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At the peak of award season, the populace has turned its attention to Hollywood and the starlets that run the show—The Oscars, that is. Well, Seth MacFarlane isn't the only one who can run the show this weekend—besides, he'll be in LA. The locals can make the magic, too, and to prove it, after the jump we've compiled six Oscar-centric events for your weekend pleasure.
ROSCOE VILLAGE— Casual womenswear shop Hubba-Hubba is taking entries for their annual Oscar Winner Ballot Contest. When you shop or via email, mark each of your predictions with X and turn it in to the store. Each ballot is worth 20% off and if players are correct on all predictions, the'll receive a $50 gift card. Runners up with six out of the seven correct will receive a $25 gift card.
RIVER NORTH—Blow dry salon Blowtique will be offering all Oscar-ready up-styles for $50 (regularly priced at $70.) Blow-outs, as always, are only $35. It's the perfect night to grab the girls and a bottle of bubbly because Blowtique will be offering a complimentary mimosa bar that will be equipped with all the essentials. (As always, the salon is BYOB.)
STREETERVILLE— For the past three years, Vital Bridges' Vital Nights initiative has brought Hollywood-hungry Chicagoans some good times. And this Sunday the good times will continue to roll at Chuck's Manufacturing. A host committee comprised of Meghan Dean, James Goeke and Alan Harder, with the sexy DJ Megan Taylor, are bringing Chicagoans together for the Oscars. In creative black tie, crunch on Garrett's and swig Goose Island until the announcement of Best Picture.
GOLD COAST— Glossed + Found and Monika Dixon are banding together with Sarca owner, Alexis Cozzini, Jessie Kalin from Windy City Live, and Darnell Robinson from Louboutin to throw down an Oscar-tastic night to remember. Within the confines of the screening room at the Public hotel, guests will enjoy champagne, hors d'oeuvres and sartorially compete to win a best dressed award.
GOLD COAST— Standard on Delaware Street Cru Kitchen & Bar is hosting an Oscar Viewing Party with nominee themed cocktails (like the Hushpuppy, Amour and Lincoln), along with prizes if you vote for your award picks.
RIVER NORTH—Sun Times columnist Richard Roeper and entrepreneurial scenester Billy Dec are teaming up for their Third Annual Oscar Viewing Party at Rockit. Starting at 6:30, the duo will chat and mingle, sharing their predictions and test your movie knowledge with cocktails and Billy Dec's favorite hors' d'oeuvres from Rockit. A portion of the $50 ticket price benefits After School Matters.