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It’s post-Halloween which brings us a brief lull in the action here as Chicagoans switch gears to prepare for the arrival of the cold weather (bite my tongue) and the Holidays.  Not to fret though, there are still a few things you can do!

It’s Back!  The 5th annual Hot Chocolate 15K/5K is being held at Grant Park (337 E. Randolph Street) in The Loop on Sunday beginning at 7:00 a.m.  This annual run and walk includes the sweetest post-race party in the country at Butler Field in Grant Park serving up to our runners some hot chocolate and Ghirardelli chocolate fondue in their well-earned Finisher’s Mug, plus a sweatshirt.  But best of all, proceeds from this event benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities and Little City!

Not a runner or a walker? Well then, come on out and be part of the Cheer section on the “Magnificent Mile of Hope” along Michigan Avenue between Jackson Boulevard and Van Buren Street where many of the children currently residing in Chicago’s new Ronald McDonald House along with their families will be handing out Chocolate to spectating supporters joining in the celebration!  Not only is this a great fall event, but it’s a Chicago tradition (RSVP required)!!

Before you get all excited about Chocolate Sunday, there are a few things you might enjoy doing on Saturday –

The South Side Pie Challenge is being held at the William H. Ray Elementary School (5631 S. Kimbark Avenue) in the Hyde Park neighborhood from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  It’s a chance for pie enthusiasts to compete in four categories: fruit, nut, pumpkin/sweet potato and cream with a panel of judges who select the top three winners in each category.  All pies are available for $3 per slice and the registration fee for the pie enthusiast competitors is $25 with proceeds benefiting the Hyde Park and Kenwood Hunger Programs!

The Loft Walk is meeting up at the Dearborn Station (47 W. Polk Street, Suite M11) in the South Loop neighborhood.  This 14th annual tour will be held between 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. where participants will tour 100-year-old former factories and warehouses that have been converted into livable lofts!  It’s also a great way to get some decorating ideas!!

A Stand-Up Comedy Show is being held at The Comedy Bar (157 W. Ontario Street) in the River North neighborhood this Saturday with comedians performing at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.  TV star Jim Belushi and local comedian Kyle Lane present a Las Vegas-style stand-up revue with a rotating roster of guests!

And finally, for all those who begin their Holiday shopping and preparations like NOW, this Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Grove’s Arts & Craft Faire takes place at The Grove National Historic Landmark (1421 N. Milwaukee Avenue) in Glenview.  Billed as the most fabulous arts and craft fair in Chicagoland, and featuring more than 50 juried artists from the Midwest, this fair offers handmade holiday crafts, distinctive gifts and home accessories, unique seasonal decorations for Christmas, Hanukkah and fall, jewelry, personalized items, baked goods, gourmet foods and more!  Take a break from shopping and experience the seasonal charm of the Holiday House, Grannie’s Cottage, Santa’s Workshop, Snowflake Chalet and/or the Mistletoe Cabin.  Hungry?  Stop by the Sugar Plum Café!!

Speaking of Switching Gears – Don’t Forget to Push Those Clocks Back as Daylight Saving Time Ends This Sunday!  Hey, That Gives You An Extra Hour!!


Posted: Friday, November 02, 2012 1:14 PM by Dean's Team


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