What's Happening in October near you

    What's Happening in October near you

    Oct 02, 2018

    Here are some great events happening in Chicago. If you live out in the suburbs, keep scrolling I have listed a few events for you as well.

    Jacks Pumpkin Nights starting October 4: Want to run through a corn maze without making a trip to the suburbs? Jack's Pumpkin Nights, a new Halloween-themed pop-up experience, brings the seasonal outdoor fun to a two-acre lot near Goose Island. Guests can enjoy pumpkin carving, carnival games and nightly live performances from sword swallowers and fire dancers. Plus, there's a bar inside of the corn maze stocked with beer and cider. 

    Bacon & Beer Classic October 6: Kick off October with an afternoon of bacon and beer in the middle of Soldier Field at this tasting event. Guests will enjoy pork-filled dishes from the likes of the Berghoff, Connie's Pizza, City BBQ and more local eateries. You'll be able to wash down all of that bacon with samples of more than 100 different beers from Pipeworks, Pollyanna, Sketchbook and more breweries.

    Bank of America Chicago Marathon October 7 (think about public transportation): Every October, 45,000 runners hit the streets of Chicago and take a 26.2 mile tour of the city by foot. It may be too late to enter the race (and complete weeks of training), but you can still line the streets and support participants as they make their way through the course. Head to neighborhoods like Pilsen, Chinatown and Lincoln Park to cheer on the runners and watch the race fly by.

    Open House Chicago October 13 & 14: Want to walk inside some of the city's most amazing structures? The Chicago Architecture Center offers a behind-the-scenes look at more than 250 buildings throughout the city, allowing you to explore chruches, skyscrapers, historic homes, theaters and more. You can admire the skyline from atop buildings in the Loop, travel to Beverly to poke around a building modeled after an Irish castle or head to Edgewater to see the pool in the Edgewater Beach Apartments. All tours are free and first-some, first-served, so plot our your list and prepare to explore Chicago all weekend long.

    Arts in the Dark October 20: Celebrate Halloween a few days early at the Arts in the Dark parade, which sends a string of performers, puppets, lanterns and floats through the streets of Chicago. Local artists help create most of the costumes and objects featured in the parade, making this annual tradition a celebration of local creativity (as well as spooky sights). This year, the procession moves from Grant Park to State Street, where it will begin at Lake Street and move south to Van Buren. 

    Spooky Zoo (Lincoln Park) October 27: This fun and free alternative to trick-or-treating attracts more than 30,000 kiddos and their families to the zoo each year. The fall-filled festival features Ferris wheel rides, a corn maze, animal-enrichment activities, live entertainment and a pumpkin carver. Come in costume and prepare to have a ghoulish good time! 

    For more information check out: https://www.timeout.com/chicago/events-calendar/october-events-calendar

    If you are out in the Suburbs, here are some great events happening near you:

    October 24-28 at the Chicago Botanic Gardens: More than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins—some as large as 150 pounds—will light up the night at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns is the only event of its kind in the Chicago area. Go online to grab some tickets

    October 26 Halloween Carnival: Kids will enjoy crafts, inflatables, trick or treating, a costume contest, a haunted train ride, carnival games, and entertainment in Schaumburg.