Weekend Alert

Now that you've spent the past few weekends apple picking, pumpkin patch-ing, and doing all sorts of Halloween and fall activitites, this weekend we're already into November. We're talking art exhibits, concerts in the way of classic jazz and strong female instrumentalists, and maybe even a glimpse into the holiday season ahead.  

SOFA Chicago (10/31-11-3)

SOFA Chicago

Kicking off this weekend, the 20th Annual SOFA Chicago Show (Sculpture Objects and Functional Art) is one of our most beloved art shows and one of the longest-running of its kind in Chicago. Across the enormous show room floor, distinguished and diverse artists and dealers exhibit ceramics, textiles, glass, wood, metalwork - you name it. At SOFA, you'll find artists with a wide array of experience, artwork and insight, as well as the Lecture Series where you can learn more about the creations at SOFA from both artists and critics' perspective. For art students (in school or at heart), be sure to check out CONNECT, a special student design competition, with the winningest designs to be created in glass by Corning Museum artists! Feeling artsy yet? Buy tickets for $15 here ($12 for Students, Seniors, and Groups).

Chicago Humanitites Festival (11/1-10)

Humanitites Festival

Do you often find yourself thinking "What Makes Us Human?" Then the 24th Annual Chicago Humanities Festival is for you - actually, even if you don't find yourself questioning what makes us human, this is still up you're alley. This year's festival theme is just that: What Makes Us Human? Bringing together great minds from music, archaeology, history, literature, art, scholastic, playwriting and many more, Chicago Humanitites Festival events will be taking place across the city through November 10 at locations such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center and the Harold Washington Library Center. See the complete schedule of performances, screenings, and discussions here.

Kate Nash Live at The Metro (11/1)


Tonight could be your chance to become best friends with Kate Nash. Or in the very least, see the unabashed multi-instrumental recording artists from London live in concert. Playing at The Metro tonight on her Chicago stop of her third album Girl Talk tour, Kate Nash has described her work on thsi album as her best to date, an "emotional purge and a mission statement for woman the world over." Nash will play with special guest La Sera, and  its not a stellar female duo you do not want to miss.


Benny Goodman Festival (11/1-2)

Benny Goodman Piano

Need an occassion to snap your fingers and tap your feet? Chicago jazz legend Benny Goodman will be celebrated all weekend long with the Music Institute of Chicago's fourth annual jazz festival.Tonight, a killer jazz faculty quintet will be joined by guest clarinetist Victor Goines, followed by an afternoon documentary film screening and panel discussion. The weekend festivities will conclude with a concert of music performed, commissioned and premiered by Goodman himself. Treat yourself to the musical genious of one of Chicago's greats and check out the festival all weekend long. Tickets range from $10-30.

Macy's Annual Great Tree Lighting (11/2)

Macy's State Street Windows

That's right, it's that time already - let the Macy's On State Street holiday magic ensue! Jumpstart your holiday cheer with Macy's 106th Annual Great Tree Lighting, including family fun, the famous holiday windows, SantaLand, and oh yes, NICK CANNON. After the lighting of the historic Walnut Room Christmas tree, you'll get the chance to meet Nick when you check out his new neckwear line in Macy's, get your face painted in the kid's department (you too, moms and dads), and oggle at the magical windows that line State Street in "The Magic of Christma. Even if it is two months before Christmas, is it really too early to hop on Santa's lap and give him fair warning of what you're asking for this year? Answer: no. If you agree, take the kids to visit and get their picture taken with Santa in SantaLand, featured in the State Street store since 1948. Stop by Macy's this weekend and you'll be sure to be playing Christmas music weeks before Thanksgiving (it's okay, we support it).