5 Things to do this Weekend: November 4

Autumn is here with more amazing events for you to enjoy the arts, explore different neighborhoods, discover new cultural opportunities through food and festivals, and so much more. Here’s a round-up of five activities this weekend that we think you will love!

A New Show by a Comedy Storyteller

Jerrod Carmichael’s newest solo show is coming to Steppenwolf Theater for two nights only! You may recognize Jerrod from his award-winning special Rothaniel on HBO, so you should snag a ticket for Ari Told Me I Lack Focus before you see it on your TV screen someday. Enjoy a night out at the theater that is sure to be filled with laughter and emotion-packed moments that you’ll be telling all your friends about. 
 
Date: November 4-5 
Time: 7:00 and 10:00PM 
Cost: starting at $45 
Location: Lincoln Park, 1650 N Halsted St 
More info: steppenwolf.org

Run for Hot Cocoa!

Chocolate lovers and runners will unite at the Hot Chocolate Run this weekend! Sign up to run 5k, 10k, or 15k with your whole family and enjoy some chocolate treats at the end of your race. If you aren’t a runner, you can cheer on your friends and neighbors downtown and support their charity of choice this year- St, Jude Children’s Research Hospital! 
 
Date: November 5 
Time: starts at 7:30AM 
Cost: starts at $54 
Location: Grant Park, 301 S Columbus Dr 
More info: hotchocolate15k.com

Shhh… It’s A Secret Show

Sofar Sounds is coming to West Town for another one of their iconic concerts. You don’t know the locations or the artists until the night of, and you’ll love the spontaneous date night ambiance it creates. With venues ranging from someone’s living room to a secret back room at a local bar, you are in for a night of great music and adventure with Sofar! 
 
Date: November 4 
Time: 7:30PM 
Cost: $26 
Location: West Town, secret location to be revealed 
More info: sofarsounds.com

A ‘Wicked’ -ly Good Night Out

The classic modern musical Wicked is back in Chicago for a limited run. This story, based off characters from The Wizard of Oz, brings The Wizard, Glinda the Good Witch, and the Wicked Witch into sharp focus as you learn the backstory and history of Oz through incredible songs, beautiful dances, and a lot of jokes about being green. This night out will make you ‘Popular’ with your friends, and you’ll leave the theater feeling like you are ‘Defying Gravity!’ 
 
Date: November 4-6 
Time: Fri 7:30PM; Sat 2:00PM and 8:00PM; Sun 2:00PM 
Cost: starting at $151 
Location: The Loop, 24 W Randolph 
More info: broadwayinchicago.com 

100 Years of Writing About Justice

The American Writer’s Museum is showing the exhibit Dark Testament: A Century of Black Writers on Justice. This exhibit features deep dives into the writings of folks like Frederick Douglass, James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, and many more. Spend an afternoon at the museum looking at artifacts and reading about these amazing writers and their focus on justice. 
 
Date: November 4-6 
Time: 10:00AM – 5:00PM 
Cost: starts at $9 
Location: Magnificent Mile, 180 N Michigan Ave 2nd Fl 
More info: americanwritersmuseum.org