William Patrick Corgan @ Athenaeum Theatre: Tonight, tonight is when the Smashing Pumpkins frontman (and Chicago native), who now goes by his formal birth name, will unveil select songs from his new solo album, “Ogilala.” Tickets: $65-$75. 8 pm, 2936 N. Southport Ave.
Small Cheval: If you still can’t get a table at Au Cheval (West Loop’s bustling restaurant that has been included on many lists for having the best burger in Chicago), try the latest location of its stripped-down sibling, Small Cheval, which just opened this week at Riverside Plaza. 150 N. Riverside Plaza
The Beat Journey: Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” @ American Writers Museum: The band of creative misfits known as the Beats produced some of the most iconic literature and poetry in American history. In particular, Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” became a bohemian bible, reproduced in countless movies and the fodder of high school English classes. See the original continuous scroll Kerouac typed it out on at The American Writers Museum's exclusive exhibit, which closes Nov. 4. Tickets: Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors. 10 am-5 pm, 180 N. Michigan Ave., Second Floor