5 Things to do this Weekend: October 14

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!

Discover Mexican Folk Art 

Kicking off this weekend, the much-anticipated 10-day Festival del Arte Popular brings together artists from all corners of Mexico to share and celebrate their folk-art traditions. Enjoy live demonstrations and get an early start on your holiday shopping. Festival continues through Oct 23. 
 
Date: Oct 14-16 
Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm 
Cost: Free. Donations are always welcome. 
Location: National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St, Chicago
More Info: nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org 

Open Houses… All Over Town! 

Hosted by the Chicago Architecture Center, Open House Chicago provides behind-the-scenes access to more than 150 architecturally, historically and culturally significant sites throughout the city and nearby suburbs. This year’s participating sites include the private Cliff Dwellers Club at 200 S. Michigan Ave and the 95-year-old Avalon Regal Theater on the city’s South Side. 
 
Date: Oct 15-16 
Time: Varies by site
Cost: Free 
Location: 20+ Chicago neighborhoods and the nearby suburbs
More Info: openhousechicago.org

An Extravagant Culinary Experience 

Benefiting Meals on Wheels Chicago, the Celebrity Chef Ball promises an unforgettable evening of fine dining. Begin with a cocktail reception featuring specialty drinks from the city’s finest mixologists, and then sit down to a 6-course meal prepared at your table. Among the renowned chefs donating their time and talents are Stephanie Hart from Brown Sugar Bakery, Soo Ahn from Adalina, and Austin Adler from Maple & Ash. 
 
Date: Oct 14 
Time: 6:00 to 11:00 pm 
Cost: From $400 per person. Black tie optional.  
Location: The Geraghty, 2530 S. Hoyne Ave, Chicago 
More Info: mealsonwheelschicago.org 

ALL ABOARD! Railroad Photography Exhibit 

Experience some of the striking works of Jack Delano, an accomplished photographer who worked for, among others, the Works Progress Administration and Farm Security Administration. In “RAILROADERS: Jack Delano’s Homefront Photography”, you’ll discover a striking visual exploration of the hard work and heroism of railway workers during World War II. Exhibit runs through Dec 30. 
 
Date: Oct 13-16 
Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm 
Cost: $10 (Free for Historic Pullman Foundation members) 
Location: Pullman Foundation Exhibit Hall, 11141 S. Cottage Gove Ave, Chicago 
More Info: pullmanil.org 

Not Just Another Brick in the Wall… 

Now extended at the Museum of Science & Industry, “The Art of the Brick” is the world’s largest display of LEGO® art! Discover more than 100 sculptures created by artist Nathan Sawaya using more than one million LEGO® bricks. In addition to original works like a 20-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton are re-imagined versions of classic masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s David and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. 
 
Date: Oct 13-16 
Time: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm 
Cost: Adults: $14 with $21.95 for museum entry, Children: $11 with $12.95 for museum entry 
Location:   Museum of Science & Industry, 5700 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
More Info: msichicago.org