5 Things to do this Weekend: Oct 15- Oct 17

Another change of the seasons is upon us and that means an even greater variety of things to do around town and online. Here’s a round-up of five activities that we found especially appealing.

Don’t forget: Limited capacities, timed entries, mask requirements, social distancing and other policies are still in effect at many venues and events, so please check the details before finalizing your plans!

Celebrate Cinema at the 57th Chicago International Film Festival

This weekend, be a part of North America’s longest-running competitive film festival, featuring theater screenings, drive-in showings, and virtual streaming of over 80 films and 60 shorts. Grab your popcorn, pull up a seat, and enjoy!

Date: Wed, Oct 13 – Sun, Oct 24
Time: Full schedule available online
Cost: Tickets from $20
Location: Drive-In at ChiTown Movies
More Info: chicagofilmfestival.com

Get Spooky at Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up


Jack’s is back this weekend in Chicago! Join us for a larger than life celebration of Halloween in the heart of Chicago, with activities like a corn maze, carnival games, and a pumpkin patch.

Date: Thurs, Sep 23 – Sun, Oct 31
Time: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: Tickets from $38
Location: Goose Island
More Info: jackspumpkinpopup.com

Experience the Beyond at Brainwaves: Music of the Mind

This weekend be a part of the phenomenon that is Brainwaves – a transformation of time and space like no other. As seen on The View, the Today Show, and the WGN Morning News, mind reader and pianist Sidney Friedman combines telepathy and music for a unique, elevating experience.

Date: Thurs, Oct 14 – Sun, Oct 31
Time: All showings 8:00 pm, Oct 31 at 7:00 pm
Cost: $34
Location: Davenport’s Backroom Cabaret
More Info:sidneyfriedman.com

Appreciate Chicago Architecture at Open House Chicago

Looking to get out and move while doing something fun this weekend? The Chicago Architecture Center is hosting the annual Open House Chicago, a celebration of Chicago’s architecture highlighted through DIY neighborhood “trails” and a companion app that will give you a classic in-person, immersive experience.

Date: Fri, Oct 1 – Sun, Oct 31
Time: Site hours available online
Cost: Free
Location: Chicago Architecture Center
More Info: openhousechicago.org

Virtual: Witness the Daring of the Man on Wire

Are you looking to stay in this weekend but still want an interesting activity? Check out Man on Wire, a documentary about Philippe Petit, world famous high-wire walker, who completed a walk between the World Trade Center’s twin towers on August 7, 1974.

Cost: Free
Location: Online
More Info: watchdocumentaries.com

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