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Posts from October 2014

Shake Your Bones at Redmoon's Skelebration

Friday, October 24, 2014 12:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri


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 experienced at their very first Skelebration:

Happy Hauntings Chicago (October 23-25)

Thursday, October 23, 2014 12:00 AM by Mike Habschmidt

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.

Weekend Alert: October 24-26

Thursday, October 23, 2014 12:00 AM by Julian Zeng


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.

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.


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

Monday, October 20, 2014 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

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 has a special place in the hearts and minds of many. It is, after all, a center for those who have no formal training in a traditional way, but yea, the work is most fascinating and engaging.

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