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12 Of Our Favorite Events In Chicago This Week

By Michelle Meywes Kopeny in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 25, 2017 5:10PM

Image courtesy of Las Minas Puerto Flamenco.

Food, food and more food (and a little cocktail action) tops our favorite events in Chicago this week.


FLAMENCO: Add a little Spanish flavor to your Monday with Las Minas Puerto Flamenco at Harris Theater at 7:30 p.m. The music and dance show will explore the history of flamenco through trade ports—highlighting how the roots of flamenco were brought to different parts of the world via boats and trade routes. Tickets start at $25.


WPB FALL DINNER CRAWL: The 6th annual Wicker Park Bucktown Fall Dinner Crawl from 6 to 9 p.m. gives neighbors and friends and opportunity to taste what the neighborhood has to offer. The crawl will be organized into three different routes featuring restaurants like Dove’s Luncheonette, Antique Taco, Umami Burger and Fonda Frontera. Tickets are $45 in advance ($55 day of).

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WPB Fall Dinner Crawl 2016. Photo by Lydia Hoover.


SAKE TASTING: Learn about the Japanese rice wine at Slurping Turtle at 6:30 p.m. The tasting and class will break down any confusion about sake, serving 15 varieties paired with passed appetizers as well as some Japanese whiskies. Tickets are $25.

CARNIVALE UNIVERSITY: Carnivale University is back with Caipirinhas at 6:30 p.m. The hands-on class led by master mixologist, Daryl Freeman, will guide guests through making, shaking, and of course sampling these classic Brazilian cocktails. Tickets are $40.

Image via Imperial Lamain's Facebook page.

DUMPLING MAKING CLASS: Learn to make your very own colorful dumplings from the pros at Imperial Lamian at 6 p.m. Dimsum Head Chef Lim Kee Tiong will lead the Combination Xiao Long Bao, or rainbow soup dumplings class. And then once you’ve posted pics of your creation, enjoy the result with beverage pairings included. Tickets are $37.

360 PAINT PARTY: The 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck is throwing a Paint Party and you’re invited. You know the drill; sip on some wine while painting the skyline at sunset with an instructor. Take home your 16x20 canvas work-of-art and enjoy a free ride on TILT while you’re up there. Tickets are $50 and include a complimentary drink ticket.


ACTIVATE: The alley art party ACTIVATE returns with Hideaway: Retreat from the Street from 5 to 10 p.m. Enjoy an evening filled with live music, dancing and anonymity curated by Salonathon inside Arcade Place Alley downtown. Admission is free, and and advance RSVP will get you a free drink ticket.

MUSIC SPEAKS LOUDER: Foundations of Music hosts their 29th annual fall benefit, Music Speaks Louder from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Prudential Plaza Club House & Roof Deck. The nonprofit that provides free music education to CPS students in the classroom. Locally based musician Jon Langford is the event’s honorary host, and will also perform among a silent auction, cocktails and apps. Tickets are $75.


Image via Lincoln Park Zoo's website.

LP ZOO FALL FEST: Lincoln Park Zoo 3rd annual Fall Fest kicks off this Friday with autumn themed-animal enrichment and so much more. There’s a corn maze, a tractor themed carousel, a ferris wheel, bounce houses, pumpkin carvers, and more. Admission is free and some activities are ticketed. Check the zoo’s website for the full schedule through Oct. 29.

REVBREW OKTOBERFEST: Revolution Brewing is taking Oktoberfest to the streets. They’re throwing a two-day street fest outside the brewpub location complete with their own craft beer, eats from Dönerman and The Radler and live music. They’ve snagged Real Estate and Jeff Rosenstock to headline the celebration. Entry is a $5 suggested donation benefitting programs of Friends of Goethe School.

INTL LATINO THEATER FESTIVAL: The very first Chicago International Latino Theater Festival: DESTINOS will take place for the next month at venues across the city. See many US premieres including Medea and The Mirror at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre and I, the Worst of All at the National Museum of Mexican Art. See the full schedule on CLATA’s website.

EATALY SEPTEMBERFEST 2.0: SeptemberFest is back at Eataly from 6 p.m. to midnight. The all-access party steps it up this year for it’s second version inviting local favorites to join the food hall’s own chefs. Enjoy food and drink from spots like Big Star, Billy Sunday, Osteria Langhe, Revolution Brewing and Yusho. Tickets are $85.