It’s fall or nothing.
What: Nine local photographers worked it (and owned it) for the exhibit of images they originally took for the likes of Italian Vogue and Maybelline ad campaigns.
Why: The nice balance of established (Sandro) and emerging (Erika Dufour) talent.
When: Thru Jan. 11. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: City Gallery at the Historic Water Tower, 806 N. Michigan Ave., at Pearson St. (312-742-0808).
Fred’s After Five Menu
What: Barneys New York’s swank penthouse resto offers light fare at bargain prices ($6 for one item, $15 for three).
Why: Lobster avocado lettuce wraps, vegetable timbale with goat cheese, meatball sliders, and more.
When: Mon.-Thurs., 5-10 p.m.; Fri., 5-11 p.m.
Where: 15 E. Oak St., at Rush St. (312-596-1111).
What: Designer Jesslyn Blake’s buttery soft purses come in a rainbow of colors and are finished with details like sassy fringe and patchwork.
Why: No guilt here. They’re made from recycled, vintage, and remnant leathers — and they’re up to 50 percent off.
Where: Online at swirl.com.
County Line Orchard
What: Ramble out to the Indiana countryside for U-Pick apples, a corn maze, pumpkins, and picnicking.
Why: Kettle corn so good you’ll forget your name.
When: Thru Oct. 31. Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Corn maze hours vary.)
Where: 200 S. County Line Rd., at Cleveland Ave., Hobart, Ind. (219-947-4477).
Laetitia Sadier’s The Trip
What: Stereolab front woman’s first solo album full of Moog-y melodies and appearances by collaborators April March and Richard Swift.
Why: It’s another score from Chicago label Drag City.
When: Drops Tues.
Where: Reckless Records, 3126 N. Broadway Ave., at Briar Pl. (773-404-5080).
Start Small, Go Big Contest
What: Meet the twelve finalists and tell us who you think should win $10,000 for their small businesses and a trip to NYC to attend the DailyCandy Academy.
Why: While you’re there, you can enter for a chance to win an Editors’ Handbag packed with some of our favorite products.
When: You can vote for one business, once a day, thru Sept. 29.
Where: On Facebook. Log in, then rock the vote.
Photo: Brian Kulmann / Courtesy of Chicago Office of Tourism