Tonight: Find a Common Food Thread

Plus: Universoul Circus, Nigel Barker signing, Shecky's Night Out

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Chef Art Smith is the founder of Common Threads.

    COMMON THREADS WORLD COOKOUT: The much-anticipated return of this soiree will have guests indulging in delectable cuisine from the city's best chefs and sipping concoctions from top-notch mixologists while partaking in unparalleled views of the Chicago River from Fulton's on the River's open-air veranda. All proceeds benefit the charity. 6:30 p.m., 315 N LaSalle, $75

    GOT SOUL? Head south for the annual invasion of the Universoul Circus in Washington Park, featuring everything from Clowns, Trapeze, Motorcycle Daredevils, Break Dancing, Acrobats, Bicycle Daredevils, Magical Illusions, Dogs, Lions, Tigers, Elephants, Stilt Walkers, Caribbean Limbo Dancers, and more. 10:30 a.m., 7:30 p.m., 5531 S. King Drive, $17-$37

    SAY CHEESE: "America’s Next Top Model" photographer and judge Nigel Barker pimping out his new book, "Beauty Equation," at Macy's on State Street and Neiman Marcus on Michigan Avenue. The Macy's event will be held on the lower level at noon and an exclusive reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Neiman Marcus.

    READY, SET, SHOP! The girls take over the Great Hall at Union Station for the next couple of days for the highly-anticipated Shecky's Night Out shopping event. Browse apparel and accessories from a slew of designers, play Mattel's new Bezzerwizzer trivia game and get beauty treatments and the legendary gift bags at this ladies-only social all while sipping on complimentary cocktails. 5-10 p.m., 210 S. Canal St, $20