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Weekend Alert October 21-23: Halloween Kicks Off + Think Big at Ideas Week + Study Tattoos at The Field Museum Exhibit Opening

The Halloween Gathering Festival & Parade Chicago

We're back with your favorite weekend alert, Chicago! Giving you nothing but the top things to do in the city this weekend. Whether you're into tattoo art, want to think big ideas and embrace innovation, or want to show off your costume and halloween spirit, there's something for you to enjoy! It's time to make weekend plans, starting with these top 6 picks. 

Oysters, Cake & Beer: Moody Tongue Brewing Opens Tasting Room

Moody Tongue Brewery Chicago

Without a doubt, Moody Tongue is one of the most unique Chicago breweries to open since the craft brewing craze hit the city. Lucky for us, Moody Tongue Brewery just unveiled their new tasting room. As expected, their tasting room is just as quirky and lovely as their beers, and brewery tours are also on tap.

Chicago's Very Own Mermaid School! Where Young and Old Alike Can Make Waves

AquaMermaid Chicago
If you've ever dreamed of directing ships to safe inlets and riding the waves Ariel-style, here's your chance to transform into a mermaid: At Chicago's very own AquaMermaid school you'll trade your feet for fins and learn everything you need to know about mermaid life. Here's what to expect at your very first AquaMermaid Lesson.

Chicago Theatre: Halloween Shows to Get You in the Spirit

Dennis Watkins in the Magic Parlour

Halloween is around the corner! Chicago has a whole host of fun events and cool things to do for the holiday. But if you're looking for a unique way to celebrate Halloween in Chicago, check out what's playing on stage this fall. From awe-inspiring magic shows to hilarious horror spoofs, Chicago theatre has you covered. Read on to find shows that will put you in the Halloween spirit.

Halloween in Chicago: 6 Family-Friendly Picks

Spooky Zoo Spectacular

Halloween is haunted houses. Pumpkins galore. Harvest fests. And trick-or-treating. But in Chicago, Halloween also inspires a host of awesomely one-of-a-kind activities, from a spectacular downtown parade to a spooky nighttime adventure at the Shedd Aquarium to fireworks set to a ghostly soundtrack. If you're looking for a few chills and thrills with an emphasis on treats and fun, check out our picks for six family-friendly Halloween events in Chicago.

A Bronzeville Itinerary: A Taste of the Art & Culture of This Historical South Side Neighborhood

Bronzeville Chicago

There are few Chicago neighborhoods that boast more history than Bronzeville, the famed South Side community that has been the foundation for the city's cultural heritage for a century. It was in the theaters and streets of Bronzeville where blues and jazz were nurtured, and in the churches that the gospel sound was developed.

Weekend Alert October 14-16: Museum Deals and an All-Out Architecture Fest + Lots of Wine, Art, Movies

University of Chicago, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel With all the excitement going on in Chicago this weekend, you definitely won't want to miss out. Explore 200 hidden architecture gems, visit 30+ art spaces, taste wines from Italy's 20 regions, take advantage of 11 days of museum deals and much more. Don't believe me? See for yourself! Here's your weekend alert.

Open House Chicago 2016: Free Behind-the-Scenes Tours at 200+ Iconic Chicago Buildings (Oct 15–16)

Congress Plaza Hotel Ballroom

The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago, now in its 6th year, is a free public festival that gives you the chance to go behind-the-scenes at more than 200 iconic buildings across Chicago. This 48-hour program, taking place October 15–16, uncovers Chicago gems that are usually closed to the public. Here are seven downtown spots we can't wait to check out during Open House Chicago 2016.

N is for Newberry Library: Exploring Chicago A–Z

Newberry Library
If you stand in Washington Square Park as the leaves begin to fall, you can look through the thin spider-web like branches of the trees to get a glimpse of the Newberry Library. Its ponderous Romanesque form was completed in 1893, the same year Chicago saw the World's Columbian Exposition welcome millions of visitors to Jackson Park on the city's South Side.

The Oriental Institute Museum: Introduce Your Kids to the Joys of Archeology

Oriental Institute

Located on the picture-perfect University of Chicago campus in the Hyde Park neighborhood, the Oriental Institute is a wonderful, intimate museum, and makes for the perfect spot to introduce your kids to the joys of archeology. The intriguing collection includes a a colossal 40-ton human-headed winged bull, a monumental statue of King Tutankhamun and a few fascinating mummies.

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