With fall pretty much settled in here, Chicagoans will be capturing the spirit of October’s offerings this weekend!
Join in the celebration as Chicago VeganMania 2018 celebrates its 10th anniversary at Broadway Armory Park (5917 N. Broadway St.) in the Edgewater neighborhood on Saturday (10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.). This free event features an exciting lineup of speakers, a LIVE Podcast, cooking demos, a vegan food court with over 200 food vendors, live music, a kids’ area, and much more! Plus, the first 100 people in line will receive the events’ famous swag bag. Everyone, from curious omnivores to longtime vegans, is welcome!!
Join in the ultimate brunch experience at this year’s Bloody Mary Fest at Theater on the Lake (2401 N. Lake Shore Dr.) in the Lincoln Park neighborhood on Sunday (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.). The fest expands this year to give your taste buds a workout with yoga or a 5K fun run on the lakefront prior to the main event. Then it’s time to fuel yourself with sweet and savory brunch bites, shop the artisan market, enjoy live entertainment & lawn games, and much more! Most of all, you will get to enjoy some of the city’s best Bloody Mary’s featured in Chicago’s Bloody Mary Competition 6!!
The 2018 Pumpkin Patch Festival is coming to Toyota Park (7000 S. Harlem Ave.) in Bridgeview, IL for a two-weekend event for all ages (Friday 4:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Saturday 1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.). This festival features several big attractions including a huge carnival, a petting zoo, a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, a pie eating contest, a costume contest, a kids’ haunted house, and much more! Plenty of fun for the whole family!!
It’s never too early to get into the spirit of Halloween with the Music Box of Horrors at the Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave.) in the Lakeview neighborhood. This annual horror movie marathon includes 24 hours of movies (Saturday 12:00 p.m.-Sunday 12:00 p.m.), like “Freddy vs. Jason,” “Lord of Illusions,” “The Lodger,” “The Children,” “Child’s Play,” and many others. There’s even a special guest appearance by Don Mancini in celebration of the 30th anniversary of “Child’s Play”! Between films, check out the excellent vendors, guests, and food trucks in the theatre’s lounge!! Rumor has it that this year’s Music Box of Horrors promises to obliterate your sanity!!!
A Halloween extravaganza you don’t want to miss is Boo! at the Zoo held at Brookfield Zoo (8400 31st St.) in Brookfield, IL (Saturdays and Sundays through October 28th). This Halloween celebration is a fun-filled, not-so-scary event (presented by Ferrara Candy Company) featuring a 7,000 square-foot “Crazed Maize” corn maze, giant pumpkin carving demonstrations, a costume parade and contest; along with Halloween-themed crafts, haunted hayrides, cowboy carousels, scarecrow building, and more! In addition, attendees can learn about some of the zoo’s spookiest, creepy critters, like bats, spiders, and scorpions during special zoo chats. Your little ghosts and goblins are sure to have a howlin’ good time— as is the entire family!!
October Has Many Offerings to Enjoy! Will You be Capturing Its Spirit??