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Wednesday, March 29
The Chicago Fine Chocolate Show runs Nov. 16-18 on Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. Sample confections from more than 100 vendors. Admission is $25 for adults (including 15 sample tickets), $10 for children (including five sample tickets). VIP tastings are also available. The festival runs from 9am to 4pm today.
Vintage Garage Chicago holds its annual Holiday Trunk Show Saturay and today at 1134 W. Granville Ave., from 11am to 6pm. Browse through clothing, jewelry, furniture, memorabilia, appliances, glassware, electronics and more. Admission is $5.
The Red Door Animal Shelter holds its annual winter bazaar and cookie sale at Warren Park Fieldhouse, 6601 N. Western Ave., today from 11am to 4pm. Sample hundreds of homemade cookies and shop for holiday gifts. Free.
Give thanks for beer, and plenty of it. The Boystown outpost of Whole Foods Market, 3640 N. Halsted, is hosting a beer tasting from 12-4 p.m., featuring craft beers from 5 Rabbit, Left Hand, Two Brothers, Lagunitas, Bell's and more. Register in advance and you'll get a free pilsner glass. (773) 472-0400.
If you love the cooking website Smitten Kitchen as much as I do, this event is for you. SK's own Deb Perelman appears today at 3pm at the Book Cellar (4736-38 North Lincoln Ave) to sign copies of her new book.
The Glessner House Museum, 1800 S. Prairie Ave., hosts a performance of Virtuoso: The Life of Clara Schumann today at 4:30pm. The performance will be given by Betsey Means of WomanLore with the musical performance by Karen Berk Barak on the Glessners' 1887 Steinway piano. Tickets are $35; call 312-326-1480 for reservations.
Th Blisters (Spencer Tweedy's band), the Boxers and the Ungnomes play an all-ages benefit show for Michelle DiGiacomo, a medical marijuana user who was mistakenly arrested by the DEA, at the Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., tonight. Tickets are $10. Doors open at 6pm, show is at 6:30pm.
One of Milwaukee's finest folk songwriters, Hayward Williams, will be at Space, 1245 Chicago Ave. in Evanston, tonight at 7pm on the back of his excellent new LP, Haymaker. Appearing in support of Kris Delmhorst, Williams's soul-drenched Americana evokes equal parts early Springsteen and modern folk acts like Ray LaMontagne or Sam Beam, with a rocker's attention to volume and spontaneity. He's strongest, however, in the kinds of intimate performance settings that Space has built its name upon, so be sure to catch his set there on Sunday night. Tickets are $15.
Future Islands headline at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight, with Dope Body and Talk Normal opening. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door. Doors open at 8pm. 18+