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11th Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest and Costume Contest 10.30- 10.31

24 Oct MP-Grandin-Road_martha-stewart-carved-pumpkins_s4x3_lg

MP-Grandin-Road_martha-stewart-carved-pumpkins_s4x3_lg11th Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest
Thursday, October 30
7 p.m.

Halloween Costume Party
Friday, October 31
10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub in Streeterville will kick-off the Halloween holiday with their eleventh annual pumpkin carving contest on Thursday, October 30 at 7 p.m. O’Toole’s will provide the pumpkins and carving materials, while carvers simply come with creative ideas. Prizes and bragging rights will be awarded to the top three pumpkin artists ($50 cash; $25 O’Toole’s gift card; t-shirt). 

The next night, Friday, October 31, Timothy O’Toole’s will hold their annual Halloween costume party with a $250 cash prize for the best dressed guest. “Spooky” cocktails will be offered, a DJ will spin party tunes starting at 10 p.m., and the costume judging will take place at midnight. 

Both events are free to attend. 

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub
622 N. Fairbanks Court
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 642-0700

24 Oct Sex And The City

“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.”

The great Oscar de la Renta once said this. It was one of the many inspirational quotes he has said over his career. Over his eighty-two year old life span, over fifty of this time spent designing clothes, the designer has become known for quite a few accomplishments. No matter how much someone is interested in clothing, at the end of the day, Oscar de la Renta created quite the impact on the fashion industry that has effected women everywhere. From TV to the office, the famous designer has created clothes that has stuck in everyone’s mind.


The Couture Gowns

Sex And The City

Sex And The City

There wasn’t a moment where Oscar de la Renta created anything with the greatest innovation or revolutionary work however he has managed to stick in everyone’s mind. While other American designers was working to build up a label, pushing ads out and trying to become a commonly used household name, Oscar de la Renta went a different path. Dressing Hollywood, filling the red carpet with silk and frills, he worked with high-profile cases and even dressing the First lady starting with Jackie Kennedy. Oscar de la Renta admired the feminine, proper, and dignified gowns made a name for himself unlike many designers.

Carrie’s “The Date with the Russian” Dress

Oscar de la Renta became a pop-culture icon with his work on movies and TV, especially with the designer’s involvement with Sex and the City. After this episode it’s safe to say everyone questioned what they wore to McDonald’s. The pink, classic dress was forever embed in our hearts as a classic. From the quote “You call him Oscar?” to the feeding of the French fry, no one can deny that Oscar de la Renta can be worn anywhere, anytime.

De la Renta in the White House

Jackie Kennedy was the first of many to bare the designs of Oscar de la Renta. The 1980’s was a stretch of Nancy Reagan wearing tomato-red and shoulder-padded gowns to dinners and events. During the 1990’s, not only did he dress Hillary Clinton, but convinced Anna Wintour to feature the First lady on the December 1998 issue of Vogue. It was the first time a first lady was ever featured on the cover.

Vogue Hillary Clinton 1998

Vogue Hillary Clinton 1998

Boy Scouts’ Classic Look

According to Scouting Magazine, Oscar de la Renta took what was once constricting military style uniforms and after a two year redesign, the classic look was achieved. The Boy Scouts were given new pants, shirts, the classic neckerchiefs. The designer told the magazine in 1980 “It should be suitable for strenuous activity; it should be made from an easy care fabric; and at the time the wearer should still look like a Scout.” Since the 1980’s boys, girls, and adults have the stylish attire due to Oscar de la Renta.

The Holy Grail of Fashion Awards

To say one knows anything about fashion, the Council of Fashion Designers of America should be one of the first things someone learns about. Between 1973 to 1976, and 1986 to 1988 Oscar de la Renta was president of the CFDA. Due to his work with the organization, the CFDA Awards came about. The awards, which de la Renta has been the recipient of many of them over the years, provides some of the ultimate honors in the fashion community.

Hillary Clinton De La Renta 1997 Inaguration

Hillary Clinton De La Renta 1997 Inaguration

Of course, many of us will never get the opportunity to wear Oscar de la Renta, however the label and the designer has created quite the effect on the fashion community. From the runway to the red carpet, year after year he has managed to amaze us. Although the name Oscar de la Renta name lives on, the work that has been produced by this creative gentleman will not be forgotten anytime soon.





Lindsay Grundy- Fashion Contributor,  Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago
Connect with Lindsay @lindsaygrundy or on her website,


Complimentary “BOOklava” at Falafill on Halloween 10.31

23 Oct Falafill


Halloween-goers this year can add Falafill to their trick or treat route and open their candy bags for complimentary ‘BOOklava’*! Also known as baklava, Falafill’s famously delicious pastry made with layers of filo dough and sweetened nuts and honey will be offered all day to Chicagoans of all ages looking for a freshly baked Halloween treat.

Falafill’s full menu and mezza bar will also be available on Halloween for ghosts and goblins looking for a healthy Mediterranean lunch or dinner on-the-go or dine-in.

*‘BOOklava’ is complimentary with any Falafill purchase for adults, and complimentary for children 12-years-old and under and will be available on Friday, October 31, 2014 from 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.

3202 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
(Open daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m.)

Whisky Tasting, Brunch & Book Signing 10.26

21 Oct The World Atlas of Whisky
The World Atlas of Whisky

The World Atlas of Whisky

Sable Kitchen & Bar is welcoming award-winning whisky legend, Dave Broom, for an extra special “Whisky Tasting, Brunch & Book Signing” on Sunday, October 26!


Author Dave Broom’s The World Atlas of Whisky has been hailed as one of the greatest whisky books ever written. In conjunction with the launch of his newest foray, The World of Atlas of Whisky 2nd Edition, Dave will host a “Whisky Tasting, Brunch & Book Signing” at Sable Kitchen & Bar on Sunday, October 26, from 12-2pm. Dave will guide guests through the global flavors of eight whisky tastings, also available at Sable, including amber spirits such as Nikka Coffey Grain, Green Spot and Amrut Khadambam. Following the tasting, guests will indulge in a delectable brunch prepared by Executive Chef Heather Terhune and the floor will be open for an informal Q&A and book signing. Tickets are $120 per person, inclusive of brunch, taxes, gratuity and a copy of The World of Atlas of Whisky 2nd Edition. Tickets and more information:

Wicker Park Halloween Events 10.31

20 Oct Tuman’s Tap & Grill
Tuman’s Tap & Grill

Tuman’s Tap & Grill

Halloween Parties at Mac’s American Pub and Tuman’s Tap & Grill

Featuring drink deals, DJs and costume contests on Friday, October 31


Mac’s American Pub
1801 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622


Mac’s is decorated in Halloween theme and staffers will be dressed in costume in celebration of All Hallow’s Eve on October 31. The bar hosts a costume contest at midnight with a $100 gift certificate for the top costume. Drink deals include $5 Devil Mule cocktails (Fireball cinnamon whisky, ginger beer and club soda), $3 Labatt Blue drafts and $8 Southern Tier Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale drafts. Resident DJs spin from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. with no cover charge. Mac’s is open from 12 p.m.-2 a.m. on Halloween.


Tuman’s Tap & Grill
2159 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622


Tuman’s staff will be dressed for Halloween and the bar hosts a costume contest with a$100 gift certificate for the top costume with the winner announced at midnight.  Drink specials include $3 Labatt Blue drafts$5 Devil Mule cocktails (Fireball cinnamon whisky, ginger beer and club soda) and $8 Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale drafts, an award-winning limited release seasonal brew from Wisconsin’s Stevens Point Brewery made with real pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices.  Resident DJs spin from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. with no cover charge. Tuman’s is open from 12 p.m.-2 a.m. on October 31.


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