Things To Do This Weekend In And Around Chicago: Oct. 18-20

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By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

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 Bears and Chicago Blackhawks playing at home this weekend.

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. The procession begins at State Street and Lake Street and moves south to Van Buren.

Where: State & Lake, Loop

When: Saturday, 6-8 p.m.

More than 150 films from around the world feature World, North American and U.S. premiere screenings. This festival includes special celebrity appearances, post-screening panel discussions and in-person tributes to legendary filmmakers.

Where: AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St.

When: Multiple dates, check schedule

It's time for another skate night(mare) at the Chicago Athletic Association on a pop-up roller rink in the hotel's Stagg Court. Attendee are welcome to put on a costume and attend a two-hour skating session, each accompanied by an appropriately spooky soundtrack. Bring your own skates or rent a pair for $5.

Where: Chicago Athletic Association, 12 S. Michigan Ave.

When: Friday & Saturday

Before the Arts in the Dark parade kicks off on Saturday evening, head to Maggie Daley Park to enjoy an afternoon of family fun. You'll find games, prizes and candy along the skating ribbon, with food and drinks available for purchase. Just before 5 p.m., guests can join a parade to State Street to watch the creative procession.

Where: Maggie Daley Park, 337 E. Randolph St.

When: Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

Do some spooky shopping at this Halloween-themed market, where you'll find art, toys, VHS tapes, sweet treats, and other creepy stuff. Stick around to play some games, have a drink, listen to music and watch horror movies. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Harmony House for Cats, a local no-kill adoption center that helps find home for all kinds of cats.

Where: Logan Arcade, 2410 W. Fullerton Ave.  

When: Saturday, 1-6 p.m.

The most ubiquitous breakfast cocktail gets its very own festival at Theatre on the Lake, where attendees can choose from two sessions of drinks, brunch bites, games and live music as some of the city’s top bartenders try to concoct the most creative Bloody Mary interpretation. You'll find drinks overflowing with toppings, lawn games to enjoy, an artisan market to shop at and optional yoga or three-mile run ticket add-ons.

Where: Theater on the Lake, 2401 N. Lake Shore Dr.   

When: Sunday (session 1, 8:30-11 a.m.; session 2, noon-4 p.m.)

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

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

Taste Chicago's craft beer scene as businesses along Lincoln Avenue transform into tasting destinations! This ticketed event includes beer samples from local breweries paired with complimentary bites at popular shops along Lincoln Ave. This event features two routes, with over 20 local businesses and restaurants participating and over 30 different types of craft beer to try on each route.

Where: Lincoln Avenue (check-in location varies)

When: Sunday, 3-6 p.m.

Come out this weekend and pick your favorite pumpkin! The annual all-age family 2019 Pumpkin Patch Festival is coming to SeatGeek Stadium. The event features a number of big attractions such as a pumpkin patch, hay maze, kids’ haunted house, pumpkin jumpers, face painting, pumpkin painting and a petting zoo!

Where: SeatGeek Stadium, 7000 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview

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

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 corn maze, giant pumpkin carving demonstrations, 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

Savor hard cider and seasonal beers from 50 local breweries and cideries. Bring a lawn chair and breathe in the crisp autumn air among the trees while you listen to live music from the band 1976. 

Where: Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53

When: Saturday, 1-5 p.m.

Hockey season has started and this weekend is full of two Blackhawks games, with the first on Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Where: United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

The second Blackhawks game of the weekend is Sunday, against the Washington Capitals. Cheer on the Hawks to wrap up your weekend!

Where: United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.

When: Sunday, 6 p.m.

Fall is in full swing, and so is the Chicago Bears’ season! The Chicago Bears host the New Orleans Saints for Game 7 of the season. The game marks this year’s Crucial Catch Game raising awareness for breast cancer.

Where: Soldier Field, 1410 Museum Campus Dr.

When: Sunday, 3:25 p.m.

Cost: Varies