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Friday 2016.10.28 ^
UniverSoul Circus (since 1994). African-American owned, operated and staffed. -2016.10.30 Yearly. All ages. $18-40 Various times.
Ringmasta and at least a dozen acts!
Washington Park, 5531 S Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr.

* Critical Mass (since 1997). Last Fridays All ages Free 5:45p.
THE monthly gathering of bicyclists making their presence known downtown. Unplanned route gently winds a dozen miles or more. Thousands attend in good weather. Includes music, hipsters, athletes, show bikes, so much more. Skaters welcome.
Daley Plaza, 773/486-4861, 50 W Washington. Under the Picasso (giant rusty bird), at Dearborn, SW of State&Lake train stop.

Keith Urban. $40-60+ 7:30p.
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.

* Freaky Deaky (since 2011). -Sunday Yearly. 18+ $30+ 3 nites! 8p-?a.
Doxens of major DJs over three days.
Toyota Park, 7000 S Harlem, Bridgeview. Near 294, 55, orange line.

Night of the Stripping Dead. -Saturday Yearly. 18+ $40+ 2 nites 9p.
Extreme performers, costume contest, zombie strippers, food trucks, ...
Admiral Theater, 773/478-8111, 3940 W Lawrence.

Cosmix. Fridays 21+ $0-5 10p-4a.
"A multimedia music & video dance party where art meets nightlife." Often preceded by theme events. Greg Haus spins Electronica/Indie Alternative dance music.
10.28: Tim Burton inspired cosplay variety show and contest -midnt.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

** NOCTURNA HALLOWEEN PARTY (since 1989). Hosted by Scary Lady Sarah, Yearly. 18+ $15+ 11p-4a.
THE Halloween party for goth/industrial/ethereal community. Includes costume contest with prizes, CD giveaways, frightening film features, treats and more. "For people who live everyday like it's Halloween"
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (since 1988). Fr/Sa/Su All ages? $6-11+ Su 7p, Fr+Sa 11:30p.
30 plays in 60 minutes, lots of improv, very welcoming, sometimes topical.
Neo-Futurarium, 773/275-5255, 5153 N Ashland.

Seasonal ^
Farmers Markets (since 1980). Fresh and charming. -2016.10.31 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Mo: Loyola; Tu: Lincoln Square, Federal Plaza; We: Andersonville; Th: Daley Plaza, Hyde Park, Garfield Park, Willis; Sa: Austin, Lincoln Park, Near North, Horner Park, more; Su: WickerPark;
Various city locations.

Fright Fest (since 1991). Redecorated rides and additional Halloween attractions. Fr/Sa/Su -2016.10.30 Yearly. All ages. $$ Various hours.
Come early, use coupons, strategize your visit for best results.
Great America, 847/249-1776, 5312 Grand Ave, Gurnee.

Halloween in the Parks. -2016.10.31 Yearly.
Kid-friendly events, patches, parties, spooky movies, haunted houses, fall festivals and annual runs.
Many Locations.

Pumpkin Farms. -2016.10.31 Yearly.
Great fall family fun for all ages.
Many locations.

World's Best Costume Shop. -2016.10.31 Yearly. Open 24/7 this week.
Incomparably huge and comprehensive. Some staff costumed.
Fantasy Costume Headquarters, 773/777-0222, 4065 N Milwaukee.

Scream Scene Haunted House. Spooktacular! Fr/Sa -2016.10.29 Yearly. Not for ages under 10. $10 7-10p.
Over 20 unique rooms. Not for the faint of heart.
Skokie Park District, 847/674-1500 x0, 4701 Oakton, Skokie. At Water Playground.

Ghosts Of Graceland Family Walking Tour. Stroll the big name graves. Sundays Yearly. All ages. $15+ 2hr 1:30p.
VERY qualified tour guides, lots of interesting history.
Graceland Cemetery, 312/922-3432, 4000 N Clark.

Ongoing ^
Different rock, experimental, jazz, ethnic bands almost every night. 21+ $?
Metro / SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark, Near Red Line Addison stop,
Darkroom, 773/276-1411, 2210 W Chicago,
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee, Wicker Park near Blue line Damen stop,
Empty Bottle, 773/276-3600, 1035 N Western, dive-ish,
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln,
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, Highland Pk,

Now playing.
Trumpland, The Dressmaker, Snowden, Sully, Lo and Behold Reveries of the Connected World, Florence Foster Jenkins, Sausage Party, Nine Lives, Suicide Squad, Bad Moms, Jason Bourne, Star Trek Beyond, Absolutely Fabulous, Cafe Society, Equals, Ghostbusters, Captain Fantastic, Cell, Zero Days, The Legend of Tarzan, Independence Day: Resurgence, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

WAY too much great theater and comedy and dance to cover.
Pickup Reader and NewCity and TimeOut magazines.
Hundreds of city locations.

Rocky Horror Picture Show. -Monday Yearly. 18+ $15+ 11:45p.
Large experienced cast entertains along with the movie.
Music Box Theatre, 773/871-6604, 3733 N Southport.

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