It’s art, fashion, and culture-filled month here in Chicago. From Fleurotica in Garfield Park Conservatory to Apple Fest in Ravenswood––this is your October guide to Chicago.
Friday | October 12th | 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Garfield Park Conservatory | 300 N Central Park Ave. | $175
FLEUROTICA spotlights the unique talents of Chicago’s leading floral designers, fashion designers, landscape artists and students as they create breathtaking garments made entirely from plants, flowers, and natural materials. Proceeds directly benefit the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance and their mission to change lives through the power of nature. Tickets include cocktails & hors doeuvres and runway show. Performances this year include Hiplet and the Chicago West Community Music Center. Purchase your tickets to the event by visiting the website here.
Latino Fashion Week
Thursday – Sunday | October 11th – 13th | Time Varies
Block 37 | 108 N State St. | $35 – $200
Latino Fashion Week® (LFW™) is the only full week and tour dedicated to Latino Fashion in the United States, showcasing top Latino designers from Central and South America, the Caribbean and the U.S. LFW is a multi-day branded entertainment environment providing opportunities for fashion designers and sponsors to come face-to-face with primary celebrities, musical talent, media, and consumers. I attended last year and had a fabulous time! LFW also includes Model’s Night Out™, a fashionable way to raise funds and create awareness for great causes. Grab a pass for all LFW events––or just one by visiting the event page.
The Makeup Show Chicago
Friday – Sunday | October 13th – 14th | Time Varies
Revel Fulton Market |1215 W Fulton Market | $45 – $62
The Makeup Show is a two day––pro makeup event that brings together individuals from all over the world. The Makeup Show is perfect for makeup artists, students, stylist, aestheticians, and other creatives who seek to build their skills and brand in the beauty industry. The event will offer We offer intimate hands-on workshops, brand focus sessions, keynote presentations and more. Whether you are looking to break into the industry or just learn from the pros–– then this event is for you. For more information on this event, check out the website here.
Surround Sound of Fashion
Sunday | October 14th | 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Perillo Bentley Gold Coast | 834 North Rush St. | $35 – $50
Surround Sound of Fashion is celebrating 10 years in producing one of the most well-known fashion shows and concerts in the Midwest. The fashion showcases aspiring designers, models, and emerging artists. Experience music by National recording artists King Combs, Queen Naija, and Vic Mensa and fashion remixed by well-known designers. For more information visit the event page.
Friday | October 19th – 20th | 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Revel Fulton Market | 1215 W Fulton Market | $65
Wine Riot offers wine-lovers an evolved take on the traditional “wine tasting” event. The event boasts a line-up of educational programs and demonstrations. General admission tickets include unlimited wine tastings, a souvenir glass, access to all educational wine programming, and photo booth access. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Wine Riot.com.
Saturday – Sunday | October 6th – 7th | Time Varies
Lincoln Ave between Lawrence & Eastwood | $5 Donation
The 31 Annual Apple Fest features dozens of vendors who sell everything from candy apples to scarves and hats. Pick up fresh apple pie, hot apple cider, or even a bushel of apples to kick off your first weekend of October. For more music on the festival, including the music lineup, participating vendors, and the apple pie bake-off, visit the website here.
Eat, Drink, Korea
Friday | October 12th | 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Ravenswood Event Center | 4021 North Ravenswood Ave. | $85 – $95
Crossing Borders, an organization that provides vital aid and support to North Korean refugees and their children in China, will host an evening of Korean food and culture featuring chefs and restaurants from the Chicagoland area. Guests will enjoy an evening filled with food from culinary leaders from restaurants such as Kimski, Mott St, and bobNGrill, live music and more. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the website here.
Bacon and Beer Classic
Saturday | October 6th | 2:00pm – 5:00pm (VIP Entry at 1:00pm)
Soldier Field | 1410 Museum Campus Dr. | $55 – $75
The Bacon and Beer Classic is popping up inside iconic sports stadiums across the United States, and now it’s coming to Chicago’s Soldier Field. Taste over 80 craft beers and more than 40 different mouth-watering bacon-themed tasty bites created by local restaurants. While you sip and savor, listen to live music and join in fun games. Whether you’re an expert or a novice about bacon and beer, you’ll learn a thing or two about each while treating your taste buds to these two culinary pleasures. VIP ticket includes early admission to the Bacon and Beer Classic, exclusive access to new Midway Lounge and more. Grab your tickets using my code and save a buck or two! Follow the link for more details.
5th Annual Women Supporting Women Conference
Thursday | October 8th | 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
1104 South Wabash Ave. | 1852 West 19th St. | $39 – $5,000
Join We Will, the nonprofit organization that empowers women to get involved in the legislative process will host its 5th Annual Women Supporting Women Conference. The conference is designed to provide hands-on workshops and conversations about issues that matter to all women. Join women business owners, corporate women, local legislators and more for this conference for women, by women. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, visit the website here.
#DVAM Self-Defense Classes with Impact Chicago
Wednesday & Saturday | October 10th & 27th | Time Varies
Center on Halsted | 3656 N Halsted Ave. | Free
As a part of its series of events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Center on Halsted will be hosting self-defense classes, taught by IMPACT Chicago. Two 90-minute classes will be provided to help empower the LGBTQ community to protect themselves in the face of interpersonal violence. The first class will be offered on Wednesday, October 10th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the second class will be offered on Saturday, October 27th from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit the event page.
Find Your Cause: Use Your Skills for Good
Wednesday | October 10th | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Cultural Center | 78 E Washington St. | $30 – $35
Join Chicago Cares this month at Find Your Cause, the city’s top matching event for passionate professionals looking to use their skills for good. This exclusive after-work event will feature two hours of networking, cocktails, and appetizers in an iconic location, as well as the opportunity to meet with 50 of the city’s most cutting-edge and impactful organizations. You will meet organizations that align with your interests so you can learn about volunteer, auxiliary board, and skills-based volunteer opportunities that are right for you. Each attendee will receive the recommendation of one nonprofit that matches the individual’s skills or interest. For more information on this event, visit Chicago Cares.org.
Arts + Culture:
Chicago Ideas Week
Monday – Sunday | October 15th – 21st | Time Varies
Location Varies | $15
Chicago Ideas is a unique nonprofit platform designed to inspire action through entertaining and accessible events, grassroots initiatives and thought-provoking content. We foster connectivity that crosses industry and social boundaries to spark ideas into action. This month kicks off a week dedicated to talks, panel discussions, social events and more. Be sure to visit the website for the full schedule of events. I love Chicago Ideas Week and have been supporting the organization ever since I moved to Chicago. This year I am so excited to be partnering with Chicago Ideas for something very special Be sure to follow my Instagram so you won’t miss out on the special announcement!
Open House Chicago
Saturday – Sunday | October 13th – 14th | Time Varies
Location Varies | Free
The Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago (OHC) is the city’s annual celebration of architecture. One of my favorite fall events––one weekend gives you the opportunity to explore Chicago’s most iconic and unique architectural treasures. From mansions to sacred spaces, theaters to private clubs, hotels to secret rooms—OHC gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at many of the city’s great spaces that are rarely, if ever, open to the public. Here’s your chance to venture into new neighborhoods, learn the stories of Chicago’s buildings and experience the rich and diverse cultures of our community. Check out the sites and plan your itinerary by visiting Open House Chicago.org.
Jack’s Pumpkin Nights
Sunday – Saturday | October 4th – November 3rd | Time Varies
Goose Island | $10 – $50
Do you love everything Pumpkin? This October, the team that brought you Frosty’s Christmas Bar is back with the Ultimate Pumpkin Pop-Up Experience, Jack’s Pumpkin Nights. Stretching over 2 acres, in the Goose Island neighborhood, enjoy a harvest-themed fun, without leaving the city. Whether you’re seeking a striking nighttime lights display, an outdoor pumpkin-themed party or a one of a kind corn maze, Jack’s Pumpkin Nights will offer unforgettable adventures for kids and adults alike to capture fall memories. Plan your experience to the pop-up event here.
Soap Box Ball 2018: A Night of Storytelling with City Bureau
Thursday | October 18th | 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
South Shore Cultural Center |7059 South South Shore Dr | $50 – $500
Get on your soapbox with the City Bureau this October. The South Side civic journalism lab celebrates media in the diverse city of Chicago. The evening will feature storytelling and revelry, live performances, beats by one of the city’s hottest DJs, a silent auction, raffle, food, drinks, and much more. Don’t delay, Join City Bureau for their 2018 Soap Box Ball by registering here.