Fear City Haunted House and Carnivale at Fables Studios

Fear City Chicago will return for the 2013 Halloween season, doubling the scare ratio with its signature, immersive theatre of the mind in a vast warehouse of horror. 2013 will bring the inclusion of Carnivale at Fables Studios, an interactive sideshow of unparalleled proportions. These two forces will unite to provide the ultimate in collaborative thrills and chills with two distinctive haunted attractions in one location: Fear City Chicago 2013 and Carnivale at Fables Studios.

The Southport 18th Annual Holiday Stroll

Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood kicks off the Holiday season with the return of two popular events: The Southport 18th Annual Holiday Stroll (Dec. 6, 5-9 p.m.) and Jolly Palooza (Dec. 7 1-4 p.m.) Both are presented by the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce.

18th Annual Chicago Country Music Festival

Country Music Festival
Location: Soldier FieldSoldier Field
Dates:   Saturday, October 11th, Sunday October 12, 2008
Performances to Catch: TBA
The Chicago Country Music Festival announces its move to the parklands of Soldier Field and will kick off a weekend full of music and activities

57th Annual Columbus Day Parade

Starts: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm 
Columbus Drive, from Balbo to Monroe
Admission: Free

99th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

The 64-foot Colorado Spruce from Prospect Heights nominated by the Theiszman family serves as the City’s official Tree on Daley Plaza this holiday season.

Chicago International Children's Film Festival

The Chicago International Children's Film Festival (CICFF) is the largest annual festival of films for children in the world, programming over 200 films and videos from 40 countries. The Festival showcases the best in culturally diverse, non-violent, value affirming new cinema for children & youth. The festival welcomes 25,000 attendees and including nearly 130 filmmakers, media professionals, and celebrities each year who attend to lead interactive workshops. The CICFF is the only Academy Award qualifying children's film festival in the world.

Chicago International Film Festival

150 films from more than 40 countries.
All in two weeks.
All under one roof.
For 45 years, the Chicago International Film festival has brought you the brightest and boldest new films and filmmakers – from Martin Scorsese and Werner Herzog to Slumdog Millionaire and Reservoir Dogs – first. Did you hang out to chat with The Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky last year?
Or getting an advance look at the year’s hottest films at our exclusive Cinema/Chicago Member screenings?

County Line Orchard

Located in Hobart, Indiana, County Line Orchard is the closest U-Pick apple orchard to downtown Chicago.
Spending a day at the orchard is one of the best family activities around. Come out and make lasting memories with your children hunting for the "perfect" apple, getting lost in the Corn Maize, or visitng with some farm animals in the Kids Farm.

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Community Celebration

November 2, 2006
1119 W. Cullerton -1831 S. Racine
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (performance), 6:00 pm (procession)

Fall In Love With Chicago This Autumn Season!

The autumn season is the perfect time to explore Chicago. With special events on the lakefront, long-awaited museum exhibitions, and an entire month dedicated to showcasing the city's visual artists, the autumn season is the perfect time to explore Chicago.
There is always something to do in Chicago!
Visitors to the city are invited to make their first stop the Visitor Information Center in the Chicago Cultural Center,

Franken Plaza

October 17th-31st, 2008
This Halloween Daley Plaza is re-vamped, as it becomes FRANKEN PLAZA with new performances, movie nights and much more.
Opening night, Friday, October 17 kicks off at 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Presented by the City of Chicago and Meijer, FRANKEN PLAZA continues through Halloween with hours of Monday through Wednesday 11 am, to 3:00 pm and Thursday - Sunday 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. 
Please note: hours on Friday, October 31 from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. 
Admission is FREE

Haunted Sanitarium

Sitting feet away from the waters of Lake Michigan, this haunted house takes place in what used to be a children’s sanitarium. Experience the horrors in 15 different themed rooms, including a crazy dentist, creepy circus and a morge. Before you enter the Haunted Sanitarium, hang out in the Creepy Cafe where refreshments and scary movies will keep your mind off the terrifying trek to come. For ages 13 & over. Anyone 12 & under wishing to enter, must be accompanied by an adult.

Italian Heritage Festival

Celebrate Italian-American Heritage Month with great local cuisine, authentic music, a traditional grape stomping contest, fine art & craft, vino and much more!

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival® presented by BMO Harris Bank
November 19
The holiday fun begins at 11:00am with a day full of live musical performances, celebrity entertainers and family friendly activities along Lights Festival Lane at Pioneer Court. Mickey and Minnie Mouse serve as grand marshals of the evening parade, magically illuminating more than one million lights on 200 trees along The Magnificent Mile®. The parade, which features more than 30 spectacular floats, balloons and marching bands, begins at 5:30pm and is followed by a spectacular fireworks show over the Chicago River at 6:55pm.

McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade

Date: November 22, 2012
Time: 8:30 am to 11:00 am
Location: Downtown Chicago
This family favorite features giant helium balloons, fabulous floats, award-winning marching bands, talented equestrian units, unique performance groups, local and national celebrities.

Noyes Cultural Arts Center

The Noyes Cultural Arts Center is the hub of north Evanston's artistic life. The Center houses an art gallery with six annual exhibitions of area artists, a theatre space available for use by amateur and professional companies, and 28 studios leased to professional arts organizations.


Close out fest season with a weekend of bratwurst, beer and bands as St. Alphonsus, one of the city's oldest churches, celebrates its German roots at the annual street party.

Reeling 28

This is the second-oldest Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in the world, and the premier cultural event for the city's LGBTQ Community and film-appreciating audiences.
Reeling will showcase over 150 innovative gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender films from countries as diverse as the Philippines, Sweden, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Reeling continues to demonstrate the expanding breadth of gay-themed work being produced today by showcasing films representing multi-cultural perspectives and in genres ranging from musical comedy to horror to serious drama to compelling documentaries to introspective experimental, and more.

Roll the Tollway

Ever had a six-lane interstate expressway all to yourself? Neither have we! Get a bicycling sneak of the I-355 extension Nov. 11 before it opens to car traffic. Roll the Tollway tickets are available now . The once-in-a-lifetime bicycling event benefits local bicycle clubs’ efforts to build a trail that runs parallel with I-355.

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