2014.10.31 (wk904)
Oh wow.
Movie: "Goodbye to Language 3D" now playing at select theaters.
Movie: "The Great Invisible" now playing at select theaters.
..-Fr: Pumpkin Farms at Many locations.
..-Fr: World's Best Costume Shop at Fantasy HQ.
..-Fr: "The Fear" at Navy Pier (We-Su).
..-Fr: Dream Reapers Haunted House in Melrose Park.
..-Sa: Scream Scene Haunted House Skokie (Fr/Sa).
..-Sa: Rocky Horror Picture Show at Music Box Theatre.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur.
..-Fr: Farmers Markets at Various city locations.
Ongoing: Chicago Humanities Fest downtown.
..-Mo: Dance Chicago at Athenaeum Theatre.
Fr: Halloween - BoooOOOoooOOOoooOOOooo!
Fr: Critical Mass at Daley Plaza.
Fr: Chicago Movie Sing-A-Long & Costume Party at Auditorium.
Fr: North Halsted Halloween Parade at Boystown.
Fr: Hardwell at UIC Pavilion.
Fr: Stars Halloween Bash at Double Door.
..-Sa: Freaky Deaky at Aragon Ballroom.
Fr: Improvised Shakespeare at IO Theatre.
Fr: Halloween-Ski at Portage Theater.
Fr: Boneshaker at Redmoon Central.
Fr: Night of the Stripping Dead at Admiral Theater.
Fr: Vaudezilla! Halloween Show at Stage 773.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Sa: All Saints Day.
Sa: World Vegan Day.
Sa: College of Complexes at Hilltop Restaurant.
Sa-Su: Alt-J at Riviera Theatre.
Sa: Ukulele Cabaret at Silvie's Lounge.
Sa: Freakeasy Dead Celebrities party at Metro.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Sa: El Circo Cheapo Cabaret at Aloft Circus Arts.
Sa: Hair Banger's Ball 13th Anniversary at Joe's Sports Bar.
Su: Daylight Saving Time ends.
Su: All Souls Day.
Su: Nik Wallenda's Skyscaper Walk at 50 stories over the river near Dearborn.
Su: New cartoons on FOX.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Su: Madonnarama at Berlin.
Mo: Hot Chocolate run at Grant Park.
Mo: Movieoke at Whistler.
Mo: Pron and Chicken Dance Party at evilOlive.
Tu: Midterm Elections at Polling places everywhere.
Tu: Open Gov Hack Night at 1871.
Tu: Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen.
We: Guy Fawkes day.
We: Tributosaurus at Martyrs'.
We: Magic Chicago at Stage 773.
We: South Park new episode on COM.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
Th: Full Moon.
Th: National Men Make Dinner Day.
Th: Ringling Bros, B&B Circus at Allstate.
Th: Big C Jamboree at Martyrs'.

Movie:    ^
"Goodbye to Language 3D" now playing.
Jean-Luc Godard's newest.
Theaters Everywhere.

"The Great Invisible" now playing.
A documentary on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion as seen through the eyes of oil executives, survivors and Gulf Coast residents who experienced it first-hand and then were left to pick up the pieces while the world moved on.
Theaters Everywhere.

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.

Seasonal:    ^
Pumpkin Farms. -2014.10.31 Yearly.
Great fall family fun for all ages.
Many locations.

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.

"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.
Navy Pier, 312/595-PIER, 600 E Grand.

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.

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.
Skokie Park District, 847/674-1500 x0, 4701 Oakton, Skokie. At Water Playground.

Rocky Horror Picture Show. -2014.11.01 Yearly. 18+ $15+ 11:45p.
Large experienced cast entertains along with the movie.
Music Box Theatre, 773/871-6604, 3733 N Southport.

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.
Castle, 312/266-1944, 632 N Dearborn.

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;
Various city locations.

Ongoing:    ^
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.
Various downtown locations.

Dance Chicago (since 1995). -2014.11.03 Yearly. All ages. $25+ Various times. 8:15p.
100s of performers, 100s of works.
Athenaeum Theatre, 773/935-6875, 2936 N Southport.

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

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,

Friday 2014.10.31:    ^
* Halloween - BoooOOOoooOOOoooOOOooo! Yearly.
Perfect wedding night or birthday.

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.

Chicago Movie Sing-A-Long & Costume Party. All ages. Free 6p.
W/ period inspired cocktails, cabaret artist, 1920s costume contest, more.
Auditorium, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress. Downtown.

North Halsted Halloween Parade (since 1997). Yearly. All ages. Free 5p reg. Step off 7p.
Iconic annual parade is the city's most outrageous and imaginative Halloween celebrations. Thousands watch, dozens perform. Big costume prizes.
2014 Theme: "Freakshow"
Boystown, Halsted at Belmont. Marches North to Cornelia, then back to Roscoe.

Hardwell. 18+ $40-82 8-11:30p.
UIC Pavilion, 312/413-5700, 525 S. Racine.

Stars Halloween Bash (since 1997). Local bands appear costumed as other famous bands. Yearly. 21+ $10-20 Doors 8p. 8p.
Rebel Rebel as David Bowie, AM Taxi as The Kinks, The Noise FM as The Police, Blackbox as Oasis, Hessler as Guns N' Roses.
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee. Wicker Park, near Blue line Damen stop.

Freaky Deaky (since 2011). -Saturday Yearly. 18+ $30+ 2 nites. 8p-?a.
W/ Flux Pavilion, G-Eazy, Kennedy Jones, Louis The Child, Robot Dentist, Dakota, ...
Aragon Ballroom, 773/561-9500, 1106 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence stop.

Improvised Shakespeare. Fr/Th 18+ $14 10:30p+8p.
Based on audience suggestion The Co creates a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style with ALL the typical elements.
IO Theatre, 773/880-0199, 3541 N. Clark.

Halloween-Ski. 21+ $25 8:30p.
A spooky, rockin' Halloween party with Polish twist. Live music, DJs, costume contests, prizes, tasty foods, etc.
Portage Theater, 773/736-4050, 4050 N. Milwaukee.

Boneshaker (since 2010). Yearly. Ages? $75 9p-?a.
1000 revelers enjoy Redmoon's signature site-specific design and unique interactive contraptions. Expect fire performances, fantastic food, specialty drinks, dancing, Celestial Swing, UFO Carousel, Pastry Wheel, acrobats and hours of unimaginable entertainment.
Redmoon Central, 312/850-8440, 2120 S. Jefferson St.

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

Vaudezilla! Halloween Show. 18+ $18 10:30p.
W/ Red Hot Annie, Mister Junior, Titty Perkins, Dirty Devlin, Raven Gemini, Zara Estelle, Willy LaQueue, Sadie O'Swirl, Maureen San Diego, Peaches N Cream, plus AERIAL act from Meghan Sane. Costume contest with big prizes.
Stage 773, 773/327-5252, 1225 W. Belmont. Near Racine.

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.

* NOCTURNA HALLOWEEN PARTY (since 1989). Hosted by Scary Lady Sarah, Yearly. 18+ $15+ 11:45p-5a.
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.

Saturday 2014.11.01:    ^
All Saints Day. Yearly.
Christian holiday honors all known and unknown saints, observed with a feast. Observed as "Day of the Dead" (El Dia de los Muertos) in Mexico.

* World Vegan Day (since 1944). Yearly.

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.
11.01: The Origins of Free Markets - from imperialism to neo-liberalism.
Hilltop Restaurant, 2800 W Foster. At California.

Alt-J. -Sunday All ages. ~$40 2 7:30p.
W/ Lovelife.
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4746 N Racine.

Ukulele Cabaret. 21+ Free 8p-12a.
Open Ukulele mic for songs on the theme of Halloween / Day of the Dead.
Silvie's Lounge, 773/871-6239, 1902 W Irving Park Rd. At Wolcott.

** Freakeasy Dead Celebrities party. 21+ $30+ 9p-5a.
Special art, music and performances including EnviroEncroachment, aerialists, body painting, fire spinners, more.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

"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.

* El Circo Cheapo. 1st Saturdays $10-ish. 7+10p.
Outstanding local circus artists perform a casual and intimate show. Sells out. "BYO Picnic Basket"
Aloft Circus Arts, 2041 W Carroll #306.

Hair Banger's Ball 13th Anniversary. 21+ $25 Doors 8p. Show 10:30p.
Tribute to The Decade of Decadence. Bring your lighter for classics by Def Leppard, Poison, Motley Crue, Ratt etc.
Joe's Sports Bar, 312/337-3486, 940 W Weed.

Sunday 2014.11.02:    ^
Daylight Saving Time ends. Set clocks back to 1a. 1st Sunday in November Yearly. 2a.
Daylight Saving Time (DST) denotes the period of the year when clocks are set ahead one hour. Settings clocks ahead in the summer (spring ahead), and back in the winter (fall back) allows the clock hour to better match the cycle of daylight and night. This provides more daylight time during waking hours. DST was originally suggested by Benjamin Franklin in 1784. It began to be commonly observed during World War I. DST was formally adopted through the Uniform Time Act of 1966, then changed by a few weeks in 2007. Daylight Savings Time starts on the second Sunday in March.

All Souls Day. Yearly.
Christian holiday set aside for paying respect to the dead.'_Day

* Nik Wallenda's Skyscaper Walk. All ages. Free 6p.
Daredevil walks the most daring feat of his career, without net or harness. First from Marina City West Tower to Leo Burnett Building, then from the West Tower to the East Tower BLINDFOLDED!
50 stories over the river near Dearborn., Between Leo Burnett Bldg (35 W Wacker) to Marina City towers (300 N State).

New Fox cartoons. Sundays All ages. Free 6p.
May include Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, American Dad, more.

"Adult Swim" Sundays All ages. Free 10p-12a.
Extraordinary block of popular and leading-edge absurdist cartoonage.
TOON. On cable.

Madonnarama. 1st Sundays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
All Madonna music and videos all night with DJ Riley York. Classics, rare tracks, remixes, etc.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

Monday 2014.11.03:    ^
Hot Chocolate run. Yearly. All ages. $48-65 7-11a.
15/5k through downtown Chicago.
Grant Park, 312/744-3370, Columbus and Congress. Easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.

Movieoke. 1st Mondays 21+ $? 9p.
Read along to perform, over 200 scenes to choose from.
Whistler, 773/227-3530, 2421 N Milwaukee.

Stewart / Colbert. Mo/Tu/We/Th Reruns several times a day. 10-11p.
Brilliant awards winning "news" shows.
COM. On cable.

Pron and Chicken Dance Party. Mondays 21+ $? 10p-?a.
"A safe haven for all things lewd & crude, lascivious & licentious."
11.03: VooDoo Island Banger.
evilOlive, 773/235-9100, 1551 W Division.

Tuesday 2014.11.04:    ^
**** Midterm Elections. Choose the lessers of many evils. after 1st Monday. Every fourth year.
Polling places everywhere.

Open Gov Hack Night. Tuesdays All ages. Free 6-10p.
"Volunteers create web apps with open data to improve transparency, efficiency, and decision-making for governments and our democracy."
1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza. 12th Floor.

Chicago Underground Comedy. Tuesdays 21+ $5 Doors 9p.
"The Hippest, Hottest Stand-Up Showcase to Emerge in Years" +good menu & booze.
Beat Kitchen, 773/281-4444, 2100 W Belmont.

Wednesday 2014.11.05:    ^
Guy Fawkes day. Yearly.
Anniversary of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot kill the English king and parliament.

Tributosaurus. Monthly. 21+ $20+ 7p.
"The Jurassic beast with multiple musical faces. A different band every month, featuring local music celebrities."
11.05: Becomes Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.

Magic Chicago (since 2004). 1st Wednesdays All ages. $25 7:30p.
Monthly showcase of skilled local magicians. Lobby bar, nearby chow.
11.05: Starring The Spellbinder, Walter King, Joshua Lozoff, Nick Roy.
Stage 773, 773/327-5252, 1225 W. Belmont. Near Racine.

South Park NEW EPISODE. Wednesdays All ages. Free 9p.
COM. On cable.

"In One Ear" (since 1988). Poetry Open Mic. Wednesdays 18+ $3 10p-?a.
"2nd Longest Running Open-Mic In Chicago!"
Heartland Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood. Near Red Line Morse stop.

Thursday 2014.11.06:    ^
Full Moon ("Beaver"). Always adds an interesting twist. 4:30p.

National Men Make Dinner Day. 1st Thursday in November Yearly.
"One guaranteed meal cooked by the man of the house one day of the year."

Ringling Bros, Barnum & Bailey Circus (since 1871!). Yearly. All ages. $11-50 Various times.
"Legends" Blue Tour.
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.

Big C Jamboree (since 1991). 1st Thursdays 21+ Free 9:30p-?a.
Longest running local Rockabilly night. Multiple bands perform 40s-50s style swing, blues, rock-n-roll, swiftly and simply to a jumpin party crowd, many in period getups.
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.

Attractions:    ^
Many great exhibits of local works and curated collections. All ages. Free. Mo-Th 8a-7p, Fr 8a-6p, Sa 9a-6p, Su 10a-6p.
With various special events, music and performances almost every day.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/744-6630, 78 E Washington. SE of State/Lake train stops.

Various good modern art shows. All ages. $0-12, Free Tu 10a-8p, Mo closed, We-Su 10a-5p.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.

With Giant Ferris Wheel, IMAX theatre, historic carousel, a*mazing Chicago ride, classic spinning swing ride, new mini-golf course, major VR games, food court, quality restaurants and bars, stained glass window museum, enclosed garden, wonderful specialty shops, children's museum, water taxis, several cruise lines and the Shakespeare Theatre.
Summer: 10a-10p Su-Th, 10a-midnt Fr-Sa; Fall: Mo-Th 10a-9p, Fr+Sa 10a-11p, Su 10a-7p; Winter: 10a-8p Mo-Th, 10a-10p Fr-Sa, 10a-7p Su.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. On-site parking, or Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.

See how the universe works. All ages. $10-18+ Mo-Fr 9:30a-4:30p (-10p 1st Fridays), Sa/Su 9a-4:30p, closed xmas, open -6p 12.26-1.5.
Much high tech exhibitry.
Adler Planetarium, 312/922-7827 (STAR), 1300 S Lake Shore.

Masterpieces. All ages. $0-18 Mo/Tu/We/Fr 10:30a-5p, Th 10:30a-8p, Sa/Su 10a-5p, closed xgiving+xmas.
And other interesting permanent and visiting exhibits.
Art Institute, 312/443-3500, 210 S Michigan.

World class gardens. Easy to get to. All ages. $8.75 parking. 8a-sunset, closed xmas.
385 acres, 23 gardens, 9 islands, prarie simulation, oriental features, miniature railway, produce, shows, restaurant, more...
Chicago Botanic Gardens, 847/835-5440, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe.

Quality exhibits and activities for young minds. All ages. $0-14, Free Th 5-8p. 10a-5p.
Chicago Children's Museum, 312/527-1000, Navy Pier.

Natural History done right. All ages. $6-12. Last entry 4p, closed xmas. 9a-5p.
"Sue" permanent dinosaur exhibit, insects, anthropology, world culture, geology, ecology, much more.
Field Museum, 312/922-9410, Roosevelt at Lake Shore Drive.

Exhibits covering 4000 years of surgical history. Not for the squeamish. All ages. $3-6, Free Tuesdays. Tu-Sa 10a-4p. Closed 12.24-25, 12.31-1.1.
International Museum of Surgical Science, 312/642-6502, 1524 N Lake Shore.

World class zoo. Now with web cams. All ages. Free (Building hours vary) 9a-6p.
Lincoln Park Zoo, 773/742-2000, 2200 N Cannon.

Consistent world class wonderland, set aside a whole day. All ages. $6-11 +parking/movies, Sometimes free. Mo-Sa 9:30a-4p, Su 11a-4p.
Exhibits include clock (possibly the best historical collection in existence), trains, toys, flight, genetics, chemistry, coal, petroleum, human body slices, cyberspace, farming, the U-505, TONS of space flight tech, and much more.
Museum of Science and Industry, 773/684-1414, 57th at Lake Shore.

Truly stunning world class aquarium. $11-18, some deal days. Sa/Su 9a-6p, Mo-Fr 9a-5p (-6p in summer), some later days.
Rear outside deck has the city's best skyline view. Now with web cams.
Shedd Aquarium, 312/939-2438, 1200 S Lake Shore.

Notes:    ^
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