There have been plenty of Chicago sports icons in this town throughout the years: MJ, The Big Hurt, Augie Ojeda. None of them hold a candle to former Bears coach and gum-chewing enthusiast Mike Ditka. Now is your chance to dress up like Da Coach (mustache and shades included) and run frantically for five kilometers like he once ran the sidelines. It's the Ditka Dash 5K and it kicks off at Soldier Field at 8am on Saturday, September 27. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics Chicago.
The Cold Waves industrial music festival runs tonight and Saturday at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St. Tonight's lineup includes Front 242, Youth Code, Caustic, ∆aimon and Surachai. There will also be guest DJs, a silent auction and raffle, a Wax Trax! Records popup shop, Revolution beer specials and more. Doors open at 5:30pm, show's at 6:30pm. Tickets are $42, or get a two-day pass for $72. A portion of proceeds benefit Hope for the Day, a local nonprofit using music and the arts to battle suicide. 18+
The theater collective BoyGirlBoyGirl presents The Bible, a series of monologues about the Good Book. The show runs tonight at 8:00pm at Stage 773 (1225 West Belmont). Full details at the BoyGirlBoyGirl Website.
Chicago-area fans of Bruce Springsteen will celebrate his 65th birthday at "Dream of Life: A Springsteen 65th Birthday Bash Tribute" with singer/guitarist Bucky Halker and Friends, including Don Stiernberg and Steve Dawson. Doors open at 7pm and there'll be two sets in the SideBar Music Room at Fitzgerald's Nightclub, 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online. For information, call 708-788-2118. The event is sponsored by the Phantom Collective. And no, Bruce won't be there.