The Halloween Gathering Festival & Parade Chicago

We're back with your favorite weekend alert, Chicago! Giving you nothing but the top things to do in the city this weekend. Whether you're into tattoo art, want to think big ideas and embrace innovation, or want to show off your costume and halloween spirit, there's something for you to enjoy! It's time to make weekend plans, starting with these top 6 picks. 


Chicago Ideas Week
October 17-23 // $15

Chicago Ideas Week (CIW), hosted by Chicago Ideas, is one of the largest and most affordable ideas festivals in the world that connects attendees to globally recognized speakers and entrepreneurs. It is a space for innovators, thinkers, doers and interested citizens from across Chicago, the greater Midwest and the world. Chicago Ideas Week offers hands-on Labs where attendees can learn anything from baking the perfect pie with Bang Bang Pie Shop to creating actual graffiti art with Chicago's most iconic street artists JC Rivera, Matthew Hoffman and Sentrock


The Field Museum's Tattoo Exhibit Opens
Opens October 21 // $22 (Students & Seniors: $19 | Children: $15)

Tattoo Exhibit

The Field Museum's newest special exhibition, Tattoo, explores the global phenomenon of tattooing around the world over time. Originally developed by Paris's musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, this is the first time the exhibit will be on display in the United States. View 170 objects telling the story of tattooing, including historical artifacts and intricate contemporary designs tattooed onto silicone models of the human body. Explore tattooing across different cultures, early methods and universal human creativity.


The Halloween Gathering Festival & Parade
October 22 // FREE

The Halloween Gathering Festival and Parade

The Halloween Gathering Festival & Parade gathered Chicago's vast and diverse creative communities for an afternoon festival culminating with a magical nighttime parade. Drawing together world-renowned institutions including The Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as unique local organizations like Louder Than a Bomb, Silent Theatre Company and guilds of artists in assorted fields, this dramatic display activated Halloween as the "artist's holiday" along one of the most prestigious cultural avenues in the world.


Boo! at the Zoo
October 22-23 // Children & Seniors: $12.50 | Adults: $17.85

Boo! At The Zoo

Little ghosts and goblins of all ages are sure to have a howlin' good time at Brookfield Zoo! Our not-so-scary and fun-filled event has something for the entire family to enjoy. New this year! Ferrara Candy Company treat stations and photo stops throughout the park!


Halloween at Navy Pier
October 22-31 // FREE

Halloween at Navy Pier

Join in on the fun and fright at Navy Pier as they celebrate Halloween with a wicked week of special events, including two feature films, Pier-wide trick-or-treating, a costume contest, Haunted Maze, Halloween-themed boat cruises and parties, a spooktacular fireworks show and more! Sounds like the place to be.


Alexander's Feast presented by Music of the Baroque
October 23 // Start at $38

Handel's enduring tribute to music's magical ability to arouse intense emotions, Alexander's Feast is a dramatic, vividly colorful work that moves listeners from heartfelt pity to fiery revenge, and from tender love to transcendent joy. The harp concerto heard at its London premiere rounds out an evening celebrating the 'Pow'r of Musick.'



PLUS, both Chicago Museum Week and the Chicago International Film Festival continue. Find even more October festivals in our 2016 guide and the events calendar. And do more Halloween planning with these 50+ Chicago Halloween ideas.