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Champs for Charity, October 26th at 7:30pm, Allstate Arena, $10-500
Details: Miss seeing your favorite NHL stars because of the lockout? The wait is over- kind of. Watch former and current Blackhawks take the ice alongside other NHL stars, with all of the proceeds benefitting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago & Northwest Indiana.
It's Raining Cats & Dogs!, October 26th at 7pm, Palmer House Hilton, $175
Details: NBC 5's Stefan Holt emcees an evening of drinks and bites from some of Chicago's top chefs including Amanda Downing, Patricio Sandoval, Jimmy Bannos, Karyn Calabrese and more. All proceeds will benefit The Anti-Cruelty Society.
Chicago Fire vs. DC United, October 27th at 3pm, Toyota Park, $15-70
Details: Watch the Fire heat up this weekend as they take on rival DC United in their last regular season game! They'll be kicking cancer by going PINK on the field.
Chicago Bulls Home Opener, October 31st at 7pm, United Center, $20-300
Details: It's the regular season tip-off time for our beloved Chicago Bulls! Watch Joakim Noah, Kirk Hinrich, Luol Deng and the rest of your favorites take on the Sacramento Kings at the Madhouse on Madison!
Gilt City Warehouse Sale, October 26th-27th at 10am, MCA Warehouse, $5-20
Details: Chicago's popular online sale site, Gilt City, invites you to shop for its discounted items in-person at this Warehouse Sale! The exciting event will feature clothing for men, women and children, as well as kitchen, bedding and bath accessories.
Clark Street Spooktacular, October 27th at 1pm, Clark between Diversey & Armitage, FREE
Details: Trick-or-treat on Clark Street! Along with some prizes and specials from local stores, there will be a costume contest both for children and adults at this must-see fall festival.
29th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival, October 26th-November 4th, Times Vary, Facets Cinema, $6-9
Details: Join 25,000 children, adults, and educators at the largest film festival for kids in North America! The event offers fun activities, interactive workshops, and screens more than 250 films ranging from live-action projects and animated features, to shorts, TV series, documentaries & child-produced works.
Barbra Streisand, October 26th at 8pm, United Center, $90-500
Details: Legendary singer Barbra Streisand will visit the United Center to entertain and inspire the Windy City.
Charles Tillman's Celebrity Server Night, October 29th at 6pm, Morton's Northbrook, $275
Details: Chicago Bears' Charles Tillman heads off the field and into Morton's to wait on YOU! The 4-course meal will benefit the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation.
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, October 25th at 8pm, The Chicago Theatre, $82-106.50
Details: Featuring dynamic video accompanied by a live symphony orchestra, this production brings the world's most popular videogame series to life! Don't miss the legendary show that thrills and celebrates 25 years of Zelda.
R. Kelly, October 25th-26th at 7:30pm, Arie Crown Theater, $48-128
Details: It's the freakin' weekend baby, you about to have you some fun!? See R&B music sensation R. Kelly LIVE on The Single Ladies Tour!
Go Girl Live! "Stories from the Hearth", October 25th at 6pm, The Grafton Pub, $10-15
Details: Support a local non-profit while celebrating empowered women everywhere at this cozy evening of fireside chat. 100% of profits will be awarded to Go Girl, Inc., an organization that uses the performing arts to give voice to the issues and concerns of young girls.
Latino Music Festival 2012, October 26th at 6:30pm, Art Institute of Chicago, FREE
Details: Celebrate Latino music with Goran Ivanovic and Lincoln Trio members Desiree Ruhstrat & David Cunliffe. These extraordinary artists will present works by Manuel de Falla, Enrique Granados, & Astor Piazzolla at this cultural affair you won't want to miss.
TBS Just For Laughs Presents Mike Birbiglia, October 25th-29th at 7:30pm, Victory Gardens Theater, $45.50
Details: With Mike Birbiglia, it's ALWAYS a laugh-out-loud time! Find out why the New York Times coined this one-man comedy show, My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, a "ridiculously enjoyable" experience, and recognized it as a Critic's Pick.
6th Annual School Rocks, October 25th at 6pm, House of Blues, $125-300
Details: Rock legends REO Speedwagon will headline this concert benefitting the San Miguel School Chicago. The evening will include a raffle, live auction and the option to attend a VIP pre-party.
50th Anniversary Season of Gus Giordano, October 26th-27th at 8pm, Harris Theatre, $15-60
Details: Giordano Dance Company celebrates five decades of dance! Enjoy your favorite performances along with exciting new dances like G-Force, choreographed by Autumn Eckman.
42nd Annual Lou Malnati's Cancer Research Benefit, October 27th at 7pm, Ravenswood Event Center, $150
Details: Go back in time to the 1970s at this "tie dye not black tie" benefit. Enjoy food & drinks, live & silent auctions, groovy music & decor, dancing and a TON more fun!
DesigNight 2012, October 26th at 5:30pm, Navy Pier, $100-250
Details: The Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects celebrates the Design Excellence Awards on Monday night. Our very own Helmut Jahn will receive the Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding work both here and abroad.
Pritzker Military Library Liberty Gala, October 27th at 6pm, Hilton Chicago, $500
Details: Patrons of the library are joined by special guests from all branches of the armed forces to celebrate the recipient of the Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing, Sir Max Hastings. All proceeds will support the collection, exhibits and programs of the library.
TasteIt Insider Dinner, October 29th at 6pm, Rockit Bar & Grill, $45
Details: Join Finch's Beer Company's brewers Richard Grant and Michael Demetrus for a 4-course beer paired dinner prepared by executive chef, Amanda Downing. Featured brews will include Golden Wing Blonde Ale, Threadless Ale, Facist Pig Ale and Bourbon Caramel Cider.
Food, Wine, Land & Sea, October 29th at 6:30pm, Spacca Napoli Pizzeria, $100
Details: Indulge in a special dinner inspired by the authentic taste of Naples at the much-anticipated unveiling of Spacca Napoli Pizzeria's new outdoor mosaic. A lively discussion on Pompeii and the food of the ancient Romans will be lead by Domenico Mazzella.
Wine and Dine, October 30th at 5:30pm, Kendall College, $50-3,000
Details: Celebrate the accomplishments of notable Kendall College alums at this special occasion featuring culinary demo tables from chefs like Jennifer Jones of Frontera Grill, Kristine Subido of Pecking Order, Ryan Hutmacher of Centered Chef and many more!
Better Boys Foundation AgLAB Harvest Dinner, October 30th at 6:30pm, Uncommon Ground on Clark, $60-80
Details: The AgLAB Harvest Dinner is a five-course meal entirely prepared with ingredients from local farms and bakeries. Your ticket price includes plenty of food and drink for the night with sales directly benefitting AgLAB@1512, BBF's urban gardening apprenticeship.
Dress for Success, October 30th at 11:30am, The Palomar Hotel, $50
Details: Kimpton Chicago Hotels & Restaurants and Dress for Success invite you to go places! Learn about the importance of networking and personal presentation from Stylist & author Tamika Maria Price and social-networking guru Jen Tadin.
Bucktown Spotlight, October 31st-November 1st at 12pm, GiltCity.com, Various Prices
Details: Enjoy the best of Bucktown in a whole new way. Gilt City Chicago will be offering a ton of deals to some of Bucktown's best in retail and food for 2 days only!
Spooktacular, October 31st at 10am, Woodfield Mall, FREE
Details: Stop by the Woodfield Mall for a family-friendly Halloween extravaganza, including mall trick-or-treating until 6pm! Musician Dave Rudolf will be performing while kids enjoy costume contests, crafts and Halloween games.
Trick or Treat and Trouble-free, October 31st at 2pm, Hubbard Woods, FREE
Details: Round up the kids for some trick-or-treating in Winnetka! Fifty stores will have their doors open to little ghouls and goblins until 5pm.
Pumpkin Smash Charity Event, October 27th at 9pm, Three Aces, FREE
Details: Toss on your best costume, throw back a couple of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum cocktails and smash a pumpkin (at the cost of $5) - all in the name of charity! Proceeds from the Pumpkin Smash will benefit the Wounded Warriors Foundation.
Outlaw Halloween, October 27th at 5pm, Rockit Burger Bar, FREE
Details: It's the wild, wild west in Wrigleyville at this Halloween celebration! Put on a killer costume and enjoy some awesome drink deals.
Halloween Pet Costume Contest at Berger Park, October 27th at 2pm, Berger Park, $5
Details: Does your pooch have the perfect costume this year? Join the Chicago Park District in its 2nd Annual Halloween Pet Costume Contest, where you'll enjoy a raffle, prizes and some quality playtime with your pet!
Howl-O-Ween, October 28th at 2pm, Park Hyatt Chicago, $25-75
Details: Have fun at this pet-friendly costume party featuring a live auction, children's face painting, dog readings and a create your own "puppy chow" bar.
Halloween Harvest Ball, October 28th at 4pm, Ravenswood Event Center, $75
Details: Join the Green City Market Junior Board for their second annual fall fundraiser benefitting Green City Market's LINK card program and other initiatives that educate shoppers on local, seasonal eating. This spooky ball will feature many of Chicago's top chefs, pâtissiers and mixologists!
Trick or Tweet For PAWS Chicago: Pup Parade & Costume Contest, October 28th at 1pm, Bad Dog Tavern, $20
Details: Pup and parent costume contest complete with a pup parade and appetizers, compliments of Bad Dog Tavern. All proceeds will benefit PAWS animals in need!
Rocky Horror Picture Show and Shaun of the Dead, October 26th at 9:30pm, Wilmette Theatre, $12
Details: Do the "timewarp" again? and again with two cult classics! The pre-show will also feature Undead Johnny from The World of the Weird Monster Show.
Haunted Hotel Ball, October 27th at 9pm, Chicago Hilton & Towers, $50
Details: Enter Chicago's biggest Halloween costume contest for a chance to win cash and prizes of up to $5,000! Then, let loose with thousands of other partygoers while dancing to live music from Matt Darey & Alex Peace at a "haunted hotel" designed by an Emmy-awarding winning team.
Dance with the Dead: Vamphyri, October 27th at 9pm, 311 N. Sangamon, $15-40
Details: It's the ultimate Halloween party! Over 3,000 people will attend this nightclub and carnivalesque inspired bash featuring monumental decorations, live performances and a trendy, colorful crowd!