Chicago Culture, Celebrity, Arts & Entertainment
Chicago culture, arts & entertainment with Billy Dec

Enjoy “What’s on Dec” this week on ABC TV “Windy City Live!”

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Click here to see Rockit Ranch CEO Billy Dec‘s inside scoop on the best parties, fests, games, concerts, events.. on his latest Thursday 11am weekly ABC TV segment called “What’s on Dec” on “Windy City Live!”

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Champs for Charity Good for Players & Fans

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Champs for Charity Good for Players & Fans

It’s a tough time to be a hockey fan. The ongoing lockout doesn’t seem to be near an end at all, games are being canceled handfuls at a time, and the list of players signing overseas continues to grow.

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Constantly Crack Up with The 2nd Annual Chicago Comedy Film Fest!

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Constantly Crack Up with The 2nd Annual Chicago Comedy Film Fest!

The Chicago Comedy Film Festival got it’s start in 2011 when a few good funny people got together and realized that comedy hasn’t be equally recognized in the film scene. Aside from the usual drama shorts and films, most other pictures chosen to be included in film festivals consist of experimental works that give you a different perception on things. Emotional rollercoaster titles and pseudo intellectual ideals are great, but where are the laughs at these special events?

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Teaching in Chicago: Blogging Basics

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Teaching in Chicago: Blogging Basics

Are you blog curious? Want to know more about how to start (or improve!) your own blog? Shani Silver, former editor of Refinery29 Chicago and current Editorial Manager for clothing company Free People, is returning to Chi for ONE very special edition of her popular Dabble class, Blogging Basics.

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Sports Diva’s Game Day Training at Rockit Burger Bar

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Sports Diva’s Game Day Training at Rockit Burger Bar

Show the men what’s up the next time football come’s up in a conversation at the water cooler – throw the pom pom’s down and take charge, ladies!

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Artsy Ball: The 2012 Visionary Ball

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Artsy Ball: The 2012 Visionary Ball

On November 2nd, a fabulous ball will be held to commemorate and honor one of the art communities’ most valued and respected “outsider” artist. Cleo F. Wilson, a founding member of Intuit and former Executive Director of the company, also spent 25 years at Playboy Foundation while using her powers for good around the Chicago art community to inspire and encourage those around her. The philanthropist and art activist will receive the 2012 Visionary Award for her respected achieved efforts that have helped make Intuit the organization it is today. The organization I’m talking about is of course Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art. At Intuit, they strive to spread their mission of nurturing outsider, self-taught, and unconventional artists. The organization believes in all kinds of artists – whether they are outside of the normal realm of artistry, are self-taught artists or are classically trained.

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Gilt City takes over Chicago

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Gilt City takes over Chicago

If haunted houses aren’t your style, then perhaps you can be scared another way this weekend: with frighteningly awesome deals. Thanks to Gilt City Chicago, there are two ways you can get some amazing new clothes.

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Local Beer Company Collaborates with River North Hotspot: TasteIT Insider Dinner at Rockit Bar & Grill

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Local Beer Company Collaborates with River North Hotspot: TasteIT Insider Dinner at Rockit Bar & Grill

Finch Beer Company and Rockit Bar and Grill present the first TasteIT Insider Dinner to give you an exclusive look at specially paired combinations of food and drink. Rockit Bar and Grill Executive chef Amanda Downing will be cooking up an awesome four-course menu while Finch Beer Company serves up a multitude of beers to go along with each course!

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It’s Raining Cats and Dogs! Well, kind of

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It’s Raining Cats and Dogs! Well, kind of

I hope your calendar is clear this Friday night. Why you ask? Because it will be raining cats and dogs of course! Ok, not literally. But it’s the Anti-Cruelty Society’s 12th Annual Fall Benefit, appropriately named: It’s Raining Cats & Dogs! What can you expect from this extraordinary event (and I can assure you, it will be extraordinary)? Here’s the inside scoop.

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The Battle is Back: Five Chefs, Five Neighborhoods, Five Fares – and One, Locally Brewed Beer

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The Battle is Back: Five Chefs, Five Neighborhoods, Five Fares – and One, Locally Brewed Beer

It’s no secret that Chicago is home to some of the best restaurants in the country – scratch that, some of the best restaurants in the world. Yeah, I said it. With hot spots like Alinea, Next, Moto, and Tru – to name just a few, we give New York, San Fran, Paris, and Spain a run for their money. As a result, food fests, tastings, pairings, and other interactive culinary events regularly pop-up in neighborhoods around the city. A true food enthusiast, I try not to simply sample the most sought-out displays of deliciousness. I’ve learned with age (yes, in all of 26 years that I’ve lived) that some of the best bites are found at local dives, down random alleys, and in ethnic neighborhoods housing chefs with a real understanding of the food that they cook.

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4th Annual American StreetBall Classic to Raise Money for Imerman Angels 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

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4th Annual American StreetBall Classic to Raise Money for Imerman Angels 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

The 4th Annual American StreetBall Classic will be held on Saturday, October 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Attack Athletics. The tournament, sponsored by PERL Mortgage, brings together teams to take part in 3-on-3 basketball competitions, will benefit Imerman Angels. Imerman Angels provides personalized connections that enable 1-on-1 support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. For a person newly diagnosed with cancer, no amount of media attention on the disease can substitute for a knowing companion who can empathize with their disease, someone who has been the patient themselves. Imerman Angels’ mission is to ensure no one faces cancer alone.

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