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13 Of Our Favorite Events In Chicago This Weekend

By Michelle Meywes Kopeny in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 20, 2017 5:39PM

Image via Arts in the Dark's website.

This weekend has eats, drinks, a Twitter library for the ages and more.


CHEERS + DRINK FEST: Social Power Hour hosts the Cheers + Drink Fest at Concord FiftyFive from 6 to 9 p.m. Local distilleries, breweries and wineries including FEW, Rabbit Hole and Cooper’s will be showcased, plus food will be available for purchase from Knife & Tine. Tickets are $40.

CAMPFIRE HORRORS: Gather round the campfire at Northerly Island for a scary movie at 7 p.m. Horror classic The Shining will be the feature film for the evening which will also feature marshmallows for roasting. BYO blankets and chairs. Free.

20X2: The 20x2 question and answer series makes it’s way to the Hideout this Friday at 6:30 p.m. 20 speakers from all different walks of creative life get two minutes each to answer this edition's question: “How does it work?” Tickets are $10.

EAT. DRINK. SIT. STAY.: Eat. Drink. Sit. Stay. will bring together Logan Square cocktail bars and restaurants to support bringing a new neighborhood dog park. The evening will feature DJs, drinks and bites from the Whistler, Scofflaw, Punch House, Parsons and more. Tickets are $25.

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TRUMP TWITTER LIBRARY: The Daily Show's The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library opens on Friday and runs through Oct. 22. in the Great Hall at 225 S. Canal St. This is a can't-miss chance for an alternate view at the activities of the U.S. Tweeter-In-Chief.

ALL-INN MUSIC FEST: Eight Halsted Street venues come together for the “THE ALL-INN” indoor music fall festival. The Musical Mile venues include B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted, Tonic Room and more with eclectic music beginning at 6 p.m. Pick up a wristband at aliveOne, Tonic Room or The Store for free cover.


ARTS IN THE DARK PARADE: The magical Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade celebrates the city’s diverse arts community. The family friendly parade steps off at Columbus and Balbo right at dusk with floats, costumes and performances. Don’t forget about the pre-parade activities at Buckingham Fountain and the house party afterward at the Bean. Free.

SNL EXHIBIT: "Saturday Night Live: The Experience" opens at the Museum of Broadcast Communications this Saturday. Revel in original props, costumes and other relics from the show and even walk through the six-day production process. Tickets are $25.

MALT ROW COLD CRAWL: This Saturday’s Malt Row Cold Crawl from 1 to 4 p.m. will benefit benefit Coat Angels, which provides winter coats to local school children. Visit four “Malt Row” spots with food and drink specials including Empirical Brewing and Begyle Brewing Company. Tickets are $20.

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ LEGEND: Troy Andrews is better known as Trombone Shorty, and his prowess when he purses his lips and blows into his horn's mouthpiece is nothing short of breathtaking. He's touring behind his latest album, Parking Lot Symphony, with his backing band Orleans Avenue. If you're looking for a party, then you want to be at The Riv when Trombone Shorty plays there Saturday night.


WINE CLASS: ENO Wine Room takes guests to the South of France this Sunday. There are two different sessions to choose from: 3 p.m. or 6 p.m. where expert sommeliers will lead a class accompanied by assortment of cheeses, charcuterie, and chocolates. Tickets are $55.

BUZZY ELECTRO-POP: Cults may hail from New York, but their sound is more sunshine smile than urban grit on Offering, just released earlier this month. The dup of Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion expand their sound, moving away from more intimate production to spin out larger and grander slices of twinkling electro-pop. The band plays Lincoln Hall on Sunday night.

LEOPOLD AND LOEB WALKING TOUR: The 1924 murder of Bobby Franks is a legendary Chicago crime mystery. Leopold and Loeb were held responsible for the gruesome beating, and this tour from the Chicago History Museum takes visitors through the Kenwood neighborhood where it all went down. 2 p.m. Tickets are $25.