Want to know what’s happening this weekend in Chicago? Look no further. Chicago is fully reopened and there’s a whole calendar of exciting events, exhibits, and activities taking place all over the city. This weekend, you can attend an outdoor wine tasting festival, a Day of the Dead exhibit, take a culinary tour of Chinatown, and beyond.

Check out just a few of the top things to do this weekend in Chicago, Oct. 8 – 10, 2021.

Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo
Oct. 8 – 10
Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo

Soak up all that fall has to offer at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Fall Fest, featuring pumpkin carving, face painting, a pumpkin patch, and more.

Friday October 8, 2021 Sunday October 31, 2021
Lincoln Park Wine Fest
Oct 8 – Oct 9
Lincoln Park Wine Fest

Jonquil Park becomes the chicest place in town with the return of Lincoln Park Wine Fest October 8-9, 2021. Wine and food pavilions cover the…

Friday October 8, 2021 — Saturday October 9, 2021
Jonquil Park
1001 W. Wrightwood
Chicago Beer Festival
Oct9
Chicago Beer Festival

Head to the Field Museum to sample fall beers from over 65 breweries with food, music, and a select number of exhibits to enjoy.

Saturday October 9, 2021
Día de Muertos - A Time to Grieve & Remember
Oct. 8 – 10
Día de Muertos - A Time to Grieve & Remember

Our 35th annual Day of the Dead exhibition honors and celebrates the lives of lost loved ones through this time-honored tradition.

Friday September 10, 2021 Sunday December 12, 2021
Neon and Light Museum
Oct. 8 – 10
Neon and Light Museum

The new Neon and Light Museum pop-up invites guests to stand in, under and around some seventy professional neon and light-based sculptures in a dazzling…

Thursday September 9, 2021 — Sunday October 31, 2021
Neon and Light Museum
325 West Huron
Rent – 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour
Oct 5 – Oct 10
Rent – 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour

For a quarter of a century, Jonathan Larson’s RENT has inspired us to choose love over fear and to live without regret. This Tony Award…

Tuesday October 5, 2021 — Sunday October 10, 2021
CIBC Theatre
18 West Monroe Street
Halloween at Museum of Illusions Chicago
Oct. 8 – 10
Halloween at Museum of Illusions Chicago

Museum of Illusions Chicago has completely transformed into the Museum of Spooky Illusions! Come join us during the month of October and experience mind-bending illusions…

Friday October 1, 2021 — Sunday October 31, 2021
museum of illusions chicago
25 E Washington St.
Open House Chicago
Oct. 8 – 10
Open House Chicago

The Chicago Architecture Center is proud to host the annual Open House Chicago (OHC) a month-long celebration showcasing Chicago’s built environment. This October, the Chicago Architecture Center hosts an…

Friday October 1, 2021 — Sunday October 31, 2021
Chicago Architecture Center
111 E. Wacker Drive
Oct. 8 – 10
Downtown Interior Architecture Walking Tour (“The World Within”)
Oct. 9
Downtown Interior Architecture Walking Tour (“The World Within”)

Did you know that the #1-ranked tour in Chicago out of 340+ on TripAdvisor is a woman-owned small business consisting of ONLY ONE full-time employee…

Saturday October 9, 2021 — Saturday December 18, 2021
Inside Chicago Walking Tours
Starting location given upon ticket purchase
Illuminations: An Edgewater Art Experience
Oct. 8 – 10
Illuminations: An Edgewater Art Experience

CHICAGO (October 1, 2021) - To bring art and light to available storefronts and areas that have been affected by the ongoing pandemic and CTA…

Friday October 1, 2021 — Sunday October 31, 2021
Edgewater, Chicago
1210 W Rosedale
As You Like It
Oct 6 – Nov 21
As You Like It

Named one of The New York Times' best shows of 2017, Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery's musical adaptation of Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT is…

Wednesday October 6, 2021 — Sunday November 21, 2021
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
800 E Grand Ave
Chinatown Lunch Tour
Oct. 9
Chinatown Lunch Tour

On our #1 TripAdvisor Rated Chinatown Adventure, you’ll enjoy seated dining at five restaurants and bakeries featuring upscale Chinese recipes while navigating Chicago’s historic Chinatown…

Sunday October 10, 2021 — Tuesday November 30, 2021
Chinatown
2200 S. Wentworth
Forge Fear: Zombie Laser Tag
Oct. 9
Forge Fear: Zombie Laser Tag

Do you think you have what it takes to survive the zombie apocalypse? Find out when you immerse yourself in our one-of-a-kind, live action, Tactical…

Saturday October 9, 2021 — Sunday October 31, 2021
The Forge: Lemont Quarries
1001 Main St
Blue Man Group
Oct. 8 – 10
Blue Man Group

Theatrical phenomenon Blue Man Group has resumed its Chicago Residency at Briar Street Theatre. Blue Man Group is a dynamic combination of art, music, comedy…

Saturday October 9, 2021 — Sunday October 24, 2021
Briar Street Theatre
3133 N. Halsted Street
The Dr. Seuss Experience
Oct. 8 – 10
The Dr. Seuss Experience

The Dr. Seuss Experience is an imaginative, interactive, Instagram-able immersion into the wondrous world of Dr. Seuss. ​ This Seuss-tacular sensory spectacle takes each guest…

Sunday October 10, 2021 — Sunday January 2, 2022
Water Tower Place
835 N. Michigan Ave.
Helmut Jahn: Life + Architecture
Oct. 8 – 10
Helmut Jahn: Life + Architecture

Helmut Jahn: Life + Architecture is a new exhibit at the Chicago Architecture Center honoring the late Chicago architect and style icon. Get to know…

Friday July 23, 2021 — Sunday October 31, 2021
Chicago Architecture Center
111 E. Wacker Drive
Lyric Opera’s Macbeth
Oct9
Lyric Opera’s Macbeth

Lyric’s riveting season-opener is the inaugural production of Music Director Enrique Mazzola’s tenure, and a brand-new production from Sir David McVicar. Adapting one of the…

Saturday October 9, 2021
Lyric Opera House
20 N Wacker Drive
Boo! at the Zoo
Oct. 9 – 10
Boo! at the Zoo

Families can have a howling good time at Brookfield Zoo’s annual Halloween celebration. Don your favorite costume and take memorable snapshots at the many Halloween-themed…

Southwest Suburbs

Event details
Saturday October 9, 2021
Wicker Park-Bucktown Art Quest
Sep 15 – Oct 15
Wicker Park-Bucktown Art Quest

Take part in our upcoming month-long event to celebrate the roots of Art in WPB. Art enthusiasts will go on a self-curated quest to check…

Wednesday September 15, 2021 — Friday October 15, 2021
Wicker Park/Bucktown
5K Route Available Upon Registration
Cheer on the Chicago Marathon in Greektown!
Oct10
Cheer on the Chicago Marathon in Greektown!

Greektown Chicago hosts a special cheer event for the 2021 Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 10 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the corner of Gladys…

Sunday October 10, 2021
Greektown Chicago
300 S. Halsted
Chicago Architecture Biennial
Oct. 8 – 10
Chicago Architecture Biennial

Experience the future of architecture at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. This ground-breaking event, which is the largest architecture and design exhibition in North America, will feature projects created by contributors from around the globe at free exhibits and events throughout the city.

Saturday September 18, 2021
A Day To Remember, Asking Alexandria & Point North
Oct. 9
A Day To Remember, Asking Alexandria & Point North

Rock bands A Day To Remember, Asking Alexandria & Point North will perform live at Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom on Oct 9, 2021! Tickets for…

Saturday October 9, 2021
ChiTown Movies Drive-In Theatre
Oct. 8 – 10
ChiTown Movies Drive-In Theatre

A fun and safe outdoor movie experience every night at ChiTown Movies! Enjoy blockbuster and classic movies under the stars at our permanent drive-in located…

Saturday October 9, 2021 — Friday December 31, 2021
Chitown Movies
2343 S throop St
International Latino Theatre Festival
Oct. 8 – 10
International Latino Theatre Festival

After taking a year off due to the pandemic, the citywide annual DESTINOS: Chicago International Latino Theater Festival is back for its fourth outing ready to showcase…

Thursday September 23, 2021 — Sunday October 17, 2021
Citywide
The Art of Banksy
Oct. 8 – 10
The Art of Banksy

The world’s largest collection of privately-owned Banksy coming to Chicago. Seen by over 750,000 people worldwide, The Art of Banksy hosts prints, canvasses, screenprints, sculptures…

Sunday October 10, 2021 — Sunday October 31, 2021
360 N. State St
201 S Ashland Ave
Oct. 8 – 10

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