Posts in category "Chicago Festivals"

Two holiday attractions Chicagoans shouldn't miss

Two holiday attractions Chicagoans shouldn't miss
If you’ve read even a few of my blogs, you’d know that I’m not one for the mainstream tourist attractions. However, Chicago does have some great festivities to get you into the holiday spirit. (Or as much holiday spirit as a Jew like me can have.) Here are my two favorite holiday activities. Zoolights kicks... Read more »

The Chicago Food Film Festival: eat what you see on the screen!

The Chicago Food Film Festival: eat what you see on the screen!
Whatever you do, stay away from downtown tomorrow; The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is coming. Yes, I know it’s a very cute tradition, but hordes of tourists ramming passersby with strollers and diaper bags sounds like my nightmare. If you must go, Bar Toma has opened up its heated patio to let festival goers watch... Read more »

Don't miss the chocolate event of the year

Don't miss the chocolate event of the year
Remember how I said street festival season is my favorite time of the year? This is my second favorite. The Chicago Fine Chocolate Festival takes place this weekend, and it might as well have been called the “Let’s Make Chicago Quirk as Happy as Humanly Possibly” festival. An entire weekend devoted to chocolate? Yes, please!... Read more »
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Your guide to a truly spooky Halloween

Your guide to a truly spooky Halloween
Happy Halloween! This is your last chance to scare the crap out of yourself before you’re forcefully immersed in holiday cheer. Fortunately, you have Chicago Quirk to help you make the most out of your Halloween night. The Northalsted Halloween Parade is a Chicago classic. Miss Foozie hosts the annual celebration that steps off from Halsted... 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 »

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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You're invited to Shaun's Gay Bar Mitzvah this weekend

You're invited to Shaun's Gay Bar Mitzvah this weekend
Now that the summer festival season is over, it’s time to get creative with our weekend activities. Which, of course, is no problem for me! Allow me to share my knowledge of quirky Chicago events with you to provide you with ample entertainment until next summer. Have you seen the video of that kid dancing... Read more »

Celebrate your freedom to read at these Banned Books Week events

Celebrate your freedom to read at these Banned Books Week events
The fact that we live in a world where books are still banned is both shocking and frightening. To combat this incredibly archaic practice, the American Library Association is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week. From September 30 – October 6, libraries, schools and various institutions will host an array of events all... Read more »

The Bacon Takedown is probably going to take me down

The Bacon Takedown is probably going to take me down
Since bathing suit weather is officially over, and my cold weather wardrobe consists of flowy shirts and cardigans, there’s no reason why I can’t gorge myself at the bacon orgy I’m about to attend. Where will I be Sunday? At the 3rd annual Bacon Takedown. For $15 you can stuff yourself with an assortment of... Read more »
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Prost during your lunch hour this week

Prost during your lunch hour this week
I always thought it was weird that we have Oktoberfest in September, but we’ll just chalk that up to my lack of knowledge about my German heritage. The Berghoff, one of the city’s oldest restaurants, is hosting its annual downtown Oktoberfest celebration. Starting tomorrow and going until Friday you can enjoy your lunchtime with traditional... Read more »