Show Me Chicago's look at the week ahead

Fall in Chicago signals a return to our cultural roots. Sure we still have our deep dish but along with it we are serving up some deep thoughts with a side of culture.

Here's Show Me Chicago's survey of the cultural landscape for the week ahead.


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Our first "look ahead" entry, Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) offers 200 events with 250 speakers on a variety of subjects--including global affairs, humor, food, business, politics and community at a variety of venues including Daley Plaza, Chicago Botanic Garden, corporate offices and more.

The topics can be light and fun or deep and serious. The fest that runs from October 17th to October 23rd connects attendees to an impressive line-up of speakers.

Tickets are required with most costing only $15.

Here are a few highlights:

Comedy: Bob Saget will be discussing his famous career in comedy alongside national and Chicago comedians.

Leadership: How Today’s Leaders Make Choices: Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, will elaborate on what it’s like to lead a renowned civil rights movement.

In Conversation: Bryan Cranston will talk about his new book, A Life in Parts, in which he reflects on his life, upbringing, failures and most challenging roles, allowing attendees to see one of the most compelling actors in a generation speak unfiltered on stage.


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For its 52nd year, the Chicago International Film Festival's brings  films from around the world to Chicago.

This year 25 films will have their North American premiere with 30 making their American premiere. There's indies, foreign films, documentaries, horror (After Dark series), Out-Look, Reel Women, Black Perspectives and more.

What's old again is new again with musicals playing a big role in this years fest including "La La Land" from the U.S.; Bollywood's "Mirzya," the delightful Polish musical "Game On," and the 1930's musical "King of Jazz."

The CIFF continues through October 27th with most films being shown at AMC River East 21 in Streeterville.


Hamilton Opening Night

Hamilton on Broadway

Not since The Book of Mormon or perhaps not since the founding father himself has there been such buzz.

HAMILTON brings to life the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton with a blend of hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap and R&B. The story of an immigrant from the West Indies who was George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and became the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary is one that people are willing to put out the big bucks--with tickets sometimes selling in the thousands.

The Tony award-winning HAMILTON arrived in Chicago (its first stop on a National Tour) for previews in September. The long anticipated opening night comes this Wednesday, October 19 at the Private Bank Theatre-- complete with a Red Carpet ceremony.

Tickets are sold out for the Wednesday night opening and many other dates. But be patient, you may even be able to find tickets for face value as new blocks of tickets are added. Show Me Chicago will keep you up-to-date on our Facebook page.



fieldmuseumtattoosOriginally developed by Paris’s musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, "Tattoo's" comes to Chicago's Field Museum this Friday, October 21 (through April 30, 2017) for its first U.S. visit. 

The exhibit, featuring 170 objects, tells the story of tattooing, including historical artifacts and intricate contemporary designs tattooed onto silicone models.


Cubs in the NLCS

 Jon Lester Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester heads back into the dugout after being pulled for a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Jon Lester Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester heads back into the dugout after being pulled for a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 in Game 1 of the  at Wrigley Field. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

The Cubs and Dodgers are 1-1 after the first two games of the National League Championship Series that were played on Saturday and Sunday at Wrigley Field.

The series moves to Los Angeles for Game Three on Tuesday, October 18, Game Four on Wednesday, October 19 and Game Five on Thursday, October 20.

The clubs return to Wrigley Field for Games Six and Seven (if necessary) October 22-23.

Busy Bees in the Garden

Celebrate Fall at the Lurie Garden



Head to the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park this Thursday, October 20th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for a free event.

Visitors are invited to sample honey made by Lurie Garden’s own bees, along with products from other wild and domesticated urban residents, including limited edition craft beer.

In addition, a limited quantity of Lurie Garden seeds will be available for giveaway and Lurie is offering a tour of the fall garden.

Local honey made by Lurie Garden bees will be sold for cash or by check only. No registration required for the event.


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Knife, the highly-anticipated contemporary farm-to-table steak and seafood restaurant, will open its doors in the Lincoln Square neighborhood (4343 N. Lincoln) this Tuesday, October 18th.

Fall Fashion

Ripped Jeans Rule

Dolce & Gabbana ripped skinny jeans for women. $845.00,

Dolce & Gabbana ripped skinny jeans for women. $845.00,

Although you may not want to wear them on a bitter cold January day in Chicago, ripped jeans continue to rule with prices hitting the stratosphere.

Sometimes known as rebel style, these jeans are popular with men and women--especially celebrities.

Why the high prices? According to designers, the proper ripped jean takes a lot of work to come out right.

There's the the placement of the holes, their size and shape and the number of holes. This, they say, is the reason for the high prices. You decide, are the designers right or is the consumer being ripped off?

Reminder: Chicago Museum Week continues with special discounts, programming and exhibits now through October 23rd with an expanded list of participants and programs.

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