8 Things to do in the City & Western Suburbs: October 20

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!

Glow in the Dark Mini Golf

Prepare for an evening of after-hours mini golf at Holes & Knolls at Shot in the Dark. Picture yourself surrounded by the playful glow of illuminated golf balls as you challenge your friends through a glow-in-the-dark round of putt-putt.  Golfers of all ages are welcome, so show up to create memorable moments with family and friends. It’s a luminous adventure that promises an unforgettable, laughter-filled evening under the stars!

Date: October 20 
Time: 7:30-9PM 
Cost: $10 
Location: Holes & Knolls, 845 Pershing Ave, Glen Ellyn 
More info: gepark.org

Celebrate the Season at the Zoo

Celebrate the spirit of the season at Spooktacular, Cosley Zoo’s Halloween event. Enjoy a delightful visit to the zoo after hours, complete with enchanting Halloween decorations and special activities. From pumpkin decorating to a costume parade, there’s fun for everyone. Savor some seasonal treats and festive music in a heartwarming autumn experience for all ages. Spooktacular at Cosley Zoo combines educational fun with Halloween charm for a memorable fall adventure!

Date: October 20 
Time: 5:15-8:30PM 
Cost: $12.95 
Location: Cosley Zoo, 1356 N Gary Ave, Wheaton 
More info: cosleyzoo.org

Pumpkins Galore at the Pumpkin Night Hike

Experience an enchanting autumn evening with your family at Fullersburg Woods during the Pumpkin Night Hike. This special event offers a unique opportunity for families to explore nature after dark. Join a guided hike through the forest, lit by Jack-o’-lanterns, and discover the hidden wonders of the woods. You’ll encounter surprises and activities that make this hike unforgettable for all ages. 

Date: October 20 
Time: 5:30-8PM 
Cost: $10 
Location: Fullersburg Woods, 3609 Spring Rd, Oak Brook 
More info: dupageforest.org

Explore the Garden of Decay at Navy Pier

Navy Pier invites you to embark on a Halloween-themed immersive theater experience within the Garden of Decay, a scary setting that was once a renowned genetic plant lab that is now haunted! Venture into the world guided by captivating audio narration as you navigate through these handcrafted art installations. Get your ticket for a night of spine-tingling fun and eerie enchantment.

Date: October 20-21 
Time: 6-12PM 
Cost: $42+ 
Location: Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave 
More info: navypier.org

Sing the Monster Mash at Chicago Athletic Hotel

Masha’s Monster Mash Karaoke is the ultimate fusion of musical revelry and Halloween fun, where ghouls and goblins gather to unleash their inner rock stars amidst a spooktacular atmosphere. Hosted by iconic queen Masha Potato, this one-of-a-kind karaoke night promises a hair-raising good time. From classic monster ballads to contemporary hits with a macabre twist, the playlist is as diverse as the characters in attendance, ensuring a karaoke experience that’s perfect for those who want to sing their hearts out in the spirit of Halloween.

Date: October 21 
Time: 10PM-1AM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Chicago Athletic Hotel, 12 S Michigan Ave 
More info: chicagoathleticevents.com

Magic & Mystery with The Zabrecky Hour

Don’t miss The Zabrecky Hour, a comedy magic and variety show that defies convention. Rob Zabrecky’s unique blend of humor and magic offers a spellbinding evening of surprises and audience engagement. Drawing from his award-winning Magic Castle act, the show seamlessly merges magic, comedy, song, dance, and more. Zabrecky’s distinctive style blurs the lines between comedy and mentalism, creating a wonderfully weird world all his own.

Date: Runs through October 31 
Time: 2PM and 7:30PM 
Cost: $40 
Location: Rhapsody Theater, 1328 W Morse Ave, Rogers Park 
More info: rhapsodytheater.com

See the Haunts at the Arts in the Dark Parade

The Arts in the Dark Parade in Chicago is a celebration that turns the city streets into a unique nighttime showcase of Halloween creativity. This annual parade unites a wide range of artists and performers who bring the night to life with their displays, costumes, and acts. The Arts in the Dark Parade underscores the city’s dynamic arts scene, promoting unity and fostering a deep appreciation for the power of creativity beneath the night sky.

Date: October 21 
Time: 6-8PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: State St from Lake to Van Buren 
More info: artsinthedark.com

Have an ‘Eerie Evening’ on the Riverwalk

Dive into the chilling allure of Chicago’s ghostly history at the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum’s Eerie Evening. This hauntingly elegant event along the Chicago Riverwalk invites you to explore the city’s sinister tales and electrifying hauntings. Immerse yourself in spooky stories, delightful drinks, and delectable snacks while celebrating the haunted season in a historic museum setting. Your ticket not only grants you access to an evening of the supernatural but also supports the Bridgehouse Museum’s educational and outreach initiatives!

Date: October 19 and 20 
Time: 5-10PM 
Cost: $40 
Location: 99 Chicago Riverwalk 
More info: interland3.donorperfect.net

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