The Joffrey Ballet: 8th Annual Couture & Cocktails, October 4th at 7pm, Park West, $300
Details: Watch a fantastic runway show of mesmerizing Joffrey costumes from the past, present and the future. Along with cocktails and haute cuisine, guests will enjoy an all-digital auction and, of course, dancing with Joffrey company members. Proceeds benefit Joffrey Ballet School.
PROJECT: VISION Fall Soiree & Silent Auction, October 5th at 7pm, Design Cloud Gallery, $35
Details: Project: VISION will be holding its 6th Annual Fall Soiree & Silent Auction this year! Please join for an evening of food, drinks, and an exciting silent auction as we celebrate PV's recent successes and look forward to another year of progress and new opportunities!
Mutt Strut, October 5th at 11am, Newport Ave at Southport Ave, $40
Details: Chicago Canine's 10th annual block party and walk. Enjoy a day of music, food, and all things dog, including a dog cake eating contest, dog wash, and vets!
Jammin' Away the Blues, October 3rd at 6pm, Buddy Guy's Legend, $40
Details: Join Mental Health American of Illinois and jam away the blues with legend John Primer in a benefit concert to support Suicide Prevention and Awareness in the city of Chicago.
Latino Fashion Week, October 1st-5th, Various Locations, $25-80
Details: LATINO FASHION WEEK is the only full week and tour dedicated to Latino Fashion in the United States, showcasing top Latino designers from Central and South America, the Caribbean and the U.S.
Universoul Circus, September 18th-October 6th at 7:30pm, Washington Park, $20
Details: A great circus show is a highly interactive combination of circus arts, theater, and music that spans genres including Pop, Classic R&B, Latin, Hip Hop, Jazz and Gospel.
Dose Market, October 6th at 10am, 1st Ward at Chop Shop, $5
Details: New location and totally revamped! Get the news about the finest selections of food and fashion in one place every Sunday this season in Wicker Park.
Mind Matters, October 4th at 6pm, Radisson Blue Aqua Hotel, $300
Details: Join Chicago's ABC7 sports anchor Rafer Weigel as he hosts the Minds Matter, a benefit for the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute, and honor his father Tim Weigel who passed away from Brain Cancer in 2001.
FunRaiser, October 4th at 9pm, The Underground, $10
Details: Enjoy another First Friday event from DonorsChoose.Org. Come hang out with friends while dancing and enjoying cocktails. Proceeds benefit local schools and their programs as suggested by local teachers.
5th Annual Taste of the Gold Coast, October 3rd at 6:00pm, Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, $125
Details: Enjoy the opportunity to taste the cuisines from the Gold Coast's top restaurants, including Cru Kitchen + Bar, Fred's, and Jellyfish. Gourmet menu items will be presented by each restaurant's head chef.
ALTSO Rocktoberfest Chicago, October 3rd at 6pm, House of Blues, $100-150
Details: Annual concert bringing together more than 350 community leaders for a night of rock and roll with acoustic music to benefit A Leg to Stand On, a non profit organization that works with children to provide them with prosthetics.
1st Annual Chicago Vendy Awards, October 5th at 1pm, The Dining Room at Kendall College, $35-$500
Details: We'll determine the best street food vendor in Chicago while raising money for Slow Food Chicago & Asociación de Vendedores Ambulantes (AVA) with a cook-off between the best sidewalk chefs in the city, a festival, and a fundraiser for two great non-profit organizations.
Fall Color 5k Run + Walk, October 6th at 8am, The Morton Arboretum, $10-$35
Details: Celebrate fall at the Arboretum with the 10th annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk. Adults and children welcome!
Chicago Comedy Film Festival, October 4th-5th at 5pm, Showplace ICON, $39
Details: A film festival committed to bringing independent comedy to the screen. Enjoy local comedies and watch as they compete for awards such as best film.
Paws for a Cause, October 6th at 12pm, Horse Fair Park, $15
Details: Walk two miles with your favorite furry pup at the third annual benefit for the Centegra Gavers Breast center.
Jack Johnson, October 6th at 7:30pm, Chicago Theatre, SOLD OUT
Details: Enjoy Jack Johnson on his From Here to Now Tour. Hear his hits off his newest album From Here to Now, which just hit number one on the Billboard Top 100 chart.
12th Annual St. Jude Harvest Moon, October 4th at 8pm, Venue One, $125-150
Details: We invite you to taste hors d'oeuvres provided from Chicago's top restaurants, sip your favorite cocktail, dance to live music, and give to help ensure that no family ever pays St. Jude for anything. This year will be more memorable than any in years past.
The Amazing Chicago Scavenger Hunt, October 5th at 12pm, Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant, $20
Details: POGO Events presents The Amazing Chicago Scavenger Hunt - part scavenger hunt, part obstacle course and ALL CHICAGO. A series of clues leads you around the city performing ridiculously fun physical and mental challenges along the way.
Season Soul Food: A Celebration of Chef Edna Lewis, October 5th at 6pm, Inspiration Kitchens, $100-$200
Details: The culinary team at Inspiration Kitchen is preparing a 4-course menu inspired by the work of Chef Edna Lewis. Enjoy a night of delicious food and paired readings.
Cat Awareness Weekend, October 5th-6th, Brookfield Zoo, $10.50-15
Details: Head to Brookfield Zoo for a purr-fect weekend and learn about the zoo's cats, from the big cats like the African lions, Amur leopards, Amur tigers, and snow leopards to the small ones, including fishing cats, domestic house cats and our baby snow leopard.
#AlliumGoesPink, October 3rd at 6pm, Allium at the Four Seasons, $35
Details: Enjoy a night of pink bubbly, pink cocktails, food, and mini manicures at the Allium Restaurant. Proceeds benefit the Lynn Sage Foundation, which provides financial helping to find a cure for breast cancer by supporting research in Chicago.
James Bond Masquerade Party, October 3rd at 7pm, Gallery Bar, $20
Details: Let your mind take you to another world full of dancers, artists, tarot cards, and more at this fun mystery themed gala. Help raise money for Chicago Basket Brigade to provide a Thanksgiving meal to those Chicago families in need.
The Bra Crawl, October 5th at 12pm, American Junkie, $10
Details: Wear a bra over your shirt to "Show Your Support" and raise awareness & funds for the V Foundation, as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
Diamonds in the Ruff, October 3rd at 7pm, Salvage One, $60
Details: Join in a night of celebrating the donors, volunteers, dogs, kids, and law enforcement officials who make Chicago a safer city. Proceeds benefit Safe Humane Chicago, which creates positive relationships between people and animals to help at risk youth in under privileged communities.
Nick Offerman, October 3rd at 8pm, The Chicago Theater, $35.30
Details: Live Nation welcomes Nick Offerman to The Chicago Theatre on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 8pm for a "Homecoming Show" on his American Ham Comedy Tour.
Girls' Night Out, October 3rd at 5pm, Downtown Downers Grove, FREE
Details: Grab your girlfriends & enjoy a night of shopping & dining downtown Downers Grove! Our unique boutiques and delicious restaurants will be hosting sales, massages, demonstrations, "tastings" & fun!
Long Grove Oktoberfest, October 8th at 8am, Downtown Long Grove, FREE
Details: Celebrate German culture, beer and food at the annual festival.
Travel Club Presents Raghavan Iyer, October 7th at 6pm, The Art Institute of Chicago, $38
Details: Join the adventure as we welcome cookbook author and culinary educator Raghavan Iyer to celebrate the publication of his fourth book, Indian Cooking Unfolded.
Fall Bulb Festival, October 4th-6th, Chicago Botanic Garden, FREE
Details: Sip on cider, wine and beer, shop local vendors, enjoy live music and enjoy a variety of baked goods and jams. Plenty of fun activities for kids, too!
Pigtoberfest, October 5th at 12 pm, Brainerd Building in Libertyville, $10
Details: Feast on roasted pork and sides from Porkies Pig Roast. The benefit for the Greater Libertyville Mundelein Jaycees and the Save Brainerd Foundation also features live music from Raspy & the Tiger, Time & Ned Acoustic and Frontage Road, plus kids' activities.
Trick or Trees, October 5th-October 27th at 11am, Morton Arboretum, $12
Details: Play tricky games, fashion fun fall crafts, and plant a tree seed to take home. Small pumpkins to paint will also be available for purchase.
West Town Art Walk, October 4th-5th at 6pm, along Chicago Avenue, FREE
Details: During this Friday & Saturday event, attendees can enjoy visual art, music, and fashion from Chicago artists all showcased within West Town's shops, businesses, restaurants, and bars.Established in 2011, the West Town Art Walk is an annual event organized by West Town business owners to celebrate our diverse community of businesses while highlighting Chicago artists.
Bridetoberfest, October 3rd at 6pm, DANK Haus German American Cultural Center, $15
Details: A beer tasting event for brides, their grooms, and their friends, combined with a casual wedding event featuring eco-friendly wedding vendors and tips for creating a more mindful event.
Run 10 Feed 10, October 6th at 8am, Fleet Feet Sports in Old Town, $50-60
Details: This fall, Women's Health will once again host our run with a mission. Run a 10K with us, and you will instantly provide 10 meals for those going hungry in your local and surrounding communities.
NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off, October 3rd at 10pm, Empty Bottle, $8
Details: Show off your moves for the chance to win a trip to New York or $100. DJ Jonathan Toubin spins '60s soul. Proceeds benefit Slow Food Chicago.
Cry Chicago Walk 2013, October 6th at 8:30am, Busse Woods Forest Preserve in Elk Grove, $10-45
Details: CRY Chicago presents 5K Walk event to benefit kids fighting for their basic rights everyday. Join us and help make this event a grand success and in turn change the lives of under-privileged children one step at a time!
The Official Blues Brothers Revue, October 5th at 8pm, North Central College, Prices Vary
Details: Dan Aykroyd, Judy Belushi, and Paul Shaffer present a live concert and comedy show that features songs from the original movie and band!
The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital RBC Race for the Kids, October 6 at 9am, Hyde Park, Donations welcome
Details: Join us in making a difference in the lives of children who receive care at the forefront of medicine at Comer Children's Hospital. Contributions from the race fund research by some of the most talented pediatric physicians in the country.
Blocktoberfest, October 5th at 12pm, St. Leonard School Berwyn, FREE
Details: A joint block party and Oktoberfest celebration full of family fun events, obstacle courses, dunk tank, bags tournament, and more!
Ravenswood Art Walk, October 5th at 11am, Ravenswood Event Center, $10
Details: Within a unique vintage setting, the ArtWalk Reception and Artists's Salon features local craft beer, wine, food from Ravenswood area restaurants, a silent auction featuring work from Chicago artisans, music, awards, and more!