Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - October 18 and 19

Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - October 18 and 19.

1. Skelebration
Redmoon Theater
2120 S. Jefferson St. (Pilsen)
Saturday, October 18, 1, 4 and 7 pm
Sunday, October 19, 1 and 4 pm
$20 for adults, $12 kids (ages 4-  17), free for kids 3 and under

This weekend marks the rerun of Redmoon's family-friendly Halloween event - Skelebration. For two weekends, Skelebration takes over the Redmoon Theater in Pilsen, inviting families to partake in an "otherworldly playground" that brings to life the seasonal rituals of Halloween. Throughout the space, families can enjoy interactive music, movie, play and culinary experiences, including a UFO Carousel kids can ride to soar off into space; a live-animation, adventure movie told as two scrolls unfold in front of your eyes; and a deviled egg cooking class led by "the devil." Together, it all adds up to one of the most unique, interactive and entertaining Halloween experiences in the Chicago area.

2. The Best of Bucharest
Little Bucharest Bistro
3661 N Elston Ave. (Irving Park)
Saturday, October 18, 12 pm - 12 am
$24 per person for the buffet

On Saturday, Little Bucharest Bistro brings the "best of Bucharest" to its home in the Irving Park neighborhood of Chicago. In addition to enjoying a Romanian buffet meal (with roasted lamb and pig), families can stomp grapes, sip on grape juice, and watch gypsy minstrels and dancers.

3. Minimón
Instituto Cervantes of Chicago
31 W. Ohio St. (River North)
Saturday, October 18, 5 pm
Sunday, October 19, 1 pm
Free admission; advance reservations required

Presented by the Nats Nus Dansa Company, Minimón tells the story of a girl named Lua who loves to discover imaginative worlds created by children. When kids are away, Lua sneaks out and explores the creations they've left behind, and then leaves behind new games and ideas for them to discover. Following the performance, kids can participate in a workshop to help them explore and uncover their own imaginative ideas and emotions though movement.

4. Open House Chicago
Various locations
Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19
Free admission

This weekend, you can get free, behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings across the Chicago, including many that are rarely open for the public. It's all part of the Chicago Architecture Foundation's annual Open House Chicago festival. During the two-day event, you can take your pick of buildings to step inside and explore to your heart's content.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation recommends several sites especially for kids, including the Pritzker Pavilion (201 E. Randolph St.), The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (230 S. LaSalle St.), Columbia Yacht Club (111 N. Lake Shore Dr.), Columbian Model & Exhibit Works (1528 W. Adams St.), Ignite Glass Studios (401 N. Armour St.), Threadless Warehouse (1260 W. Madison St.), Firehouse Chicago (1545 W. Rosemont Ave.), Garfield-Clarendon Model Railroad Club (4501 N. Clarendon Ave.), and several more.

Throughout the festival, the Chicago Architecture Foundation is offering free, drop-in family programming at the Railway Exchange Building located at 224 S. Michigan Ave. Families also can participate in the City of Big Data program from 11 am - 3 pm on Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19 in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. The program invites families to learn about big data through its Chicago: City of Big Data exhibition and then use their new ideas to create new buildings for Chicago's Loop out of LEGOs.

5. Pilsen Open Studios
18th St. Corridor
18th St. between Western Ave. and Halsted St. (Pilsen)
Saturday, October 18, 12 - 8 pm
Sunday, October 19, 12 - 6 pm
Free admission (additional cost for some curated tours/walks)

During the 12th annual Pilsen Open Studios event, you can explore local, independent studios located throughout the culturally diverse and dynamic Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. This year, more than 50 artists will showcase their work in more than 30 studios, alternative spaces and galleries. As part of the event, you can participate in a tour of the different murals that have been created in Pilsen over the last last 30 years.

This event is the perfect excuse to spend an afternoon exploring Pilsen with your family.

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