Upcoming Downtown Events

Today
Shoreline Sightseeing and Paulina Market present their sixth annual Beer, Brats and Boats Oktoberfest celebration and cruise. The evening will feature a classic German dinner provided by the staff of Chicago’s own Paulina Market and a selection of Oktoberfest brews, including a free drink with souvenir beer stein. The popular Paloma Band will be dressed in their traditional Oktoberfest finest and ready to involve everyone on board in an evening of enthusiastic German-themed singing and dancing. All on a starlit, two-hour cruise on Chicago’s waterways. Cash bar available. 7 p.m., Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier. Tickets: $59. Must be 21. Map. More info.
Through Sunday – Festival
19th annual World Music Festival. Diverse international musicians will celebrate the rich cultural diversity of Chicago. Performances at 23 venues. Cost: Free. Map. More info.
Through Sunday
The summer blockbuster exhibition Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg at Museum of Contemporary Art. Known for his collaborations with pop icon Kanye West and fashion house Louis Vuitton, and for vibrant anime-inspired characters, Japanese artist Takashi Murakami has blurred the boundaries throughout his career between high and low culture, ancient and modern, East and West. MCA presents a major retrospective of his paintings, featuring 50 works that span three decades of his career, from the artist’s earliest mature works, many of which are being shown in North America for the first time, to his recent, monumentally scaled paintings. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue. Map. More info.
September 25
City Club of Chicago presents John Yonan, Superintendent, Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways. Yonan is responsible for all of CCDOTH professional engineering functions, including the programming, design, construction, and maintenance of the county’s infrastructure assets which includes over 130 bridge structures, over 570 miles of roads, 350 traffic signals, and four Maintenance Districts. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
September 26 – Performance
Matt Bodett performs one part of Twelve, a series of performative koans. This performance investigates the schizophrenic experience and its place in a contemporary lexicon. Bodett was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2004 and now serves on the advisory board for the Institute for Therapy through the Arts. He teaches in the Fine Arts department at Loyola University Chicago and Northeastern Illinois University. 7 p.m., Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street. Free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. Map. More info.
September 27 – Panel Discussion
Join Graham Foundation for a panel discussion and reception to celebrate the launch of Third Coast Atlas: Prelude to a Plan. This recent grantee publication describes the conditions for urbanization across the Great Lakes region and assembles a multi-layered, empirical description of urbanization processes within the drainage basins of the five Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence River. 6 p.m., Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Madlener House, 4 West Burton Place. Map. More info.
September 27
Paint party with an unbeatable view at 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck on 94th floor of John Hancock Center. Sip wine while painting at sunset and enjoy a free ride on TILT, a thrilling attraction that allows you to tilt outward over 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile. 6-9 p.m., 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck, John Hancock Center, 875 North Michigan Avenue. Tickets: $50 includes one complimentary drink plus use of paint supplies, apron, instruction, and 16x20 take-home canvas. Map. More info.
September 28 – Performance
Poetry off the Shelf: Eve L. Ewing & Marcus Wicker. Ewing is a poet and sociologist who holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She co-directs Crescendo Literary, a partnership that develops community-engaged arts events and educational resources. Wicker is poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review and an assistant professor of English at University of Southern Indiana. He is the author of Silencer and Maybe the Saddest Thing, which was selected for the National Poetry Series and was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award. 7 p.m., Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street. Free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. Map. More info.
September 28
National nonprofit Good Sports hosts its 9th Annual Chicago Legends Gala. The fundraising event brings together over 250 supporters of the organization’s mission to help get more kids in the game. Good Sports is dedicated to reversing the alarming decline in youth sports participation rates by directly addressing the rising cost of equipment. Comcast SportsNet Chicago personality Pat Boyle will serve as MC. Chicago Blackhawks Alumni and U.S. Women’s National Team star Christen Press are scheduled to attend, among others. Cocktail reception, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., followed by dinner and formal presentation. Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 North State Street. Map. More info.
September 28
Explore the alley as a place to escape the eyes of the street at Chicago Loop Alliance’s latest ACTIVATE event. Hideaway: Retreat from the Street will feature a kinetic, genre-defying evening of performance and spectacle. Music by New Orleans-inspired Dirt Red Brass Band, opera and R&B artist Alexa Grae, poet/rapper Mykele Deville, and DJ Danny Leroy. Alexander the Amazing’s incredible magic tricks, high-energy choreography by the Search Party Dancers, and more. 5-10 p.m., Arcade Place Alley, 55 South Wells Street. Enter between Madison and Monroe. Guests who RSVP in advance will receive a complimentary drink ticket for beer, wine, or a cocktail at the event. Map. More info.
September 30
Songwriter, recording and visual artist Solange Knowles engages in an evening of conversation with writer Britt Julious of Pitchfork at Museum of Contemporary Art. Following an early career of acting, dancing, and writing music for her older sister, Beyoncé Knowles, Solange’s third solo album rose to number one in the United States in 2016. The album’s hit single Cranes in the Sky won a Grammy award for Best R&B Performance. Solange ranks among the top 100 dance club artists of all time by Billboard magazine. 7:30 p.m., Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue. Tickets: $20. On sale August 23 at noon. Map. More info.
Through September 30
From the Corners of My Mind, a series of paintings by Montreal artist L’OR, includes urban scenes in Loop and along Chicago River. On display at 3rd Coast Café, 1260 North Dearborn Street. Map. More info.
October 2
City Club of Chicago presents Dr. Stuart Strahl, President/CEO of Chicago Zoological Society, which operates the world-famous Brookfield Zoo, the most popular paid cultural attraction in the Midwest. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
October 2
Presentation for proposed development at 365 West Huron Street. Morningside Huron LLC has submitted a proposal to construct a 10-story, 138-foot tall building containing 45 residential condominium units. The site is currently a surface parking lot. Representatives of Morningside Huron will present plans and answer questions. Hosted by River North Residents Association and Alderman Brendan Reilly. 6 p.m., Godfrey Hotel, 127 West Huron Street, Truss Room (4th Floor). Map.
October 3
Bites Around the Block culinary tour of River North. River North Business Association presents the ninth annual restaurant crawl formerly known as OctoberFeast. Guests will travel on a fun and unique tasting tour of the River North restaurants that make Chicago a world-class dining destination, and they’ll get to meet many of the chefs behind the dishes. Participating venues provide sample portions of specialty menu items and a beverage for attendees to enjoy. 5-10 p.m. More info.
October 4 – Panel Discussion
A city’s brand is more than a tagline, it should reflect the people and experiences it represents. Chicago Loop Alliance explores this topic in its third and final Downtown Futures Series event of the year, The City Brand. Keynote speaker Simon Quin, Director of the Institute of Place Management, will dive into the complexities of building an authentic city brand. From brand generation to global execution, attendees will about learn their crucial role in delivering on a city’s brand promise and how they can use these branding principles to market their own business. Joining Quin as a panelist is Rita Chen, Marketing Director at Choose Chicago, discussing the city’s destination marketing strategies and goals. 7:30-9:00 a.m., 1871, 222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212. Tickets: $20 includes light breakfast. Map. More info.
October 4
City Club of Chicago presents Dr. Jo Ann Rooney, president of Loyola University. In the U.S. Department of Defense, she has served as senior advisor to the secretary of defense, senior advisor to the under-secretary of defense comptroller, principal deputy under-secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, and acting under-secretary of defense for personnel and readiness. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
October 4
Pro sports celebrities and Chicago community leaders will explore compelling topics about the impact of sports in Chicago during the 2nd Annual Chicago Sports Summit. Panelists will discuss advances in sports science, branding a business with sports celebrities, and how sports and after-school activities help youth engage in positive behavior, potentially reducing the violence in Chicago.

Horace Grant, former Chicago Bulls forward; Tim Anderson, Chicago White Sox shortstop; Jarrett Payton, former NFL player and son of the late Hall of Famer Walter Payton; Jamal Mayers, former Chicago Blackhawks right wing; and Kimberly M. Foxx, Cook County State’s Attorney; are some of the Chicago leaders presenting at the event.

The Summit will raise funds for Chicago Sports Summit Foundation, an organization that supports the physical and educational development of Chicago-area youth, and After School Matters, a non-profit organization that offers innovative extracurricular activities to at-risk teenagers. 8 a.m. to noon, Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive. Registration opens at 7 a.m. Tickets: $200. Map. More info.
October 5
City Club of Chicago presents Marilynn Gardner, President and CEO of Navy Pier, one of Chicago’s most visible nonprofits and the Midwest’s leading leisure destination. Since being appointed in 2011, Gardner has been the driving force behind the Navy Pier redevelopment project, a nearly $300 million multi-year effort to update and transform 50 acres of Chicago’s premier urban waterfront space into a spectacular destination. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
October 5
SafeHouse Chicago, a Spybar and restaurant located in River North, will be celebrating Global James Bond Day by hosting a special James Bond Lookalike Happy Hour. Contestants may also dress up as any character from the iconic films to compete. The winner, chosen and announced at 8 p.m., will receive a $200 bar tab. 6-8 p.m., SafeHouse Chicago, 60 East Ontario Street. Map. More info.
October 5-8 – Performance
Museum of Contemporary Art presents award-winning poet-performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph/The Living Word Project’s multidisciplinary performance, /peh-LO-tah/ – a futbol framed freedom suite... that recounts personal stories of playing soccer mixed with social commentaries about the business of the sport. 7:30 p.m., October 5-7, and 2:00 p.m., October 8. MCA Stage, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue. Tickets: $30. Map. More info.
October 8
Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will set out to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the finish line. 7:20 a.m., Grant Park. Map. More info.
October 10
Industry 4.0: Is Your Workforce Ready? Presentation by Jay Timmons, President and CEO of National Association of Manufacturers, the largest manufacturing association in the United States, and Gregory Baise, President and CEO of Illinois Manufacturers Association, a statewide advocacy organization representing more than 4,000 manufacturing companies. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
October 13
MCA Talk with rapper Vince Staples. Known for his straightforward lyrics, Staples touches on issues including gang violence, the music industry, and social inequity in his work. Moderated by Pitchfork managing editor Matthew Schnipper. 6 p.m., Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue. Tickets: $20. On sale September 6 at noon. Map. More info.
October 18
City Club of Chicago presents City Clerk Anna Valencia. Valencia oversees one of the largest offices in the city, serving 1.2 million Chicagoans and generating more than $130 million annually. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
October 18
Friends of the Chicago River Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Event. Whether you are a member, partner, or volunteer, Friends invites you to join them for a celebration with board, staff, and incredible members and volunteers. Enjoy food and drink provided by MillerCoors, Redhead Piano Bar, and Wow Bao. Meet and mingle with members, volunteers, and Friends’ board and staff. Hear about projects and priorities. Ask questions about the current state of the Chicago River. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at a convenient downtown riverfront location disclosed upon RSVP to Kadeja Tyler at ktyler@chicagoriver.org More info.
October 21
Susan G. Komen Chicago’s Ignite the Fight Gala, celebrating 20 years of funding global research and providing critical breast health services for the underserved in the Chicago area. The anniversary celebration will feature Mario Lopez, Emmy-winning host of Extra, as the Celebrity More than Pink Ambassador, as well as 20 More Than Pink Heroes, who will be honored for their exceptional compassion, bravery, and leadership in the fight against breast cancer.

The Gala will kick off with the Dearborn Street and Clark Street bridges over the Chicago River being illuminated in pink. The bridge lighting takes place at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner, awards and dancing at Westin Chicago River North, 320 North Dearborn Street. Pink ties and pink cocktail attire encouraged. Tickets are now on sale.

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October 23
City Club of Chicago presents Robin Kelly, United States Representative from Illinois. Congresswoman Kelly has dedicated her career to public service as an advocate for Illinois families. Since being elected to serve the 2nd Congressional District in 2013, she has worked to expand economic opportunity, community wellness, and public safety across the state, championing numerous initiatives to generate job growth, reduce health disparities, and end gun violence. 7:30 a.m. reception, 8:00 a.m. breakfast. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
October 23 – Panel Discussion
City Club of Chicago presents Chicago’s Principal Priority – Leading our Nation, moderated by Heather Anichini, President and CEO of The Chicago Public Education Fund, and featuring Kassie Davis, Executive Director of CME Group Foundation; Dr. Leviis Haney, Principal of Joseph Lovett Elementary School in Chicago and Adjunct Professor at Northeastern Illinois University’s Education Leadership Department; Dr. Janice K. Jackson, Chief Education Office for Chicago Public Schools; and Anne Wicks, Director of Education Reform at the Bush Institute. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
Through October 26
SOAR Farmers Market open every Tuesday through October 26, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., 220 East Chicago Avenue. Also, Daley Plaza Market is open every Thursday through October 26, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Map. More info.
October 30
City Club of Chicago presents Cory Jobe, Director, Illinois Office of Tourism. Jobe is responsible for leading the state’s tourism marketing and development efforts. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $40. Map. More info.
Through October 31
Federal Plaza Market open every Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 50 West Adams Street. Map.
November 7
City Club of Chicago presents Dr. A. Gabriel Esteban, President of DePaul University. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
November 14
City Club of Chicago presents Randy Blankenhorn, Secretary, Illinois Department of Transportation. Under his leadership, IDOT has focused on strengthening the state’s status as the transportation hub of North America. Prior to his appointment, Blankenhorn was executive director of Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
November 17
Chicago-based recording artist, producer, and philanthropist Chance the Rapper comes to the MCA for an evening of conversation with Pitchfork’s Adrienne Samuels Gibbs. Chance The Rapper’s Acid Rap gained the artist critical acclaim in 2013, followed by Coloring Book, which earned three Grammy awards, including one for Best Rap Album, in 2016. 6 p.m., Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue. Tickets: $20. On sale October 11 at noon. Map. More info.
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