I think it's safe to say it finally feels like fall in Chicago, which is in my humble opinion the most beautiful time of year to explore this fantastic city of ours. There remains no shortage of things to do, especially this weekend, highlighted by diversions in art, architecture and our fabulous museums. It's your Weekend Alert!
CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE BIENNIAL (10/3 - 1/3/16)
Chicago is widely regarded as the birthplace of the skyscraper and one of the most influential architectural cities in the world. This weekend, the hotly anticipated Chicago Architecture Biennial begins, the first-ever and largest international survey of contemporary architecture on the continent. See citywide full-scale installations, interactive exhibits and educational programs, all for free. Visit chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org for the full, extensive calendar of offerings.
WEST TOWN ART WALK (10/2-3)
Peruse eye-catching pop-up art galleries all while sipping on remixed classic cocktails at the 5th annual West Town Art Walk. The neighborhood's prominent artist community is on display in storefronts from restaurants to boutiques, all a free rickshaw ride away from each other. Many participating venues are running their own exclusive promotions and sales this weekend, so make sure you take note of all listed deals on the event website.
CHICAGO ARTISTS MONTH (THRU 11/15)
Keeping with the Chicago art theme, Artists Month kicks off today and runs through Nov. 15, celebrating 20 fruitful years of exhibitions, live performances, open studios and neighborhood art walks. Residents and visitors alike are welcome to meet renowned artists, see their work in venues across Chicago and maybe bring a piece or two home! Visit chicagoartistsmonth.org for more details and a full calendar of events.
CHICAGO MUSEUM WEEK (10/1-7)
Absolutely no visit to Chicago is complete without patronizing one of our world-class museums. These cultural institutions are marvels of the highest order, educating you about the world's many fascinations while thrilling you all the same. This week, 12 of Chicago's very best museums are offering visitors exclusive discounts on general admission and special exhibits, as well as giveaways and other choice prizes.
As always, for a full list of things to do in Chicago this weekend, visit our events calendar.