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Friday, March 24
The Chicago Global Runway showcases fashion and jewelry from Southeast Asian designers tonight from 7:30pm to 11pm in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Tickets are $75 to $250. Proceeds benefit Save a Mother, a non-profit organization working to reduce maternal and infant mortality in India.
There will also be a pop-up shop featuring pieces by the designers in the show in the Green Room at Hotel Allegro, 171 W. Randolph St., tomorrow, June 25, from 11am to 5pm.
The Chicago Underground Library is raising funds for a new home with a benefit party at Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave., tonight from 9pm to 2am. In addition to the usual $10 martini and manicure deal, there will be a photobooth by GlitterGuts, a homemmade birthday cake cakewalk, and DJs spinning all night. Hosted Canadian Club drinks from 9 to 10 if you RSVP here. Admission is a minimum $5 donation ($10 requested) in advance or at the door. 21+
Vosges Haut-Chocolat presents Brews + Bacon: A Collaboration in Chocolate at its Lincoln Park boutique, 951 W. Armitage Ave., tonight from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Sample a variety of variations on chocolate and bacon, paired with beer and cocktails, such as the Vosges Bacon Bloody Mary. Attendees will also get 10 percent off purchases during the event. Tickets are $40; reserve your spot by calling 773-296-9866 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ivan Brunetti, Lilli Carre, Paul Nudd , Onsmith and upcoming Gapers Block book club author Paul Hornschemeier will sign the comic and essay collection Black Eye #1: Graphic Transmissions to Cause Ocular Hypertension tonight at Quimby's. The jury's out on whether it actually provokes the titular medical condition, but it was badass enough to be seized at the Canadian border on obscenity charges a month ago. Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave., 7pm.
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We're holding the GB Get-Together at the Chipp Inn, 832 N. Greenview Ave., tonight from 8pm to 11pm. The choice of location is strategic: at least some of us will be heading over to the Chicago Underground Library benefit party at Beauty Bar later in the evening. Meanwhile, join staff and readers for affordable drinks and convivial conversation at one of the city's oldest bars.
White Mystery headlines the "Summer Meltdown" at the Viaduct Theater, 3111 N. Western Ave. BBU and Vamos open. Doors at at 9:30pm; tickets are $5 before 10:30pm, $7 after. Presented by The Inconvenience and Old Style Beer.
Sofia welcomes Luxury Garage Sale for a pop-up store inside of their boutique. Luxury Garage Sale features new or gently used contemporary and designer clothing, artwork, and other items for the home. Featuring designer clothing, jewelry, and handbags, the sale lasts through Sunday at 5pm. Sofia is located at 72 East Oak Street. The store is open 11am to 7pm, Thursday through Saturday, and on Sunday from 12pm to 5pm.
Slow Food Chicago hosts a Solstice Potluck at Chicago Honey Coop (3740 West Fillmore) tonight from 6-9pm. Bring a potluck dish to share and $15, which will get you tours of the apiary and a great summer night. Rain date is Sunday, June 26.