Upcoming Downtown Events

Today – Presentation
City Club of Chicago presents Jim Derwinski, CEO/Executive Director of Metra. Jim began his railroad career as a locomotive electrician with Chicago & North Western Railway. He joined Metra as an electrician in 1997 and rose through the ranks in the Mechanical Department, serving in progressively responsible senior leadership positions, including Chief Mechanical Officer. In that role, he oversaw 650 employees responsible for the repair, inspection, cleaning, and maintenance of the railroad’s 1,164 pieces of rolling stock used in commuter service. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
Community meeting to review revisions to the proposed development at 1212 North State. The revised proposal features modifications to the residential floor plate, which eliminates 16 studio apartments at the north side of the building and replaces them with seven larger apartments at the top of the building. Floor-to-floor heights were reduced to keep the combined height change within six feet of the original proposal, with the top floors stepping back to further mitigate the impact of this. Alderman Hopkins is seeking your feedback on these changes. 6:00-7:30 p.m., First Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1301 North LaSalle Drive. No RSVP is required. Map. More info.
Today – Presentation
Discover the World of Foods from Spain, a presentation by master carver Manuel Antonio Recio, who has supplied some of the nation’s best restaurants with select foods from Spain and France. He has an in-depth understanding of regional Spanish foods and culture from an agrarian as well as a culinary perspective. 6:30-8:00 p.m., Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, 31 West Ohio Street. Cost: $20. Map. More info.
Today – Presentation
Association of Condominium, Townhouse & Homeowners Associations presents a free educational seminar for board members and unit owners. Featuring Jim Stoller, President of The Building Group, Inc., and Adam Kahn, attorney at Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC. Learn about new legislation affecting your community association – cannabis act, new FHA legislation, spot approvals, Illinois Assistance Animal Act, de-conversion proposals in City Council, tenant screening and criminal background checks. 7:00-8:00 p.m., 1221 North LaSalle Street, 2nd floor. Registration begins at 6:30 pm. Map. More info.
Wednesday – Presentation
Chicago Real Estate Council presents The Chicago Apartment & Condo Market Forecast with Ron DeVries, Senior Managing Director, and Gail Lissner, Managing Director, for Integra Realty Resources. They will provide a market overview, trends, and forecast for the Downtown Chicago and suburban rental apartment and condominium markets. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Maggiano’s Little Italy, 516 North Clark Street. Cost: $75. Map. More info.
Wednesday – Presentation
The fight against HIV, the ever-changing enemy, a talk about HIV and the evolution of the virus by Dr. Ramón Lorenzo Redondo, Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His work focuses on viral evolution and the interaction between viruses and the host during infection. 6:00-7:00 p.m., Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, 31 West Ohio Street. Admission: Free. Map. More info.
Thursday – Presentation
City Club of Chicago presents Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs. The Treasurer’s Office actively manages approximately $31 billion. Since taking office, Frerichs has made significant strides in the fight for consumers by making sure Illinois residents get what is owed to them through the Unclaimed Property Program. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
Thursday – Presentation
A Delicate Thread: Vantongerloo, Bill, and Florsheim. Georges Vantongerloo, Max Bill, and Lilllian Florsheim were practicing artists in the mid-20th century. Although they lived in different countries, they knew each other, shared materials, ideas, and visited each other’s studios. Close examination of their sculptural work reveals an extended period of shared interests, techniques, and formal ambitions. Geoff Goldberg presents a discussion of conceptual attitudes, based on personal and archival materials, from more private and personal motivations to their more outgoing selves. 3:00-5:00 p.m., The Newberry, 60 West Walton Street. Towner Fellows’ Lounge. Map. More info.
Help launch the next generation of leaders at James R. Jordan Foundation’s annual Bags For Kids cornhole tournament fundraiser. JRJF is a nonprofit that works with schools in Chicago’s underserved communities to provide children a pathway out of poverty through supportive networks and academic opportunities. This year’s event will feature a special guest appearance by Frank Robb, the man who captured the Humboldt Park Alligator. An avid cornhole player, Robb will compete in the tournament. Palmer House Hilton Hotel, 17 East Monroe Street. Map. More info.
Christkindlmarket opens in Chicago. A beloved holiday tradition in the heart of the city since 1996. Enjoy 40 days of holiday fun at the most authentic outdoor market of its kind outside of Europe. This year, 55 vendors from all around the world will sell local and international food, beverages, and merchandise through December 24. Daley Plaza, 50 West Washington Street. Admission: Free. Map. More info.
Saturday – Performance
The Auditorium Theatre presents Chicago Celebrates Sondheim! Commemorating the legendary composer and lyricist ahead of his 90th birthday. Directed and produced by cabaret star Joan Curto, the evening features jazz, pop, folk, theater, and classical performers putting their own spin on songs from classic musicals like Follies, Company, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, and more. 8:00 p.m., Auditorium Theatre, 50 East Ida B. Wells Drive. Map. More info.
Saturday – Performance
A timeless holiday tradition, the Goodman’s production of A Christmas Carol celebrates the yuletide season by infusing Charles Dickens’ classic tale with a little bit of magic, as only the Goodman can. From amazing flying ghosts to a quiet little boy and his crutch, A Christmas Carol is filled with enough singing, dancing, and enchantment to rejuvenate even the most disheartened of spirits. Audiences will delight as the cast helps transform the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge through the course of one very memorable Christmas Eve. November 16 through December 29. Goodman Theatre, 170 North Dearborn Street. Map. More info.
November 18 – Presentation
City Club of Chicago presents Brendan Kelly, Acting Director of Illinois State Police. Prior to beginning his leadership of the ISP, Kelly served as the elected State’s Attorney of St. Clair County from 2010 to 2019 and was previously an Assistant State’s Attorney, prosecuting everything from drug cases to crimes against children to the most heinous murder cases. In 2018, Kelly was named State’s Attorney of the Year by the Illinois State Crime Commission. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
November 18 – Presentation
The School of Architecture, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Alphawood Foundation Chicago present Building Intervening Connecting: Recent work of Gong Dong, a rare public presentation by award-winning architect and Plym Distinguished Professor Gong Dong. The multi-media program will examine current projects by Vector Architects, the Beijing-based architecture practice founded by Gong in 2008 and will include video clips emphasizing the craft of the construction process. 5:30 p.m., registration and reception. 6:30 p.m., presentation and Q&A. Seventeenth Church of Christ Scientist, 55 East Wacker Drive. Free and open to the public. Advance reservation required. Map. More info.
November 19 – Presentation
As part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial’s Tuesday Talk series, Chicago Loop Alliance, a Biennial sponsor, will lead a discussion on the role of civic organizations in designing for community development. Activating the Loop’s Community will discuss lessons about placemaking learned from ACTIVATE. Speakers include Chicago Loop Alliance’s Director of Planning, Kalindi Parikh, board member David Broz (Principal, Gensler), artists Sam Kirk and Barrett Keithley, and independent curator Missy Perkins. 6:00-7:30 p.m., Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street. Cost: Free. Map. More info.
November 19 – Presentation
Community presentation to discuss a revised proposal for Tribune Tower East, hosted by 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly and Streeterville Organization of Active Residents. The interior demolition of the Tribune Tower is currently underway in order to adapt the building for residential use while respecting its historic landmark status. Representatives of the development team will present their plans and answer questions. 6:00-8:00 p.m., Sheraton Grand Chicago, 301 East North Water Street, Chicago Promenade East. Map. More info.
November 22
106th Annual Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy the glittering tree set among Chicago’s sparkling skyline and the iconic art and architecture of Millennium Park. The ceremony will include musical performances and the family of the selected tree will join Santa Claus and others in lighting the Christmas Tree with fireworks immediately following. 6:00 p.m., Millennium Park, Wrigley Square, Michigan Avenue & Randolph Street. FREE Admission. Map. More info.
November 25 – Presentation
City Club of Chicago presents The Next Chapter: Inspiration in Work and Philanthropy. Julie Chavez, manager of programs in philanthropy, community and civic engagement, non-profit board service, volunteerism, and sponsorships; Eric Weinheimer, President/CEO of Forefront, a regional association that represents grant-makers, nonprofits, advisors, social entrepreneurs, impact investors, and their allies; and Kym Hubbard, an experienced financial executive with a track record in financial services. Moderated by Joshua Hale, President/CEO of Big Shoulders Fund, which invests about $21 million annually to support 75 inner-city Catholic schools. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.
November 28
The Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off the holiday season with a fun-filled morning in the heart of downtown Chicago. Watch the colorful procession make its way up State Street from Ida B. Well Drive to Randolph Street at this free, all-ages event. Originating in the 1930s, when it was called the Christmas Caravan, the parade was created to help lift the spirits of those suffering through the Great Depression. It continues to raise spirits to this day. 8:00-11:00 a.m., State Street in the Loop. Map. More info.
December 5
Bring your family and friends to The Chicago Help Initiative’s annual holiday fundraiser with Santa, carolers, and a special screening of the 1947 classic film, Miracle on 34th Street. Fun for kids of all ages, in support of a great cause – supporting Chicagoans in need who are experiencing hunger and homelessness. 6:00-9:00 p.m., Music Box Theater, 3733 North Southport Avenue. Tickets are just $20 and will be available for purchase on the Music Box website starting in early November. Map. More info.
December 7 – Performance
The St. Charles Singers, recently hailed by American Record Guide as ‘a national treasure,’ will present their Candlelight Carols. A Yuletide tradition since the choir’s founding in 1984, the holiday concert will, for the first time, feature seasonal songs grouped by themes: mystery, hope and wonder, and joy. 7:30 p.m., Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 East Chestnut Street. Tickets: $40 for adults, $35 for seniors 65 and older, and $10 for students. Map. More info.
December 5-8
A highly-anticipated and much-revered holiday experience in Chicago, the 19th Annual One of a Kind Holiday Show will return to The Mart (formerly Merchandise Mart). Offering shoppers a one-stop shopping and entertainment experience, the show features work from over 600 talented artists, artisans, and makers from across North America and beyond, as well as gourmet cafes, live music, a thoughtfully-curated fine art gallery, and much more. Shoppers are invited to indulge in one of the city’s most unique events for shopping, gourmet goods, and live entertainment during the holiday season. 222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza. Tickets: $12 per adult for all four days. Children 12 and under are free. Map. More info.
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