MONDAY OCTOBER 5
FASHION WEEK: Fashion Focus CHIcago is underway. Chicago’s fashion week, presented by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, features a ton of premiere happenings around the city—many free—including runway shows, shopping events and cocktail receptions. For the full schedule, check the DCASE website.
CLASSICAL MUSIC + TAP DANCE: Tap dance shares the stage with Chicago Sinfonietta in “Tap In. Turn Up.” Broadway tap dancer Cartier Williams teams with Chicago based flamenco group Clinard Dance Theater for this unique pairing at Symphony Center. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $18.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 6
MUSEUM AFTER HOURS: The Chicago History Museum offers flash tours, talks with the curator and a DJ spinning tunes at their after hours event from 5 to 8 p.m. Part of Museum Week. Tickets are $5 or free for members.
READING SERIES: Tuesday Funk, the eclectic reading series where “good writing and good beer mix” takes place tonight at Hopleaf’s upstairs lounge. This month’s guests include Jennifer Masengarb, Coya Paz, Lori Rader-Day, Carly Oishi and Tom Haley. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Free. 21+
Octoberfeast Black Route via River North Business Association's Facebook.
RESTAURANT CRAWL: Explore the restaurants of River North with one of four routes onOctoberFeast. With so many steakhouses and seafood restaurants in the neighborhood, every route will be a delicious feast. Tickets are $75 and include all food and beverage along your route and at the after party at Parliament Chicago. Registration begins at 5 p.m. at Maggiano’s Little Italy.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 7
SCIENCE + BEER: Learn about Evolution at the South Pole while drinking ice cold beers at Revolution Brewing on Milwaukee. The Brainscoop’s Emily Graslie will host Field Museum scientists in a talk about evolution and research from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 and include brews and snacks. 21+
BOURBON DINNER: “Reserve Your Seat” at this high-end dining and bourbon experience from Woodford Reserve and the Chicago Reader. Chef Blake Saavedra will work with the master bartender at Old Town Social to create a specially-paired four course prix fixe dinner and bourbon tasting. Tickets are $65. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., 21+
THURSDAY OCTOBER 8
INDIE CONCERT: Tobias Jesso Jr crooned his way into our hearts with the piano ballad “How Could You Babe”, but his performance at Pitchfork Music Festival showed us he doesn’t take himself too seriously, making us like the guy even more. Chill pop trio Wet opens up the night starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance ($17 door).
HAPPY HOUR PERFORMANCE: Harris Theater’s new happy hour performance series MIX at SIX kicks off today at 6 p.m. with AXIS Dance Company. These one hour performances are the perfect length to take in a little bit of culture while taking advantage of signature cocktail specials and food trucks. Single tickets are $10.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 9
ROCK CONCERT: We’ve been fans of Bully ever since seeing them at Pitchfork Music Festival this summer. Band leader Alicia Bognanno channels some of the greatest parts of '90s grunge music (including a resemblance to a certain Nirvana member) with great emotional and technical strength. Heat and Fake Limbs open. Show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $12. 18+
DOCUMENTARY: Rhymefest documentary “In My Father’s House” follows the Chicago hip hop star’s deeply personal story about fatherhood and redemption. The award winning film from Ricki Stern & Annie Sundberg opens nationwide today. See it locally at AMC River East 21.
ART + DESIGN: Andersonville celebrates local artists and designers who live and work in the neighborhood with the 13th annual Arts and Design Weekend. More than 40 businesses up and down Clark Street will take part, kicking off with the Night of 100 pARTies! tonight and continuing through the weekend with self-guided art walks. There will also be live entertainment, workshops and more. Check their website for the full schedule. Free.