Kim Kardashian turns 31-years-old this weekend. If you didn't make her birthday party guest list, don't be too upset. There's always next year and Chicago is a perfectly appropriate Dash-Bash surrogate. Bring your friends, camera crews, and a noticeably disheveled Bruce Jenner to our city this weekend, to see if you can keep up with the Chicagoans.
FASHION FOCUS CHICAGO 2012 (THROUGH 10/21)
If you're anything like me, you need to be inundated with style hype and Joseph Gordon-Levitt candid photos to avoid dressing like a total clown. Fashion Focus 2012 is a crash-course in all things current, with runway shows, trunk sales and shopping events. Don't be that guy walking through the office in crushed velvet vest over your button-down. That was soooo 2011. Here's a breakdown of must-sees at this year's event, and an especially astute peek behind the scenes.
SMASHING PUMPKINS AT ALLSTATE ARENA (10/19)
Billy Corgan was sort of a coming-of-age figure for a lot of angst-ridden middle-school types in the ‘90s. Many of us were too young to rock out properly in ‘98 but, thankfully, we have a second chance when the Smashing Pumpkins perform on Friday. I'll be the guy crowd surfing with tears of joy in my eyes during the "Tonight, Tonight" encore.
NORTHWESTERN VS. NEBRASKA AT RYAN FIELD (10/20)
This is a must-win game for both of these teams, as the Big Ten Championship draws near. Northwestern got off to an impressive start but suffered a disappointing loss a few weeks ago to Penn State. Similarly, Nebraska's looking to get back on track after a blowout loss to Ohio State last weekend.
HORROR MOVIE MADNESS (10/19-10/22)
The Logan Theatre is presenting special screenings of Halloween classics like Nightmare on Elm Street and Drag Me To Hell. It wouldn't be an October weekend without a concerted effort towards scaring the dust out of yourself and the Logan Theatre's happy to help.
'BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON' (THROUGH 11/10)
Bailiwick Chicago teaches history lessons the way they were meant to be taught: as fervent, catchy musicals. If my tenth grade Ancient Civilizations teacher featured a piano accompaniment and had a more intense vocal range, I'd have passed. Probably. Anyway, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson tells the tale of the populist movement with captivating sing-along excitement.
For a detailed and up-to-the-minute calendar of Chicago events, click here.