Calling all pizza and beer lovers: you can run off all those extra calories – and for a good cause!  Then do something healthy and head to the Apple Fest . . . or go see a scary movie! So much to do this weekend.  You deserve it!

Chicago Pizza Summit

1. Chicago Pizza Summit

  • When:   October 6, 2019 – 2 pm to 9 pm.
  • Where:  Theater on the Lake, 2401 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60614.

Why this is fun:  There’s no need to debate about which city has the best pizza in the world because nine out of ten Chicagoans agree that ALL pizza is delicious. The Chicago Pizza Summit celebrates thin crust, deep dish and everything in-between with an all-you-can-eat event at Theater on the Lake, where attendees can dig into pies from Lou Malnati’s, Angelo’s, Bacci, Home Run Inn, Pizzeria Uno, Boiler Room and other iconic slice purveyors. The Swill Inn’s Dustin Drankiewicz has even developed a pizza daiquiri that will exclusively be served at the event. Guest can also shop for pizza-themed goods at a pop-up market, view an exhibit organized by the U.S. Pizza Museum and view pizza art created by Ryan Duggan. The festivities take place over two sessions (2-5pm and 6-9pm) and admission includes three beer tickets and a commemorative plate.

For more details, visit the website. 

Chicago Rare and Wild Beer Fest

2. Chicago Rare and Wild Beer Fest

  • When:  October 5, 2019 – 7pm to 11 pm.
  • Where:  The Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago IL 60605.

Why this is fun:  Barrel-aged, funky and sour beers take the spotlight at this annual festival, which takes place in the Field Museum’s Stanley Field Hall. You’ll find rare and sought-after selections from the likes of Funkwerks, 3 Floyds, Collective Arts and more than 60 other breweries in attendance at the festival. Each ticket includes 50 tasting vouchers, which you can use to sample any of the beers being poured.

For more details, visit the website.

Great Pink Run

3. Great Pink Run Chicago

  • When:  October 5, 2019 at 830 am.
  • Where:  Diversey Harbor, 2601 N Cannon Dr, Chicago IL 60657

Why this is fun:  Don a bright pink T-shirt and race around Chicago to benefit Research a Cure, a nonprofit that supports collaborative breast cancer research. Runners will be able to join Dina Bair from WGN-TV for a 5K family fun run or walk or Irish Olympian Sonia O’Sullivan, who will lead the 10K race. The event is open to adults and children, and all funds raised will go toward supporting research efforts at the Ludwig Breast Cancer Research Center at the University of Chicago, which focuses on metastatic disease and ways to inhibit recurrence.

For more details, visit the website.

Lincoln Square Ravenswood Apple Fest

4. Lincoln Square Ravenswood Apple Fest

  • When:  October 5-6, 2019 – 9 am to 6 pm.
  • Where:  Lincoln Square, 4700 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL 60625.

Why this is fun:   You may associate the arrival of autumn with the aroma of pumpkin spice lattes, but in Lincoln Square the season is greeted with the sweet scent of apples. During the annual Apple Fest, a section of Lincoln Avenue hosts bushels of the beloved fruit, in addition to pie, pancakes, biscuits, doughnuts, strudel and other apple-based foods. You’ll also be able to listen to live music throughout the weekend, watch a parade of costumed dogs (Saturday, October 5 at 10am) or show off your skills in an apple pie bake-off (Sunday, October 6 at 10am at Ricochet’s Tavern).

For more details, visit the website.

Campfire Horrors at Northerly Island

5. Campfire Horrors at Northerly Island

  • When:  October 4, 2019 at 845 pm (FREE EVENT).
  • Where:  Northerly Island Park, 1521 S Linn White Dr, Chicago IL 60605.

Why this is fun:  Following last year’s inaugural effort, the Chicago Park District’s “Campfire Horrors” outdoor movie series will officially become an annual event this year, as CPD will host the second edition of the series beginning October 4, and continuing each weekend throughout the month.

Festivities will be on hand for all showings, as the CPD will offer campfires, marshmallows and roasting tongs, as well as hot coffee, tea and cocoa to keep guests warm. Since the screenings are outdoors, audience members are also encouraged to bring blankets or bundle up.

For more details, visit the website.

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