Weekend Alert

If you're into sidewalk art exhibitions, Halloween-themed speedboats or jarring crosschecks into the boards, Chicago is the place to be this weekend. The Blackhawks return to the United Center, it's Chicago Artists Month and one of the 1960's most iconic musicians returns for a special performance. Get loose, it's time to make weekend plans 

Chicago Artists Month (Through 10/31)

Throughout October, the city is paying a special tribute to its local creatives with a series of art walks, gallery opening and exhibitions. There are literally dozens of Artist Month related events go on each day in venues throughout the city. For a complete schedule, click here. For our guide to the event, click here.

Seadog Haunted Tours (Weekends in October)

Haunted Seadog Cruise

Seadog Chicago, a company that offers turbo-charged boat tours of the city, is beginning its annual nighttime exploration of the supernatural. With Halloween three weeks away, Seadog's inviting guests to journey through the city's dark history, cruise by supposedly haunted sights and learn about the river's many infamous figures. Tours depart at 6:15 pm every Friday-Sunday in October; with an additional 8:15 pm cruise on Saturdays. For tickets, click here.

Chicago Blackhawks v Tampa Bay Lightning (10/5)

Was there even an offseason? Coming off there Stanley Cup victory - which seems like it was last Friday - the Blackhawks are back to defend their title. In fact, if the Hawks end up on top this season, they'll hang their third championship banner in five seasons. The quest for a dynasty continues this weekend with a game against the Tampa Bay Lightening.

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (10/4)

The original Jersey boy, Frankie Valli, is one of the most iconic figures in American music. From "Sherry" to "Walk Like a Man" and - this writer's personal favorite - "Hang On," the guy falsetto-ed his way to international acclaim. The joints in Frankie Valli's repertoire are timeless, and - at 79-years-old - you'd be wise to catch a show before the guy decides to spend his remaining days on a golf course in Florida. This weekend's show at the Chicago Theater kicks off a 2013 national tour for the group.

Timbre 4: Tercer Cuerpo at the Museum of Contemporary Art (10/3-10/6)

The Museum of Contemporary Art's Global Stage series continues, this time with a talented ensemble group from Buenos Aires. Timbre 4 looks at the conditions of people living in claustrophobic spaces, by telling the story of forgotten employees drudging through mindless tasks. If that resonates with you, don't miss this intensely honest dark comedy.