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This Week in CHI: Nov. 9-15

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Yes, it’s getting colder and darker a little faster each day, but we have activities around Chicago to brighten your spirits! Here’s your social calendar to keep the sunshine in Chicago this week.

photo credit: Megan Osterhout
photo credit: Megan Osterhout

If you’re looking for a place to watch ‘da Bears’ game this Monday, head to Lottie’s Pub. The restaurant is hosting its second-annual chili cook-off and guests will be able to taste the contestants’ chili during half-time. It’s free to get in and specials include $3 Dos Equis, $4 Milagro, and $2 steak or chicken tacos. Yum! For more info, click here.

Masquerade! Paper faces on parade! But there will be no ‘Phantom’ at this Masquerade. Join Best Buddies at its Fifth Annual Best Buddies Mini Gala at Studio Paris on Hubbard Street. Dressing in cocktail attire and to theme is encouraged, so let loose and raise money for a good cause! Tickets are still available, and more info is here.

photo credit: Megan Osterhout
photo credit: Megan Osterhout

November 11th is Veterans’ Day, and it’s important to take some time to thank all of the veterans who have bravely served our country. Flagship in Lakeview is doing its part by donating 20 percent of every bill on Wednesday to Leave No Veteran Behind, a national nonprofit that invests in building better communities by creating jobs, education programs, and offering support to families with veterans all over the U.S. For more information, click here.

Vive la France! À la carte Chicago is back, celebrating French food, wine, and inspiring food lovers to indulge in all things French throughout the week. Take some time and learn how to make the perfect crème brûlée, or simply be a ‘taste tester’—no matter what, you’ll have a great time. For more information, click here.

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It’s time to lace up your skates and head to Millennium Park because it’s that time of year when the McCormick Tribune ice rink opens for the winter season! No matter whether you’re an expert or desperately clutch the wall for support, ice skating is great for everyone! For more information, click here.

One of Bucktown’s favorite festivals, ChillFest, is back for its third year to grace our ears with its acoustic presence. This free festival is bringing more than 60 performers this year, and they will be performing throughout the neighborhood so partons can travel around and find their favorites. For more information, click here.

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Are you an animal lover? Are you a fan of Lagunitas beer? Well, head to Northdown Cafe and Taproom this Sunday and support, Peace for Pits, a local organization that takes in pit bulls and other larger breeds and finds foster homes, forever homes, and obtains veterinary care for all the animals they take in. So, drink some beer for a good cause and head there this Sunday. More info here.

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