Things To Do This Weekend In And Around Chicago: Oct. 19-21

Shannon Blum
October 19, 2018 - 8:43 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Fall is here Chicago and Halloween is right around the corner. This weekend hosts a variety of events to enjoy all things fall and to get an early start on Halloween festivities.

It is also a busy weekend for Chicago sports with the Chicago Bull, Chicago Bears and Chicago Blackhawks all playing at home this weekend.

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

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Arts in the Dark

Celebrate Halloween a few days early at the Arts in the Dark parade, which sends a string of performers, puppets, lanterns and floats through the streets of Chicago. Local artists help create most of the costumes and objects featured in the parade, making this annual tradition a celebration of local creativity.This year, the procession moves from Grant Park to State Street, where it will begin at Lake Street and move south to Van Buren.

Where: State & Lake street

When: Saturday, 6-8 p.m.

Cost: Free

NEWCITY Fall Festival

As leaves throughout Chicago continue to change colors and drift to the ground, Lincoln Park shopping center NEWCITY gets in on the fall fun with its annual festival. Guests can enjoy donuts and cider while decorating pumpkins, playing carnival games and more fun activities.

Where: NEWCITY, 1457 N. Halsted St.  

When: Saturday, 1-4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Pumpkin Patch Festival 2018

Come out this weekend and pick your favorite pumpkin! The annual all-age family 2018 Pumpkin Patch Festival is coming to Toyota Park. The event features a number of big attractions such as a pumpkin patch, corn maze, pumpkin pie eating contest, costume contest, kids haunted house, pumpkin jumpers, face painting, pumpkin painting and a petting zoo!

Where: Toyota Park, 7000 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview

When: Friday, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, 1-9 p.m.; Sunday, noon-8 p.m.

Cost: $10

Boo! At the Zoo

Brookfield Zoo’s annual Halloween celebration provides a haunting good time for the entire family. The fun-filled event, presented by Ferrara Candy Company, features a 7,000-square-foot corn maze, giant pumpkin carving demonstrations, a costume parade and contest, and Halloween-themed crafts and activities each weekend. In addition, there will be special animal Zoo Chats about some of the zoo’s creepy critters.

Where: Brookfield Zoo, 8400 W. 31st St., Brookfield

When: Recurring weekly on Saturdays and Sundays, now-Oct. 31

Cost: Included in zoo admission

Chicago Ideas Week

Learn more about politics, technology, criminal justice, the human body and other interesting topics at the annual Chicago Ideas Week. The week-long event brings together more than 200 thought leaders from a variety of fields for a series of discussions and panels that take place in front of a live audience. This year's Chicago Ideas Week lineup features former Secretary of State John Kerry, #TimesUp co-founder Amber Tamblyn, Sorry to Bother You director Boots Riley, gun control activist David Hogg and comedian Chris Gethard.

Where: Various venues

When: Friday-Monday, times and schedule vary

Cost: $15 per event

Wine Riot

Sample wines from around the globe paired with bites from some of Chicago's top restaurants at Wine Riot. After you've sipped your way through pours of riesling, merlot and pinot noir, sit down for a quick seminars or check out the Bubble Bar, where you'll find prosecco, cava and champagne.

Where: Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market

When: Friday, 7:30-10 p.m.; Saturday 2:30-5 p.m.; 7:30-10 p.m.

Cost: $65

Cider and Ale Festival

Savor hard cider and seasonal beers from more than 45 local breweries and cideries while listening to live music by 1976 Band. Bring a lawn chair and breathe in the crisp autumn air among the trees.

Where: Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53

When: Saturday, 1-5 p.m.

Cost: $45.00 member; $55.00 nonmember; VIP $65.00 member; $75.00 nonmember

Jack's Pumpkin Nights

Want to run through a corn maze without making a trip to the suburbs? Jack's Pumpkin Nights, a new Halloween-themed pop-up experience, brings the seasonal outdoor fun to a two-acre lot near Goose Island. Guests can enjoy pumpkin carving, carnival games and nightly live performances from sword swallowers and fire dancers. Plus, there's a bar inside of the corn maze stocked with beer and cider.

Where: Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up, 1467 N. Elston Ave., Goose Island

When: Now-Nov. 4, times vary

Cost: $20-50

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Chicago Bulls v. Detroit Pistons

Are you ready, Chicago! Pack the United Center red and cheer on the Chicago Bulls as they take the court against the Detroit Pistons on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Where: United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Cost: Varies

Chicago Bears v. New England Patriots

Up to watch the challenge? Watch the Chicago Bears take on the New England Patriots at home on Sunday at noon.

Where: Soldier Field, 1410 Museum Campus Dr.

When: Sunday, noon

Cost: Varies

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Chicago Blackhawks v. Tampa Bay Lightning

Watch the Chicago Blackhawks hit the ice to play the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 21 at the United Center!

Where: United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.

When: Sunday, 6 p.m.

Cost: Varies