Photo courtesy: Bill Smith/Chicago Bulls
November 1st marks the beginning of National Novel Writing Month. This morning, we poured an extra-large cup of coffee, cracked open the laptop and, upon taking our first sip of dark roast, decided it a much better idea to watch the Today Show and snack on Halloween candy. If you're going to spend November writing Star Trek fan fiction or a Harry Potter spinoff, more power to you. But if you're hitting the town this weekend, do it with us!
Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey®: Dragons (11/1-11/11)
I just finished reading the event name and already I'M THERE! As a sucker for juggling clowns, tightrope walkers and bears on unicycles, I rarely miss a circus. Throw in a few giant, robotic dragons and consider my calendar clear. Sorry doctor, we'll have to postpone my surgery on account of fire breathing, mythical creatures at the AllState Arena.
The Lyndsay Hailey Variety Hour! (Through 11/8)
Provided your sensibilities aren't easily offended, you'll enjoy the brash wisecracking of UP Comedy Club's throw-back The Lyndsay Hailey Variety Hour. It's kind of like Hee Haw, if you replaced Buck Owens and Roy Clark with an unabashed female comedian. And, instead of a country-style quaintness, a lot of jokes you'd be embarrassed to repeat to your mother.
2012 SOFA Chicago (11/2-11/4)
This 19th annual event is an opportunity for the public to see some of the world's greatest works of contemporary and modern art. If you're interested in guest lectures, daily events or upgrading that Almost Famous movie poster you've had hanging in your bedroom since college, this is a must-attend event.
Chicago Bulls v New Orleans Hornets (11/3)
The Chicago Bulls without Derrick Rose are like a burrito without sour cream, a little less tasty but, you know, still gets the job done. While the former MVP nurses his way to health, the Bulls will be on a rag-tag mission to tally up wins. The United Center will welcome #1 overall pick and Chicago-native, Anthony Davis, as he leads his Hornets in a purported turnaround season in New Orleans.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Chicago (11/3-11/17)
In a tour that features stops in Oak Park, Kenwood and Hyde Park, visitors are invited to tour our beloved hometown architect's greatest works. Frank Lloyd Wright was an incredibly influential designer and no architect buff's trip to Chicago would be complete without a guided walkthrough of his residences and studio.
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