Whether you are in the mood for some fall outdoor fun or staying toasty indoors, there is something for everyone this weekend. Enjoy – you deserve it!

Chicago Open House

1. Open House Chicago

  • When:   October 19-20, 10am-5pm.
  • Where: Various Locations all over the city, see website for details.

Why this is fun: Want to take a look inside skyscrapers, private clubs, churches, theaters and historic homes throughout the city? The Chicago Architecture Center annual Open House Chicago event offers a behind-the-scenes look at more than 350 buildings spread across 38 neighborhoods—and it’s all absolutely free. This year’s lineup of sites adds locations in new neighborhoods like Old Irving Park and Jefferson Park. In honor of the Year of Chicago Theater, you’ll also be able to step into performance spaces such as the James M. Nederlander Theatre, the Second City and University of Chicago’s new Green Line Performing Arts Center. All tours are first-come, first-served, so plot out your list and prepare to explore Chicago all weekend long.

For more details, visit the website. 

Jack's Pumpkin Pop up

2. Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up

  • When: Now through November 3rd. Monday-Friday: 4pm-10pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am-10pm.
  • Where:  1465 N Elston, Chicago, IL, Main Entrance & Ride Drop Off: 1265 W Le Moyne St, Chicago, IL.

Why this is fun: The Greatest Fall interactive Pop-Up Experience returns to Chicago, Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up is located on over 2 acres in Goose Island. For one month only, join in for a larger than life, outdoor, multi-sensory adventure in the heart of Chicago. Spend an autumn night outside making memories without having to travel to the Suburbs while you get lost in Chicago’s largest corn maze!

Whether you’re seeking a striking nighttime lights display, an outdoor pumpkin-themed party with dozens of fall themed Instagramable memories or a one of a kind corn maze, there’s an experience for everyone. Open nightly rain or Shine!

For more details, visit the website.

Andy Warhold Exhibit

3. Andy Warhol— From A to B and Back Again

  • When: Member previews: 
  • Where: The Art Institute of Chicago; 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60603

Why this is fun: This major retrospective—the first to be organized by a US institution in 30 years—builds on the wealth of new research, scholarship, and perspectives that has emerged since Andy Warhol’s early death at age 58 in 1987. More than 400 works offer a new view of the beloved and iconic American Pop artist, not only illuminating the breadth, depth, and interconnectedness of Warhol’s production across the entirety of his career but also highlighting the ways that he anticipated the issues, effects, and pace of our current digital age.

For more details, visit the website.


4. Jim Gaffigan; The Quality Time Tour

  • When:  October 18-20, 2019 – check website for show times.
  • Where:  Chicago Theatre, 175 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601.

Why this is fun: As a stand-up comedian, Gaffigan’s clever, quiet, and family-friendly style has earned him a a rapid rise through the comedy ranks, and he now stands as one of the country’s most popular comedians. His eponymous sitcom on TV Land, which sadly isn’t coming back for a third season, broadened his appeal still further, to such an extent that he was picked by KFC to be replace Norm McDonald as Colonel Sanders in their TV ads. One of only 10 comedians to ever sell out Madison Square Garden, he’s a New York Times bestseller and a Grammy nominee, as well as a father of five (phew). His latest tour, the Quality Time tour, delves into many of Jim’s favorite topics, from family life to his Catholicism, to battles with various food stuffs (hot pockets beware!).

For more details, visit the website.

Luisa Miller

5. Luisa Miller

  • When:  October 16-31, 2019, show times vary.
  • Where: Lyric Opera House; 20 N Wacker, Chicago, IL 60606.

Why this is fun: Verdi’s sumptuously beautiful romantic drama tells the story of sweet, vulnerable Luisa, who loves Rodolfo, the son of a ruthless, unethical nobleman whom Luisa’s own father loathes. The young couple’s relationship leads to catastrophe in a drama that breathes passion and excitement. Memorable arias (including “Quando le sere al placido,” one of the composer’s greatest tenor hits), breathtaking duets, and thrilling ensembles abound in this tale of star-crossed love and violent jealousy. Lyric’s first presentation of this electrifying work in more than three decades will be a feast for all devotees of Verdi and Italian opera.

For more details, visit the website.


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