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This Week in CHI: Oct. 26 – Nov. 1

Halloween is here! We have everything you should be doing this week in Chicago to enjoy the spooky holiday and all it has to offer, as well as some fun Fall outings.

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Happy Hour has gone green. Mingle with the green fairy and indulge in the Violet Hour’s “absinthe Happy Hour” also known as L’Heure Verte, or “the green hour.” The Violet Hour celebrates the early 1920’s in France, a period where absinthe consumption was popular, by celebrating fine varieties from awesome distilleries. Indulge in four absinthes for $4-$5 off the regular price and three absinthe cocktails for $10 instead of $13. For more information, visit here.

The zoo’s popular Wine & Wildlife after-hours series lets adults enjoy a glass of wine while learning about the zoo’s global conservation programs from animal care experts and research scientists. This week, meet author Matt Kaplan over a glass of wine and listen as he provides insights into the elements of mystical places and magical objects— love potions, oracles and more—from ancient history, mythology and contemporary culture. Visit here for more information.


Photo credit: Shedd Aquarium

It is time again for Shedd Aquarium’s annual Penguin Hops Release Party. This event has become an autumn tradition here in Chicago, as Shedd savors the fruits of the aquarium’s productive hops vines, turned into a limited-edition harvest ale by their partners at Revolution Brewing. You get a free sample, and then with every pint of Penguin Hops you purchase, $1 will be donated to Shedd to help support conservation initiatives and other mission-fulfilling work. Tickets for the event are $18 for non-members and $9 for members, and the event goes from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Check out more information here.


Photo credit: Reeling Film Festival

The mega cult movie classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, gets three late October screenings just in time for Halloween. Do the time warp, and, if this is your first time, be sure to pick up a special $3 Midnight Madness Virgin Kit with a whole host of props and goodies. The film, co-starring Meat Loaf and Richard O’Brien, bombed in its initial release but later gained a cult following at midnight showings. Tickets are $15 and they can be purchase with more information here.

What is better than a fabulous event benefitting an amazing local cause? We can’t think of much else, which is why we are excited about the Run Like a Girl Soirée, benefitting Girls on the Run, a local Chicago organization. Girls on the Run is a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade. Their mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. Join Girls on the Run supporters and fellow fitness enthusiasts at the historic Drake Hotel for wine, beer (courtesy of 3 Floyds) cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live music, plus a silent auction. All funds raised at the Soirée will help support the life-changing Girls on the Run programming throughout Chicagoland. Tickets are $157, the same cost for a girl to participate in the program. For more information go here.


Photo credit: Lyric Opera House

Want to go to a Halloween with a venue that is to die for? Masquerade and celebrate Halloween in the most fabulous way possible, at the first ever Night at the Opera House: A Halloween Masquerade, hosted by The Lyric Young Professionals will. From 8 p.m. to midnight, The Grand Foyer of the Civic Opera House will be transformed into a majestic and elegant venue, with its rich detailing and historic Art Deco and Art Nouveau architecture. Listen to beats spun courtesy of DJ KJ, and and dine on bites from food from Emilio’s Tapas, Ornua Foods, and Celeste, with an open bar featuring signature cocktails and beer from Empirical Brewery. Tickets are $75 for members and $125 for non-members. Visit the event page for more information here.

Feeling like a zombie after a long night of Halloween shenanigans? Revive with your costume from last night, and a little hair of the dog, and celebrate Dia de los Muertos, (or Day of the Dead) at Kit Kat Lounge On Halsted. Diva Madam X will lift your “spirits” with live performances from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check out their build-your-own beverage package that includes mimosas, bloody martinis, bellinis and sangria for $14.95. For reservations and more information visit here.


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