Fun events in Chicago this weekend

Sorry for the delay of this dispatch my friends, but only good things have been taking my time away from this blog, such as moving into my new place and planning a trip to Peru! I’ll miss our dear Chicago for a few days in November, but I promise to make time and post about all the excitement and fun I will have in Peru (like paragliding in Lima and doing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu!). So without further due, here they are, my picks for this weekend:

10/11: Jovan D. Mihailovic – The Renaissance Man – SOLO Art Exhibition Closing Reception

Jovan is a 78 year old Serbian painter, violinist, writer and theatre director. His visual art is themed on the idea of the Venus of Venice and painted with oil on canvas. The current collection spans the last 20 years of Jovan’s life in Chicago and includes his newest work based on commemorations to Van Gogh and Renoir. Jovan also plays music from all over Eastern Europe as well as American Jazz standards. Read More

10/11: Tango, Samba, and Miami Style Salsa dance events

Tonight, Tango Che is having a  milonga (325 N. Hoyne, dial *05
$15/$20 with class), Swing Brasileiro is playing Samba at Revolver, or you can catch a free casino salsa/rueda class at Dylans. Which one would you like to explore?

10/10-24: Chicago International Film Festival

The 49th Chicago International Film Festival kicked off yesterday at the Chicago Theatre with the movie THE IMMIGRANT. The festival opens a window onto new worlds to Chicagoans through the exploration of other countries, languages, cultures and different ways of thinking, all the while confirming our shared stories and common humanity. Wanna see what the festival has in store for us? Check the schedule here

10/11-12: Pilsen East Artist’s Open House

Coinciding with October 2nd Fridays, the Pilsen East Artists’ Open House is a well-loved neighborhood tradition, open to visitors to the Chicago Arts District. The Open House is a self-guided walking tour of the intimate world of the working artist. Not only can visitors experience the 30+ galleries that comprise the Chicago Arts District, but they are also invited into the otherwise private artist residences. Read More 

10/13: Chicago Marathon

In its 36th year and as a member of the World Marathon Majors, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon annually attracts 45,000 participants, including a world-class elite runner and wheelchair athlete field, and an estimated 1.7 million spectators. This is a sports spectacle that is worth watching. You will feel an exciting and festive atmosphere along the 26 miles of the race. You might even find enthusiastic DJs and musicians cheering up the runners. Click for useful spectator information. My favorite spot to watch is somewhere along 18th Street in the Pilsen neighborhood. What’s yours?


10/13-11/03: Contemporary Dance Made in the Midwest at the Chicago Cultural Center and Storefront Theater

 This is a free month-long series of work by emerging and mid-career Midwest-base choreographers and dance companies. Read More

Ongoing: Chicago Artists Month (CAM)
The annual month-long celebration is going “In the Neighborhood.” Discover the work of hundreds of Chicago artists through exhibitions, openings, art walks, open studios, performances and opportunities for learning/making. Each weekend CAM focuses on a different neighborhood with a series of art events in curated by a local arts expert. This month, the event will feature the Portgage Park, South Shore/South Chicago, Pilsen/Little Village and East Garfield Park neighborhoods. Featured events are:
Celestial Bodies: September 29 –October 31st
Boundless Shores: South Chicago/South Shore. October 1-31
Jazz Brunch at the Parrot Cage in South Shore Cultural Center: October 13
Click here for more information.

10/13: Chicago Humanities Festival

The Chicago Humanities Festival kicks off this weekend and runs until November 10. Its mission is to create opportunities for people of all ages to support, enjoy and explore the humanities. They fulfill this mission through our annual festivals, the fall Chicago Humanities Festival and the spring Stages, Sights & Sounds, and by presenting programs throughout the year that encourage the study and enjoyment of the humanities.Here is the full festival line up for October 13 and the other days.  




Friday Nov 2- Sunday 4, 2012 at Navy Pier (600 E Grand Ave). Cost: $15

This event is highly recommended.  It features beautiful masterworks of contemporary and modern art and design, sculpture, functional art, non-traditional and visionary art, plus related special exhibits, lectures and demonstrations from artists from throughout the world.  We took a sneak peek last night and really enjoyed it. Visit our photo gallery here.  Visit for more information.


MOULING ROUGE® – The Ballet”

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s

7:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway; $30-$74; 

The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (ATRU) welcomes Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) to the stage for the Chicago Premiere of “Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet” November 2, 3, 4. Based on the world’s most infamous cabaret, the ballet features high kicking choreography and a passionate story of love, ambition and heartbreak, transporting audiences to turn of the century Paris. It is a rare appearance by the Royal Winnipeg with a show that has been getting positive buzz. Click here for more information and to buy your tickets.


Nov 01 – Nov 09 at 8PM at Casa Michoacan (1638 S Blue Island Chicago). FREE

A festival offering concerts, workshops and conferences about Latin American Guitar. Find more information about this event here.


Nov 02,  4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Dvorak Park (1119 W Cullerton St. Chicago), FREE

Pros Arts Studio proudly presents the 33rd annual Dia de Muertos celebration, Muertos de la Risa in breathtaking Pilsen. Join a community procession featuring giant pole puppets, face painting and street-level ofrendas—a memorable evening of thigh-slapping carcajadas and belly laughter. Find more information about this event here.



November 1-11 , various locations and prices

The Chicago Humanities Festival’s mission is to create opportunities for people of all ages to support, enjoy and explore the humanities. This festival offers very interesting lectures about Arts and Architecture, History, Literature, Philosophy, Public Affairs, and Science and Technology. One lecture we are interested in attending is the “America Dances” lecture. Find a complete list of presentations here


November 2-4. Lycée Français de Chicago (613 W. Bitterweet Pl. Chicago) $5 for the festival.

This market will have French cooking demonstrations and holiday shopping to choose from the best of French merchandise and cuisine. Visitors enjoy live French music. Proceeds will go to support students at this French-speaking school. A Vietnamese-themed cocktail party on Friday Nov 2 kicks things off ($35 in advance, $45 at the door). Find more information about this event here.

UMBRELLA MUSIC FESTIVAL: European Jazz Meets Chicago

Wednesday, November 7th & Thursday, November 8th at the Chicago Cultural Center

Umbrella Music is a Chicago-based collective dedicated to presenting jazz and improvised music. Artists from Austria, France, Germany, and Lithuania will perform at this event. For more information please go to


November 17 8pm-10:30pm, Underground Wonderbar (710 N CLARK ST. Chicago between Superior and Huron)
Nearest El station: State and Chicago Red Line Stop
Cover: $10
Chicago Urbanite, Chicago’s top blog promoting world music and dance, invites you to come celebrate and be grateful with us! Live music by NuBambu, the hottest rumba-reggae band in Chicago.  Cover includes access to all of Underground Wonderbar stages. Free giveaways. If you have never attended a Chicago Urbanite event, now is the perfect time to experience an amazing time.  RSVP on Facebook to get more information about this party.


Thursday, November 22, 2012 8-11 AM, Downtown Chicago on State Street—from Congress to Randolph. Live national broadcast on WGN America

Chicago’s Thanksgiving Day Parade started in 1936 when Walter Gregory, then president of the State Street Council, created the “Christmas Caravan” intended to stimulating economic development on State Street and also to cheer people up during the Depression. Find more information about the parade here


Tuesday November 20 4:30pm at Daley Plaza (Washington St. & Dearborn St. Chicago)

The City of Chicago and UL are proud to present the official start of the holiday season with the Tree Lighting Ceremony. This is a highly-anticipated event drawing people of all ages to the heart of Chicago’s downtown “Loop.” Musical performances and festive holiday music begin at 4:30 pm and the holiday season officially commences at 5:00 pm, when the switch is flipped and the lights begin to dazzle in Daley Plaza. The 2012 Tree Lighting Ceremony will include performances by Gentleman’s Rule and the Goodman Theatre’s A Christmas Carol.

Also, “the Bean” highlights the season with song. Caroling at Cloud Gate returns with evening concerts on five consecutive Fridays at 6 pm beginning with Friday, November 23. And remember skaters, the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink opens for business again on Friday, November 16. Skating is free and rentals are available for $10. It’s the perfect way to burn off those holiday calories. Also, there is a Magnificient Mile Lights Festival & Parade happening on November 17 at 5:30pm


Tonight:Come to the best Brazilian Carnival party in Chi-Town!


Last year, I had the fortune to be in Rio de Janeiro for carnival. This is one of the biggest celebrations in the world and something you should experience at least once in your life. The entire city stops its regular activities and parties for days. I took this picture at the Sambodromo during  the wee hours of the night.  As you can see, the place was packed and the people were exhilarating, dancing and singing non-stop. To me, carnival is the ultimate expression of what it is to be Brazilian. This year,  I cannot be in Rio,  but  since I am in beautiful Chicago, I have the chance to party Brazilian style with the local musicians and dancers. I am planning on attending this fabulous Carnival celebration. Don’t miss it! It promises to be the best party in town.

*** Swing Brasileiro will be playing the best of Brazilian Carnival. A lot of Marchinhas, Sambas, Batucada and more ****

Carnival costume dance performance by Passistas Samba Dancers and Special performance by Gingarte Capoeira.

Vallet Parking: Only $5

Caipirinha special $ 5.00

Beers $ 3.50 and up

Cover: $15 if purchased in advance and 20$ at the door
Buy your tickets now!!!!!

18 and older to enter. MUST be 21 and older to drink alcohol.

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