Wicker Park: Halloween is just a few days away, and while this year brings about a much different feel due to COVID-19, there are still ways to get outside and enjoy the spooky day. Head over to Wicker Park every day until the 31st to check out 50 scarecrows created by residents spread throughout the neighborhood. You can use Google maps in the link below to see where to take in the sights for this free event. Find more info here.
Loop: Chicago will be home to a new museum opening in November. The Museum of Illusions is set to debut next month at 25 East Washington Street in the Loop. Featuring over 80 mind-bending and extraordinary exhibits, including the anti-gravity room, the vortex tunnel, and the clone table, this museum will definitely be more than meets the eye. The typical social distancing protocols will be adhered to, but other than that, nothing about the Museum of Illusions will be typical. Keep an eye out for the announcement of the museum’s official opening this November. Find more info here.
Ravenswood: The Candlelight Series returns to Chicago in November, bringing a mesmerizing mix of classical, jazz, and contemporary music amidst flickering candles that ensures a unique night out. This concert series occurs at two locations: Artifact Events, located at 4325 North Ravenswood Avenue, and Salvage One, located at 1840 West Hubbard Street in West Town. The intimate setting features world-renowned musicians recreating the works of artists ranging from Mozart and Bach to The Beatles and Aretha Franklin. Each concert is one hour long, and seating is capped at 50 people to ensure an intimate evening of music. As usual, masks are required at all times when not dining, and socially distanced seating arrangements will be set up to ensure safety. Tickets are $55 per person. Find more info here.
Lincoln Park: Yes, the weather is getting colder faster than we’d like, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t outdoor activities still going on (if you can brave it). The Broken Barrel Bar, located at 2548 North Southport in Lincoln Park, hosts their Fall Movie Nights every Tuesday until November 17. On November 3, check out horror-comedy Scream at 7:30 pm. Reservations for two cost $24 and include guaranteed entry, preferred seating, and one Vizzy Hard Seltzer and bag of popcorn per guest. Edward Scissorhands follows on the 10th and The Nightmare Before Christmas on the 17th. Find more info here.
West Loop: Fans of Stephen King’s The Shining and especially Stanley Kubrick’s film version can see for themselves why all work and no play make Jack a dull boy at the Room 237: Pop-Up Experience and Lounge. Running now through November 15 at Morgan Manufacturing, a 32,000 square-foot entertainment space located at 401 North Morgan Street, this interactive event brings the world of The Shining to life. Featuring a giant hedge maze to get lost in, classic props inspired by the film, and themed cocktails such as the Redrum, this pop-up is the perfect post-Halloween happening. Tickets start at $35 and include a beverage. Be sure to make reservations for this socially distanced event. The event runs Wednesday through Sunday from 6 pm to 11 pm. Find more info here.
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