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This Week in CHI: Oct. 31- Nov. 6

Happy Halloween, Bitches… I mean witches! It’s Halloween here in Chicago, which means lots of fun stuff to do at the beginning of this week, from Halloween happy hours to Día De Los Muertos celebrations, we have many ways for you to celebrate. Additionally, the Chicago Cubs are still in the World Series, so the city is full of excitement! Here is your social calendar this week in Chicago.

It’s Halloween! Whether you went to the office today in full “Suicide Squad” or “Stranger Things” costume, or you just are down to get a little boozy for the heck of it, there are some great Halloween happy hours for you to check out when work lets out. We will be celebrating at Pearl Tavern in the Loop for the restaurant’s “Boos and Booze” happy hour, with complimentary “Witches’ Brew” cocktails and bar snacks, and their featured vanilla pumpkin martini on special for $10. For more information, click here.

Quartino is getting into the Halloween spirit as well, with a Halloween Wine Bash. Enjoy red and white wine, pumpkin-spiced Mai Tais and bites including pizza, salumi, and cheeses, and additionally enter a costume contest for fun prizes. The event is from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. and is $25 a person. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.


Feliz Día de los Muertos! Día de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead” in English, is a holiday with Mexican origins that is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. Día de los Muertos is a day to celebrate death — or, more specifically, the deceased. Día de los Muertos, though celebrated in many countries, has Mexican origins, hence why we will be spending the evening celebrating the traditional Mexican religious holiday at Broken English Taco Pub. The restaurant with be celebrating its Mexican culture, with a Día de los Muertos Party featuring cocktails on special and complimentary face painting. For more information, click here.

Additionally, cheer on the Cubs in game 6 of the World Series! Head to the Logan Theater, Logan Square’s iconic independent movie theater, where they will be screening the full Series. Tickets are complimentary, but space is limited, so secure your reservation here.


We are so excited about Carnivale’s new food truck! The iconic award-winning Latin-fusion restaurant located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, will expand beyond its brick and mortar location with the introduction of a food truck. Foodies and food truck fans will experience re-imagined restaurant favorites like the renowned arrachera steak, prepared as a sandwich, and a chorizo burger topped with a spicy a aji amarillo aioli, as well as new mobile menu items including a classic Cuban sandwich and hand-cut french fries served in three different styles: chimichurri, Disco (New York poutine style) or Parmesan truffle. For more information, click here.

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Legendary artist Georges Bigot has led a team of Chicago actors over the past year, directing this production of Macbeth at Chicago’s Chopin Theater on Division St. He is trying to build an ensemble company for Theatre Y, and all of the cast has worked in a variety of capacities in addition to their acting roles, on behalf of the theater in the love of their art. Bigot directs at the “foot of the letter,” allowing his foreign ear to break open Shakespeare’s intricate poetry into an immediate and palpable event. This production of one of Shakespeare’s most well-known works; the tragedy of Macbeth is a performance that is not to be missed. Showtimes run Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4:00 p.m. and will run until December 4th. Tickets are $25; for more information and to purchase tickets, visit here.

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On Saturday, November 5 from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m., Chef Tony Mantuano and Executive Chef Joe Flamm bring their family tradition of Ravioli making to Spiaggia. Guests will partake in this interactive cooking class and learn to create two varieties of ravioli, which you can then take home. Come learn from some of the best Italian cooking chefs Chicago has to offer, how to make amazing ravioli! Tickets includes lunch and wine and are $100 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Additionally, it is Mac and Cheese Fest! The cheesiest festival in Chicago returns for a second year to celebrate everyone’s favorite gooey comfort food! This indulgent fest is broken into two three-hour sessions where guests can sample macs from tons of local spots, as well as see who is crowned the winner of the the festival. General admission is $65 and includes all the mac and cheese you can sample, plus five drink tickets; VIP is $105 and includes priority check-in, a Mac & Cheese Fest t-shirt, and access to the VIP section. For more information and tickets, click here.

Columbus Tap, located inside the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park at 200 North Columbus Drive, will now be whipping up brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Columbus Tap Executive Chef Atticus Garant is putting a spin on the typical weekend brunch by fusing traditional breakfast favorites with intriguing new specialty dishes, and we cannot wait to check it out. Chef Garant puts his own spin on the typical grilled cheese with the Grilled Madame, featuring sunny-up eggs, field greens and tomato jam. The Brunch and Bloodies menu also features an ideal beverage menu for brunch-goers seeking the ultimate morning-after cocktails, such as The Base, featuring a house bloody Mary mix, Clamato or V-8, and The Garnish, topped with candied bacon, spicy dill pickle and smoked olives. For more information, click here.


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