Autumn is here with more amazing events for you to enjoy the arts, explore different neighborhoods, discover new cultural opportunities through food and festivals, and so much more. Here’s a round-up of five activities this weekend that we think you will love!
Bottoms Up at Improv Brunch!
Head to The Second City this weekend for all-you-can-laugh improv and brunch! Order some mimosas and breakfast foods while enjoying some of the city’s best comedians improvise through your morning. Kick off your Sunday with a giggle!
Date: November 13
Location: Old Town, 230 W North Ave
More info: secondcity.com
See Shakespeare in A New Way
William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure is on stage at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater with a twist. Acclaimed director Henry Godinez sets the show in 1950s Havana, Cuba, for a dazzling spectacle. Sit in awe of the visual display while following some of Shakespeare’s most iconic characters through a play about virtue, power, and revolution.
Date: runs Wed-Sun through November 27
Time: varies by performance
Cost: starts at $35
Location: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E Grand
More info: chicagoshakes.com
Holiday Market Magic
The Randolph Street Market Holiday Market is on this weekend. Check off your gift list for the holiday season this year by perusing the wares of over 125 vendors with a mix of vintage, modern, and handmade items to suit every giftee. Upgrade your ticket to include some yummy drinks and snacks while you shop!
Date: November 12-13
Time: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Cost: starts at $10
Location: Fulton Market, 1341 W Randolph
More info: randolphstreetmarket.com
An Opera-tunity for a Date Night
The Lyric Opera of Chicago brings the world of Don Carlos, by Giuseppe Verdi, to life on stage this weekend. This opera is one of the most impactful and iconic in history, and the show will be performed in its full five-act glory in the original French. Go for a night out on the town to be awed by the spectacle of opera in its highest form.
Date: November 12
Cost: starts at $65
Location: Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N Upper Walker
More info: lyricopera.org
Visit Hogwarts in Downtown Chicago!
Celebrate Harry Potter’s magical journey through Hogwarts right here in Downtown Chicago! This interactive, hands-on experience will make magic for witches and wizards of all ages. Train for a Quidditch match or sit in on a Charms class before hitting up the Butterbeer Bar for some Honeydukes treats.
Date: opens November 11
Time: varies by day
Cost: starts at $34
Location: Water Tower Place, 835 N Michigan
More info: harrypottermagicatplay.com