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Halloween Happenings at Navy Pier
October 28-31 // Prices vary
Trick-or-Treating, haunted houses, costume contests-you name it. Navy Pier has it all this month. Head on over to their haunted maze for a spine-tingling, heart-racing, and breath-taking fun time! Or enjoy a firework show after you're done trick-or-treating. There's something for everyone, making Navy Pier the perfect place to celebrate Halloween.
Annual Masquerade Ball
October 29 // $40
The Drake has a tradition for throwing luxurious masquerade balls, complete with an ambiance of history and mystery. This tradition continues with Palm Court's Annual Masquerade Ball with live entertainment by the Flat Cats. Come dressed to impress, as prizes will be awarded to the best male and female masque.
Spooky Zoo Spectacular
October 29 // FREE
Spooky Zoo Spectacular is an opportunity for children to celebrate Halloween in a free, safe and family-friendly environment. Lincoln Park Zoo is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the annual event with even more special Halloween-inspired activities for guests. Attendees are invited to learn fun facts about the animals, stimulate their minds while making crafts, collect treats, go on rides and enjoy entertainment throughout the zoo while dressed in their best or spookiest costume.
Randolph Street Market Festival
October 29-30 // $8
This European-style, indoor-outdoor urban antique market in the historic West Loop neighborhood features 200 select purveyors of high quality, amazingly priced "finds", offering unlimited creative inspiration and hours of fun. Shoppers can find furnishings, vintage clothing, jewelry, collectibles, etc.
Day of the Dead in Chicago
October 30 // FREE (recommended donation)
Join the National Museum of Mexican Art's second annual Day of the Dead Chicago at the Museum to celebrate again with a festival of light and projection that will transform the Museum's exterior, bringing it to life. In Harrison Park, families and individuals will create their own ofrendas (altars) transforming the soccer fields into a festive cemetery like you might see in Mexico. Visit our 30th annual Day of the Dead exhibition inside the Museum. Pan de Muerto (Day of the Dead Bread), live musical performances, face painting, and art activities will round out the evening.
Chicago Sinfonietta's 7th annual Día de los Muertos concert
October 29 & 31 // Start at $10
A joyful and slightly off-beat celebration featuring the music of Beethoven, Mussorgsky, Golijov, and more alongside rarely seen silent films from the 1930s. Día de los Muertos concert will explore themes of loss, transformation, humor, and celebration through evocative music and quirky silent films presented in partnership with Chicago Film Archives. Featuring familiar favorites like Night On Bald Mountain alongside contemporary works by Carlos Rafael Rivera and culminating in Galindo's Sones de Mariachi, this concert will move you to dance all the way home!
Northalsted Halloween Parade
October 31 // FREE
Celebrating their 20th birthday this year, the Northalsted Halloween Parade is known throughout Chicago for its outlandish costumes, creative programming, and entertaining parade. With over 2,000 entries into their annual Costume Contest, be sure to join the crowd and see Chicago's most amazing display of costumes.
Need more? There's the complete Chicago Halloween Events Guide, plus check out Supper With The Snakes & Monster Bash. Find out the upcoming top November festivals in our 2016 guide and the events calendar.