Neighborhood News-Chicago Loop, North Park, Lakeview, Lincoln Park

With Halloween just a couple of weeks away, now is the time to bask in scary movies, eat great treats, and enjoy the beauty of the autumnal outdoors. Chicago knows how to celebrate the season!

Campfire Horrors, an outdoor horror movie series featuring spooky classics and campfires for roasting marshmallows, celebrates the season with free screenings of the scariest movie classics. Screenings will be held at 7pm on every Friday of October, as well as select Saturdays at Dvorak Park, North Park Village Nature Center. This weekend, Scream will be shown on Friday, October 15, at Northerly Park, 1521S Linn White Drive, at 7pm.The Nightmare Before Christmas will shock on Saturday, October 16, at North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N Pulaski Rd., at 7pm. Masks are required, and the Chicago Park District recommends dressing warmly. Free admission.

The 57th Chicago International Film Festival, North America’s longest-running competitive film festival, kicks off Wednesday, October 13 and runs through October 22. Over 80 feature films and 60 film shorts from around the world will be screened in theaters, at the drive-in, and streaming. Films ranging from heart-wrenching dramas to eye-opening documentaries to midnight shockers, at the AMC River East 21, at the Music Box Theatre on Southport, and the Gene Siskel Film Center on State Street—plus drive-in screenings at ChiTown Movies in Pilsen. Ticket and pass prices vary, check website for details.

The Lincoln Square Farmers Market features over 40 vendors each week at the Lincoln Thursday afternoon on Lincoln and Leland Avenues, from 3-7pm. The market connects local farmers, artisans, and food purveyors to the Northside of Chicago. Vendors include Elsie Mae’s Canning & Pies, a small family bakery using local produce and family recipes passed down through generations to preserve traditional style baking and canning, and Copacabana, a local, fair trade, ethically sourced chocolate truffles and gianduja chocolate spreads. Free admission.

Join Lincoln Park’s Lakeshore Sport & Fitness, 1320 W. Fullerton, for their Falloween Fest! On Saturday, October 15, from 2-5pm, families can enjoy Euro Bungee, a 90ft inflatable obstacle course and a 40ft inflatable slide. Families can also enjoy ghoulish performers, carnival games, pumpkin painting, cotton candy & snow cones. Admission is free, but some attractions, activities and food & drink do require tickets that can be purchased the day of the event. The event will be held outdoors in both the parking lot and on the rooftop. If the weather proves to be ghastly, we will move to the indoor tennis courts. Lakeshore members will RSVP on the MyLSF App. A limited amount of tickets are available for non-members and should be reserved in advance through Eventbrite.

Alison Moran and Dean’s Team Chicago