Chicago in October: Things to Do

Updated June 20, 2017 

September 30 - October 1, West Town Art Walk 

October 5 - 10, Ear Taxi Music Festival

October 7-9, Rocktober Beerfest in West Loop

October 8, DMK 'Sorta Marathon'

October 24, Breast Health Happy Hour at City Winery

Monday, October 31st: Headquarters Beercade costume party

Bears vs. Vikings at Soldier Field

On a Mission: Drinking for a Cause in October, Chicago Edition

Photo: Drinking in America

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation has a nice tool to find a local event near you. If you can't make it to an event, the National Breast Cancer Foundation also has a variety of ways to get involved. Any time is a great time to support a cause you are passionate about, and doing so while enjoying your favorite drink is icing on the cake. Here are some local events to be responsible while having a good drink in October.

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If Lionel Richie could sing about how excited Chicagoans are to have Stan's Donuts & Coffee, he might sing something like that. For the month of October, grab a coffee at Stan's Streeterville (they serve Intelligentsia and also have Stumptown Cold Brew Bottles) to wash down a delicious donut--for every pink donut purchased, Stan's will donut we mean donate $0.25 toward breast cancer research. 

Saturday 10/3: The Ditka Dash supporting Special Olympics Chicago

Photo: Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

In the words of Ditka, “You're never a loser until you quit trying.” Participants race from Da Start to Da Finish, where they enjoy live music at the Miller Lite Mustache Bash. Whether you choose to quench your thirst with water or Miller Lite, expect to see lots of 'staches, Ditka-themed attire, and smiles in support of the Chicago Special Olympics.

Thursday 10/8: Eat Your Words: an Evening of Food and Stories benefiting 826 Chi 

Photo: 826 Chi

826 Chi inspires students ages 6 to 18 to explore creative writing and fine tune their writing skills. This culinary-filled event features top Chicago chefs and mixologists: Danny Shapiro of Scofflaw,  Dustin Drankiewicz of Punch House, and Charlie Schott of Parson's to name a few, in addition to local liquid treats from Two Brothers CoffeeRevolution Brewery and Seasons Soda. To top off an elite lineup of food and drink, Dave Eggers will accompany student and professional authors, with a musical performance by Jeff Tweedy.

Thursday 10/8: Seasonal Beer Tasting at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Photo: Chicago Botanic Garden

What better way to welcome autumn than with seasonal brews at the Chicago Botanic Garden? Sample beers from craft brewers including Begyle Brewing, Temperance Brewery, Smylie Brothers, Flossmoor Station, Dark Horse Brewing, Hailstorm Brewing, Lagunitas, Peckish Pig Brewing Company, Rogue Brewery, Revolution Brewing, 3 Floyds Brewing and more at this annual event. 

Saturday 10/10: Studio 54 Green Tie Ball supporting Chicago Gateway Green

Get your groove on at this VIP event supporting your local environment. A heavily attended fundraiser by politicians and passionate environmentalists alike, the Chicago Gateway Green Green Tie Ball is packed with premium entertainment, food and drinks. This annual fundraiser supports the Expressway Partnership Program, which not only beautifies Chicago’s expressways, but also promotes sustainable techniques to reduce air and noise pollution.

Sunday 10/11: Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Photo: Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Thousands of runners race to support charities such as American Cancer Society, Girls on the Run, or Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA). See the charity program page to learn about causes and organizations supported--you can also volunteer at the race to support participants! Enjoy a 312 Urban Wheat or another libation at the 27th Mile Post-Race Party located in Grant Park’s Butler Field. 

Friday 10/16: Holla for ALS Casino Night benefitting the Les Turner ALS Foundation


Photo: The Local Tourist

On behalf of the Les Turner ALS Foundation, this annual fundraiser educates the Chicagoland community about the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) disease. It’s dealer’s choice at this Casino Night-themed event - Try your hand at a variety of table games including Roulette, Craps, Texas Hold 'Em Poker and Blackjack. Drinks, dancing, and entertainment ensue. Sponsors include Rhine Hall Distillery, Joe's Wine Cellar, Lagunitas Brewing Company.

Tuesday 10/20: Revolution Brewpub hosts Pints for Pets benefiting the Anti-Cruelty Society

Abel, one of the loving dogs available for adoption at the Anti-Cruelty Society

Join fellow animal lovers and beer lovers in the brewer's lounge of this popular Chicago brewery for brews, apps, and raffle prizes to support dogs like Abel and the Anti-Cruelty Society!

Saturday 10/24: CLLAW-O-WEEN 2 benefitting Sideshow Theatre Company and Ayodele Drum and Dance

 Photo: Broadway World

Put your wrists up for this exciting competition - The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers (CLLAW) brings a level of performance and intensity Sylvester Stallone dreams of - yes, it's over the top. Second to Nun (pictured above in a face-off vs. Lumberjack Jill) and several other contenders will strong-arm their way to the top, hoping to take down reigning champion Macho Ma'am Candy Savage.

Any time is a great time to raise a glass for Breast Cancer awareness. See our Pinterest board of pink drinks for inspiration! Thanks for reading, and for supporting your local community. Cheers! 

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