Chicago Events: Your Guide to September 2010 Events Featuring 30 Creative Ways to Celebrate the Days of September From Horror Fest to Oktoberfest.


Autumn in Chicago.

Fall in Love With Chicago in September with 30 Awesome Events.

September 1.  Have a rice day.  It’s National Rice Month.  Go to your favorite Thai spot and have some pad thai or fried rice.  Not sure where to go, try Siam Noodle and Rice Restaurant for great pad thai.  4654 N. Sheridan.  773 769 6694.

September 2.  Jazz Fest officially OPENS today at noon with performances in the Jay Pritizker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Free event. Noon to 4p.m. Through Sunday September 5.

September 3. The African Festival of the Arts features vendors, entertainment, food, drink and ART.  5100 S. Cottage Grove.  Through Monday.


September 4. The last Edible Audible Picnic of summer 2010 features Orchard Lounge in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Noon to 1p.m. Free.

September 5. The North Coast Musical Festival features all the usual Festival Fare plus the sounds of Lupe Fiasco.  1501 W. Randolph St.

September 6. Hurry! Since it looks like our Cubbies aren’t going to be in the playoffs why not store up some warm memories for the cold winter ahead at today’s game against the Astros.  Check out the action at Lakeview Baseball Club’s three levels of space at today’s special rate of $59. 

September 7.  Go directly to Harold Washington Library.  Be among the first 385 attendees and get a free copy of Toni Morrison’s “A Mercy,” this year’s pick for One Book Chicago.  Stick around for a talk by Dr. Dwight McBride and a short performance from the opera Margaret Garner.  Free event. 6p.m. 400 S. State St.

September 8.  It’s WHENsday.  Head to Way Back WHENdays at Illuminati.  10p.m. 2354 N. Clybourn.

September 9.  Love it or hate it.  Chicago is becoming a mecca for public art from the giant

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Eyeball to the Refrigerator art along Michigan Avenue.  Now along comes the collaboration between Redmoon Theater and the Museum of Contemporary kicking off today with a new public art spectacle, “The Astronaut’s Birthday.”  Watch for it to be projected 80′ high on the facade of the MCA.  Today through September 26.

September 10.  Beer in mind. Have a cold one at the 90th annual German-American Festival in Lincoln Square (or head to Denver for the World’s Largest Beer Festival


opening today).  4700 N. Lincoln Ave. Through Sunday.

September 11.  Take your pick:  Stars of the Lyric Opera or The Chicago Bacon Takedown. The Stars of the Lyric Opera will be putting on a free performance at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Free event, 7:30p.m. to 10p.m.  Or grab some bacon cupcakes, tacos and bloody Mary’s at the Chicago Bacon Takedown. $15, 1:30p.m. Lincoln Hall.  2424 N. Lincoln Ave.

September 12.  It’s Grandparents Day.  Get on their good side and save yourself a little $$$$$ at the Showplace Icon Theatre in the South Loop.  G-ma and G-pa will be admitted at children’s prices if accompanied by their grandchild–that would be you.  All day.

September 13.  Celebrate National Chocolate Day.  Be as creative as you like. Or head to Bucktown’s Hot Chocolate (1747 N. Damen) for a warm chocolate souffle tart.  Still in the mood to celebrate, schedule a Chocolate Tour of Chicago.

September 14.  Office fans, this one’s for you.  It’s Office Trivia Night at Ginger’s Ale House. 7:30p.m. 3801 N. Ashland.

September 15. Berghoff Oktoberfest kicks off today at Federal Plaza with live music, your favorite brews and German fare.  219 S. Dearborn St. Through Friday.

September 16.  Celebrate National Guacamole Day with FREE Guac at LUXBAR.  Here’s the


deal, purchase a margarita and they throw in an order of home-made chips and guacamole.  18 E. Bellevue Place.

September 17. Get out your green,  Can you believe we are Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day.  What a great excuse for a celebration. This faux holiday just keeps getting bigger.  This year, in Chicago, you can see the Chicago White Sox with their green pinstripes and green caps, Irish bands and bagpipers, the Trinity dancers and even a baseball game (Sox vs. Tigers) at the Cell.  Celebrations continue around town all week at various local establishment cumulating the 25th at Mahoney’s (551 N. Odgen)  “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Fest.”

September 18. Get out of your shell and come to the Guinness Oyster Festival. 11a.m. to 10p.m. Roscoe Village (Damen and Roscoe).

September 19.  Sure to draw a crowd.  The new CSO music director RICCARDO MUTI launches his inaugural season with a FREE CONCERT in Millennium Park.  Arrive early, picnic on the lawn.  Special pre-concert performances begin at 2p.m. Muti takes the stage at 5:30p.m.  Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

September 20.  It’s an Essay Fiesta featuring local writers Keith Ecker and Alyson Lyon with humorous, true-life tales at The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square. 4736-38 N. Lincoln. 7p.m.

September 21. The World Music Festival featuring 80 artists at 30 venues kicks off today.  Through September 30.

September 22.  Shop till you drop at Shecky’s Girls Night Out featuring the latest retail trends in fashion and beauty.  Union Station, 210 S. Canal.  Through tomorrow. 

September 23. Eat, drink and help at good cause at World Cookout at Fulton’s on the River. 6:30p.m. to 9:30p.m. 315 N. LaSalle. $75-$150 (benefits Common Threads).

September 24.  Tour the city at the Chicago Critical Mass Monthly Bike Ride.  Meet at Daley Plaza. 5:30p.m. 50 W. Washington St.


September 25.  Now in its tenth year The Chicago Horror Film Festival promises more blood, more babes, more boobs, more films, more vendors, more bands, dance-offs and MORE.  On tap for today: 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.

September 26. Chicago Gourmet 2010, a 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-$250.  3-day event, September 24-26. 

September 27.  Jim Henson’s Fantastic World OPENS at the Museum of Science and Industry. 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive.

September 28.  The White Sox vs. the Red Sox at the Cell–this could be a big one is the Sox are still in the race.  Game time 7:10p.m. 

September 29.   The King of British and creator of The Office Ricky Gervais kicks-off a three-day stand at the Chicago Theater. For mature audiences, 18 and up. Tickets: $39.50-$50.00. 8p.m. 

September 30.  Did you know, today is Art Smith Day in Chicago.  The celebrated chef who


first tasted fame as private chef to Oprah Winfrey, will be honored in a special event as he is inducted into the Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame. 

Honor him at the event or make a dinner reservation at his near north side restaurant Table Fifty-Two and make sure to order his famous southern-style mac and cheese.  Event tickets $175 advance, door $200, 630 505 5381. Table Fifth-Two, 52 W. Elm, 312 573 4000.

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