6 Things To Do in Chicago This October

October is one of my favorite months. The air gets colder, the drinks get warmer, and the clothes get cuter. I find myself looking forward to seeing the leaves on the ground and the days getting shorter- and there’s just something about being inside while it’s cold, outside.

Even though nothing sounds better than retreating to your warm bed with your favorite blanket to watch Friends while drinking a pumpkin-spiced latte, here are 6 events happening in Chicago this October that you should get out of bed for.

1.     Open House Chicago

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What is it?

Open House Chicago is my best-kept secret- except it’s not really a secret because I tell everyone I know to go. Imagine you have just been given a key that unlocks every building in Chicago that you have always wanted to go in but can’t. Open House Chicago is that key. During the weekend it runs, you have access to over 200 of Chicago’s most exciting and mysterious buildings that are normally not open to the public. The event has a handy website that shows all of the buildings to choose from and even helps you create your own itinerary for the weekend.

When is it?

October 14th-October 15th

Does it cost anything?

It’s entirely free! All you would have to pay for is transportation to all the fun locations around the city!

2.     Chicago Ideas Week

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What is it?

Chicago Ideas Week is a 7-day festival that was created to bring together different leaders and innovators from around the world to discuss everything from new industry technologies to new and innovative ways to stimulate employee productiveness. You can sit in on panels, this year there will be one on the #TimesUp Movement led by Amber Tamblyn (Tibby from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), attend a talk with actress, Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)and have fun at the festivals after party!

When is it?

October 15th- October 21st

Does it cost anything?

Tickets are available for purchase and ticket type and price do vary

3.     Lincoln Square Apple Fest

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What is it?

If you’re the person who is bringing out the apple cider on September 30th, then this fest is for you! Hosted at the Giddings Plaza, the Lincoln Square Apple Fest turns the space into a city-chic urban orchard. You can taste everything from hot apple cider, freshly baked apple pie, and more.

When is it?

October 6th- October 7th

Does it cost anything?

Free admission, but bring money for tasty treats!

4.     Jack’s Pumpkin Nights

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What is it?

Entering the Chicago Halloween scene is the new Halloween-themed pop-up experience, Jack’s Pumpkin Nights. Located on 2 acres near Goose Island, this temporary attraction includes a corn maze, pumpkin carving, carnival games, and nightly live performances. If you have been looking for something to do or somewhere to go that helps get you into the spooky spirit, look no further.

When is it?

Open till November 3rd, located at 1467 N. Elston Ave

Does it cost anything?

Ticket types and prices vary

5.     Northalsted Halloween Parade

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What is it?

Known across the country for its creative elements, you won’t want to miss this parade. Gather on the sidelines and enjoy the show as you witness spooky sights such as floats, costumes, and performances.

When is it?

October 31st, 7:30 pm, located on Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison

Does it cost anything?

Free admission

6.     Arts in the Dark

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What is it?

Celebrate Halloween early with a fun and festive outing to the Arts in the Dark Parade. The parade serves as a showcase for different performers, puppets, lanterns, and floats for the people of Chicago to enjoy. The parade also helps serve local artists by involving them in costume and object designs that are featured in the parade.

When is it?

October 20th, located at Lake Street and then will move South to Van Buren

Does it cost anything?

Free admission