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This Week in CHI: Oct. 24-30

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The Cubs are off to the World Series and it is a great time to be in Chicago! While this week we recommend you spend most of your time cheering our home team on, after 71 years since their last World Series appearance. On game days we have included where to watch the Chicago Cubs take on the Cleveland Indians, but if baseball isn’t your thing we have lots of other stuff to occupy your time, including some fun Halloween activities! GO CUBS GO!

Monday
This week is the last week to check out the Chicago International Film Festival, so don’t miss out on a chance to catch some of the over 150 indie, foreign, and documentary films being showcased at the festival this year, with categories like New Directors, Out-Look, ReelWomen and Black Perspectives. The Moviegoers pass is $100 for members and $130 for non-members and is good for 10 admissions. For more information and to purchase passes, visit here.

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Tuesday
Game one of the series and we suggest watching the Cubs take on the Indians at The Boundary. The Wicker Park watering hole and game watching destination will host viewing parties for all Cubs games with a video DJ and full sound for guests to enjoy. Additionally, Old Town Pour House, the craft beer hot spot known for its robust display of large screen TV’s and 90+ selection of draft beers will be playing all games live with sound and features a video DJ to provide guests with optimal game coverage.

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Wednesday
Okay, so game two, and hopefully the Cubs are off to a great start. We have rounded up some serious food specials for you to check out in honor of the monumental occasion. Watch the game at Rockit and get a burger for just $1.908 during the 7th inning stretch, in honor of the last time the Cubs won the series. There’s also a $19.08 goat burger and tall boy special and $3 Old Style tall boys to keep you going through the game. Or head over to State & Lake and grab a hot dog with smoked tomato jam, relish, piparras and mustard aioli for $10, a Chicago beer flight featuring breweries like Buckledown, 5 Rabbit and Half Acre and a Goat’s Blood shot (vodka and beet juice) for $6 at State and Lake.

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Thursday
Happy Hours throughout the city have certainly stepped their game up. Pearl Tavern in the loop offers, $4 select draft beers, $6 Smirnoff cocktails, $7 glasses of proseccos, and during the month of October $10 vanilla pumpkin martinis, every weekday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.  Enolo Wine Cafe now offers happy hour from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., where you can receive $5 glasses of wine and a variety of $5 bruschettas. Belly Up Smokehouse and Saloon in the South Loop debuted new happy hour specials. Available Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. guests can enjoy featured specials such as half-off pints and pitchers, $2 sliders (choice of any 3) and $5 Bulleit Bourbon shots.

Friday
GO CUBS GO! Game three is on and we are excited about this pop up restaurant in Chicago’s most iconic building, The Willis Tower. Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand-winning restaurant and a Chicagoland favorite, Q-BBQ will celebrate the Chicago Cubs entering the World Series for the first time since 1945 by smoking a goat at their pop-up restaurant in efforts to reverse the curse that cubs fans believe have deterred the tea from winning a world series. Legend has it a curse was placed on the team after a local tavern owner was asked to leave Wrigley Field with his goat in 1945. Hence the goat. Smoked goat will be available beginning Tuesday, October 25, the 1st day of the World Series.

The Village Halloween Parade on October 31, 2010, Manhattan, New York, USA

Saturday
Game four, hopefully the Cubs are still in it, if of course they haven’t already won! Also, equally as important, it’s Halloween weekend. We are ready to party this Saturday at the I|O Godfrey. Chicagoans are invited to The Godfrey Hotel Chicago for Haunted Hotel 2, a night of thrilling fun in celebration of the spookiest day of the year. The Godfrey is turning up the paranormal switch this year. The rooftop lounge is getting a sinister makeover, guest rooms on the fifth floor will be transformed into haunted rooms with horrors lurking in every corner, and zombies & ghosts will freely roam the guest room hallways. All are encouraged to attend the party disguised in costumes to revel in the night’s frightening festivities and drink the chef’s witch-crafted potions.

Sunday
Bucktown’s favorite BBQ spot, Lillie’s Q now offers brunch. Renowned chef and award-winning pitmaster Charlie McKenna and Chef Tony Quartaro have crafted delicious, Southern-inspired brunch offerings, bringing much more than just your typical omelets and pancakes to the table. With the collaborative effort of Tony Quartaro, Director of Culinary for Southern Revival Hospitality, McKenna has created a brunch menu full of delicious Southern bites accompanied by irresistible libations. Additionally, all items from the Lillie’s Q daily menu are available during brunch service. Grab your closest crew and get a taste of the South during Lillie’s Q brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-3pm.

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