8 Things to do in the City & North Shore: October 27

Embrace the crisp fall days with exciting activities that’ll make your autumn glow. From checking out charming boutiques to savoring pumpkin spice treats at seasonal festivals, there is so much to see and enjoy. Venture into fall foliage trails and local landmarks to infuse a dash of adventure into your autumn plans. Don’t miss out on these activities scheduled for this weekend to fully savor the changing leaves!

Have A Boo-tiful Time at Boo Bash

Prepare for a celebration at the Glencoe Park District’s Boo Bash! Head to the Takiff Center to see the transformation into a Halloween playground, where your young ones can trick-or-treat, see live performances, enjoy Halloween activities, and uncover an array of other bone-chilling surprises. Don’t forget to wear your most imaginative costume!

Date: October 27 
Time: 5PM 
Cost: $17.50+ 
Location: The Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Rd, Glencoe 
More info: glencoeparkdistrict.com

See the Kooky Spooky Candy Trail in Action

Embark on an adventure down the Kooky Spooky Candy Trail, where your young ones will have the chance to get a treasure trove of candy and exciting prizes by checking out the activities at each interactive station along the way. Get into the Halloween spirit and come dressed in your costumes as you navigate the trail’s twists and turns. In the event of rain, rest assured, the fun will continue inside the cozy confines of the Oakton Community Center!

Date: October 28 
Time: 3PM 
Cost: $10 
Location: Oakton Community Center, 4701 Oakton St, Skokie 
More info: skokieparks.org

Celebrate Halloween with the Whole Family in Northfield

Join us for a bewitching good time at Northfield Park District‘s annual Boo Bash! This scare-tacular event promises a day of family-friendly Halloween festivities, including trick-or-treating, live performances, interactive games, and delightful surprises for all ages. Put your little ones in their Halloween costumes and journey together to collect treats and create lasting memories along the way.

Date: October 27 
Time: 6PM  
Cost: Free 
Location: Willow Park, 401 Wagner Rd, Northfield 
More info: northfieldparks.org

Celebrate Hallo-weekend with the Haunted Soiree

Step into the chilling world of Haunted Soiree, an immersive theatrical spectacle that blends the allure of an upscale cocktail party with the intrigue of an old-school variety show. Watch an interactive and sinister narrative with live performers and artisanal mini cocktail tasting flights. Guests can partake in this eerie gathering at their own pace, or they can dive deeper into the experience by engaging in spine-tingling activities and rituals.

Date: October 27-29
Time: Varies by Day
Cost: $77+
Location: International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N Lakeshore Dr
More info: hauntedsoiree.com

Bin-GO to Holy Ghost Bingo

Uncover peculiar saintly tales at the uproarious show, Holy Ghost Bingo: God, Goblins, & Games, perfectly timed for Halloween weekend. Join Mrs. Mary Margaret O’Brien, a former nun, as she takes center stage to collect funds, mixing bingo with spirited discussions on Halloween customs, spine-tingling films, cursed board games, sweet confections, and more! With a wild mix of Halloween facts, lively audience participation, and an uproarious costume competition, it’s a night of laughter you won’t want to miss.

Date: October 27-29
Time: 8PM
Cost: $37+
Location: Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N Lincoln Ave
More info: ovationtix.com

Happy Foodie Halloween at Momotaro

Prepare for a spine-tingling adventure at Izakaya’s Halloween Party, as this underground hideaway transforms into a vintage horror cinema. Your ticket offers entry to the eerie movie experience, a feast of Izakaya’s dishes, and movie-themed cocktails (three drinks included)! Cap off the night with hauntingly delicious desserts. Tickets are limited, so grab yours for a night of vintage horror and delectable delights.

Date: October 28
Time: 7PM
Cost: $95
Location: Izakaya at Momotaro, 820 W Lake St
More info: exploretock.com

Learn about the Retro Arcade Game Q*bert

Q*bert, a classic arcade game invented in 1982, is known for its inventive gameplay and unique character features, with the titular character hopping on cubes while evading enemies, setting it apart from the shooting and racing games of its time. The exhibition @!#?@!: Art, Design and Sound of Q*bert presents the arcade game, console versions, board game, design documents, and collectibles, exploring the game’s impact across various media.

Date: Runs through December 17
Time: Varies by Day
Cost: $8
Location: Chicago Gamespace, 2418 Bloomingdale Ave
More info: chicagogamespace.com

Make Room for Mahler at the CSO

Experience Mahler’s First Symphony as it weaves together the sounds of nature and spirited folk dance to lead to its famous conclusion. Under the baton of Conductor Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, the performance commences with the symphony’s original second movement, “Blumine,” celebrated for its trumpet serenade. Distinguished cellist Jian Wang then steps into the spotlight, delivering a poignant rendition of Bloch’s “Hebraic Rhapsody.” Buy your tickets for Mahler 1 at the CSO for a musical, not scary, weekend event.

Date: October 27-28
Time: 1:30 and 7:30PM
Cost: $69+
Location: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 220 S Michigan Ave
More info: cso.org

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