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Halloween Week! 8 Unique Ways to Celebrate in Chicago

Gorilla Tango Theatre

Halloween isn't just for little ghosts and ghouls. Be creative, pull a fun costume together, and head out on the town to get your trick-or-treat on. Here are 8 unique ways to celebrate Halloween in Chicago, the city's spooky fun holiday, with everything from a burlesque cabaret, to a tour of a hidden burial site, to a murderous opera.

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. 

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.

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.

5 Kid-Friendly Shows You'll Want to Catch This Fall in Chicago


Annie | Broadway in Chicago

Fall ushers in a brand new, not-to-be-missed season of live theater in Chicago. From thought-provoking, to educational to just plain fun, there's a show that will appeal to every kid under the sun. Here are five kid-friendly shows you'll want to catch this fall in Chicago.


October Dance Spotlight: Joffrey Ballet's Acclaimed Romeo and Juliet + Invigorating Performances by the Seldoms, Nora Chipaumire & Giordano Dance Chicago

Joffrey Ballet Romeo and Juliet

Heated politics take the stage in October, but the presidential debates aren't the only arena for political discourse. Dance theater offers graphic interpretation of a variety of highly charged political issues in several major productions this month, from Joffrey's production of Krzysztof Pastor's reimagining of Romeo and Juliet to The Seldoms' hackstory The Fifth, and Nora Chipaumire's examination of black maleness. 

Build Family-Friendly Tours at Art Institute of Chicago with This Cool New Tool

JourneyMaker gif

There are so many masterpieces to see at the Art Institute of Chicago that it can be daunting to come up with a plan for a family visit. JourneyMaker is a brand-new digital tool that makes it easy. A few clicks of the mouse is all it takes to create a customized tour for you and your family. You'll be ready to explore the museum with a game plan that will bring the art to your kids' level — for a day of fun, and learning, you can all look forward to.

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