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Thursday, March 23
If you have ever gone by one of the city's finest-looking buildings, museums, or places of worship and thought, "I'd love to go inside and look around," this is YOUR MOMENT. During this weekend's annual Open House Chicago event, over 150 buildings all over the city, among them the Tribune Tower, Bronzeville's Meyer's Ace Hardware/Sunset Cafe, the Gold Coast's Holy Name Cathedral, and North Lawndale's the original Sears Tower are among the places where you'll get behind-the-scenes views of these significant contributors to the city's rich, unparalleled history. Event is sponsored by the Chicago Architectural Foundation; event is free, but members get access to additional sites. Hours of operation vary by location, so check in advance.
Vintage Garage ends its outdoor season today at 5051 N. Broadway from 10am to 5pm. In addition to the usual mix of vintage furniture, fashion, jewelry, art and collectibles, there will be a "record ramp" featuring lots of vintage vinyl, CDs, tapes and equipment -- and CHIRP Radio DJs will spin live till 4pm. $5 admission.
The American Homebrewers Association is throwing a Rally at Lagunitas Brewing Company in Chicago to celebrate the joys of homebrewing and connect beer enthusiasts in the area.The Rally will feature a VIP tour of the brewery, beer samples, gifts, prizes and more. Lagunitas Chicago TapRoom at 1843 S. Washtenaw Ave. 1-4pm. Information and tickets available online.
Northern Grade, a "roving market of USA made goods," is on the South Promenade of Millennium Park today and Sunday. Shop for neat stuff from around two dozen companies, from 11am to 5pm today.
The Joffery Ballet performs the classic love story. Catch a matinee today at 2pm at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway. Purchase tickets online or at the box office. Starting at $32.
Sample (and judge!) the pie-baking skills of your friends and neighbors today at the Bucktown Apple Pie Fest, which runs from 2-5pm at Holstein Park, 2200 N. Oakley. You can enter your own pie ($25 entry fee), or come to sample the eats by the slice ($2); entertainment, activities for the kids, and general hometown-y feelings will also be in attendance.
Get Off the Couch with Sam Wahl is back at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight at 7pm. Guests this month are Brian McSweeney, Joanna Rutzky, Derek Fawcett and Claire Wellin. The artists will take turns performing a couple songs acoustically and telling stories about their songwriting process, followed by a full band performance at the end. Tickets are $8 in advance or at the door. 21+