole Benjamin from Provenance will discuss the various cheeses.

WBEZ's International Chef Battle Royale, October 24th at 6:30pm, Salvage One, $10-15
Details: Celebrate Chicago's food heritage with Tony Sabria of The Morning Shift and an exciting cook-off between local chefs. Taste dishes representing the different cultures and neighborhoods of the city while mingling with local personalities and food bloggers.

The Great Shave 2012, October 24th at 6pm, Dank Haus, $20-30
Details: See demonstrations from some of the country's top wet-shave experts while sampling a tremendous selection of food and beverages provided by local chefs, brewers, retailers and restaurants. There will be live music, goodie bags, and shave tools and accessories available to purchase throughout the evening.

Heshima Kenya Fashion Challenge, October 24th at 6pm, Bridgeport Art Center, $75
Details: See a Project Runway-style challenge live! Maria Pinto will judge and all proceeds will benefit the Maisha Collective, helping refugee girls in Africa.

Social Media Club Chicago: Social Business in Recruiting, October 24th at 5:30pm, Edelman, $10-15
Details: Social networking has changed the way recruiters find and place candidates. Tools like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Google+ are being used to find and evaluate job candidates. Come find out what social media outlets the recruiters are using to find qualified candidates and learn the ropes of creating a beneficial online presence.

Musical of the Living Dead, October18th-November 17th at 7:30pm, The Charnel House, $24-28
Details: Back for its third year, this "Musical Zom-com" (zombie comedy), hailed by the Chicago Reader as The Best Musical of 2012, takes audiences on a rip-roaring journey beyond the grave with its satirical send-ups of classic zombie films and musical theater. Get ready for a bloody good time!

The Great Pumpkin Fest, October 18th-20th at 3pm, Downtown Highwood, FREE
Details: What's more fall than pumpkin carving contests, an attempt to break the record of most jack-o-lanterns lit at the same time and an appearance by Jonathan from Property Brothers for a segment of Pumpkin Wars?! That's right, nothing is more fall-like than this awesome family-friendly event.

Spooky Zoo Spectacular!, October 22nd at 11am, Lincoln Park Zoo, FREE
Details: Bring your kiddos to Lincoln Park Zoo and enjoy the free haunted house, October activities and family entertainment while hangin' with the zoo animals! What a great way to get into the Halloween spirit.

13 Terrors: Haunted House, October 19th-28th at 7pm, Theater on the Lake, $10
Details: Are you ready to scream? Terror will reign at this eerie lakefront haunted house as visitors confront evil clowns, a spinning vortex, and creepy mausoleum filled with deadly ghouls.

Chicago Haunted Ghost Tour, October18th at 6pm, Fado Irish Pub, $45
Details: Meet up at the haunted Fado's for drinks and food before hopping on a private coach bus to tour Chicago and learn all about its haunted history. The evening is hosted by Weird Chicago.

The Massacre, October 20th at 12pm, The Portage Theater, $20
Details: Indulge in a plethora of gory goodness including classic 80's horror films, vintage pieces and Hitchcock pictures. Special guests Linnea Quigley (Return of the Living Dead) and JACK HILL (director of Spider Baby, Coffy, Foxy Brown) will be in attendance!