This is one of my favorite weekends of the year. It's always chock full of fun Halloween and fall events - plus all of the typical great events the Chicago has to offer to local and visiting families.
Here's the Raising World Citizens list of the top five events for families in Chicago this weekend - Friday, October 18, Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20.
The 30th annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival returns to Chicago on Friday, Oct. 25. Through Mon., Nov. 3, you and your family can enjoy hundreds of films from more than 40 countries. The festival invites families to explore new cultures and traditions through film, which I absolutely love to do! Check the schedule for film titles, recommended ages, times and locations.
2. The Great Pumpkin Party
Chicago French Market, 131 N. Clinton St. (West Loop)
Sat., Oct. 26, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Anyone looking to get a head start on Halloween should head to the Chicago French Market on Saturday for its annual The Great Pumpkin Party. The free event features a costume party, parade and pumpkin decorating. At noon, you also can trick or treat at the vendors throughout the market. Be sure to RSVP for pumpkin decorating to email@example.com.
3. Halloween Spooktacular 2013
Clark Street in Lincoln Park, between Armitage Ave. and Diversey Pkwy
Event headquarters located at 2320 N. Clark St.
Sat., Oct. 26, 1 - 5 p.m.
The Halloween Spooktacular returns to Clark Street this year, offering a fun, free, kid-friendly holiday event for all to enjoy. The event line up is a packed one, offering families the chance to enjoy street magicians, jugglers, balloon artists, inflatables, costumed characters, crafts, games, refreshments, and of course, trick or treating at local businesses. Be sure to register at the event headquarters upon arrival.
4. Logan Square Outdoor Farmer's Market
3111 W. Logan Blvd. (Logan Square)
Sun., Oct. 27, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
This Sunday is the last week of the Logan Square Outdoor Farmer's Market - the perfect excuse to get a trip to this fun, family-friendly market before it moves indoors for the season. This is one of my favorite markets since it offers a great selection of baked goods, prepared foods, produce and gourmet items from some of the area's top restaurants, cafes and more - including fantastic French baguettes and amazing, fresh tofu. Plus, you can grab a spot on the boulevard to kick back, enjoy the scene and savor your purchases (while it's still in the 50s).
5. Street Art with Yollocalli (Big Draw Chicago)
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington (Loop)
Sat., Oct. 26, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Also as part of Big Draw Chicago, you can celebrate street art with Yollocalli Arts Reach and the National Museum of Mexican Art. The Saturday afternoon events offers participants the chance to practice graffiti art and make your own stencils. After you're done channeling you're inner Banksy, you can visit the new street art exhibition upstairs at the Chicago Cultural Center.
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