Show Me Chicago's top 9 things to do October 21, 22 and 23

1. The Halloween Gathering & Parade


It’s year two for the the Chicago Cultural Mile’s Halloween Gathering Festival and Parade. The gathering takes place this Saturday, October 22 starting at 2 pm. (until 5 pm.) with a Festival in Millennium Park and Sir George Solti Garden.

The Spectacle Parade steps off along Columbus Dr. from Balbo St. to Monroe St. from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

2. Beers to you at Dovetail Brewery

Bill Wesselink, and Hagen Dost, co-founders of Dovetail Brewery

Bill Wesselink, and Hagen Dost, co-founders of Dovetail Brewery

Dovetail Brewery, a Chicago-based brewer of authentic German and Belgian style beers will host a Frühschoppen–a gathering where friends meet up to enjoy a beer on Sunday morning.

Dovetail’s Frühschoppen takes place in their taproom at 1800 W. Belle Plaine (at North Ravenswood Avenue) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, October 23.

Click here for more about Dovetail Brewery and the celebration.

3. Zombies vs. Vampires Pub Crawlhalloweenpubcrawl

Wicker Park flaunts their spirit at their annual Zombies vs. Vampires Pub Crawl on Saturday, October 22. Registration required. Public transportation strongly suggested.

4. Halloween at Navy Pier

A host of Halloween fun and games is coming to Navy Pier this weekend and next.

There’s scary movies, Pier-wide trick-or-treating, a costume contest, a Haunted Maze, Halloween-themed boat cruises and parties, a spooktacular fireworks show and more.

Click here for the full schedule of events.  October 22, 23 and 28-31.

5. Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanternscbgfall-bulb-festival-0303

The grounds of the Chicago Botanic Garden will be a boo-ti-ful sight at the garden’s new for 2016 fest, Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns.

A spooktacular assortment of Jack-o’-Lanterns, some as large as 150 lbs., will be decked out for the occasion.

The LED-lit jack-o’-lanterns will hold court along a hallowed paved pathway, starting at the Esplanade.

The Garden will be populated by a assortment of characters along with ghostly trains in the Model Railroad Garden.

Seasonal treats including apple doughnuts, cider, and ale will be available for sale.

The fest runs Thursday – Sunday, October 20 – 23, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. The Garden will close each day at 5 p.m. and will reopen at 6 p.m. for ticketed events.

6. The Riverwalk Opening Weekend Festival

City Winery Riverwalk. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

City Winery Riverwalk. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Check out the final phase of the Riverwalk, which opens this weekend with a family festival on Saturday.

The Environmental Encroachment, a Chicago-based marching band and performance art troupe, will headline the day of free family entertainment from 10:30am-3pm. featuring music, face painting, balloon artists and Halloween processions at 11 am and 1 pm.

The three new sections, or “rooms,” of the Riverwalk are:

  • The Water Plaza: A water feature for children and families to engage with water at the river’s edge. (From LaSalle to Wells.)
  • The Jetty: A series of piers and floating wetland gardens with interactive learning about the ecology of the river, including opportunities for fishing and identifying native plants. (From Wells to Franklin.)
  • The Riverbank: An accessible walkway and new marine edge creates access to Lake Street and features a public lawn at the confluence. It provides an accessible route from lower to upper Wacker and Lake Street. The City is continuing to explore possibilities for how the room can be developed. (From Franklin to Lake.)

7. Boo at the ZooWEBSITE BOO 1250X500

Boo at the Zoo has games and family activities, a hayrides, a costume parade and more at 1 p.m. at the Brookfield Zoo. October 22-23 and 29-30.

8. Nightmare on Walton

nightmareonwaltonThe Drake Hotel’s popular Nightmare on Walton returns this season with a series of October Halloween events in Palm Court. Drake Hotel, 140 E Walton Pl.

Special events include: Movie Monday’s:  October  24th-Nosferatu; 31st-Night of the Living Dead, Free admission. 6:30 pm. Specialty cocktails: Witch’s Brew, Spooky Sangria, Terrotini (for purchase) and more.

9. The Cubs in October

Photo: Chicago Tribune

Photo: Chicago Tribune

…And don’t forget, the Cubbies will be back in Wrigley Field Saturday night–hoping to get the final W they need to advance to the World Series (depending on the outcome of tonight’s game)–if not, the 7th game in the series, if needed, takes place on Sunday at Wrigley. Go Cubbies!!!

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