Ready for one of the biggest events of the year?  So much to see and do this weekend,  there’s something for everyone.  Enjoy – you deserve it!

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

1. Bank of America Chicago Marathon

  • When:   October 13, 2019 starts at 5:30am.
  • Where: 337 E Randolph St, Chicago IL 60601.

Why this is fun:  Every October, 45,000 runners hit the streets of Chicago and take a 26.2-mile tour of the city by foot. While it’s likely too late to enter the race (and complete weeks of grueling training), you can join tens of thousands of spectators on the city’s streets to cheer on participants as they make their way through the course. The start and finish line in Grant Park aren’t open to the public, but you can head to neighborhoods like Pilsen, Chinatown, Boystown and Lincoln Park to join crowds of onlookers toting handmade signs, blaring music and encouraging all of the runners as they whiz by.

For more details, visit the website. 

Chicago Campfire Festival

2. Chicago Campfire Festival

  • When:  October 12, 2019 from 200 pm – 1100 pm.
  • Where:  Chase Park, 4701 N Ashland Ave, Chicago IL 60640.

Why this is fun:  Bring your own blankets and treats to this annual outdoor event, where campfires, s’mores supply and spooky ghost stories are included in the price of admission. Guests will also enjoy live music, access to a pumpkin patch (where you can buy a gourd to carve at home), a corn maze to get lost in and plenty of activities for the kids. Take advantage of an crisp autumn evening in a beautiful Chicago park before the temperatures take another dive.

For more details, visit the website.

Bacon & Beer Classic

3. Bacon and Beer Classic

  • When:  October 12, 2019 at 100 pm.
  • Where:  Soldier Field, 1410 S Museum Campus Dr, Chicago IL 60605.

Why this is fun:  Solider Field hosts a beer festival that comes with a heaping side of bacon during this annual fall celebration of pork and suds. Taste more than 100 brews while enjoying dishes from Joy District, Chicago Q, Big Fork, the Berghoff and other local restaurants. Stick around to play games, enjoy live music and watch six contestants go head-to-head in bacon eating contest.

For more details, visit the website.

The Universe A Walk Through Space and Time

4. The Universe: A Walk-Through Space and Time

  • When:  October 12-14, 2019 – open daily, check website for details.
  • Where:  Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr, Chicago IL 60605.

Why this is fun:   Transport yourself to the distant corners of the Cosmos and witness how the Universe has evolved over the last 13.7 BILLION years!  Follow the Universe from its humble beginnings and see how galaxies, stars, planets—and all the atoms in your body—were created as the Universe grew. Transport yourself way beyond our Solar System, billions of light-years from home, and investigate the most diverse and beautiful objects in deep space in ultra-high resolution from the world’s most advanced telescopes.

For more details, visit the website.

Learn The Lost Language of Buildings

5. Learn the Lost Language of Buildings

  • When:  October 10-31, 2019 at 100 pm.
  • Where:  Block 37, 108 N State St, Chicago IL 60602.

Why this is fun:  Every building is designed to convey a message—buildings are trying to talk to us. Turns out, it’s a language we’ve forgotten. The greatest classroom in the world is downtown Chicago with its skyscrapers and historic masterpieces. Once you learn how to read architecture, you’ll never look at a building the same way again.

For more details, visit the website.


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