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Saturday 2014.10.25 ^
Chicago Humanities Fest (since 1990). -2014.11.09 Yearly. Various times.
Hundreds of speakers on a theme of universal interest at dozens of venues.
2014 Theme: Journeys.
http://chicagohumanities.org
Various downtown locations.
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Joffrey Ballet's Swan Lake. -2014.10.26 All ages. $32-170 Various times.
http://joffrey.org
Auditorium, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress. Downtown.
http://auditoriumtheatre.org
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Skelebration (since 2013). Sa/Su -2014.10.26 Yearly. All ages. $0-20 Various times.
"Families are invited into an otherworldly playground for a reinvention of the seasonal rituals of Halloween."
Redmoon Central, 312/850-8440, 2120 S. Jefferson St.
http://redmoon.org
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* Green Festival (since 2002). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $? 10a-6p.
See some of the most innovative and cutting-edge green technologies in over 300 exhibits; everything from eco-fashion and natural home and health products, to solar panels, organic produce, workshops, speakers and networking.
http://greenfestivals.org
Navy Pier, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. Grand Red line stop then free trolley.
http://www.navypier.com
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Jamfest Cheerleading Competition. Pep+Gymnastics+Dance=Art. All ages. Free 10a-6p.
866-JAMFEST http://jamfest.com
UIC Pavilion, 312/413-5700, 525 S. Racine.
http://uicpavilion.com/pavilion/calendar
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Spooky Zoo Spectacular (since 1987). Good outing for kids. Yearly. 11a-2p.
Tens of thousands of costumed kids trick, treat and parade.
Lincoln Park Zoo, 773/742-2000, 2200 N Cannon.
http://www.lpzoo.com
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College of Complexes (since 1951). "The Playground for People Who Think" Saturdays All ages. $3? 2.5hrs 6-11p.
Structured weekly free speech forum with quality lecturers and good American food and bar.
10.25: RaceMan Answers America's Toughest Questions on Race, Inequality & More; author Lowell Thompson speaks on his new book.
312/326-2120 http://collegeofcomplexes.org
Hilltop Restaurant, 2800 W Foster. At California.
http://facebook.com/HilltopChicago
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Captured! By Robots. 17+ $12+ 8p.
http://capturedbyrobots.com
Subterranean, 773/ 278-6600, 2011 W North. Corner of North and Damen in Wicker Park, at Damen blue line stop.
http://subt.net
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Golan/Atomic Party (since 1986). "Fifty Shades of Grave" Yearly. 21+ $75-150 8p-3a.
Noteworthy Halloween shindig, includes open bar, un-dead music, dancing, hors d'oeuvres, prizes.
http://atomicimaging.com
Golan Productions, 312/649-1800, 1501 N Magnolia. West bank of Chicago River.
http://golan.tv
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Dance Chicago (since 1995). -2014.11.03 Yearly. All ages. $25+ Various times. 8:15p.
100s of performers, 100s of works.
http://dancechicago.com
Athenaeum Theatre, 773/935-6875, 2936 N Southport.
http://www.athenaeumtheatre.com
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"Twisted" Saturdays 21+ $0 -11p, $5 -1a, $7+ 9:30p-5a.
"Meet and mingle with a truly diverse crowd. Dress up or dress down... this is the place to be what you want to be!"
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
http://www.berlinchicago.com
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Bass Riot. 2nd/4th Saturdays 21+ $? 10p-3a.
Bi-Weekly Jungle/DnB event.
10.25: DJs Datum, Mistah Skrimshaw, Subverb, Droopy.
http://bedno.com/fb/939347579416022
Underground Lounge, 773/327-2739, 952 W Newport. East of Clark, south of Red Line Addison stop.
http://undergroundloungechicago.com
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Midnight Marauders ride. 18+ Leaves after 11:30p-?a.
"Drinking club with a biking problem" Home after dawn.
http://thechainlink.org/group/midnightmarauders
Billy Goat Tavern, 312/222-1525, 430 N Michigan. Lower Hubbard.
http://billygoattavern.com
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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.
http://neofuturists.org
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Farmers Markets (since 1980). Fresh and charming. -2014.10.31 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Tu: Lincoln Square, Federal Plaza; We: Andersonville; Th: Daley Plaza, Hyde Park; Sa: Austin, Lincoln Park, Near North; Su: WickerPark;
http://chicagofarmersmarkets.us
Various city locations.
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Fright Fest (since 1991). Redecorated rides and additional Halloween attractions. Fr/Sa/Su -2014.10.26 Yearly. All ages. $$ Various hours.
Come early, use coupons, strategize your visit for best results.
Great America, 847/249-1776, 5312 Grand Ave, Gurnee.
http://sixflags.com/greatAmerica
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Pumpkin Farms. -2014.10.31 Yearly.
Great fall family fun for all ages.
Many locations.
http://chicagofun.com/home/halloween/pumpkin_farms.html
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World's Best Costume Shop. -2014.10.31 Yearly. Open 24/7 this week.
Incomparably huge and comprehensive. Some staff costumed.
Fantasy Costume Headquarters, 773/777-0222, 4065 N Milwaukee.
http://fantasycostumes.com
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"The Fear" -2014.10.31 Yearly. Teens+ $5-12 Fr-Su 6-11p.
Evil ship theme with a cargo of feared creatures. Also trick-or-treating, bounty maps, and entertainment Pier-wide.
http://thefearhauntedhouse.com
Navy Pier, 312/595-PIER, 600 E Grand.
http://navypier.com
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Best haunted house in Illinois. Threepeat winner of Haunted Illinois vote. -2014.10.31 Yearly. All ages. $15-25, free parking, Su-Th -10p, Fr+Sa 7-11p.
Regularly overhauled, 14Ksqft, wheelchair access, 22 rooms, 40+ animatronics, 40+ performers, and scary SMELLS!
Dream Reapers Haunted House, 708/344-2084, 1985 N Mannheim, Melrose Park.
http://www.dreamreapers.com
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Scream Scene Haunted House. Spooktacular! Fr/Sa -2014.11.01 Yearly. Not for ages under 10. $10 7-10p.
Over 20 unique rooms. Not for the faint of heart.
http://screamscene.org
Skokie Park District, 847/674-1500 x0, 4701 Oakton, Skokie. At Water Playground.
http://www.skokieparkdistrict.org
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Supernatural Chicago (since 2004). Interactive theatre exploring Chicago's paranormal past. Fr/Sa 21+ $25 7:30-9p.
Hosted by Necromancer Neil Tobin. Hear true Chicago stories of the unexplained, brought to life through audience-involving demonstrations of telepathy, clairvoyance, mediumship and magic -- at one of Chicago's most haunted nightspots. Price includes the show plus two drinks and general admission to the club.
800/979-3370 http://SupernaturalChicago.com
Castle, 312/266-1944, 632 N Dearborn.
http://castlenightclubchicago.com
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Rocky Horror Picture Show. -2014.11.01 Yearly. 18+ $15+ 11:45p.
Large experienced cast entertains along with the movie.
http://midnightmadness.org
Music Box Theatre, 773/871-6604, 3733 N Southport.
http://www.musicboxtheatre.com
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Ghosts Of Graceland Family Walking Tour. Stroll the big name graves. Sundays in October Yearly. All ages. $5-10 2hr 2p.
VERY qualified tour guides, lots of interesting history.
http://architecture.org
Graceland Cemetery, 312/922-3432, 4000 N Clark.
http://graveyards.com
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Farmers Markets (since 1980). Fresh and charming. -2015.10.31 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Tu: Lincoln Square, Federal Plaza; We: Andersonville; Th: Daley Plaza, Hyde Park; Sa: Austin, Lincoln Park, Near North; Su: WickerPark;
http://chicagofarmersmarkets.us
Various city locations.
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Pumpkin Farms. -2015.10.31 Yearly.
Great fall family fun for all ages.
Many locations.
http://chicagofun.com/home/halloween/pumpkin_farms.html
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Ghosts Of Graceland Family Walking Tour. Stroll the big name graves. Sundays in October -2015.10.25 Yearly. All ages. $5-10 2hr 2p UNCONFIRMED
VERY qualified tour guides, lots of interesting history.
http://architecture.org
Graceland Cemetery, 312/922-3432, 4000 N Clark.
http://graveyards.com
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Ongoing ^
Different rock, experimental, jazz, ethnic bands almost every night. 21+ $?
Metro / SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark, Near Red Line Addison stop, metrochicago.com
Darkroom, 773/276-1411, 2210 W Chicago, darkroombar.com
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee, Wicker Park near Blue line Damen stop, doubledoor.com
Empty Bottle, 773/276-3600, 1035 N Western, dive-ish, emptybottle.com
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln, martyrslive.com
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, Highland Pk, ravinia.org
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Fury, Birdman, St. Vincent, Left Behind, The Hero of Color City, The Zero Theorem, Pump, The Maze Runner, Are You Here, Sin City 2, Expendables 3, The Giver, Boyhood, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Guardians of the Galaxy, Lucy, Hercules, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Life Itself, Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Story of Aaron Swartz, Venus in Fur, 22 Jump Street, The Signal, Edge of Tomorrow, ...
Theaters Everywhere.
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WAY too much great theater and comedy and dance to cover.
Pickup Reader and NewCity and TimeOut magazines.
Hundreds of city locations.
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Now playing.
Fury, Birdman, St. Vincent, Left Behind, The Hero of Color City, The Zero Theorem, Pump, The Maze Runner, Are You Here, Sin City 2, Expendables 3, The Giver, Boyhood, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Guardians of the Galaxy, Lucy, Hercules, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Life Itself, Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Story of Aaron Swartz, Venus in Fur, 22 Jump Street, The Signal, Edge of Tomorrow, ...
Theaters Everywhere.
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