AKIRA Goes Metropolitan for Their BIG 10 Year Anniversary Fall Fashion Show!

I can honestly say that AKIRA is my favorite retail store in the entire city of Chicago and there are a million reasons why. I’ve narrowed it down to my top 5 so I can keep this short & sweet. 1. Their insanely stylish & innovative women’s & men’s clothing /footwear 2. All of their locations (Over 17 in neighborhoods all over the city & even the suburbs!!) 3. Their amazing customer service & stylists (You won’t walk out their door without a bag or two swung over your shoulder) 4. The co-owner …Jon Cotay (Sweetest & smartest owner in the industry...hands down!) 5. & last but definitely not least…their FASHION SHOWS!

Social Media Week: Chicago

**Updated Sept 19th :: Billy Dec and Rockit Ranch Productions Host Chicago's Official Social Media Week Kick Off Party! Monday, 9/24 at Rockit Bar & Grill (22 W Hubbard) - 8pm Open to the public! Meet, greet and network w/Top Social Media Pros, CEO's, Influencers, Movers & Shakers all night long!**

George Lopez and Rob Schneider To Share Chicago For Some Funny Business on September 22nd

September 22nd should be a great night for comedy as The Chicago Theatre welcomes comedian George Lopez. The comedian is scheduled to entertain what is sure to be a full house during the second night of his 2012 stand-up tour. Following the cancellation of his TBS talk show “Lopez Tonight,” George Lopez has decided to bring his presence to the stage for a second tour entitled “That’s The America I Live In”. The tour kicks off on September 21st in Milwaukee with Chicago on the following night.

Chicago Comedians join 2012 Cast of SNL

By now we all know that 3 Chicago-based performers will be in the cast of SNL. They are Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong. Everyone has been writing about how they all are from The Second City, but guess what? They also performed at other Chicago-based comedy clubs. And Bryant, who went to Columbia College, actually worked at all three!

What’s Next in Chicago Fashion

Have some Fashion envy seeing your New York friends’ pictures of Fashion Week right now? Don’t fret: Chicago will have a week of their own next month! It’s called Fashion Focus Chicago and will show off some of Chicago’s own design talent. Here’s a look at one of the big events of the week, Next Fashion Chicago.

A Taste of Bollywood in Chicago!

Indian pop icon,Shreya Ghoshal, will be performing live at Rosemont Theatre this Friday September 14th. Organized by L.A. TAN’s CEO Nick Patel. Shreya the leading Indian Singer of Bollywood was born and raised in a quaint West Bengal home in India. She has recorded film songs not only in Hindi but also in Assamesse, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Gujrarati, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Nepali, Oriya, Tamil, Telegu, and more.

Chiodos Reunion Features Craig Owens At Chicago Riot Fest in Humboldt Park

Listen up all you dedicated followers of Alternative Press! If you didn’t already know, Riot Fest is finally making its way to Chicago on September 14-16th! The Congress Theatre and Humboldt Park will be packed with intense alternative music fans. If you love this particular band as much as me then you are probably about to fall off your chair with excitement because Chiodos is coming back at full force with all of the original band mates!!

Top Oktoberfest Celebrations in Chicago

We may just be a week into September, but it’s time to start talking about Oktober. Because Chicago has tons of events that pay homage to the German festival Oktoberfest. The keg may not get tapped in Munich until the 22nd, but we in Chicago get to start off the celebrating as early as next week! Here’s a list of a couple events:

Chicago’s Women-Only 5K: Pretty Muddy in Orland Park

The Pretty Muddy women’s mud run is arriving in Chicago on Saturday, September 15th at Pretty Muddy Farms in Orland Park. And if you hurry, you can register before the event sells out! What can you expect? A women-only event featuring obstacles, great activities, a pretty awesome after party and yes, the opportunity to get muddy.

Congrats to the 2012 Chicago Bulls’ Luvabulls! From your biggest fan and Judge, Billy Dec

For the last 5 years I have had the extreme honor of being asked to judge the annual auditions for the Luvabulls, the Chicago Bulls dance team that pumps up our awesome players & fans every game! It's actually really tough to choose a final squad from the hundreds who compete for the spot as all are so super talented, cool, positive, energetic and wonderful representations of our great city! Anyway, a bunch of people who follow me on Twitter & Facebook were intrigued and wanted to see more, so here is a random quick video glimpse of what I embrace as one of my favorite, unique, lively.. jobs I take on as a volunteer for one day a year!