Whether you're a runner, a spectator, a concert-goer or a film enthusiast, Chicago is all over your weekend plans. The Chicago Marathon is ready to bring the city together on Sunday with its world-class and local runners alike, the Chicago International Film Festival geered up to make you laugh and cry and everything in between, and solid line-up of concerts and performances are sure to give you weekend plans fast. Prepare to get a dose of culture, get a good laugh, and get a highfive from a marathon runner. Let the weekend ensue.
Chicago Marathon (10/13)
Whether you've spent months - even years - training for it, or whether you're reading to do some serious cheering on, the weekend is finally here - though the Chicago Marathon takes place on Sunday, it will absolutely take over the city all weekend long. The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is a world-class race and a world-class spectacle, considered to be among the world's top five marathons, that draws runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries this year alone. Catch runners at the finish line in Grant Park at Columbus Drive and Monroe Street. Bring on the pasta and carbs galore, Chicago will have several thousand hungry marathoners on its hands!
First Weekend of the Chicago International Film Festival (Through 10/24)
In its 49 year, the Chicago International Film (CIFF) Festival kicks off this weekend with Opening Night tonight, October 10, with the Chicago premiere of James Gray's THE IMMIGRANT, starring Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner at the AMC River East 21 theater. For this one night, the CIFF will recapture the glory and glamour of one of America's first extravagant movie meccas with a state of the art film projection, complete with lavish red carpet arrivals. After opening night, follow along and check out CIFF's website for a full listing of screenings and events through October 24.
Hubbard Street Dance - Fall Series (10/10-10/13)
This weekend, be sure not to miss the Fall Series performances from Hubbard Street's dancers, considered by The Los Angeles Times to be a group of "spectacular versatility." The Series performances feature Passomezzo (1989), "Compass" from ASIMUTH (2013), and a new work by Robyn Mineko Williams, Casi-Casa (2009. All performances this weekend are held at The Harris Theatre for Music and Dance (205 E Randolph Dr.)
If you've been living the last five decades of your life (or really any amount of time) waiting for the chance to see famed pianist Herbie Hancock, this weekend is your chance. A true icon of modern music, Hancock is celebrated as a visionary performer consistently pushing the possibilities of musical thought and conception. Opening the Symphony Center Presents Jazz 20th anniversary celebration, Hancock will be making his first appearance at Symphony Center in 3 years and his first appearance on the Jazz series since 2004. To get your tickets, click here.