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Weekend Alert: October 31-November 2

Halloween Parade

Happy Halloween Chicago! Everyone's favorite costumed holiday takes over Chicago this weekend, but don't forget to also check out the other amazing events going on all over the city. From the USA Eagles-New Zealand All Blacks rugby match to the "Made in Chicago" Movie Series kick-off, you're sure to have a full schedule.


The Best Halloweekend Concerts In Chicago This Year

Mucca Pazza

Costume parties are a blast. So are great concerts. And Halloween gives us the perfect excuse to combine the two. No plans for the spookiest night of the year yet? You'll find plenty of music, monsters and more at these shows. 


Weekend Alert: October 10-12

Chicago Marathon

Writing about these awesome events in Chicago this weekend is making me antsy. I want to get out and explore! Hopefully you all feel the same, because there's a bevy of fresh things to do Friday through Sunday, including the BeerHoptacular, PINKTOBER Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Windy City BBQ Classic and 2nd Fridays on the Chicago Cultural Mile.

And before you go saying you're gonna be tired of doing all of this - just imagine how those Bank of America Chicago


Weekend Alert: October 3-5

Great Chicago Fire Festival

Party like it's every year after 1871 this weekend, Chicago! Yes, I'm referring to the year of the Great Chicago Fire, but we'll be celebrating the city's rebirth with Redmoon's Great Chicago Fire Festival on Saturday. Featuring neighborhood bazaars and culminating in a Grand Spectacle on the Chicago River, this festival is a major highlight of this stacked weekend. We've also got Revolution's Oktoberfest Party, a Mac & Cheese Fest, Taste Talks and Laughingstock. Is your body ready?


Weekend Alert: September 26-28

Chicago Gourmet

Lots to do this weekend. Lots. Eat some five-star food courtesy of all-star chefs at Chicago Gourmet, drop everything and dance at the David Bowie Variety Hour, slurp til you burp at the Shaw's Oyster Fest Block Party, and see some of the city's coolest museums for free. The choice(s) is/are yours ... you get the idea.


Chow Down at the 2nd Annual Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest This Weekend

Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest

Taco booth upon taco booth will be lining up on Southport Avenue for the second annual Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest! This weekend, September 20-21 will be the second showcase for the Taco Fest, and man are we happy.


Weekend Alert: September 19-21

Fall Aerial

It's the first official weekend of the fall! Chicago's got some fantastic cultural events for you to enjoy, including the return of EXPO Chicago, a free concert from the CSO, huge headliners at Common's AAHH! Fest, and more. Throw on that windbreaker and have yourself a ball. 


Classical Music in Chicago: A Fall Preview

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Chicago's classical season kicks off in late September; by October, the notes are flying.  The variety of music is often staggering, from big symphonies in swanky concert halls to organ music in elegant cathedrals to new music in small clubs with a full bar. This fall, you can hear old favorites or expand your mind - often in the same week. It's going to be a great season.


Made In Chicago: Funeral Bonsai Wedding Bridge Two Of America's Most Traditional Styles For Debut

Funeral Bonsai Wedding

It's amazing what a change of pace and scenery can do for an artist's work. Country and folk singer/guitarist Steve Dawson is well established around Chicago (best known for working with Dolly Varden) but that didn't stop him from switching up his game and forming a new group he's calling Funeral Bonsai Wedding which celebrates its debut album release this Friday at Constellation in Roscoe Village.


Weekend Alert: September 12-14

World Music Festival

We've lost summer in name only - the weather is still gorgeous and there's plenty to do in Chicago this weekend! From a historical tour of one of the city's most eclectic neighborhoods, to some outstanding music festivals, and a Mexican food & culture extravaganza hosted by some celebrity chefs, there's a good amount with which to fill your schedule. Hop to it, okay?


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