The Calendar: Coming up in Chicago

Taste Talks, Chicago International Film Fest and more.


Wednesdays through September 13: Jazzin’ at the Shedd
The Shedd Aquarium’s weekly outdoor series offers an incredible skyline view, live music and a little something educational. Grab a cocktail and soak up summer!
Time: 5-10 p.m.
Place: 1200 S. Lake Shore
Cost: $20. For tickets, visit

Through September 24: Takashi Murakami exhibit
The popular artist — who has collaborated with celebs like Kanye West and labels like Louis Vuitton — presents a much-anticipated retrospective of his whimsical, anime-inspired work, “The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg” at the MCA, curated by Michael Darling. On display through Sept. 24, the exhibit features a 114-foot piece of art made up of 35 panels and encompassing the gallery.
Place: Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago
Cost: $12 suggested general admission. For more information, visit

Sept. 27: ChangeMakers: A Bright Pink Benefit
The Chicago-based breast and ovarian cancer prevention organization celebrates the females making changes in the women’s health industry at its biggest fundraiser of the year. Outcome Health’s Shradha Agarwal is a keynote speaker, and Bright Pink founder and board chair Lindsay Avner is honored.
Time: 5:30-9 p.m.
Place: Venue SIX10, 610 S. Michigan
Cost: $200, $100 under 35. For tickets, visit

Sept 30-Oct.1: Apple Fest
The Lincoln Square and Ravenswood neighborhoods offer fall family fun with this 30th annual event. Treat yourself to hot apple cider, delicious apple pie, caramel apples and more, plus live music and a Kids Zone.
Time: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Place: Lincoln Ave. between Lawrence and Eastwood
Cost: $5 suggested donation. For more info, visit

Oct. 1-29: Inherit Chicago
The Chicago Cultural Alliance presents this first-ever month-long affair, made up of events and activations that pay tribute to the diverse culture of Chicago’s neighborhoods. The celebration kicks off Oct. 7 with World Dumpling Fest in Millennium Park, a tasting of dumplings from some of the city’s best ethnic eateries.
Time: Varies
Place: Varies
Cost: Events range from free to $50. For a full schedule and to register, visit

Oct. 2: LSCRF Fall Benefit Luncheon
Acclaimed actress — and breast and ovarian cancer survivor — Kathy Bates is the guest speaker at this benefit event for the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation, chaired by Sofia Ahmad Jones and Julie Roth Novack. Don’t miss the “Purse-sue the Cure” purse auction, featuring both new and collectible designer bags.
Time: 11 a.m.
Place: Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan
Cost: $300. For tickets, visit

Oct. 3: Chairs for Charity
Chicago’s top designers put their creative stamp on vintage chairs to be auctioned off at this eighth annual event benefiting Designs 4 Dignity. Sponsored by Splash sister publication Chicago magazine, the event also features light bites and gourmet cocktails.
Time: 6-8:30 p.m.
Place: Marshall’s Landing, 222 W. Merchandise Mart
Cost: $35. For tickets, visit

Oct. 3-8: ‘Motown the Musical’
More than 40 classics — think “Ain’t No Moutain High Enough” and “My Girl” — are woven into this behind-the-scenes story of stars like Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and more. Broadway in Chicago presents the musical, which features arrangements by Grammy and Tony nominee Ethan Popp.
Place: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph
Cost: $30 and up;

Oct. 3-9: ‘Wrapped in Luxury’
Max Mara’s Chicago store hosts a travelling photo exhibition this week, showcasing the influencers and style stars who have rocked the label’s iconic coat over the last two decades. from Ruth Negga to Susan Sarandon to Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. Stop in and browse the collection, just in time for fall.
Place: Max Mara, 900 N. Michigan
Cost: Coats start at $2,850. For more information, visit

Oct. 6-8: Taste Talks
This four-city fest stops through Chicago, bringing top culinary talent — Sarah Grueneberg, Mindy Segal, Charles Welch and more — to discuss and explore “The Future of Taste.” Various passes offer entrance to panels, benefit dinners, cookouts and other delicious activities.
Time: Varies
Place: Varies
Cost: $49-$299. For tickets and to see the full schedule, visit

Oct. 11 : Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner
The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood is honored along with Dave Eggers and Natalie Moore at this annual dinner, benefiting the Chicago Public Library and the CPL Foundation. Seated among the guests will be dozens of other writers with ties to Chicago, including Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, cookbook connoisseur Fabio Viviani and more.
Time: 6-11 p.m.
Place: UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt
Cost: $1,000. For tickets, visit

Oct. 12-26: Chicago International Film Festival
More than 150 movies from filmmakers across the world hit the screen at the 53rd annual two-week fest. Don’t miss director Aaron Katz’s “Gemini” — a thrilling LA-set murder mystery starring Zoë Kravitz — and “Goodbye Christopher Robin” starring Margot Robbie.
Time: Varies
Place: AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois
Cost: $8-$20 individual passes, festival passes start $106. For tickets, visit