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1. Taste of Ravenswood

  • When: Saturday, November 8th; 6:30PM.
  • Where: Ravenswood Events Center; 4043 N Ravenswood, Chicago, IL 60613.

Why this is fun: Taste of Ravenswood is back Friday, November 8 at Ravenswood Events Center! Join us and some of our favorite restaurants, brewers, and spirit makers for an incredible evening celebrating the diversity of Ravenswood’s culinary community.

Sip exclusive Koval cocktails crafted by the Sixth & the Long Room. Savor small bites from Band of Bohemia, the first Michelin star brewpub. Enjoy a beautiful view of the city and live music. All this and more when you join us for Atrium Hour, a new and exclusive way to kick off your evening at Taste of Ravenswood. Bring family, friends, and coworkers out for an evening sampling the best that Ravenswood has to offer. Atrium Hour starts at 6:30pm and general admission to the main room opens at 7:30pm.

For more details, visit the website. 

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2. Grey House

  • When: Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30PM and Saturdays & Sundays at 3PM.
  • Where: A Red Orchid Theatre; 1531 N. Wells Street Chicago, IL 60610.

Why this is fun: After a brutal car wreck in the mountains of Oregon, a young couple seeks shelter from a blizzard in a small cabin. But the cabin’s seemingly innocent inhabitants: five children and their minder, quickly start to expose the couple’s secrets, unmake everything they know about themselves, and hurl them towards a potentially sinister destination. Grey House is a new supernatural play about the gravity of the past, and the cruel inevitability of its pull.

For more details, visit the website.

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3. Lana Del Ray 

  • When: Friday, November 8th; 8PM.
  • Where: The Aragon; 1106 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60640.

Why this is fun: Lana Del Rey is a Grammy nominated American singer/songwriter. Her music has been noted by critics for its stylized cinematic quality, glamour, melancholia and its references to 1950s and 1960s Americana. The show will likely showcase Lana’s sixth studio album, which was released August 30, 2019. The highly anticipated album, Norman F****** Rockwell!, was mainly produced and co-written with Jack Antonoff, singer, song writer, record producer and member of the bands Bleachers and Fun. On the album, Del Rey oversees a collection of profane, insightful, wordplay-ridden ballads that act as reflective snapshots of life and love in 2019.

For more details, visit the website.

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4. Handmade Market Chicago

  • When: Second Saturday & the fourth Sunday of the month, through April; 12PM-4:30PM.
  • Where: Empty Bottle; 1035 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622.

Why this is fun: The Handmade Market is a unique event to connect the makers of beautiful things to people who appreciate the unique and handmade. The Empty Bottle is open noon to 4:30 pm. Feel free to shop with mimosas in hand as relaxed shopping is encouraged. You can also grab brunch at the tasty Bite Cafe next door. Markets include funky jewelry, glass pendants, knitted items, handbags, clothing, paper crafts and more.

For more details, visit the website.

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5. Fantastic Bug Encounters!

  • When: Open every day except Christmas Day; 9AM-5PM; requires All-Access or Discovery Pass.
  • Where: The Field Museum; 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60605.

Why this is fun: Bugs are all around us. Whether they’re flying, crawling, or digging deep below our feet, they live fascinating lives that we often don’t see. Now, step into a larger-than-life version of their hidden world. Told from a bug’s point of view, Fantastic Bug Encounters! invites you to take a closer look at the beauty, diversity, and amazing abilities of these resourceful creatures.

Explore hands-on stations to learn about the unique superpowers of spiders and insects—their adaptations. Then, meet some live bugs with talents like breathing underwater and playing dead. You’ll even have the chance to hold a few of them at the Live Bug Zoo.

For more details, visit the website.

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