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Wednesday, January 18
Physician and author Michael Fenster talks today at Kendall College (10am, 900 N Branch) about the history of what constitutes "good health," with an emphasis on ancient Egypt. Admission $3-5; free parking. RSVP via email. Event sponsored by Culinary Historians of Chicago.
Chipotle Cultivate Festival brings fun and food to Lincoln Park, 2045 N. Lincoln Park West. Twelve culinary experts will demonstrate sustainable cooking. Enjoy free music, food, and educational food-related activities. The festival runs from 11am to 7pm. Free.
Chefs' Tent West:
11:30am - Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo
1pm - Zakary Pelaccio
2:30pm - Chipotle Chefs
4pm - Amanda Freitag
5:30 - Richard Blais
Chefs' Tent East
11:30am - Paul Kahan
1pm - Danny Grant
2:30pm - Matthias Merges
4pm - Sarah Grueneberg
5:30pm - Chris Pandel
12:15pm - JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound
1:45pm - J Roddy Walston & the Business
3:15pm - LP
4:45pm - Allen Stone
6:15pm - G. Love & Special Sauce
Fork and the Road food tours by bike embarks on A Cure-ious Tour today, exploring the city's sausages, forcemeats and charcuterie. The 17-mile tour pushes off from the Kitchen Sink Cafe, 1107 W. Berwyn Ave., at 11am, and ends back there at 4pm. Tickets are $60.
Because the middle of Roscoe Village (Roscoe Avenue between Damen and Leavitt) is where you should find a plethora of oysters and Guinness and this year, 10,000 Maniacs (more specifically the '90s band, not the people who will flock to perhaps the last festival of the year). Runs 11am to 10pm today and Sunday. $7 suggested donation.
The Hideout hosts its 16th Block Party this weekend at 1354 W. Wabansia Street. Doors open for the second day of this concert festival at 11:30am featuring musical artists The Lawrence Peters Outfit, The Waco Brothers with Paul Burch, Kelly Hogan, The Corin Tucker Band, Wild Belle, Wye Oak, Lee Fields & The Expressions, and Wilco. Tickets range from $40-$50 for a two-day pass.
Riot Fest moves to Humboldt Park, 1400 N. Sacramento Ave., today. Gates open at 11:30am. More than 20 bands are scheduled to play. Two-day passes, single day passes, and VIP are still available. All ages.
A Day in Avondale is a free street event showcasing dozens of businesses and artists in the Avondale neighborhood. Events run from 1pm to 7pm today along Milwaukee Avenue between Avers and Kimball and on Belmont Avenue between Kedzie and California; see the Facebook page for a full listing. There's an afterpartyfrom 7pm to 10pm at the Hairpin Arts Center, 2800 N. Milwaukee Ave. Free.
Side by Side, a documentary about film vs. digital filmmaking, screens tonight at 5:15pm at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St. Tickets are $11 online or at the box office. The film also screens Sept. 17 at 6pm and Sept. 20 at 8:15pm.
The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with live music by Little Light, Nick Miller and the Neighbors, Edgas Legsdins, The Canoes and ZiPS; DJ Matt Roan spins from 12:30am till close. Show starts at 8pm. Free, 21+.