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.
Eatalian Wine Passport
October 13-14 // $45
Eataly wants you to discover the food and wine of all of Italy at Eatalian Wine Passport, a tasting event featuring 20 stations that represent Italy's 20 regions. At each "region," you will enjoy a wine tasting and sample-sized regional food pairing, then earn a stamp in your passport! If you collect stamps from all of the 20 regions, you will receive a 10% discount on all retail purchases for the evening!
Shakespeare 400 Chicago | The Joffrey Ballet presents Romeo & Juliet
October 13-23 // Tickets starting at $34
Back by popular demand, this full length, modern retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet uses a multimedia video backdrop to depict three different political eras of the 20th century Italy: Mussolini and rise of Fascism in the 1930's; the rise of the Red Brigade in the 1950's; and Berlusconi's leadership in the 1990's. Romeo & Juliet comes to life in three acts featuring the entire company with live music by the Chicago Philharmonic.
Chicago International Film Festival
October 13-27 // Start at $8
Now in its 52nd year, this celebrated festival offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and experiences of other cultures on the big screen and the chance to hear and maybe even meet some of the artists behind them. One of the Festival's most notable features is the vast diversity of offerings, with numerous competitive categories and several highlight programs.
Chicago Museum Week
When it comes to world-class museums and cultural offerings, Chicago is second to no city. Allow your inner curiosity to roam free during the second annual Chicago Museum Week with discounted admission, exclusive offers and special programs. Chicago Museum Week will expand to include additional museums and organizations from across Chicago. Whether you're brand new to the city or a born-and-bred resident, Chicago Museum Week is the perfect opportunity to see new and exclusive exhibits, as well as experience Chicago's most beloved institutions in a whole new way.
October 13-23 // Prices vary
2nd Fridays Gallery Night
October 14 // FREE
The Chicago Arts District hosts 2nd Fridays Gallery Night, the monthly opening receptions at the galleries and artists' studios centered around South Halsted and 18th Streets in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. Come visit the 30+ creative spaces in the Chicago Arts District as they showcase an exciting display of art and artists from Chicago and beyond. This unique art community opens its doors, free of charge, and lets you get up close and personal with the art and artists.
James Beard Foundation's Taste America®
October 14-15 // Tickets $400
The James Beard Foundation's Taste America® national epicurean tour is making a stop in Chicago! Each city will enjoy a special evening that starts off with a walk-around tasting reception from a lineup of celebrated local chefs, followed by a one-of-a-kind, four-course dinner crafted in collaboration with a Taste America All-Star and a Local Star chef.
There will also be FREE in-store consumer events at Sur La Table® located at 900 North Michigan Shops including cooking demos by All-Star Chef Missy Robbins and Local Star Chef Jimmy Bannos, Jr., culinary treats from local producers and artisans, as well as product demos and tastings from our national sponsors.
Open House Chicago
October 15-16 // FREE
The Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago is a free public festival celebrating history, design and architecture that offers behind-the-scenes access to 200 buildings across Chicago! Tour soaring skyscrapers, repurposed mansions, opulent theaters, exclusive private clubs, private offices and breathtaking sacred spaces of Chicago's diverse neighborhoods — all for FREE!
For more about Open House Chicago, check out our picks for 3 Neighborhoods Not to Miss and 7 downtown spots to explore during Open House Chicago 2016.
Find more October festivals in our 2016 event guide. You can also make your own weekend itinerary with this Chicago bucket list, or rally on the Chicago Cubs during their playoff run with a trip to Wrigley Field or these top Chicago sports bars.