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This Week in CHI: Oct. 12 – 18

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It’s Chicago Ideas Week! We are excited to catch a few seminars and be a part of this awesome annual event. In the meantime, we have what you should take advantage of this week, and the happenings around town.


Movie Monday premieres in October with chilling themed movies shown in the spooky Palm Court with a themed menu and popcorn available with purchase of any beverage. Movie Monday begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public but reservations are recommended. For more information visit here.


Take advantage of Chicago Ideas week day two with an awesome brew tour of Laugunitas. The most beer-filled, delicious, educational brewery tour you’ll ever go on, you’ll go on the floor of Chicago’s largest brewery. With Lagunitas’ brewer and sensory experts as your guide, you’ll learn about hops and grains, get an introduction to brewing, and of course, sample the finished products. The tour runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m daily? Learn more here.


What is better than pie?! Nothing! From key lime to cherry, Bang Bang specializes in all things pie. Now, thanks to Chicago Ideas Week you can get a chance to see behind-the-scenes of their kitchen and have a chance to bake your pie to take home. While the pies bake, Bang Bang’s founder Michael Ciapciak will take you through the Logan Square pie shop’s history—over coffee and wine, of course. Join in on this seminar during Chicago Ideas week from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit here.

Get in the spirit of Halloween with Adler After Dark. The Adler Planetarium’s monthly 21 and up night time event invites adults to explore the Museum Campus attraction while enjoying drinks and entertainment. Things get spooky at the museum—Scientists will be on to cover the raging battle between strange and mysterious forces for the fate of the cosmos (try your hand at a cosmic “Tug-of-War”), attend a special panel with Fermilab scientists, or gravitationally lens yourself in our Grav Lens photobooth. If that’s too dark for you, dance to the beats of Thriller and other Halloween classics on the dance floor and meet some creepy crawlies, courtesy of our friends from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Tickets are $25; for more information, visit here.

A bounty of seasonal family fun awaits visitors at the zoo’s first Fall Fest. This new, harvest-themed event will feature a variety of attractions across the main zoo grounds and at the Farm-in-the-Zoo. Here’s a taste of what’s in store: a corn maze and hay mountain, pumpkin patch, hay rides, and the ferris wheel and best of all, admission is free! For more information, visit here.


Chef Rebecca Wheeler leads a tour of Devon Avenue that allows you to indulge on food from around the world. Enjoy a chai tasting, some Pakistani barbecue, an Indian breakfast and a tour of the market on Devon Avenue. You will sample a favorite breakfast spread-Halwa Puri, along with refreshing mango lassis, explore an Indian supermarket and discover a whole new world of grains and flours, chutneys and snacks, and learn about the significant role of sweets in Indian culture and what makes them so unique. Tickets are $85 and to find more information visit here.

Check out the longest running competitive international film festival in North America at the Chicago International Film Festival. Now in its 51st year, the festival offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the sights, sounds of other cultures on the big screen and the chance to hear and maybe even meet some of the artists behind them. Passes of 10 and 20 screenings are available beginning at $130 for non-members. For more information visit here.

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