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Weekly Round Up – Chicago Events – October 9 2017

Weekly Roundup - Chicago Events

Weekly Roundup 

Chicago Events October 9 – October 15

Hey Chicago! What do you say? Are the Cubs going to win today? And will they win another World Series? Whether you’re a Chicago Cubs or a Chicago White Sox fan, Now You Know Events has something for you. See what fun events are happening this week, read about my new favorite haunted house, and check out bars and restaurants that are running Chicago Cub specials during all games (home and away)!

Monday, October 9

Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings at 7:30p at Soldier Field

Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals at 3:08p at Wrigley Field (MLB Division Series Game 3)

Tuesday, October 10

Gary Comer Youth Center Benefit Luncheon 2017 – The annual Gary Comer Youth Center Benefit Luncheon will be hosted at the Fairmont Chicago. All proceeds will help advance the Gary Comer Youth Center’s mission of academics, enrichment and college success for Chicago’s youth – a truly local mission at a time when our city’s young people need critical interventions. More Details

Wednesday, October 11

Yelp The Cocktail of Chicago Contest – Are you ready to pick the first ever Cocktail of Chicago? Yelp is bringing together a selection of well-loved Chicago bars and brands. They’ll all be creating a fantastic cocktail and display at this event, held at the beautiful Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Once the doors open, you will get a chance to vote for your favorite. The winning drink will be declared The Cocktail of Chicago and be carried at ALL the bars for the next year! More Details

Thursday, October 12

No Events Listed

Friday, October 13

No Events Listed

Saturday, October 14

Open House Chicago – The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to more than 200 buildings across Chicago. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods—all for free. More Details

Third Annual Loews Chicago Harvest Fest – Loews Chicago Hotel announces its third annual Harvest Fest. The hotel’s rooftop terrace, Streeterville Social, transforms into a fall pumpkin patch and biergärten to celebrate the autumn season. With music and family-friendly activities, Loews Chicago Harvest Fest offers fun for both children and children at heart. Harvest Fest includes complimentary carnival games and face painting, as well as caricature and balloon artists, who will provide hours of fun. There will be adult friendly games, too, with prizes from food and drinks to a chance to win an overnight stay at Loews Chicago Hotel. More Details

32nd Annual Friends of Prentice Benefit Evening – Friends of Prentice hosts its ‘Remember When’ 32nd Annual Benefit to celebrate a proud legacy of philanthropy and volunteerism that has helped shape quality of care for women and infants in Chicago and beyond. Guests should arrive in their best 80’s glam attire (black tie optional) at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. All proceeds will help Friends of Prentice continue to invest in life-changing technologies and medical advancements, including groundbreaking research, clinical care programs and advanced educational opportunities at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Prentice Women’s Hospital. More Details

Sunday, October 15

Open House Chicago – The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to more than 200 buildings across Chicago. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods—all for free. More Details

Moving Day Chicago – Get ready for a day to move, a day to move others and a day to be moved. The Parkinson’s Foundation is hosting its 6th Annual Moving Day Chicago in the South Fields of Lincoln Park. The 2-mile walk winds through Chicago’s Lincoln Park, allowing views of the zoo, lagoon, Lake Michigan and city skyline. A half mile course will be offered as well. More Details

Time Out Chicago’s Grilled Cheese Meltdown – Taste your way through the best grilled cheese sandwiches the city has to offer at Time Out Chicago’s third annual Grilled Cheese Meltdown. We challenged Chicago’s top restaurants to come up with creative takes on this cheesy classic for you to enjoy alongside wine pairings from Jam Jar. More Details

Realm of Terror

Realm of Terror

Realm of Terror

I visited my third haunted house this year on Friday night with a friend and I was shockingly impressed which rarely happens. I found Realm of Terror hauntingly refreshing. For those of you that don’t know, I have always loved the Halloween season from designing and making my own costume to horror films, haunted houses, decorations, parties and more. I actually used to run a Chicago Halloween website. I’ve been to many haunted houses and few stand out.

During my visit to Realm of Terror, I had the honor of chatting with  Owner/Director, Stephen Kristof before I experienced the haunted house and after. He’s a set designer and Halloween aficionado. He has visited haunted houses all across the nation and it is his goal each year to provide a full experience for his customers.

We all know there is often quite a wait at any haunted house unless you opt for the minimally pricier skip the line pass. Most other places have some characters roaming around the line trying to spook the guests but not much else. Realm of Terror is different. After purchasing your ticket you enter the attraction through a massive ball of fog where you have access to a bar serving both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. There is also a photo machine to snap a pic and send through email or text messaging (for free). Horror movies play on screens and scary creatures haunt you while you wait.

I appreciated the experience from the start and continued to be wowed as my friend and I made our way through the house. We loved every moment, step, surprise, twist, turn, scare, etc. There are a number of aspects that separate this haunt from the rest. The set design is incredible with its meticulous detail, small spaces to squeeze through, very dim lighting making it challenging to anticipate the next fright, unexpected elements including movements, sounds, etc., and the incredible actors that had you questioning what was real and what was a machine. Space was tight throughout the house forcing us to really become part of the set. Most other houses I’ve been through have much wider, more open spaces decreasing the scare factor.

Realm of Terror is located in Round Lake Beach (passed Six Flags Great America) which is a bit of a drive from the city but it’s really worth it. There are 3 ticket options – General Admission $25; Skip the Line $35; and VIP $45 (includes skipping the line, a drink ticket (value $5), and a t-shirt).

The Realm of Terror Haunted House has been rated as Chicago and Milwaukee’s top haunted house, Illinois’ most terrifying and one of the Nation’s best Halloween Events. Before heading back to the city, I asked Stephen to share some of his favorite haunts which include: Shoktoberfest in Philly, Abandoned near Milwaukee, and Statesville in Joliet. He also confirmed with me that Ravens Grin Inn is worth a visit though not super scary, he said it’s a really fun, unique, and personalized experience.

Cubs Playoff Specials at Chicago Bars and Restaurants

Park at Wrigley

Gameday at the Park (Park at Wrigley)

The Park at Wrigley becomes a backyard for Wrigley Field on gamedays — a space where ticket holders can continue celebrating before, during and following each game. Gameday ticket holders can find outdoor space, food and beverage options, gameday activities, and view the game and post-game highlights on the video board at the Park at Wrigley. Open to gameday ticket holders two hours prior to game time at Wrigley Field. Check out Brickhouse Tavern and Lucky Dorr nearby for food and drinks.

Easy Bar

Cubs Playoff Special at Easy Bar
  • During all Cubs home and away games
  • $3 Old Style tall boy beer special

Chicagoans who want to stay out of the Wrigleyville madness for the Cubs playoffs can catch all games at Easy Bar in Wicker Park. They will show the game on all TVs and specials will include $3 Old Style tall boys as well as regular daily specials like a half-off everything happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Joy District

Cubs Playoff Viewing at Joy District
  • During all Cubs home and away games
  • $14 fall cocktails

Baseball fans can soak in the last warm days of the year and catch all the Cubs post season action on the rooftop at Joy District. All playoff games will be shown on two 60-inch TV’s on the rooftop. While they watch the games, guests can sip on new fall cocktails available on the rooftop only for $14 each including:

Hot Whiskey Maple Cider
Crown Royal Apple, lemon juice, apple cider and maple syrup, garnished with mini apple cider donuts by Beaver’s Donuts
Spiced Pear Moscow Mule
Grey Goose Le Poire, simple syrup, ginger beer
Allspice Manhattan
Bourbon, sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters, allspice dram
Apple Cider Mimosa
Prosecco, simple syrup, apple cider, cinnamon sugar rim

Kanela Breakfast Club

Kanela Breakfast Club’s Cubby French Toast Special
  • Available now
  • $11.49 French toast special

In celebration of the Cubs making it to the playoffs, all Kanela locations will feature a Cubby French Toast. The special will be available for $11.49 and features French toast stuffed with sweet cream cheese, blueberry jam and raspberry jam, then garnished with a powdered sugar ‘W’.


Kizuki All-You-Can-Eat Chicken Wing Cubs Playoff Special

  • Valid on all Cubs playoff game days
  • Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday & Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close
  • $9.99 to $12.99 chicken wing and beer combo

In celebration of the Cubs entering the postseason, Kizuki will offer an all-you-can-eat chicken wing special during all Cubs playoff games this October. Guests can choose from an all-you-can-eat chicken wing combo with either one Sapporo ($9.99) or two Sapporo beers ($12.99). Kizuki’s signature wings are house made, marinated and crispy, topped with a citrus garlic glaze.


Roanoke Restaurant Food Photography by Chicago Sports Photographer Chris W. Pestel

Cubs Postseason Drink Specials at Roanoke
  • Available during all home and away Cubs games
  • $5 to $6 drink specials
In celebration of the Cubs playoff games, guests who visit Roanoke in the Loop will enjoy $6 Absolut drinks as well as $5 glasses of red and white wine. All games will be shown with sound on. Roanoke has five TVs in the bar area as well as 13 TVs in the upstairs lounge for guests’ viewing pleasure.

Weber Grill

Single, Double, Triple Cubs Playoff Burgers at Weber Grill Restaurant

  • Available in the bar only on Cubs game days
  • $5 to $7 burger specials
Weber Grill Restaurant in River North will offer a “Single, Double, Triple” burger special throughout the Cubs postseason. The burger will feature 5-ounce Certified Angus Beef Patties with a choice of a single patty ($5), double patty ($7), or triple patty ($10). The burgers are available in the bar only on Cubs game days. The special will begin an hour before game time and run through the end of the game.  Weber Grill will broadcast all Cubs games in their Smokey Joe’s bar area on four TVs with the sound on.

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Katie Cahmann