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Posts from October 2016

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

Monday, October 17, 2016 12:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

N is for Newberry Library: Exploring Chicago A–Z

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

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.

Fulton Market District

Fulton Market District in the West Loop is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Chicago, and it probably has something to do with the influence of street art both outside and inside some of this small neighborhood's beloved establishments. If you're looking for a break from normal, and hungry for some of the city's most delicious gourmet food, look no further than Fulton Market. Its visibility may have grown some after serving as the location for the 30th season of Real World, but the area was trend setting well before the show moved in. (Although, their house was really cool.) There are so many things to check out, you could easily spend a day getting a taste of the neighborhood. Here's my ideal Fulton Market budget itinerary.

 

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.

 

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. 

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