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Friday 2014.10.31 ^
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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* Halloween - BoooOOOoooOOOoooOOOooo! Yearly.
Perfect wedding night or birthday.
http://www.halloween.com
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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.
http://massup.us/ccm
Daley Plaza, 773/486-4861, 50 W Washington. Under the Picasso (giant rusty bird), at Dearborn, SW of State&Lake train stop.
http://chicagocriticalmass.org
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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.
http://auditoriumtheatre.org
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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"
http://chicagoevents.com
Boystown, Halsted at Belmont. Marches North to Cornelia, then back to Roscoe.
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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, ...
http://reactpresents.com
Aragon Ballroom, 773/561-9500, 1106 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence stop.
http://aragon.com
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Hardwell. 18+ $40-82 8-11:30p.
http://djhardwell.com
UIC Pavilion, 312/413-5700, 525 S. Racine.
http://uicpavilion.com/pavilion/calendar
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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.
http://improvisedshakespeare.com
IO Theatre, 773/880-0199, 3541 N. Clark.
http://ioimprov.com/chicago/
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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.
http://www.doubledoor.com
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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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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.
http://portagetheater.org
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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.
http://redmoon.org
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Night of the Stripping Dead. Yearly. 18+ $40+ 9p.
Extreme performers, costume contest, zombie strippers, food trucks, ...
http://strippingdead.com
Admiral Theater, 773/478-8111, 3940 W Lawrence.
http://admiralx.com
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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.
http://vaudezilla.com/
Stage 773, 773/327-5252, 1225 W. Belmont. Near Racine.
http://stage773.org
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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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* 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"
http://facebook.com/groups/15090361526
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.
http://metrochicago.com/shows
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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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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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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 ^
"Goodbye to Language 3D" now playing.
Jean-Luc Godard's newest.
http://imdb.com/title/tt2400275
Theaters Everywhere.
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"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.
http://facebook.com/thegreatinvisible
Theaters Everywhere.
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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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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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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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