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The Chicago Urban Art Society hosts local artists and performers to create an art utopia at Artopia. Highlights from the fest's third year include interactive games, more than 100 artist vendors, and work from Redmoon Theater and Sway Dance Chicago.
While most of Chicago's football-happy citizens are focused on the NFL Bears, the scrappy Northwestern Wildcats open their season of pigskin today against the University of California Golden Bears. Coming off a season that imploded five games in, the Wildcats might just be a dark house. And if you don't like football but have an interest in labor rights and unionization, show your support.
The Chicago Community Pet Coalition is throwing a dance party. After seeing families forced to give up their pets due to financial constraints, the coalition formed this spring to help keep families and pets together. Proceeds from the celebration at the Hideout benefit the organization.
For more on these events and others, check out the Reader's daily Agenda page.