Mac & Cheese Fest, Sat Oct 4, 12pm noon, UIC Forum, $50+
Details: We are from the Midwest, who doesn't love cheese! Come out to the UIC Forum for the ultimate Mac & Cheese experience...all you can taste samples from every participating restaurant! What more could you want in life! Make your mission to tackle samples from over 50 restaurants!
Major League Soccer: Chicago Fire vs Montreal Impact, Sun Oct 5, 4pm, Toyota Park, $22+
Details: Come out to see Chicago's professional soccer team, the Chicago Fire plays against Canada's Montreal Impact! Enjoy beautiful fall weather at this outdoor sporting event!
Guy's Night Out For The Kids, Thurs Oct 2, 6-10pm, Chicago, $125+
Details: This event is for men and women. Enjoy a night out with a open bar, classic BBQ, local beers and spirits, plus specialty vendors including premium cigars, a masseuse, and more. This event supports the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center efforts to ensure the safety, health and well-being of abused children.
FashionBar Chicago Spring/Summer Show, Weds Oct 8, 6:30pm, The Drake Hotel, $20-$50
Details: Join the first annual Spring/Summer fashion show featuring ready to wear pieces. The show will feature three new designers: Gabrielle Zwick, Satoko Mizuno, and Prina Bagia. Cocktails, snacks, and music by DJ NRG will be at the event. Steve Madden is sponsoring the show. SOme of the proceeds go to Family Rescue, in honor of domestic awareness month.
Fall Gala 6th Annual Pancreatic Cancer Benefit, Fri Oct 3, 7pm, ESTATE Ultrabar, $75+
Details: Join Healing with Every Step and the JEH Pancreatic Cancer Foundation for their 6th Annual Fall Gala to raise funds for pancreatic cancer. Enjoy cocktails, appetizers a raffle and silent auction- all proceeds will benefit the Lustgarten Foundation to support pancreatic cancer research.
Latino Fashion Week, Wed Oct 1-Sun Oct 5, $25+
Details: Women 35+ come together to embrace their beauty and sophistication by celebrating the Latino fashion week motto, "It's not about age; it's about your mindset." Connect and network with fashionistas while enjoying the runway show and a luncheon!
The Realm of Terror Horror Experience, Oct 3, 7pm, Round Lake Beach IL, $22-40
Details: This October, check out one of the nations most immersive and entertaining haunted house attractions. Filmmakers, set, sound, and special effect designers came together to create an experience for each guest that lands them in their own horror movie. If you get too scared, those 21+ can grab a drink at the haunt bar to muster up some courage. Don't miss this chance to truly experience the horror like you've never imagined.
Truckin' Along Tour, Thurs Oct 2-Fri Oct 3, 11am, $65
Details: This weekly food truck tour kicks off this weekend! Enjoy a tour of Chicago unlike any other! Stroll the streets of Chicago with tour guides who have scouted for the must eat food trucks throughout downtown Chicago. Try gourmet foods with varying ethnic tastes and truly experience our diverse Chicago.
Zoo Ghost Tours, Thurs Oct 2, 8-9:30pm, 2001 N Clark St, $28 ($24 for members)
Details: Take a tour of Lincoln Park Zoo like you've never experienced before. Sit back while your guide takes you through the zoo's cemetery roots, take a walk down the 19th century "Suicide Bridge" and find out which animal house is haunted.
Historic Chicago Pub Crawl Bar Walking Tour, Thurs/Fri Oct 2/3 , 5:30pm, $34
Details: Enjoy a educational twist on a Chicago pub crawl. Walking through downtown you will crawl to three drink stops, learn about the entertainment history, architecture, and have plenty of time to snack on appetizers.
Ravenswood Artwalk, Sat Oct 4-Sun Oct 5, 11am-9pm, Ravenswood btwn Berteau and Belle Plaine, $5 donation
Details: The 13th annual Ravenswood Artwalk usually featuring about 150 artists, now includes a RAW Detour equipped with a full stage for live music, a variety of food trucks as well as a craft beer gardening featuring Begyle Brewing, Koval Distilled Spirits and the Chicago Market Co-Op.
O'Hare 5K on the Runway, Sun Oct. 5, 8 am, Chicago, $30-$50
Details: Once in a lifetime opportunity to experience a day on a landing strip at one of the world's busiest airports. Runners and walkers will get a front-row seat on the tarmac at the O'hare 5K. Presented to you by United Airlines and the Chicago Department of Aviation as a part of the city's O'hare Modernization Program, all proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project serving military vets.
88th Annual Fashion Show IMAGINE!, Thurs Oct 2, Morgan St. Chicago, $125-325
Details: The Woman's Board of Rush University Medical Center celebrates its 88th annual fashion show this Thursday. This charitable fashion show is the longest running fashion event in the country and this year, the Woman's Board has committed this year to raise $500,000 to support Intraoperative Imaging Technology to allow the removal of complex brain tumors with greater accuracy. Come support the cause and witness the latest fashions for the year.
Lincoln Park Zoo Zoovies and Ghost Tours
Zoovies, Friday Oct 3, South Lawn at Cannon Dr. and Fullerton Pkwy, Free
Details: Bring the entire family and ditch the drive-ins for a movie in the Zoo. Movies start at dusk so bring a blanket and come see Ghostbusters and The Shining to kick off this spooktacular month! VIP upgrades are available on Groupon.
Cruise the Creek Bike Ride and Fest, Sat Oct 4, 12pm, New Lenox, FREE
Details: This is a great day to spend with your family. Great bike paths that allow you to enjoy the scenery and enjoy your family. The actual event is open to everyone, but the bike ride is recommended to be people over the age of 11, due to the six mile loop trail. Once you have reached the end there will be great fall entertainment including, a petting zoo, children's activities, smores, pumpkin painting etc.
Double Ten Parade, Sat Oct 4, 1pm, Wentworth Ave and 24th, Free Details: Watch in awe as the Chinatown neighborhood celebrates Chinese Independence Day with a parade featuring lion dances, Chinese patriots, local school floats and marching bands and a traditional 100 ft dragon! http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/neighborhood_parades.html
Rosehill Cemetery Crypt 5k Run and Walk, Sat Oct 4, 7pm, Chicago, $30-$40
Details: Halloween is around the corner. Run or walk on the 350-acre Victorian cemetery in support of the American Diabetes Association. This is the biggest cemetery in the city of Chicago and the second largest in Illinois.
West Town Art Walk, Oct 3 - 4, Chicago Ave and Milwaukee, Free
Details: The 4th annual art walk happens to be centered in a community that is home to some of Chicago's top talent in art of all types. the event includes visual, performance and culinary art as well as a fashion showcase from West Town shops and businesses. This year features a "party central" locations filled with beer, wine, designer lounge area and DJs.
Walk A Mile In Her Shoes, Sun Oct 5, 10am, Centennial Park (Evanston, IL), $20+
Details: Calling all men! This will allow all men to walk a mile in a females shoes, high heel shoes. Women and children are also welcome to join. The event helps support the NW CASA and their efforts to help free, provide quality and give direct service to sexually assaulted and abused victims.
The Great Chicago Fire Festival, Sat Oct 4, 8:00pm Chicago River between State St and Columbus Dr., Free
Details: Follow this new and totally free ritual with fellow Chicagoans, as they celebrate the "grit, greatness and renewal" that Chicago has possessed since the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. This festival, presented by Redmoon and the city of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Chicago Park District, includes a River Bazaar featuring Chicago's diverse neighborhoods, a Grand Spectacle, fire sculptures and a Victorian era steampunk boat.
Autumn Brews: Seasonal Beer Tasting in the Garden, Thurs Oct 2, 6pm, McGinley Pavilion (Chicago Botanic Garden), $25-33
Details: Welcome fall with the best, local beer! Enjoy brews from Lagunitas, Revolution Brewing, Bells Brewing, New Holland and many more at this evening tasting. Guests will receive a wristband, commemorative tasting glass and tasting sheet where they can document their favorite brews.
Diane Latiker & Kids Off the Block Fundraiser, Thurs Oct 2, 6:30pm, Steve Kalpan's Residence (21 E Cedar St), $500
Details: Join Co-Chairmen Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Steve Kaplan to hear from Diane Latiker, who has devoted her life to providing at-risk youth an alternative to gang life. Hear success stories, challenges and thoughts from KOB youth and how this program has changed their lives, for the better. Cocktails, hor d'oeuvres and entertainment will also be provided!
Think Pink, Thurs Oct 2, 6:30pm, Allium at Four Seasons Hotel, $20 suggested donation
Details: Kick off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the third annual Think Pink fundraiser, whose mission is to raise awareness for breast cancer research for the Lynn Sage Foundation. Enjoy cocktails and hor d'oeuvres while Chicago's top bloggers walk the runway in Nicole Miller's Fall/Winter collection!
Pant For the Pantry 5K, Sun Oct 5, 8am, Old Plank Trail Community Bank (New Lenox), $10-30 Details: Join hundreds of other runners for the 4th Annual Pant For the Pantry 5K! All proceeds will benefit local food pantries, and all participants are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to donate. http://offers.oldplanktrailbank.com/landing/5k/
36th Annual Ron Santo Walk to Cure Diabetes, Sun Oct 5, 9:30am Montrose Ave and the Lake, Free
Details: Hosted by JDRF, the worlds largest funder and staunch advocate for type 1 diabetes and Illinois being the largest JDRF chapter in the world, the Annual Ron Santo walk for the cure brings out tens of thousands of adults, teens and children in the fight to stamp the disease.
Comer RBC Race for the Kids 5K Run/Walk, Sun Oct 5, 9am, University of Chicago Main Quadrangle, Hyde Park.
Details: An event celebrating children all around. This is a kids 200-yard dash, ages six and under, also the Kid's mile is a one mile chip-timed run recommended for students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade. All proceeds benefit for the Kids fund research by some of the most talented physicians in the country. This will give the best possible care for these young patients.
Bullying Stops Here Community Walk, Sat Oct 4, 9:00am Orland Park Civic Center 14750 Ravinia ave, $25
Details: This second annual walk held during National Bullying prevention month is hosted by The Bridge Teen Center. This community center focuses on providing a safe haven for 7th through 12th grade students where they combat bullying daily by "challenging and empowering" their students. This walk will include live music, a culinary demo by Whole Foods Market and food samples from various local vendors.
Journey to the End of the Night, Sat Oct 4, 7pm, Northerly Island 1400 S. Lynn White Drive, Free
Details: Robot Apocalypse has ravaged the city! You and the remaining survivors will meet at Northerly Island in a race against time to save yourself, what's left of the City and the world! The game, created in 2006 by Ian Kizu-Blair, Sam Lavigne and Sean Mahan, drops players in the middle of a chase "through a city at night." With almost 5,000 players worldwide, in cities including New York, Berlin, Los Angeles and Vienna, at any given time, it has become one of the most successful games in 2014.
30th Annual iHobby Expo, Fri Oct 3 2pm, Oct 4-5 9:30am, Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 Thoreau Drive N., $40
Details: The iHobby Expo is fun for the whole family including a 300 booth tradeshow, flying model RC planes and helicopters, RC car and truck racing, Thomas the train rides on a huge model railroad, Slot cars, robot battles and Free models to make and take home!
Australian Pink Floyd, Thurs Oct 2, 8pm, The Chicago Theatre, $32+
Details: Never had the chance to see Pink Floyd in concert? Australian Pink Floyd is the next best thing! Featuring a million dollar light show, lasers and the psychedelic sounds of Pink Floyd, this show is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Oyster Shucking & Tasting Event with Moet and Chandon, Thurs Oct 2, 6:30pm, Mariano's West Loop, $20
Details: Taste from a selection of fresh oysters and view a shucking demo. Enjoy sipping pairings of Moet and Chandon Imperial and Rose Imperial. Take advantage of this opportunity to experience what Mariano's has to offer.
Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull Concert, Fri Oct 3, Allstate Arena, 7:30
Details: Hurry and grab tickets for the concert that is sure to be a night of hit songs one after another. Get pumped to live it up and dance the night away. Bailando!
Pre-Eve of the Eve Party, Fri Oct 3, 10pm, The Underground, $20+
Details: Welcome fall weather in good company with fundraising and a party! Join hundreds of your closest friends at The Underground for a night filled with cocktails, appetizers and of course, dancing! Proceeds from the night will benefit HighSight, a scholarship and mentoring program for low-income students in Chicago.
AKIRA 12th Annual Fall Fashion Show, Sun Oct 5, 4pm, Grossinger City Autoplex,$25-100
Details: Come and witness Akira's 12th Fashion show and get ready to be entertained. With 30 of Chicago's top models on the runway and special guest James Maslow (Dancing with the Stars, Big Time Rush) it is sure to be an exciting event! Enjoy the fashion, food, entertainment, drinks, and even try on the fashions at the pop up shop.