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16 Oct - Guide to Chicago: October 16-22

Chicago Local Guides

The Chicago International Film Festival in full effect from Oct. 15–29. Your festival tickets are here.

Hitch*Cocktails + Scottie McNiece from Uncanned Music DJ Set

10/16, 10pm & 11pm: Live jazz tunes, cocktails, and a twisted murder plot? You’re the star of this full-length improvised Alfred Hitchcock themed thriller. ($20) After your big debut, head back to the Freehand for a wicked DJ set by Scottie McNiece from Uncanned Music. (Free)

Pay-What-You-Want Walking Tours + Open House Chicago

10/17, 10am & All Day: Pregame for this afternoon’s Open House Chicago festivities with a 2-hour guided walking tour through The Windy City’s most fascinating landmarks and neighborhoods. (Pay-What-You-Want) Once you’ve completed your tour, explore the hidden gems of the city’s diverse neighborhoods with a behind-the-scenes look at popular venues, private offices, industrial districts and more. 

Good Vibes Only + Open House Chicago

10/18, 12pm & All Day: Nothing but Good Vibes Only and live jazz tunes in the den. (Free) The jam session ends and our doors open for an exclusive Members Only Open House Chicago tour. Not a member? No worries, you can explore a wide variety of other venues here. 

Industry Night

10/19, 8pm: Cure those Monday blues with food/drink specials + 25% off for all Industry folks at the Shaker. (Free)

Fireside Chat w. Nathan Michael + J. Rieger & Co. Gin Launch

10/20, 6:30pm & 8pm: Join Freehand Friend and professional photographer, Nathan Michael for a fireside chat where he’ll give you the scoop on his career, Instagram and more. (Free) Gin & Tonic, anyone? Ryan Maybee from Round Table in Kansas City is taking over the bar for the J.Rieger & Co. launch. Come get your drink on

Second City’s Game Night

10/21, 8pm: A classic spin on your favorite game shows (but with a group of Chicago’s best improvisers!). Take the stage and prepare for an evening of L O L’s.   ($24)

From Good Stock Supper Club Series + Late Night at the Logan: Friday The 13th

10/22, 6:30pm & 11pm: Chef Johnathan Meyer (Broken Shaker Chicago) and Gui Jaraschy (Broken Shaker Miami) are serving up a unique menu filled with an eclectic selection of their personal passions + seasonal whims.  Eat your heart out here($75) Before heading to bed, the Logan Theatre is hooking you up with a fresh set of nightmares with a light night screening of Friday the 13th. ($8.50)

Don’t forget to hashtag your Halloween costumes on Instagram with #FreehandHalloween for a chance to win a 2-night stay at Freehand Miami or Chicago.