5 Things to do this Weekend: October 7

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!

Be the Skipper of a Spooky Seadog

Sail the spooky “seas” of Chicago with this special haunted river cruise! You’ll learn some scary stories of old Chicago while cruising past some of the city’s most beautiful architecture. From ghosts to secret scandals, the tales on this tour will get you in the right spirit for the Halloween season. 
Date: October 8 
Time: 5:00PM 
Cost: $42 
Location: Navy Pier, 600 E Grand 
More info: cityexperiences.com

If You’re a Musical, I’m a Musical

The hit book and movie The Notebook is now the hottest ticket in town, come see this amazing new musical before Broadway! With music by singer–songwriter Ingrid Michaelson, this show is guaranteed to break your heart and stitch it back together. Don’t miss the next Waitress while it’s in Chicago! 
Date: Wed-Sun, through October 30th 
Time: varies by date 
Cost: starting at $20 
Location: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Navy Pier, 600 E Grand 
More info: notebookmusical.com 

Ready, Set, RUN!

The world-famous Chicago Marathon is this Sunday! Follow the race route to watch some of the best runners in the world (and maybe a few of your friends and neighbors) pass through the city streets. Support the runners with loud cheers, a sign, and some high-fives. 
Date: October 9 
Time: starts at 7:30AM 
Cost: Free to watch! 
Location: Downtown Chicago, Grant Park, 337 E Randolph 
More info: chicagomarathon.com

Octoberfest in Chicago

Maybe you didn’t make the trek to Germany, but Sam Adams & the Time Out Market are bringing us our very own Octoberfest! Come early for the kids storytime or stay late for the DJ. German bands, beer samples, and giveaways will happen throughout the day, so make sure to stop by and check out the fun. 
Date: October 8 
Time: 11:00AM – 11:00PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: West Loop, Time Out Market, 916 W Fulton Market 
More info: timeoutmarket.com

Global Music, Local Venues

The City of Chicago is hosting the World Music Festival with performances across the city and performers from all over the world. This weekend, catch a Mexican marimba band, a Ghanian guitar group, or go to the finale show at Navy Pier for a family-friendly performance to make you dance & enjoy this amazing festival. 
Date: October 7-9 
Time: varies by date 
Cost: Free 
Location: varies by date, all in Chicago 
More info: chicago.gov

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