The Chicago Fine Chocolate & Dessert show is at Chicago's Navy Pier this weekend. Look for a 1,000-pound life-sized chocolate replica of the Blues Brothers. The three-day event showcases pastry chefs, chocolatiers and sugar art. You'll also see Randy, an 800-pound chocolate saxophone player made by chef Alain Roby. Attractions include a cupcake competition, live pastry demonstrations, free baking and candymaking seminars and assorted tastings. The show is open 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. Tickets cost $25 online or $30 at the show. Visit chicagochocolatefestival.com for more information.
Peek into Chicago’s most beautiful buildings
This weekend is Open House Chicago, presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. The free event, which runs Saturday and Sunday, lets you check out the interiors of 150 buildings in the Loop and various neighborhoods. There are tried and true architectural mainstays, like the Board of Trade and City Hall, as well as offices, religious spaces and even some private homes throughout the city. Want to focus on one of the city’s glitziest neighborhoods? Here’s a list of participating spots in Lincoln Park. And here’s the full list of sites.
Ladies, lace up your running shoes
Were you inspired by last week’s marathoners and ready for a bit more of a challenge than a 5K? Title 9’s 9K race is along the lakefront Sunday starting at 9 a.m. The start and finish are just north of Fullerton in Lincoln Park. Race-day registration is $55 for women and mom’s with a baby jogger. Discounts for women over 70 or girls under 18. Click here to register. Need extra incentive: there’s a chocolate station near the end.
— Emily Stone