Chicago Events for September 24-26: Chicago Gourmet, Horror Film Festival, Nicole Mitchell and more.


Show Me Chicago’s Weekend Wrap.

No matter what you do this weekend you won’t go hungry.  Chicago is cooking up a large number of food-centric events. Check out some of the best in the Weekend Wrap for the first weekend of Fall 2010.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday September 24 through September 26, 2010.

The Chicago Horror Film Festival promises more blood, more babes, more boobs, more films, more vendors, more bands, dance-offs and MORE.  Highlights include:  Zombies,  Alice Jacobs is Dead, Rise of the Living Corpse, Flesh and MORE.  $12, one day pass; or $23 three-day pass or $30 at the door. September 24 to September 26

Chicago Gourmet 2010, an epicurean extravaganza takes over Chicago’s Millennium Park


with over 100 of Chicago’s finest chefs, hundreds of vintners, spirit makers and more.  Tickets $75, Friday night Hamburger Hop at Harris Theater; $250 for 2-day pass to Millennium Park or $150 for 1-day pass.

The Chicago World Music Festival 2010 continues this weekend. The annual happening features 80 artists at 30 different venues.  There are many free events along with some ticketed performances.  Through September 30.

Raise your glass to Chicago Oktoberfest.  Three days of beer, brats, live entertainment and fun await the thousands that fill Lincoln Avenue for this authentic Oktoberfest celebration.  Festival goers can pig out on homemade bratwurst, drink beer in a traditional beer garden setting, enjoy ooom-pah music, plus pop-rock and more.   $5.  Friday, September 24, 5p.m. to 10p.m.; Saturday, September 25, noon to 10p.m.; Sunday, September 26, 1p.m. to 9p.m. 3000 N. Lincoln Ave. at Southport.

Friday, Saturday, September 24, 25, 2010.

The First Annual Chicago Food Film Festival offers festival-goers a chance to eat what


they see on the screen–everything from oysters to cheese curds to beer and burgers.  This fest has been going strong in NYC for the past four years and looks like it will bring a lot of good times to the Windy City.  $35 door, includes all films and what you eat.  MCA Warehouse. 1747 W. Hubbard, starts 7p.m. both evenings.

Saturday, September 25, 2010.

The 3rd Annual Rib-A-Que Smoke-Out will feature up to 16 different Chicago restaurants competing for the title of best Ribs.  noon to 6p.m. $25 advance, $35 Door. Moonshine, 1824 W. Division.

The Travel Channel’s Zane Lamprey, host of “Three Sheets” is hosting his “Zanetoberfest” at Joe’s Bar.  The fest is at salute to Munich Germany’s 16-day festival crammed into 4 short hours with German music, comedy, food and of course, an open bar offering as much beer as you can drink.  2p.m. to 6p.m. $75, 940 W. Weed St. 312 337 3486.


The 4th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival features 13 music venues and over 150 artists.  Headliners include: NICOLE MITCHELL and the Black Earth Ensemble.  Enjoy watching or dancing at various inside and outside locations.  Opens at 1p.m. James W. Wagner Main Stage and closes with the Midnight Jam Session. 59th Street.  1p.m. to 2a.m.

Party in the Alley at Edgewater’s Gralley Fest featuring live entertainment, vendors, food, drink, family activities, a bike parade and more.  Noon to 10p.m. $10 adults; $5 children. Grandville and Glenwood.

Celebrate Arthur Guinness Day with a toast to the next 250 years of Guinness at the Irish American Heritage Center. The festival features Gaelic Storm, Seven Nations, Kevin Flynn and the Avondale Ramblers, the Irish Music School of Chicago and the Dooley Brothers and Jimmy Moore and the City of Chicago Pipe Band. $20, 4p.m. to 12:30a.m. 773 282 7035, ext. 10.

Saturday, Sunday, September 25 and 26, 2010.

The Randolph Street Market Festival holds its’ final outdoor festival of 2010.  Enjoy food, drink and music as you browse an exciting array of vintage and modern decorative objects, home furnishings, art, fashion and jewelry. This European-style indoor-outdoor market in the historic West Loop neighborhood features 200 select purveyors of high quality, beautifully-priced “finds” offering unlimited creative inspiration and hours of fun.  $12 door.  1350 W. Randolph.

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