OCTOBER 2019 — Chicago’s glorious fall weather and festivities are upon us, and no one does the season justice like we do. Here’s our round-up of musts to see, eat, and do this month in Chicago:
Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo & Spooky Zoo
Embrace that autumn feeling in the air each weekend in October — without leaving the city! Fall Fest invites families to get in the seasonal spirit with fall time inflatables, a corn maze, professional pumpkin carvers, festive fall snacks, and more. On Saturday, October 26, Fall Fest becomes “Spooky Zoo” for a day, with free and safe trick-or-treating for Chicago residents.
Where: Lincoln Park Zoo (2001 N. Clark St.)
When: Fridays-Sundays in October & Monday, October 14, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Free entry, $3 tickets for attractions
Chicago Ideas Week
Looking for enlightenment, inspiration, and good conversation? This year’s Chicago Ideas Week lineup includes former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, author Chelsea Clinton, director David Lynch, actress Jessica Lange, musician Liz Phair and comedian Pete Holmes, with discussions ranging from the state of the world in 2050 to journalism in the age of disinformation and the rise of artificial intelligence.
When: Saturday, October 12 – Thursday, October 17; various times
Where: Various locations
Cost: $15–$40 per event
Chicago International Film Festival
Grab the popcorn and turn your phone to Airplane mode. The Chicago International Film Festival is back with a lineup of films fresh off the festival circuit including dramas, documentaries, comedies, foreign films and more. Highlights from this year’s include special presentations of Rian Johnson’s (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) murder mystery Knives Out, Terrence Malick’s World War II-era drama A Hidden Life and Taika Waititi’s biting World War II satire Jojo Rabbit.
When: Wednesday, October 16 – Sunday, October 27
Where: AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.)
Cost: $10–$28 per movie; pass packages $145–$270
Open House Chicago
Chicago Architecture Center’s annual festival partners with 350+ buildings around the city to provide locals and visitors with access to historic, architecturally significant buildings throughout Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods—all for free. From soaring skyscrapers to repurposed mentions, from opulent theaters to exclusive clubs and offices, the Chicago Architecture Center’s free public festival provides a behind-the-scenes look at some of our city’s most beloved buildings.
Where: 350+ individual sites
When: Saturday, October 19 & Sunday, October 20, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Halloween Horror Movie Screening: Carrie (1976)
“If you’ve got a taste for terror… take Carrie to the prom.” Don your best 70’s ruffles and bellbottoms and get down to the horrors of Carrie. In partnership with the Music Box Theatre, Stagg Court transforms into the Bates High School gym for a special Halloween viewing. Indulge in spiked punch, movie snacks, and more while watching Carrie’s powers take over the night.
Where: Chicago Athletic Association, Stagg Court (4th Floor)
When: Thursday, October 31, 8:15 – 10:30 p.m.