The temperatures are dropping but the fun doesn’t have to stop, check out all the great things to keep you busy this weekend. Enjoy – you deserve it!

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1. The Day of The Dead Parade & Celebration

  • When: Saturday, November 2nd; 2-6:30PM.
  • Where: Dvorak Park; 1119 W Cullerton St, Chicago, IL 60608

Why this is fun: Rooted in Mexican tradition, Dia de Muertos serves as a joyous occasion to celebrate life and honor the memory of loved ones that have passed away. SGA Youth & Family Services hosts of the longest running Dia de los Muertos celebrations in the city, taking place in Dvorak Park.

Attendees will be able to get their faces painted, watch live music and contribute to a gigantic chalk mural on the steps on the park. Hot chocolate and pan de muerto (Mexican sweet bread) will be served, and an afternoon procession will feature large puppets, hand-pushed carts and ofrendas. Guests are encouraged to dress up and bring mobile ofrendas to the parade.

For more details, visit the website. 


2. Hot Chocolate 5K/15K

  • When: Sunday, November 3rd; Start times between 7AM and 8:30AM – check website.
  • Where: Grant Park; 337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601.

Why this is fun: The Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k, coined as America’s Sweetest Race, is brought to you by RAM Racing. Established in 2008, the inaugural Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k ran here, through the streets of Chicago. Since its inception, over 200,000 participants have run for chocolate, making it the fastest growing race series in the nation!

The Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k race features both a 15k (9.3miles) and 5k (3.1miles) distance and all runners are encouraged to join the fun! Participants receive an award winning goodie bag, which they collect at the expo along with their race packet. The chocolate really begins to flow at the Post Race Party where runners enjoy music, Hot Chocolate merchandise, and a finisher’s mugs filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and tasty dippable treats!

For more details, visit the website.


3. Tool + Killing Joke  

  • When: Sunday, November 3rd; 7:30PM.
  • Where: The United Center; 1901 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60612.

Why this is fun:More than a decade after the release of 10,000 Days, prog-metal titans Tool have finally unleashed their fifth full-length album. Years of refinement and rethinking have imbued the heady riffs and unconventional time signatures that populate Fear Inoculum with little of the excitement or unpredictability of Tool’s earlier records. Still, Tool fans have been waiting on the album for large portions of their lives, so they’ll show in droves to hear Maynard Keenan and company break in the new tracks onstage. English post-punk act Killing Joke opens the show.

For more details, visit the website.


4. Nevermore Park

  • When: Thursdays- Sundays, October 31st – December 1st; times vary, check website.
  • Where: Nevermore Park; 949 W. 16th Street, Chicago, IL 60608.

Why this is fun: This 6,000 square foot immersive art experience will transport you into an exciting alternate reality filled with new sights and sounds. Powered by the imagination of artist Hebru Brantley, visitors will get the chance to spend a day in the life of his iconic characters, Flyboy and Lil Mama. Come explore this vibrant community filled with joy, hope, and wonder! Expect the unexpected around every corner.

For more details, visit the website.


5. Taste of Donuts

  • When:  Saturday, November 2nd; 10AM-12PM and 1Pm-3PM.
  • Where: Morgan’s on Fulton; 952 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607.

Why this is fun: Taste of Donuts is the first social media focused donut & coffee event in Chicago. Brought to you by The Underground Donut Tour – America’s Best Donut Tour. This is a family-friendly event with over 15 coffee and donut partners participating, including  Stans Donuts, Roesers Bakery Over the Top Bakery and more!

You should definitely bring your appetite first and foremost! You should also bring your phone and/or camera for all the ‘Grams. If you’re a true professional, you’ll also bring an empty donut box, so you can bring any home you can’t finish off. Unfortunately, no outside food or drink is allowed, so please finish off any coffee or breakfast burritos you have before you arrive.

For more details, visit the website.


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