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Monday, April 24
The West Central Association Chamber of Commerce's second annual Divine Dine & Wine event is tonight from 6 to 9pm at VenueOne, 1044 W. Randolph St. Enjoy more than 25 West Loop restaurants, plus wine, beer and cocktails. Tickets are $95 or $125 for VIP, and come with a free subscription to Time Out and a complimentary ride from Uber.
FitzGerald's Nightclub, 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd., hosts a new monthly edition of Soup & Bread beginning tonight at 6pm in the SideBar. Soup chefs include Bodhi Thai Restaurant, Skrine Chops, Sheila Russell and more. Pay what you can.
The Chicago Writers Conference hosts "an Evening of Speculative Fiction" tonight at Open Books, 213 W. Institute Pl., tonight from 6:30 to 9pm. Readers include Mary Anne Mohanraj, Holly McDowell, Richard Chwedyk, William Shunn, Wesley Chu, Jody Lynn Nye and Matthew Darst. Admission is free.
Tonight at 7pm, Peanut Gallery, 1000 N. California Ave., hosts a screening of "5 Different Videos," a collection of five short films by Detroit-based female video artists, Eleni Zaharopoulos, Bailey Scieszka, Katie Barkel, Mïïgun-å-rïen and Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen. Admission is free.
Theater Oobleck stages a special benefit performance of its hit show, There Is A Happiness That Morning Is, tonight at 8pm at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets are $15 or pay what you can, and proceeds benefit Soup & Bread.