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5 Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend

This weekend brings everything from comedy to the circus to Chicago. Head over to Wells Park for this year’s final Midnight Circus in the Park presentation featuring everything you’d expect under the big top. Get your bowling shoes on and head over to the Lebowski Fest over the weekend. Thalia Hall will screen the classic Coen Brothers flick on Friday followed by a night of bowling and White Russians at Diversey River Bowl on Saturday. Open House Chicago lets you explore 150 of the city’s most awesome architectural delights all day on Saturday and Sunday. Skrillex will take the stage at Navy Pier to deliver his popular brand of EDM on Saturday night. If you need to give your funny bone a check up, head over to the Beat Kitchen on Saturday to check out the comedy of Brian Posehn.

And while you’re out there having fun, don’t forget to snap a selfie and enter it in our Chicago Selfie Photo Conest!

Lebowski Fest ChicagoLebowski Fest Chicago
The Coen Brother’s cult favorite gets its own fest this weekend. Catch a screening of “The Big Lebowski” at Thalia Hall on Friday and hit the lanes at Diversey River Bowl on Saturday. The Dude abides.
When: Friday, October 17 ¬- Saturday, October 18
Where: 1227 W. 18th Street & 2211 W. Diversey Parkway
Hours: 8pm
Admission: $20-50
More info: lebowskifest.com

Midnight Circus in the ParksMidnight Circus in the Parks
The circus is coming to the park one last time with acrobats, aerialists and performers galore. Wells Park is this year’s last performance so get under the big top before it’s gone. Proceeds benefit the Chicago Park District.
When: Friday, October 17 – Sunday, October 19
Where: 2333 W. Sunnyside Avenue
Hours: 7pm (Friday), 2pm & 5pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Admission: $14-20
More info: circusintheparks.org

Open House ChicagoOpen House Chicago
The Chicago Architecture Foundation presents this free public tour of over 150 architectural delights throughout the city. Among the many highlights, visitors can take tours of City Hall, the Oriental Theater and the Chicago Board of Trade.
When: Saturday, October 18 ¬- Sunday, October 19
Where: Check website
Hours: Check website
Admission: Free
More info: openhousechicago.org

SkrillexSkrillex
The EDM crowd will invade Navy Pier this weekend as Skrillex arrives in town. The celebrated DJ will come stocked with strobes, lights and huge bass drops. A$AP Ferg, Kaytranada and Valentino Khan open the show.
When: Saturday, October 18
Where: 600 E. Grand Avenue
Hours: 5:30-11pm
Admission: $44.50 – 120
More info: clubtix.com

Brian PosehnBrian Posehn
The “Mr. Show” and “The Sarah Silverman Program” alum will bring his brand of comedy to the Beat Kitchen this weekend. The nerdy metal head persona delivers the laughs, but it’s Posehn’s sharp wit that makes this a must see.
When: Saturday, October 18
Where: 2100 W. Belmont Ave
Hours: 7:30pm
Admission: $20
More info: beatkitchen.com