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Fall 2014 Festivities in Chicago

Chicago Lake Condos - Fall Festivities Chicago - Jean Ward - Great Chicago Fire FestivalOf course Halloween’s a big deal in the city, but maybe you want to focus on some non-goulish events this month in our fine city. Here’s a condensed list of what NOT to miss this month in Chi–town:

Great Chicago Fire Festival

Head to the river to experience the first annual tradition of celebrating the diversity of Chicago’s great neighborhoods born out of the rebuilding of the city after the famous Chicago Fire. On Saturday, October 4, between the State Street and Columbus Drive bridges downtown, take in procession of illuminated floating fiberglass sculptures and a fire spectacle with acrobatics, live music, and amazing machines that will light up the city. This free event will attract thousands, so make sure to get there early. A bazaar is scheduled for 3pm, performances start at 5pm, and the big fire will get started at 8pm.

The Art of Yoga

Elizabeth Range Kiely of Om on the Range will lead your morning yoga practice into a work of art on Saturday, October 4 at 7:30am at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA). Dress comfortably, bring your water bottle, and pick up a free yoga mat after class before exploring the David Bowie Is exhibition. Reserve your space at http://thehookup.flavorpill.com/honda-fit-art-of-yoga-chicago-rsvp/.

Windy City BBQ Classic

The 3rd Annual BBQ event resides this year at Soldier Field’s south parking lot, and has been pushed back from Labor Day weekend to Oct. 11, 2014. Doubling last year’s number, 40 competing teams will use wood or charcoal in attempts to both grill the best ribs, brisket, chicken and pork shoulder and to win a portion of the more than $14,000 in prize money. With 30-some restaurants providing providing food, Lagunitas and Virtue Cider pouring brews, and live music options such as Liz Mandeville, Dave Spector and Lurrie Bell, you can’t go wrong with this fall festival. Tickets are available online and at the door if not sold out.

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On October 18-19, 2014 The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) hosts a free public festival offering behind-the-scenes access to 150 of the city’s most interesting buildings. From 9am – 5pm, from Downtown to Uptown, and spanning across the entire city boundaries, explore architectural gems in distinctive neighborhoods that boast everything from re-purposed mansions, secret rooms and sacred spaces to hotels and office spaces. Take the opportunity to actually enter the buildings you’ve passed for years, wondering about the design inside. This self-guided tour allows you to wander to only those buildings that move you. For a complete list of locations, visit openhousechicago.org.

Green Festival

Shop from 300 green businesses, eat vegetarian and vegan food, see eco-exhibits and films, attend sustainable-living workshops, and take in entertainment at Navy Pier on October 24-26. America’s Largest and Longest Running sustainability and green living event offers something for everyone, from food to fashion to health to energy, construction and design. Friday 12-6pm and Saturday/Sunday 10am – 6pm.

Tightrope Walk over Chicago River

High wire artist and acrobat Nik Wallenda, best known for his tightrope walk across Niagara Falls in 2012, has a big finish planned for his Halloween weekend skyscraper walk, to bridge Marina City’s two corncob towers while blindfolded! But first, The Flying Wallenda Family member will perform a two-block walk 50 stories over downtown and the Chicago River, from Marina City’s west tower to the Leo Burnett Building, at a gradual climb that will reach a 15 degree angle. Try to catch a glimpse of the feat on November 2, or stay home and watch it live on the Discovery Channel or at skyscraperLive.com at 7pm ET.

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