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As per usual, feel free to sit back and realx - we've got your weekend plans right here. Explore hidden architectural gems throughout the city, take the family out to the Chicago Botanic Garden, or be dazzled by Fashion Focus Chicago and the quirky sound of the Little Green Cars in concert. Trust us, you've got options.

Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago (10/18-20)

Once a year, the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) opens the doors of over 150 buildings across Chicago that you would otherwise maybe never get the chance to explore! This year's CAF's Open House Chicago will offer behind-the-scenes acess to hidden gems and architectural treasures through Chicago's diverse neighborhoods, including every from downtown to Bridgeport/Back of the Yards, from Garfield park to Lincoln Park, from Pilsen to Prairie District. Free for all, this is a must for visitors and deep-rooted Chicago locals alike. As CAF puts it, "150 Cool Places. 48 Hours. Go." Find a full listing ofarchitectural pitstops here.

After Hours At Robie House (10/18)

After Hours Robie House

Presented by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, After Hours At Robie House is a chance to glimpse the striking architecture of one of Frank Lloyd Wright's most iconic Chicago landmarks. while sipping refreshments and enjoying live jazz music. Beer, wine and light hors d'oeuvres will be offered to guests as you get the chance to explore this revered Prairie style home, including exclusive access to private spaces and balconies. Enjoy the view all night long, with the architecutre inside and the view of the University of Chicago campus outside! After Hours At Robie House runs every Friday night in October, so don't miss your second to last chance October 18 5-8 PM.

Fashion Focus Chicago - Weekend Events (10/18-20)

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Now its 9th year, Fashion Focus Chicago Fashion Week stylishly continues through this weekend with several main events showcasing our city's world-class fashion industry. Featuring runway shows, mobile markets, panel discussions, and shopping shopping shopping, here are some fantastic events to check out before the week wraps up on Sunday. For a full listing of events, click here.

  • The Art of Fashion Runway Show - Friday, October 18 at 7:30 PM (Millennium Park Chase Promenade North)
  • Northern Grade Shopping Event - Saturday October 19 and Sunday, October 20 from 10 AM - 6 PM (Millennium Park Chase Promenade South)
  • FashionChicago® - Saturday October 19 and Sunday, October 20 from 10 AM - 6 PM (Millennium Park Chase Promenade North)

Trains, Tricks & Treats (10/19-20)

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What better setting to trick-or-treat than amongst the beauty of the Chicago Botanic Garden? Held in the Model Railroad Garden, this family-fun Halloween weekendlong event gives the whole family the chance to walk amongst ghosts, goblins, pumpkins, seasonal fall plants, graveyards, and more. Let the kiddies pot up a Halloween plant and get in the mood for this spooky fun holiday for just $4 each ($6 for adults). Take a drive outside of the city, come in costume, and jump into the fun of the season this weekend at the Botanic Garden!

Little Green Cars Concert (10/19)

Performing this Saturday at the Metro, Little Green Cars are sure to dazzle you with a unique sound you most likely haven't heard before. This Dublin folk rock quintet released their first album, Absolute Zero, earlier this year, and are no newcomers to Chicago: after playing at Lollapalooza this summer, the group has been touring America and the UK extensively spreading the Dublin folk love. Grab a a friend, grab a ticket ($14 in advance, $16 day of), and welcome Little Green Cars back to Chicago this weekened. Opening act: Foy Vance