O, TANNENBAUM: The City of Chicago Christmas tree (actually more than 100 individual balsam firs joined together) gets lit in grand fashion in Daley Plaza today. Live music kicks the festivities off, then Mayor Daley, Santa Claus and special guests will flip the switch. 12PM, free.
A LIFE IN FOCUS: Accomplished photographer Annie Leibovitz (she of the controversial celebrity photo career) will discuss her new book, "Annie Leibovitz at Work," at the Harold Washington Library Center tonight. 6PM, free.
GET REEL: The Midwest Independent Film Festival celebrates the "Best of the Midwest" Awards at River North's Rockit Bar & Grill tonight. The awards recognize the premier films and filmmakers featured during this year's festival, which takes place the first Tuesday of every month at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema in Lakeview. The event, featuring appetizers, Effen vodka cocktails and St. Pauli Girl beers, also serves as the festival's only annual fundraiser. 6-9PM, $50.