Fall Preview Week 2013: Top Ten Chicago Events for Fall 2013

Fall Preview Week 2013: Top Ten Chicago Events for Fall 2013
32,000 jack-o-lanterns are lined up in Highwood's mission to break the Guinness Book record at Pumpkin Fest

From apple picking to Christkindlmarket, from 90 degrees to below freezing, that’s fall in Chicago. Here are ten events that you won’t want to miss on day 4 of Show Me Chicago’s Fall Preview Week.

Click here for 2015 Fall Events Calendar.

1. Open House Chicago

Open House Chicago is a free event curated by the Chicago Architecture Foundation that offers a behind-the-scenes look at over 150 Chicago buildings including private clubs, office spaces and other areas not normally open to the public. Tour well-known and little-known Chicago places including a Frank Lloyd Wright house, the member’s only Foundation Room at the House of Blues or go onstage and backstage at Jay Pritzker Pavilion and lots more. Click here for a complete list of sites. October 19th and 20th.

2. Museum Day Live!

Museum admission can often cost up to $100 for a family of four, that’s why Museum Day Live! is such a great deal.  The day, this year on Saturday, September 28th, offers free admission at nearly 1500 museums nationwide. It is sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine. In Chicago participating museums include: Adler Planetarium, Chicago History Museum, MCA, and the Swedish American Museum.  Click here to sign up for two free tickets and to see the complete list of participating museums.

3. The Chicago Humanities Festival

The Chicago Humanities Festival offers access to cultural, artistic and educational programing featuring celebrities and experts in the field of humanities.  This year’s festival will explore the theme of Animal: What Makes Us Human with 88 events throughout Chicago in October and November 1st through the 10th. Special October events include: Morry and Dolores Kohl Kaplan Northwestern Day on October 13 on the Northwestern University campus, and the seventh annual Hyde Park Day on October 20 on the University of Chicago campus.  Click here for tickets and information.

4. A Horror Festival

Scare up some fun at 9th annual Music Box of Horrors 24-Hour Horror Festival featuring horror films and entertainment on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20. A great line-up of films sure to frighten the bravest of viewers plus live appearances by directors William Lustig and David Schmoeller plus others, TBA.  Click here for tickets.  

5. Chicagoween

Halloween in Chicago is not just a day, it’s a season.  In addition to the numerous costume parties, haunted houses and more that pop up around town, the City of Chicago offers a string of free events including turning Daley Plaza into Franken Plaza. The City celebrations usually kick off the second week in October. A complete list will be on the City of Chicago website soon.

6. The Third Thursday in November

The third Thursday in November is Beaujolais Nouveau Day. According to French law the Beaujolais Nouveau wine, produced from the Gamay grape that grows in the countryside of the Beaujolais region of France, cannot be released until a second after midnight on the third Thursday of November–then the race is on to be the first to serve and consume the new batch of the Nouveau.  Loved by the masses and hated by wine snobs, Beaujolais Nouveau wine is a fun excuse to celebrate. Chicago always has a handful of celebrations. Click here for a link to some of last year’s parties.

7.  The 49th Chicago International Film Festival

It’s not Cannas or Toronto but it’s close. Chicago puts out the red carpet for the 49th Chicago International Film Festival October 10th through October 24th.  Big names, glamorous events plus screenings of over 150 films from 50 countries and more. Click here for tickets and all event information.

8. Highwood Pumpkin Festival

A tiny hamlet, 23 miles from Chicago, is becoming “Festival Central” on Chicago’s North Shore.  From Garlic Fest to Bloody Mary Fest to Babes and Hogs, Highwood is happening and bringing in tons of people from the city.  Their biggest fest of all, Pumpkin Fest 2013 features street vendors, a parade, live music, haunted hay rides, pony rides, petting zoo, food, drinks, and  pumpkin carving in downtown Highwood. Thursday, October 17, Friday, October 18, and Saturday, October 19 plus a 5 K Pumpkin Run and Kids Dash on Sunday October 20th at 9 a.m.

9.  A Behind the scenes look at The Little Mermaid and Pirates of the Caribbean

Explore nine decades of Disney history and artifacts in Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, opening at MSI on October 16, (the 90th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company). The exhibition celebrates this milestone of imagination, innovation and entertainment with nearly 300 artifacts, many which have not been widely seen by the public. Click here for tickets.

10. Christmas market

Christkindlmarket is an open-air European holiday market on Daley Plaza featuring traditional art, handmade gifts, German foods, choirs, carolers, and an opening ceremony. Free. November 26 through December 24.

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