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Events this weekend, starting Friday, September 30th, 2016

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Friday 2016.09.30 ^
Fright Fest (since 1991). Redecorated rides and additional Halloween attractions. Fr/Sa/Su -2016.10.30 Yearly. All ages. $$ Various hours. UNCONFIRMED
Come early, use coupons, strategize your visit for best results.
Great America, 847/249-1776, 5312 Grand Ave, Gurnee.

Heart Walk. Yearly. All ages. 11a-1:30p.
Walkathon to fight heart disease. Other area walks on other days or times.
Soldier Field, 312/235-7000, 1410 S Museum Campus Dr. South Lot.

* 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.

Dark Star Orchestra. 18+ $30 8p.
Premier Grateful Dead homage.
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

The Faint. 18+ $30 9p.
W/ Gang of Four, Pictureplane.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

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.
09.30: Harry Potter cosplay variety show and fan event -Midnight.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

Saturday 2016.10.01 ^
Pumpkin Farms. -2016.10.31 Yearly.
Great fall family fun for all ages.
Many locations.

* World Hoop Day. 1st Saturday in October Yearly. All ages. Free.
Promoting the health and spiritual benefits of the perfect plaything.

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.

** Perimeter Ride (since 2002). Yearly. 8:30-12a.
A slow circumnavigation of the city's boundary with lots of stops for site-seeing and snacking. ~82 miles over 15+ hours. Follow on
Buckingham Fountain, 451 S Lake Shore Drive.

AIDS Run/Walk 5K (since 1990). Yearly. Register -8:30a. 10a.
Midwest's largest such pledged event, many thousands expected.
Soldier Field, 312/235-7000, 1410 S Museum Campus Dr.

Best haunted house in Illinois. Threepeat winner of Haunted Illinois vote. -2016.10.31 Yearly. All ages. $15-25, free parking, Su-Th -10p, Fr+Sa 7-11p UNCONFIRMED
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.

Demetri Martin. 18+ $40+ 8p.
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

Sunday 2016.10.02 ^
* Rosh Hashanah. Jewish New Year (5777). Yearly. Sunset to sunset.
"Head of the year" in Hebrew, this day commemorates the creation of the world. It is celebrated on Tishri 1 by the Hebrew calendar, which falls in early autumn. Rosh Hashanah begins the penitential season, culminating ten days later on Yom Kippur. The synagogue service includes the blowing of the Shofar (ram's horn), and liturgy stressing the sovereignty of God. It is customary on the first day, to go to a river or pond, and there to recite tashlich, scriptural verses about repentance and forgiveness. Introspect and resolve to do better.

* Bucktown Apple Pie Party (since 2005). Yearly. All ages. Free 2-5p.
Fun-filled afternoon of music, games, prizes and 200+ homemade apple pies.
Holstein Park, 2200 N Oakley. 2 bks S of Fullerton, 1 bk E of Western.

Ghosts Of Graceland Family Walking Tour. Stroll the big name graves. Sundays in October -2016.10.23 Yearly. All ages. $5-10 2hr 2p UNCONFIRMED
VERY qualified tour guides, lots of interesting history.
Graceland Cemetery, 312/922-3432, 4000 N Clark.

Ziggy Marley. 18+ $40+ 7:30p.
Park West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage.

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.

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