Black as Ink, 3 Tattoo Films: Intuit- Center for Intuitive & Outside Art (Thur. 12/3, 6pm)

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There’s painting, there’s sculpture, and then there’s permanently etching ink onto skin.  If you’re inked up or simply fascinated by this unusual art, then this film series at Intuit is for you.  For $10 ($5 for students and members) you will see three movies; Stoney Knows How (1981), Tattooed Lady of Riview, and Fullsuit: A Portrait of Blu-Bak (1991).  Afterwards, you can chat with two of the masterminds behind these films- Tom Palazzolo and Amelia Klem.  This series is held in conjunction with Freaks and Flash, the tattoo art exhibition which is up at Intuit until January 9th, 2010. › Continue reading

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Fashion and Shopping Extravaganza at The Creative Lounge (Sat. 12/5)

Dec ’09
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Flyer for the Fashion and Shopping Extravaganza in Wicker Park

Flyer for the Fashion and Shopping Extravaganza in Wicker Park (Click for larger size)

Fashion Rocks Chicago and See More Shopping is inviting you (yes, YOU) to the ultimate all-inclusive shopping/fashion event I’ve ever heard of. The Fashion and Shopping Extravaganza this Saturday December 5th at the Creative Lounge in Chicago’s trendy Wicker Park offers plenty of reasons for you to log off eBay and hit the town for your holiday shopping experience.

Not only is there an incredible lineup of local fashion and jewelry designers, but this event will provide you with complimentary snacks, gift raffles, and will reward the early birds (it starts at 11 a.m. and lasts until 5 p.m.) with goodie bags and mini-makeovers courtesy of Sugar & Spice. And all for FREE! Yes, zero dollars! Won’t cost you one measy penny, FREE.

This is the perfect afternoon shopping day for you and your girls, but complimentary snacks? This is also quite the date opportunity as well. Two birds, one stone.

Please rsvp to lidia@evilkitty.net

Now check out this SOLID list of the amazing up-and-coming local Chicago designers that will be selling some of their unique, innovative, and straight up HOT designs this Saturday:

Rosina Mae, Evil Kitty, Anastasia Chatzka, 5p1t, CC Bella, K Fleye, Mr. Tastees, Poise.cc.

This event is located at the Creative Lounge Chicago
1564 N. Damen, 3rd floor
Chicago, IL

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Doodleganza: Museum of Contemporary Art (Tues. 12/1)

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The MCA has a new series of events- Tuesdays in the Café; a more casual and family friendly take on First Fridays.  This Tuesday, and every first Tuesday of the month is Doodleganza: The Drawing Extravaganza.  Tuesdays are free admission days at the MCA, so start off by checking out the current exhibits, before heading over to Puck’s Café for an evening of drawing, wine, coffee, and snacks.  This Tuesday, artist Paul Nudd will lead the “art class meets social gathering” and will present special activities for an evening of doodling that involves all skill levels.  Bring your creative juices and the inner desire we all still have to doodle! › Continue reading

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World’s Fair Simulation at the MSI (Sat. 12/5 & Sun. 12/6)

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Maybe it’s too early for the holiday craze to fully kick in, or maybe you’re already sick of it. The Museum of Science and Industry is offering a pretty sweet two day event for those ready to take a break from jingle bells.

On December 5th and 6th from 2-3:30 p.m. the MSI will present a virtual simulation tour of the 1893 World’s Fair (aka the Columbian Exposition or “The White City”, or the event that debuted the world’s first ferris wheel, take your pick).  Fun fact: the virtual tour will take place in the only exisiting building from the Exposition–The Museum itself!

This event is back by popular demand, so you know it will be pretty cool (but it’s offering more than before this time around). Plus, tickets the to tour include general admission to the museum, so you can relive a middle school field trip and hit some other exhibits too. Two birds, one stone.

You can call for tickets at (773) 684-1414

$15 for members, $30 for non-members
Located in the Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street and Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637

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Late Night Andersonville Festival (Fri. 12/4)

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The Late Night Andersonville Festival is a fabulous way to continue tackling your shopping by treating yourself to complimentary refreshments entertainment (who doesn’t love free stuff? I mean, really) while enjoying significant discounts on unique presents and after-hour meals.

Holiday themed entertainment at Late Night Andersonville Fest.

Holiday themed entertainment at Late Night Andersonville Fest.

I think we all need another reason to leave the house and walk around on a calm winter night under Christmas lights listening to street performers offer their interpretations of Frosty the Snowman. Sure beats a dirty, crowded outlet mall, am I right? Of course I am.
One night only! You better hop on the El on Friday December 4th at 6 p.m. and take advantage of the sales until 10. Not only sales but artist demos, silent auctions, toffee tasting, picture framing workshops, and pictures with Santa (c’mon, those never get old), plus waaaay more. Don’t miss this.
Neighborhood: Andersonville
5200 N. Clark
Chicago, IL 60640
773-728-2995

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Millenium Park Ice Skating (11/18-3/14)

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The time is finally here. The McCormick Tribune ice rink in Millenium Park is now officially OPEN (You didn’t know it was called the McCormick Tribune ice rink? Yeah, neither did anyone else). There doesn’t seem to be a time when it is not absolutely crowded, but it’s a fun outing regardless.

The skating is FREE (yes, a free Chicago event!), buuuut renting a pair of skates will set you back $10. Not a big deal however; you can skate around to holiday tunes all day if you really wanted to. My personal favorite way to enjoy this seasonal event is to simply lean over the railing and watch the talented glide over the ice and the less than talented suffer some serious wipeouts. Honestly, it’s just as fun.

The ice rink is open through March 14th, but I’d scoot on over before Christmas to get the added bonus of the holiday playlist.

The rink is open Monday-Thursday noon-8 p.m., Friday noon-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and  is located on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison streets; you really can’t miss it.

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The Spirit of Chicago’s Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise: Navy Pier (Thurs. 11/26)

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Take a break from cooking this Thanksgiving, and let Navy Pier do it for you, with a view you won’t get from your dining room.  The Spirit of Chicago’s Thanksgiving Dinner cruise is a great way to spend a relaxing and enjoyable holiday with family and friends.  The dinner cruise boards at 6:30pm and costs $65.90 for adults and $32.95 for children, 12 and under. › Continue reading

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Dating for Gay Nerd Guys: Fat Cat (Mon. 11/30)

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Board games, trivia and cocktails; a great dating night for nerdy men looking for other nerdy men!  The Fat Cat presents this sophisticated date night, which starts at 7pm.  Prizes will be awarded to the nerdiest winners! › Continue reading

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Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade: 8300 S. Western Ave. (Sun. 12/6)

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Come make someone’s holiday a happier one by donating a toy at the annual Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade.  Volunteer riders will be delivering toys to the Marine Corps Reserve for the 32nd annual event, and non-riders are invited to come watch the parade and donate a toy at the Dan Ryan Woods, Lane Tech High School, or anywhere along the parade route.  The parade begins at 9:30 am. Every toy donated will bring a little extra holiday cheer to a family in need. › Continue reading

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Supernatural Chicago: Excalibur (Fridays, 7:30pm)

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Discover the darker side of Chicago at this one-man act, held in one of Chicago’s allegedly haunted locations.  Supernatural Chicago blends local folklore with demonstrations and audience interactions to explore the mysterious side of the city you think you know.  $25 grants admission to the show, two drinks, and admission to Excalibur Night Club for the evening.  It’s a spooky and entertaining way to start off any weekend and a thrill for both tourists and locals alike. › Continue reading

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