Chicago Like a Local Blog

Unique perspectives on the city from the people who live here.

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series, October 19-24

Marty Lavelle Instagram

Each week, we feature one Instagram photographer who will get to feature their photos and videos on Choose Chicago's Instagram account all week long, part of our new #TakingOverChooseChicago series. This week, we chose Marty Lavelle. Enjoy!


Shake Your Bones at Redmoon's Skelebration

skelebration

This past weekend, my daughter, age 5 and her BFF, age 7, celebrated all things spooky at Redmoon's fall family event: SkelebrationIt's not a play, it's not a festival: it's an invitation to a magical playground inside Redmoon's Pilsen home (2120 S. Jefferson Street), where kids can harness the scary aspects of Halloween by using their imaginations to find the fun in the sometimes scary holiday.  

Here are just a few of the things the girls


Halloween at Navy Pier

Navy Pier at Night

The leaves are falling, there's a crisp bite to the air, and the sun is setting sooner. Yes, fall may be upon us, but that also means Halloween is here! This year, Navy Pier has gone all out to give you a haunted Halloween you won't soon forget. They've done a great job diversifying their attractions so there's something that everyone can enjoy.


Weekend Alert: October 24-26

halloween

October's already coming to an end, can you believe it? Thankfully, there's still plenty left in the month to do, including all the requisite Halloween festivities Chicago is known for hosting. It's sure to be a spooky time this weekend, with a number of haunted tours taking place all over. Don't forget about the Chicago Fire's season-ending match, Chicago Children's International Film Festival and the country's biggest Transformers convention.


Happy Hauntings Chicago (October 23-25)

Chicago Cultural Center

Happy Hauntings is here for another year of spooks, frights, and scares! The City of Chicago has once again gone all out to accommodate families with plenty of fun filled activities. Everything will be taking place Oct. 23-26, so be sure to visit the Chicago Cultural Center today! Best of all, all of these spooktacular activities will be completely free of charge! It's a scary good deal.

So let's jump into just what will be going the rest of this week and into the weekend.


Curtis Duffy Steps Into the Spotlight 'For Grace'

Matt Kirouac

Eschewing that old "chef goes on reality show, chef glamorizes the restaurant industry" chestnut for a bluntly honest look into the process of opening a restaurant, Curtis Duffy is prepared to take the spotlight in a new documentary about the genesis of Grace, one of Chicago's most prized fine dining destinations.

Beyond the glistening surface of the restaurant lies a story about personal strife, professional achievements, and the woes of building a restaurant. The film,


Three Alternative Halloween Plans To Consider This Year

Tentacles movie poster

Costume parties and haunted houses full of costumed actors are solid go-to Halloween plans but, every few years or so, you need to switch things up! If you're still struggling to make plans in Chicago this year and the same bar crawl you've made for the last few years sounds a little stale, try one of these alternative activities out.


Indian for Everyone: Chicago Author Anupy Singla Shares Her Picks for the City's Best Indian Culinary Spots

Anupy

Chicago-based Anupy Singla is a former broadcast journalist turned author and entrepreneur. Her commitment to simple, healthful, family-style cooking were reflected in her first book, The Indian Slow Cooker, named a Top 10 Cookbook of 2011 by The Atlantic, and her newly released second book, Indian for Everyone: The Home Cook's Guide to Traditional Favorites, promises to make Indian cuisine even more accessible to the home cook.


Outsider Art Comes Inside at the Intuit Center

Intuit Main Gallery

In the Noble Square neighborhood, one might find themselves walking down Milwaukee Avenue without any clear purpose. Perhaps they are drawn to the smells of the nearby Gonnella Bakery or maybe they wish to stop by the Matchbox for a gin gimlet.

Above all things, the casual or serious visitor must stop by the Intuit Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art. In a city that is loaded with countless galleries and a raft of large and august art institutions, the Intuit Center


Five Unique Ways to Celebrate Halloween

Seadog Halloween-3

Too old for trick-or-treating but looking for a way to show off your creative costume? Have a laugh, head to the high haunted seas and get a good scare with these five unique ways to celebrate Halloween in Chicago.


Featured Partners

Subscribe

View our RSS feed
Enter your email address:
We'll send you an email when new articles are published

Beyond the Loop

Explore the city through our neighborhood video series.

Looking to Contribute?

Are you a Chicago blogger looking to contribute to Chicago Like A Local? Email editor Julian Zeng at jzeng@choosechicago.com.


 

 

 

 
52°F