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Marcus Riley, NBC5 Street Team (video)

Watch the weekly “Word On The Street” segment on 24/7 Chicago: Secrets of the City,” at 12:05 a.m., immediately following Saturday Night Live on NBC5.

This week’s Word on the Street segment took us to the River East Art Center, hands down, one of the best facilities in the city to throw an event. On this particular night, it was the Wine, Women and Shoes event, in where they raised almost $120,000 for charity. Memo to the fellas out there — on the surface, “Wine, Women and Shoes” doesn’t sound like a great night out, but think about all the single ladies in the house. Nuff said. Here’s some of the events you can look forward to this week:

  • If you have a palate for the bubbly, you’ll definitely want to check out Tour de Champagne at the Drake Hotel on Saturday night. More than 20 champagne houses will be represented at the event, and it will be paired with cuisine from local restaurants. Tickets are $120 each, $160 for VIP.
  • It’s hard to believe, but Halloween is only a few weeks away. Get into the spirit by heading over to Daley Plaza. Starting on Friday until Halloween it will be renamed Franken Plaza. Expect plenty of spooky stuff, including scary movies, pumpkin and mask decorating and nightly performances.
  • When you’re making purchases this month, check and see if your retailer is giving a portion toward breast cancer awareness. Several local salons, in coordination with Pretty in Pink, are offering discounted, fixed price treatments for $31, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Network of Strength. Click here for a list of local contributing salons.

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Marcus Riley, NBC5 Street Team (video)

Need I say more? The third annual Wine, Women & Shoes event will be held Thursday night at the River East Art Center.

It’s a benefit for the Midwest Regional Office of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

The fashion fundraiser, benefiting UNICEF’s Accelerated Child Survival Initiative, will have a wine tasting bar, appetizers, silent auctions and the opportunity to browse and buy shoes.

Guests will also have the chance to mingle with celebrity judges such as Robbie Gould, kicker for the Chicago Bears, CNN and former NBC anchor Don Lemon, NBC5’s Anna Davlantes and Steven Rosengard, Project Runway Season 4 contestant, who will vote on their favorite reds and whites and decide which shoe pairs best with each winning wine.

Auction packages include guided neighborhood shopping tours of Chicago and private cocktail parties at two of Chicago’s hottest restaurants, Landmark and Perennial.

Last year, more than 650 guests raised $140,000 at the event. General admission ($85) and VIP ($185) tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/37229.

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