1. Long Grove Apple Fest…A Great Way to Spend the Day Anyway you Slice It.
Welcome fall at this three day festival kicking off Friday, September 30 and continuing through Sunday, October 2. The quaint Village of Long Grove goes all out for this fest with vendors lining the streets with bushels of apple-inspired treats from brown bag apple pies and apple cider donuts to hot apple cider, caramel apple lattes, apple martinis, and more. The fest also features entertainemnt on two stages with folk, bluegrass, country, rock and jazz. Kids activities include pony rides, kiddie rides, face painting and educational booths. Long Grove is located in Chicago’s northern suburbs, near Routes 53 and 83, north of Lake-Cook Rd. For more information, phone the Visitor’s Information Center at (847) 634-0888.
2. See Wrigley at Wrigley.
Saturday, October 1 is Movie Night at Wrigley Field. See “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” the John Hughes movie filmed in Chicago that includes scenes from Wrigley Field. The movie will be shown on multiple screens positioned in the outfield. Tickets are available at Groupon.com, Cubs.com and the Wrigley Field box office. Admission costs $10 for bleachers, $25 for lawn seating (blankets allowed, but no chairs) and $75 for VIP lawn seating with food and drink at the stadium’s Captain Morgan Club. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and there will be a coordinated group-singing of “Danke Schoen,” which Matthew Broderick’s title character lip-syncs in the film. Movie, 7:30p.m.
3. Cowboy’s Back in Town...Trace Adkins at the Auditorium Theater. The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (ATRU) and US 99.5 welcome country star Trace Adkins to the Auditorium Theatre Sunday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Craig Campbell opens. Tickets are $45 – $80, and are available online at ticketmaster.com, by calling (800) 982-2787 or in-person at ATRU’s Box Office (50 E. Congress Parkway).
4. 41st Annual Pilsen East Artists’ Open House Kicks off Chicago’s Artist Month.
Get the inside on the world of the working artist at this three day event featuring 60 participating artists studios, galleries and artist living spaces covering a 6-block area of Pilsen. Pick up your self-guided walking tour at the Information Center at 1821 S. Halsted. Friday, September 30, 6:00 to 10:00p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, noon to 7:00p.m.
5. Seeing Orange at Chicagoween – October 1 – 31, 2011.
Chicago’s Daley Plaza turns into Franken Plaza the last week of October, and features hay rides, pumpkin decorating, storytellers, and acrobats Midnight Circus. Other Halloween events take place throughout the city all month.
6. Designing Women (and Men) at Design Harvest 2011.
The best local makers and collectors of design objects will once again pop-up shop in an aesthetic marketplace at the 2nd Annual Design Harvest Festival, Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2. The celebration of home and garden design features the contemporary and sustainable innovations along West Grand Avenue – Chicago’s new “Design District” – in addition to advice from design experts like Nate Berkus. In addition to design, there will be food. Between design vendor tents, fest-goers can enjoy family hay rides or stroll hand-in-hand enjoying stationary food vendors including: Cevapcici (delicious casing-less sausage from beer/pork/lamb), Mana (local / veggie items), Big Delicious Planet, and Intelligentsia (serving freshly brewed coffee). Plus, Design Harvest features a number of food trucks, including: Gaztro-Wagon with uber-popular Matt Maroni, Tamale Spaceship (excellent tamales and Mexican wrestling masks), Hummingbird Kitchen, Culture Yogurt Society and Sweet Miss Givings serving up delicious cupcakes and desserts for charity (more food trucks TBA). All this, plus Live Music Programmed by The Hideout.
7. Get Ready to Scream. This haunted house is really scary. The legendary H. H. Holmes, notorious serial killer whose crimes were chronicled in the best seller “Devil in the White City,” returns to the Chicago area this weekend through Halloween when SCREAMS in the Park at Rosemont debuts Saturday, October 1. The immersive haunted house experience is located at the Park at Rosemont, just west of River Road between Bryn Mawr and Balmoral next to Muvicoin Rosemont. Tickets: General admission is $20. Visitors are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance online at www.screamsinthepark.com. Walk-up tickets will be available on site. For more information visit the website or call (847) 868-9279. Parking is free with validation.
8. Another “THRILLER.” The legend continues with a tribute to the “King of Pop” Michael Jackson at Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts this Saturday, October 1 at 8:00p.m. Experience an unforgettable evening featuring music with Thriller: The Legend Continues. The show features 27 of Michael Jackson’s chart-topping hits back to the stage, including “Beat It,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Billie Jean,” “Thriller” and more. Tickets range in price from $15 to $54, and are available by calling (708) 235-2222 or online at www.centertickets.net. The Center is located at 1 University Parkway (Governors Highway and University Parkway), 45 minutes south of the Loop, off I-57 at Sauk Trail. Parking is free.
9. Get Loopy at Open Streets on State. On Saturday, October 1 visitors and Chicagoans alike can dance, bike, skate and more in the street…not just any street but State Street in the heart of Chicago’s Loop. Seven blocks of State Street, from Lake Street to Van Buren will be closed to traffic and open to fun for five hours from 10a.m. to 3p.m. at Open Streets family friendly event presented by the Illinois Center for Broadcasting. For more information, please visit OpenStreetsOnStateStreet.org or call 312 782-9160.
10. Around the Coyote Returns to Bucktown/Wicker Park.
The annual festival of art features works by more than 150 painters, sculptors, photographers, performers, poets and musicians at the Flat Iron building and galleries, live music venues and businesses throughout Wicker Park and Bucktown. Friday, September 30, 6p.m. to 10:00p.m.; Saturday October, 1, noon to 10:00p.m. and Sunday, October 2, noon to 5:00p.m.