Things To Do This Weekend In And Around Chicago: Nov. 1-3

Shannon Blum
November 01, 2019 - 9:23 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Halloween may be over, but some places in Chicago are still celebrating. In addition to spooky activities, Saturday marks the Day of the Dead, and there are many places in and around Chicago hosting Día de los Muertos celebrations. 

And if you are over Halloween and not into celebrating the dead, there are plenty of other happenings this weekend in and around the city from food tastings and art festivals to craft shows and sporting events. 

Here's a look at things to do this weekend in and around Chicago.

Día de los Muertos

Day of the Dead Parade and Celebration

SGA Youth & Family Services hosts of the longest running Dia de los Muertos celebrations in the city, taking place in Dvorak Park. Attendees will be able to get their faces painted, watch live music and contribute to a gigantic chalk mural on the steps on the park. Hot chocolate and pan de muerto (Mexican sweet bread) will be served, and an afternoon procession will feature large puppets, hand-pushed carts and ofrendas. Guests are encouraged to dress up and bring mobile ofrendas to the parade.

Where: Dvorak Park, 1119 W. Cullerton St.

When: Saturday, 2-6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos: Love Never Dies Ball

The National Museum of Mexican Art hosts its annual Día de los Muertos, featuring live music, delicious treats, beverages and dancing. Guests are encouraged to arrive in creative attire and take part in sugar skull face painting during an evening that benefits the museum's programs.

Where: National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St. 

When: Saturday, 6-10 p.m.

Cost: $75-125

Alice in Wonderland

Alice’s Wonderland of Horrors

Let Alice take you down the rabbit hole to a Wonderland world of the grotesque and ghoulish at The Darling this All Hallows’ Eve season. Dine and imbibe on decadent treats and libations, including a complimentary welcome poison, and potion from Monkey 47 Gin, while interacting with incredible performances from every dark corner of The Darling’s Library.

Where: The Darling, 905 W. Randolph St.

When: Friday & Saturday, times vary

Cost: $45 for 2-hour seating

Jack's Pumpkin Nights

Returning to a two-acre plot of land just west of Goose Island, Jack's Pumpkin Pop-up saves you a trip to the suburbs by bringing a corn maze, thousands of pumpkins and an array of carnival games to the city. This year's edition of the outdoor event features a larger corn maze that contains a hidden bar, a "gypsy caravan," axe-throwing and plenty of photo backdrops and props (think tractors, trucks and piles of pumpkins) for you to take advantage of. Plus, the pop-up will also host events throughout its four-week run, including a pumpkin walk, a beer and cider festival and a sweet corn festival.

Where: Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up, 1265 W. Le Moyne St., Goose Island

When: Now-Nov. 3, times vary

Cost: Varies


Pier Pumpkin Lights

You'll find nearly 1,000 glowing pumpkins spread across Navy Pier at the attraction's month-long Pier Pumpkin Lights event. Stop by Polk Bros Park to visit the Juggernaut of Jack-O-Lanterns installation then head to the pier to take in five more pop-up experiences, all of which will be illuminated after dusk each evening. Navy Pier restaurants such as Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, Tiny Tavern and Snow Dragon Shavery will be offering food and drink specials throughout the month of October, and Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze will transform into a haunted maze on select weekends. Plus, you can bring the kids to trick-or-treat at Navy Pier on October 26, 27 and 31.

Where: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

When: Now-Nov. 2

Cost: Free


Taste of Donuts

The folks behind the Underground Donut Tour present this festival devoted to the circular pastry, featuring tastings from the likes of Stan's Donuts, Roeser's Bakery, Over the Top Bakery and Gurnee Donuts. The event features two sessions, each stocked with plenty of delicious treats and hot coffee to wash it all down with.

Where: Morgan’s on Fulton, 950 W. Fulton St.

When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $25-35


Chicago International Tea Festival

The Chicago International Tea Festival is a new yearly event dedicated to expanding the specialty tea community in the greater Chicago region. This event is designed for the novice tea aficionado as well as the expert. There will be free informative presentations about tea, tea culture and health by local tea merchants as well as national and international experts. Over 80 free tea tastings will be provided all day long by our 35+ vendors.

Where: Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, 350 W. Mart Center Dr.

When: Friday-Sunday

Cost: $25 single day; $35 two-day; $45 VIP

Art Show

SOFA Chicago

SOFA Chicago is the largest and longest-running art fair dedicated to three-dimensional art at Chicago’s Navy Pier. It shows notable works of art spanning the categories of craft, design, and fine art.

Where: Festival Hall, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

When: Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m.

Cost: Varies

Ink Fest Chicago

This two-day, art festival—Illustration and Krafts or INK Fest is hosted in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood by the Illustration Student Group at Columbia College. The main feature of this event is an artist alley with over 90 artists showcasing original artwork, comics, small press, posters, zines, children’s books, stickers, pins, buttons available for purchase. In addition to the artist alley there are interactive activities, guest speakers, and panels that everyone may attend (event is free and open to the public).

Where: Columbia Collage Chicago Student Center, 754 S. Wabash 

When: Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Cost: Free

Craft Show

Hinsdale South Post Prom Fall Craft and Vendor Show

Hinsdale South hosts its annual Fall Craft and Vendor Show. Come and find unique treats and gifts. This is shopping for a purpose, with all proceeds going to a safe, drug-free post-prom event for the Hinsdale South students.

Where: Hinsdale South High School, 7401 Clarendon Hills Rd., Darien

When: Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cost: $2

Craft Show

Ridgewood High School Holiday Market Craft and Vendor Fair

Ridgewood High School Parents' Club proudly presents their 2nd annual Holiday Market. With your admission, you receive a raffle ticket for your chance to win a prize from one of their dozens of vendors. All proceeds benefit their students.

Where: Ridgewood High School, 7500W. Montrose Ave., Norridge

When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: $5

Craft Show

Elk Grove High School Holiday Sampler Craft and Vendor Show

Elk Grove High School presents its 35th Annual Holiday Sampler. There will be a variety of hand crafters along with direct sale home vendors, raffle, food concessions & bake sale.

Where: Elk Grove High School, 500 W. Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove Village

When: Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: $3

Comdian Taylor Tomlinson
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Taylor Tomlinson at The Chicago Improv

Taylor Tomlinson has been featured on Conan, MTV’s Safe Word, Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party, was a top ten finalist on season 9 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and her stand-up special is currently streaming on Netflix. Taylor was recently honored as a Top 10 Comedian To Watch at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival. Check her out this weekend for some laughs at The Chicago Improv!

Where: The Chicago Improv, 5 Woodfield Rd., Schaumburg

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.; Saturday, 7 p.m. & 9:15 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m.

Cost: $22

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Chicago Bulls v. Detroit Pistons

Cheer on the Chicago Bulls this weekend when they take to the court to play the Detroit Pistons at the United Center on Friday!

Where: United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Cost: Varies