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Sunday, January 22
The topic for this week's Lunch Talks @ CAF, the Chicago Architecture Foundation's weekly free discussion series, is "Design Makes Change." Co-Founder Siobhan Gregor discusses the mission, goals, successes and challenges of the Design Makes Change design competition. The talk is from 12:15pm to 1pm in CAF's Lecture Hall Gallery, 224 S. Michigan Ave.
German "Gypsy brewery" To Øl owners Tobias Emil Jensen and Tore Gynther stop at Northdown Cafe and Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 5pm on their world tour. They'll be pouring their Snowball Saison, Goliat Coffee Stout and Walk on Water. More details on Facebook. 21+
The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., holds its Soup and Bread weekly fundraiser tonight from 5:30-8pm (or until the soup runs out). Local chefs and foodies prepare a selection of soups for your casual slurping from the bar's crock pots, with (encouraged) donations going to a local food-related charity. This year each week has a theme, and tonight's is "Triple B: Beans, Beer, and Bacon." Event is 21+, but children can be admitted if accompanied by an adult.
Concussions and head trauma are top of mind in the NFL these days. Super Bowl participant Bernard Pollard even predicted this week that the NFL won't exist in 30 years. A screening of the documentary, "Head Games," directed by Steve James (best known for the incredible doc "Hoop Dreams") will take place at the Tribune Tower, 435 N. Michigan Ave., at 6pm. Following the screening, Tribune editor Tim Bannon, former Bear Glen Kozlowski, and Northwestern professor Bill Savage will discuss if head injuries in youth sports leagues are being taken seriously enough, and how it may affect the future of these sports as we know them. Tickets are $15 (+ a small fee), and are available here.
The Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., hosts U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, today at 6pm. Sotomayor will discuss her new memoir, My Beloved World, which details her childhood in New York, career in law, and ascension into her appointment to the nation's highest court. Free. For more information, call 312-747-4300.