Pages Navigation Menu

The Best Chicago Events Calendar

Weekly Round Up – Chicago Events – October 2 2017

Weekly Roundup - Chicago Events

Weekly Roundup 

Chicago Events October 2 – October 8

Good Morning Chicago! This week’s Weekly Round Up will feature less events (though some) and more extras. I am going to be sharing a link to my latest blog post with my 7 Top Tips for Mastering Chicago Gourmet! I will also be sharing some fun ways to celebrate and support National Breast Cancer Month, National Pizza Month, and National Taco Day. Yep! These all happen in the month of October! And finally, I will share my reaction to 2 Chicagoland area Haunted Houses – Dungeon of Doom and House of Torment.

So remember to scroll all the way through to the bottom so you don’t miss out on any of my awesome shares! Thank you always for your continued support. I love you all and wouldn’t continue to do this if it weren’t for my awesome followers, subscribers, friends, and family. Feel free to reach out with any thoughts or suggestions via email (kc.nykevents@gmail.com) or comment below.

Cheers to a new month and an awesome week!

Monday, October 2

No Events Listed – Have an awesome day!

Tuesday, October 3

Designs for Dignity Chairs for Charity 2017 – Take a seat. Take a stand! The eighth annual Chairs for Charity 2017, a signature event from Splash in conjunction with Chicago magazine, will kick off this year’s Design Chicago on Tuesday, October 3. Held at Marshall’s Landing in the MART, the event features the best that Chicago’s design community has to offer. More Details

Tuesday Funk Chicago – The eclectic monthly reading series, hosts its 109th episode on Tuesday, October 3 in the upstairs bar at the Hopleaf with readings by Ines Bellina, Norman Doucet, Tom Haley, Jeff Phillips and Anne Abel. Andrew Huff and Eden Robins cohost. More Details

#FrenchTuesdays Chicago –  The fun is back but this time with a Silent Party – #FrenchTuesdays is back in Chicago! And after the success of last year’s fabulous masquerade, we bring you yet another exciting concept… Join us, Tuesday, October 3rd from 8pm-1am at the NEWLY renovated Le Bar and outdoor Patio at Sofitel Hotel Magnificent Mile! More Details

Wednesday, October 4

Brain Bash Trivia –  I will be hosting trivia at the Irish Oak in Wrigleyville from 9p-11p. It is general trivia and will include 6 rounds. All rounds have 10 questions (except the last 2) and a maximum of 20 points. Round 1 is an image round. Round 2 is general trivia. Round 3 is a theme round (I reveal the theme right before the round). Round 4 is a mystery theme round (all of the answers connect to reveal the mystery theme and your score is doubled if you guess it correctly). Round 5 is a speed round (one question with up to ten answers). Round 6 is a wager round and the only round you can actually lose points (one question with up to three answers). There are prizes awarded for the top 2-3 teams. Follow Brain Bash Trivia on Facebook and Twitter for more information and bonus questions. Visit Brain Bash Trivia online to see what other nights and bars you can play.

National Taco Day – And it doesn’t fall on a Tuesday! Anyways, there will be taco deals all over the city but here are a few to put on your radar.

  • 1901 Restaurant at AceBounce is serving up their popular Red Quinoa Tacos by Rick Gresh. This taco twist includes corn tortillas, red quinoa “taco meat,” lettuce, cheddar cheese, cilantro, crema, and salsa for $16.
  • Big Star will offer their taco de zanahorias (carrots) for $2.50 each. These veggie tacos are filled with mole spiced carrots, chipotle date yoghurt, and pumpkin and sesame seeds.
  • Little Goat Diner has a little something sweet to celebrate the national food holiday. Their Choco Taco sundae is made with sour cream gelato in a magic shell with chocolate dipped masa chips for $8.
  • And a few of our favorite spots for tacos: Almost anywhere in Pilsen, Birrieria Zaragoza, Mariscos El Abuelo Y Yo, Broken English, Taco Joint, and Holy Taco.

Thursday, October 5

No Events Listed

Friday, October 6

Taste Talks Chicago 2017 Celebrates the Future of Taste – Taste Talks, the innovative and experiential food symposium that attracted over 2,000 food enthusiasts last year, returns to the Windy City this fall! From Friday, October 6th – Sunday, October 8th, locals can experience interactive panel discussions & tastings, underground dinners, parties and a celebrity chef cookout featuring some of the nation’s top chefs! More Details

2017 Chicago Gilt City Sample Sale – The Online Shopping Destination Offers Luxury Merchandise at Insider Prices During Exclusive Seasonal Chicago Shopping Event. The Gilt Sample Sale returns to Chicago this fall on October 6th and 7th with one-of-a-kind experiences by Gilt City including exciting lifestyle offerings, onsite styling, on-demand tailoring, luxurious pop-ups and more. More Details

Saturday, October 7

Taste Talks Chicago 2017 Celebrates the Future of Taste – Taste Talks, the innovative and experiential food symposium that attracted over 2,000 food enthusiasts last year, returns to the Windy City this fall! From Friday, October 6th – Sunday, October 8th, locals can experience interactive panel discussions & tastings, underground dinners, parties and a celebrity chef cookout featuring some of the nation’s top chefs! More Details

2017 Chicago Gilt City Sample Sale – The Online Shopping Destination Offers Luxury Merchandise at Insider Prices During Exclusive Seasonal Chicago Shopping Event. The Gilt Sample Sale returns to Chicago this fall on October 6th and 7th with one-of-a-kind experiences by Gilt City including exciting lifestyle offerings, onsite styling, on-demand tailoring, luxurious pop-ups and more. More Details

World Dumpling Fest at Millennium Park – Join the Chicago Cultural Alliance for an opening celebration that will bring Chicagoans young and old together over food, performance, and art at Millennium Park October 7th, 11am-6pm. World Dumpling Fest, the kickoff event to Inherit Chicago, will feature dumplings of the world from Chicago’s best ethnic restaurants, cultural performances that will preview programs to come throughout the month in the neighborhoods, and heritage-based artisans selling original crafts and artwork. This all-ages event is FREE to the public, but if you want dumplings, click here to buy your tickets! More Details

Fourth  Annual  Identitá Golose Chicago – Identitá Golose, one of the most prestigious international  culinary  organizations  highlighting the best of contemporary  Italian cuisine,  returns to Chicago for the  Fourth  Annual  Identitá Golose Chicago, hosting an inaugural Pizza & Pasta Dinner on Saturday, October 7 from 7-9 p.m. More Details

Sunday, October 8

Taste Talks Chicago 2017 Celebrates the Future of Taste – Taste Talks, the innovative and experiential food symposium that attracted over 2,000 food enthusiasts last year, returns to the Windy City this fall! From Friday, October 6th – Sunday, October 8th, locals can experience interactive panel discussions & tastings, underground dinners, parties and a celebrity chef cookout featuring some of the nation’s top chefs! More Details

Found Kitchen Stories and Chefs Dinner – Four stories are paired with four courses during an evening of storytelling. Found Kitchen Stories and Chefs programming series pairs expertly crafted stories with beautifully curated meals from the finest chefs in Chicago. To create this one-of-a-kind experience, 2nd Story provides chefs with four original stories; chefs then respond with four courses in dialogue with the tone, content, and spirit of each story. Guests enjoy an intimate and immediate sensory experience, as they indulge in an evening of food, wine, and storytelling. More Details

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Pizza Month and there are a few places in the Chi celebrating, here are our two top picks:

The Hampton Social Rose All Day

Throughout the month of October, $1 of each glass of the Rosé Of The Day selection sold at The Hampton Social will be donated directly to the Lynn Sage Foundation in support of breast cancer research and support. The Hampton Social, commonly thought of for their rotations of the pink sipper, hopes to encourage diners to band together in support of a cause near and dear to many in the Chicagoland area.

Pizzeria Bebu Red, White and Clams All Over

Clams done white or red has long been a debate on the East Coast. Pizzeria Bebu brings the heat to Chicago with the Red, White and Clams All Over pie featuring one side of the Little Neck Clam, a decadent white pie made with clams, parsley, garlic and lemon, and the other side being the Manhattan Project (a favorite on Bebu’s secret menu), a spicy red pie featuring clams, garlic, shallots, parmesan, Calabrian chilis, parsley, oregano and lemon. Bebu, one of the few pizzerias in Chicago that will grants guests a half and half, is offering this one-of-a-kind pie all month long, pairing it with the 2013 ‘Lagar de Darei’ Branco from Casa de Darei in Portugal.

Chicago Haunted Houses

It’s October and that also means, it’s the month of spook…. aka Halloween. I have longed loved everything Halloween. I used to get so wrapped up in all the fun from watching all the best horror movies to visiting top-rated haunted houses, making my own costume every year, visiting pumpkin patches, carving pumpkins, and more. I’ve already checked out a couple of the Chicagoland area haunted houses and want to share my experience with you.

Dungeon of Doom in Zion, IL – This has long been my personal favorite haunted house around for a few reasons. Let me start by saying they just do a great job overall in the design of the space, the characters (makeup and acting), and always bringing something new. There are a lot of dark and a lot of tight spaces throughout this haunted house and to me, that’s what makes for a great haunt. But there are a couple more reasons this house ranks above the rest. All groups are divided into one of 5 lines before entering the house and each line takes visitors on a different route. That means you can return to Dungeon of Doom a few times and enjoy a different experience each time. Also, this is the only house that offers a unique experience – Buried Alive. Yes, guests can feel what is like to be buried alive. I won’t tell you how they do this. You will have to see for yourself but I will tell you that this was the part I liked least because I couldn’t see, I couldn’t move, and I felt like I couldn’t breathe. With all that being said, and though I kept yelling to let me out, it was hella cool and I definitely recommend trying it though you can choose to skip it if you’re claustrophobic.

But there are a couple more reasons this house ranks above the rest. All groups are divided into one of 5 lines before entering the house and each line takes visitors on a different route. That means you can return to Dungeon of Doom a few times and enjoy a different experience each time. Also, this is the only house that offers a unique experience – Buried Alive. Yes, guests can feel what is like to be buried alive. I won’t tell you how they do this. You will have to see for yourself but I will tell you that this was the part I liked least because I couldn’t see, I couldn’t move, and I felt like I couldn’t breathe. With all that being said, and though I kept yelling to let me out, it was hella cool and I definitely recommend trying it though you can choose to skip it if you’re claustrophobic.

Dungeon of Doom now offers an Escape Room challenge as do many haunted houses this year. Learn more about the Edge of Escape by visiting www.edgeofescape.com. Use code E20 to save 20% off tickets.

House of Torment in Morton Grove, IL – This is one of the haunted houses closest to the city. Most are an hour or longer drive but Morton Grove is roughly 30 minutes outside of the city. I love how they’ve modeled parts of it after the CTA, specifically the redline. This house also does a great job on the set design. It’s very detailed which you can see because this house isn’t super dark which to me took away from the haunt a bit. What’s neat about House of Torment, though, is there are two parts. I enjoyed the detailed set design of the first part but I personally enjoyed the second part more which required a short trip on the red line to get there.

The second half was a mix of a horror high school and a psychedelic, trippy circus fest gone wrong. Being an educator, I appreciated the spooky school but it was the tripped out rooms that really won me over. Let’s just say my partner and I got a little lost and found it a bit challenging to navigate our way out of certain parts and see some of the freaky characters.

House of Torment also offers a room escape experience, Great Room Escape. Learn more at www.greatroomescape.com/chicago. Also check out their sister haunted house, the 13th Floor in Melrose Park. Visit www.13thfloorchicago.com for further details. You can do a room escape challenge there, Escape the 13th Floor Challenge (www.EscapeThe13thFloor.com). Use code SHERLOCK for either escape room to save $10 off admission.

Miasma A Terror Experience in Chicago, IL – I haven’t visited this house since it first debuted in Chicago a few years ago and there are a few reasons why. This is the one house in the Chicagoland area that you must be 18 years or older to experience and you must arrive alone and go through the house alone! YES!!!! Are you brave enough to experience this haunt solo? I decided I was and I will be the first to admit, I couldn’t make it through to the end. This terror experience pushes you to your limits and is set on finding out what makes you tick and how far you can be pushed.

Prior to even being able to purchase tickets, you must read through a list of warnings and requirements. When you purchase your ticket, you select the time you want to enter. This experience only happens one night all year. This year that date is Saturday, October 28, 2017. You will receive location details the night before and you are required to arrive solo. Once there you must sign a waiver before entering your doom. It’s a unique and freaky experience, to say the least, and since I didn’t make it all the way through I can’t attest to the whole experience. Let’s just say I came across live maggots during my tour and I had to say the safety word to end it right there.

The price for this experience has increased each year and is currently at $75! At that price there better be an open bar and some passed appetizers. I just hope they are donating some of the proceeds to charity at least.

Raven’s Inn Grin in Mt. Carroll, IL – This is the only year-round haunted house that I know about and I have yet to visit but it’s been on my radar for years. The owner, Jim Warfield, purchased the century and a half-year-old mansion in 1988 for $3000 and turned it into the haunted house of his dreams. I’ve read about it online and it sounds fun though I don’t know much about it. One of these days I’ll road trip out to Mt. Carroll and find out for myself.

What other haunted houses do you want to know about? I may be touring a couple more in the upcoming weeks.

Chicago Gourmet

Don’t forget to check out my latest blog post featuring my 7 Top Tips for Mastering Chicago Gourmet.

Follow me on Instagram

P.S. Keep up with the best eats and drinks in and around Chicago by following me on Instagram at: @Appetite_4_Adventure  (@appetite_4_adventure).
Katie Cahmann

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *