5 Things to do this Weekend: October 21

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!

Get Lit… erary This Weekend!

One of Chicago’s newest bookstores, Semicolon Bookstore and Gallery, is hosting their first Litfest. This independent bookstore is bringing in local vendors for great shopping, best-selling authors, food trucks, and of course… lots of books! Bring your fellow book lovers to explore this jam-packed new festival.

Date: October 22
Time: 12:00 – 8:00PM
Cost: Free, but paid tickets are available for extra perks!
Location: East Village, Division St & Paulina St
More info: semicolonchi.org

There’s Nothing Like the Chicago Humanities Festival

The Chicago Humanities Festival kicks off this weekend with a series of events meant to explore this year’s theme “Public” by delving in to what it means to be part of a community. Sit and enjoy as politicians, celebrities, chefs, activists, and many more explore this topic through a series of panels, discussions, and screenings. Pick your favorites and get ready to learn!

Date: begins October 22
Time: varies, based on event
Cost: starting at $10+
Location: varies, based on event, but all are in the Chicagoland area
More info: chicagohumanities.org

Lights, Camera, Chicago Film Fest!

Another annual local favorite is ending this weekend… the 58th Chicago International Film Festival. With movies running all day and into the night, you’re guaranteed to catch a flick that will educate, inspire, or entertain you. Catch Florence Pugh’s new movie The Wonder at The Music Box or Adam Driver’s new star turn in White Noise

Date: runs through October 23
Time: varies, based on movie
Cost: $20+
Location: varies, based on movie, but all are in the Chicagoland area
More info: chicagofilmfestival.com

Learn the History of Día de Muertos

You may have seen Coco or looked at an altar before but join this demonstration and discussion for the real history of Day of the Dead, or ‘Día de Muertos.’ Learn the how and the why of this holiday and see how it survived centuries as a touchstone for Mexican families and people across the globe.

Date: October 22
Time: 11:00AM – 12:30PM
Cost: $20
Location: Back of the Yards, Plant Chicago, 4459 S Marshfield
More info: eventbrite.com

An Eerie Evening by the River

Join the Chicago River Museum & McCormick Bridgehouse for a night of spooky Chicago history. Your ticket includes admission to the museum, along with some scary stories, experience, and food and drink. This night out on the town will get you in the spirit of the season and would make for a great date night!

Date: October 21
Time: 5:00 – 9:00PM
Cost: $40
Location: Downtown Chicago, Chicago River Museum, 99 Chicago Riverwalk
More info: donorperfect.net

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