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This Week in Chicago: Sept. 14-20

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September is in full force, and the Bitches are here with what to do in Chicago this week.

Photo Credit Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Photo Credit Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago


Only two more Tuesdays are left for Tuesdays on the Terrace! Each Tuesday, the Museum of Contemporary Art hosts a free concert in its Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden. The lineup features performers from the Chicago jazz community, including Fred Anderson and Joshua Abrams. Attendees can order food à la carte from the outdoor grill or pig out at the buffet (it’s $26). If it’s raining outside, the event moves indoors to the MCA Café. Find out more information here.


This Wednesday kicks off the 30th Annual Berghoff Oktoberfest! Be part of Chicago’s largest, longest-running Oktoberfest celebration with free daily admission at the John C. Kluczynski Federal Plaza. Enjoy beers, brats, and live music, as well as lots of 80s themed activities to commemorate 30 years. The Oktoberfest begins Wednesday at 11 a.m. and goes until Friday at 9 p.m. More information can be found here.



At the 2015 Young Chef Competition Series at Boka, benefiting the BKB Foundation, enjoy some of BOKA’s signature dishes while watching four young cooks compete in front of host Chef Gavin Kaysen, and Chef Judges Gerard Craft (Niche), Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot Bistro), Richard Rosendale(Rosendale Collective), Philip Tessier (Hestan), Giuseppe Tentori (GT Fish & Oyster), Rick Tramonto (Tramonto Cuisine) and Lee Wolen (BOKA).Canapés, including marinated scallops, charred octopus and smoked foie gras, grilled Maine lobster, beef short ribs, and more, elegantly paired with wines from Spire Collection, round out this evening of competition. Buy tickets and get more informations here.


Come out and “Cure What Ales Ya.” Festiv-Ale brings together beer enthusiasts to sample handcrafted, high-end beers from the Midwest’s finest brewers.The event, held at Block 37, also features a silent auction, bucket raffle, a Tower of Beer raffle (three chances to win over 30 cases of beer), and live music! Tickets are $65 and you can find out more information here.

Photo Credit The Lincoln Park Zoo
Photo Credit The Lincoln Park Zoo


Mixologists and cocktail aficionados, prepare to be shaken and stirred. Lincoln Park Zoo is hosting its first-ever after-hours spirit-tasting event! Besides the unique setting, Wild Spirits will feature sampling stations throughout the zoo where guests can check out a variety of liquors. Other evening highlights include food pairings (for an additional cost), music and, of course, animal viewing. Be sure to check out the “Mixology Stage” to learn the art of crafting the perfect cocktail. Purchase tickets and find out more information here.


Summer is almost over, and the Bitches want to squeeze in as many food fests as they can this season! The Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest is back for the third year in a row. The taco will again get the spotlight it has long deserved when the tortilla-wrapped fave is celebrated at this food and music festival that also kicks off the first official weekend of autumn. Find out more information here.

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