Chicago Events Guide

Your guide to fun this weekend.

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Karen Millen in the 900 North Michigan Shops hosts a Holiday Shopping Soiree on December 1 from 6-8 p.m. Get 20 percent off Karen Millen’s Winter 2011 Collection, while getting styled by the ladies from Style Block.
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Café des Architectes in the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower hosts its Holiday Rock & Roll party December 1 from 6-8 p.m. benefiting Share Our Strength. Local pastry chefs will compete to create the best French holiday dessert, the Bûche de Noël (Yule Log). Tickets $35.
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The One of a Kind Show and Sale goes down at the Merchandise Mart Dec. 1-4. It's dubbed as the ideal place to find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your holiday list featuring goods from more than 600 talented artists from across North America. Admission $12
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Head to the South Side for a First Friday bash at U.S. Cellular Field's Bacardi Lounge from 8pm-2am music by K-Luv & DJ 33 1/3. RSVP here.
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It sounds like the perfect scene for a reality show, but we're sure the L.K.Bennett show featuring pro sports players wives will be relatively drama-free on Dec. 2. Dianna Davis, wife of former Chicago Bear and current Detroit Lion Rashied Davis, will present the event along with celebrity stylist Maria Garcia. Models include the wives of Devin Hester, Matt Forte and Frank Omiyale, along with the Cubs' Sean Marshall. 7-9 p.m. at the 900 North Michigan Shops. RSVP to maria@mariagarciastyle.com.
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Fulton's on the River invites guests to play Sommelier for a Day on December 2 from 6-9 p.m. Southern Wine and Spirits Certified Sommelier Evan Abramowitz will guide guest through the art of wine tasting and pairing featuring a host of drink selections and hors d'oeuvres. The tasting is $15 per guest. Call 312.822.0100 for reservations.
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If you're out late on Friday night, your best hangover cure might be Prasino restaurant's tequila pairing breakfast on December 3. Chef Scott Halverson's multiple-course breakfast includes items like Jalapeño Corn Biscuit with Cilantro Honey and the El Guapo Scrambler, all paired with different types of tequila. $30 per person in advance. Call 312-878-1212 to make a reservation.
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Chicago Bears player Amobi Okoye and Oscar-winning actor Forest Whittaker join forces December 3 for a fundraising event for the GEANCO Foundation at the Museum of Science and Industry. Expect a number of special VIP guests in the house and entertainment from American Idol Finalist and Dreamgirls Broadway actress Syesha Mercado. Tickets $150-$500.
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Still got holiday shopping to do? Head to the Dose Market December 4th at the River East Art Center, featuring 60-plus fashion, jewelry, menswear, design and artisan food vendors. The HoliDose event goes down from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets $8 in advance.
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Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club hosts "Britney's Birthday Brunch" on December 4 to celebrate the pop star's 30th birthday. The brunch service will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and includes entertainment by Diva Madam X performing as Spears.
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See what local designers and boutiques have to offer this holiday season at Shop IN Chicago December 6 from 5-9 pm at the Drake Hotel. Free admission. RSVP here.
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Andrew Bird and Ian Schneller present the Sonic Arboretum exhibit Dec. 6-31 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The collaboration is a sonic installation consisting of a "forest" of plant-shaped audio horn speakers powered by custom-made tube amplifiers. Two special Sonic Events will be held on Dec. 21 and Dec. 22 where Bird will perform using the Sonic Arboretum as the P.A. More information.
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Strap on your skates as the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink opens up November 18th at Millennium Park. Skating is free, or 10 bucks for rentals. Open through March 11.
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Ever had dreams of joining The Second City? The Chicago institution has just started a new weekly drop-in class from 6-8 p.m. on Sundays, which offers all levels of improvisers a chance to practice their craft. $15 per class.
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Hit Fizz Bar & Grill Fridays and Saturday nights (excluding Oct. 29th) for Bye Bye Liver: The Chicago Drinking Play. It's a series of sketches all centered around the bottle and filled with interactive games with the audience.
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Gorilla Tango Burlesque presents its latest parody TEMPLE OF THE BOOBS: An Indiana Jones Burlesque, running Oct. 28 - Dec. 16. We're not quite following the plot outline, but then again, we're not sure that's the point. 11 p.m., 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave, $20
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The British Stage Company opens its latest production Oct. 22 at The Mercury Theater, The Game Show Show ... and Stuff! The live interactive game show gives audience members a chance to be contestants in the games. Tickets are $15 and performances will run Fridays and Saturdays at 11:00 pm.
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Chicago pop culture artist Hebru Brantly unveils his latest exhibit, Yesterdays Losers, this month at Lacuna Artist Lofts & Studios (2150 S. Canalport). The exhibit takes the viewer on an exploration into the lives of people that have been shunned upon and looked at differently but end up transforming culture.
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Food Trucks are everywhere this year, so if you've yet to get on board the gravy train, hit up a new food truck gathering every Friday and Saturday night from 5-8 p.m. at the southeast corner of Balbo and Columbus in Grant Park. Check the Twitter feed @MobileCuisine for updates.
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The Second City takes a poke at the daily, and sometimes turbulent, lives of Chicago residents in its newest show "Sky's the Limit (Weather Permitting)." The show runs Tuesdays through Thursdays at 8pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and 11pm and Sundays at 7pm. Tickets are $27 on Fridays and Saturdays and $22 every other night of the week. 1608 N. Wells
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Steppenwolf Theatre Company kicks off its 2011/12 season with Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play Clybourne Park directed by ensemble member Amy Morton, playing September 8 – November 6. The play focuses on a home on Chicago's northwest side that becomes a contested site in the politics of race on two separate afternoons, 50 years apart.
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Jake Melnick's Corner Tap celebrates Monday Night Football throughout the season by giving each table a chance to flip a special coin to win prizes such as a complimentary order of wings or a discount off your bill. Also, $5 Ommegang BPA pints will be on special.
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Ever wanted to know where John Belushi or Tina Fey used to go for their post-show food fix during their time at Second City? The Second City's Neighborhood Tour takes you on a humorous journey through the theater's Old Town neighborhood and provides a historic look at the City's 52 year's cf comedy. The tour takes place every Wednesday and Sunday through October 30 at 4 and 1pm, respectively. Tickets will only set you back $15.
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