October's already coming to an end, can you believe it? Thankfully, there's still plenty left in the month to do, including all the requisite Halloween festivities Chicago is known for hosting. It's sure to be a spooky time this weekend, with a number of haunted tours taking place all over. Don't forget about the Chicago Fire's season-ending match, Chicago Children's International Film Festival and the country's biggest Transformers convention.
CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL (10/24-11/2)
Expand your little ones' horizons at the 31st annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival this weekend! Showing 250 of the best, new films for children ages 2-18, the festival features hands-on filmmaking workshops with post-screening Q&As with dozens of filmmakers and celebrities. Spark your child's imagination with these thrilling, intelligent, thought-provoking films and let their minds take them worlds away.
SPOOKY HALLOWEEN ATTRACTIONS (VARIOUS DATES)
Halloween's just a week and a day away! Celebrate with some of these attractions - from Boo! at the Zoo to the Graceland Cemetery Walking Tour to Hallowed Haunts to HallowFest to Happy Hauntings to Redmoon's Skelebration to Spooky Seas to Spooky Zoo Spectacular, the weekend is absolutely jam-packed with stuff to do. Put on your best costume and prepare to get spooked at Chicago's endless Halloween offerings.
TFCON CHICAGO (10/24-26)
If you love the Transformers movies or are a die-hard fan of the old animated series, TFcon is the place to be this weekend. The country's biggest fan-run Transformers convention (like the sign says), TFcon features some of the original Transformers voice actors and comic book artists, costumes contest and scores of merchandise that are a collector's dream. The cosplay here is gonna be insane.
VOGUE KNITTING LIVE (10/24-26)
The first of its kind in the Midwest, Vogue Knitting LIVE brings Vogue Knitting magazine to life? with knit couture fashion shows, a Marketplace featuring thousands of new products, inspirational master-level technique and design classes for novices and experts, and more. Knitting's popularity is on the rise as there are currently more than 800,000 knitters in the United States and growing. Vogue Knitting LIVE has something for every knitter.
CHICAGO FIRE VS. HOUSTON DYNAMO (10/24)
This is your last chance to see the Chicago Fire this season, as they take on the Houston Dynamo tomorrow at Toyota Park.
'FOR GRACE' AT PORTAGE THEATER (10/26)
See the world premiere screening of "For Grace" at Portage Theater this Sunday, a documentary that details the genesis of the Near West Side restaurant Grace. Chef Curtis Duffy, one of the country's most renowned chefs, chronicles achieving his dream at the worst time of his personal life. A Q&A with the filmmakers and the movie's principals follows the screening, plus a performance by film scorer The Hudson Branch.
Be sure to check out our interview with Chef Duffy about the project on our Chicago Like a Local blog.