Archive for October 2012

Want to find ghosts? Check out Archer Avenue.

Want to find ghosts? Check out Archer Avenue.
We’re continuing our Halloween-themed ‘Did You Know, Chicago?’ features with stories of Chicago’s most famous ghost stories. You may have already heard about Archer’s Avenue’s Resurrection Mary, she’s pretty famous, but did you know there are even more spooks along the way? Not only does Archer Avenue boast Chicago’s most famous ghost; it’s home to the... Read more »

Circus sideshows, apple pie contests and Rocky Horror this weekend

Circus sideshows, apple pie contests and Rocky Horror this weekend
The weekend starts in less than 12 hours, so we better start planning! There are a lot of great activities to get you in the fall and Halloween spirit. Check out some of my favorites. The Great Fire, a Traveling Trunk Show will land in Roscoe Village at Clark Park tomorrow at 4 p.m. This... Read more »

Your Guide to the 48th Annual Chicago International Film Festival

Your Guide to the 48th Annual Chicago International Film Festival
It’s time for the 48th Chicago International Film Festival to descend upon the Windy City, bringing 150 films from over 50 countries to AMC River East 21 from October 11 – 25. This year’s spotlight is on the Middle East, featuring film premiers from Egypt, Iran, Iraqi Kurdistan, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates. The... Read more »
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Want free cake tonight? Join the cake walk!

Want free cake tonight? Join the cake walk!
Did you ever have one of those old fashioned cake walks for your elementary school fundraiser nights? No? Okay, fine, I’ll admit that I grew up in suburbia. But if you’ve never experienced a cake walk, you should! The Hideout will host a cake walk tonight from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. It’s pretty simple: just follow... Read more »

The most haunted hotel in Chicago

The most haunted hotel in Chicago
Chicago Quirk is in full Halloween mode, and my weekly ‘Did You Know, Chicago?’ will now be about Chicago’s most haunted places. First off is Chicago’s most haunted hotel: The Congress Plaza Hotel. The Congress Plaza Hotel was built in 1893 to house the visitors streaming into Chicago for the World’s Columbian Exposition. It was originally... Read more »

Get a jump start on your pumpkin picking this weekend

Get a jump start on your pumpkin picking this weekend
Uh-oh, it’s marathon weekend! I know it’s very inspiring and amazing that people train and push themselves to run the Chicago Marathon, but all I can think of is people cheering outside my window at 8:00 a.m. on a Sunday. I’m already in the Halloween spirit, and I’m going to be bringing you massive recommendations... Read more »
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Have you visited this comedy gold mine?

Have you visited this comedy gold mine?
I have to confess that I’m very nervous. I’ve been dabbling in stand-up comedy for about six months now, and I have a show tonight at The Lincoln Lodge. No, this is not a shameless plug for you to come to my show. The reason I bring this up is because I never realized how... Read more »

Did you know that Chicago invented skyscrapers?

Did you know that Chicago invented skyscrapers?
There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the possibility of a mile-high skyscraper being built in less than 15 years. This of course will require a bit of new technology – like a new way to transport humans since an old fashioned elevator probably won’t cut it. Unfortunately, it’s not looking like it’s going to happen... Read more »