Open House Chicago Studio

Chicago Architecture Foundation | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Celebrate Open House Chicago with CAF! Using LEGO bricks and imagination, kids can build the city of their dreams based on the historic 1909 Chicago plan by Daniel Burnham. Young architectural enthusiasts can build model skyscrapers, create new spaces and design the next greatest city in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio at CAF.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Open House Chicago

Chicago Architecture Foundation | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings across Chicago. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago's diverse neighborhoods.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free.

Fall Festival

Southminster Presbyterian Church | Glen Ellyn, Ill.

FREE  

Includes fall crafts, games, face painting, treats, a cookie/candy walk and bobbing for donuts. Costumes are optional (nothing scary or violent please) or come as you are.

When: 3-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Drop-In Dual Language, Polish

Des Plaines Public Library | Des Plaines, Ill.

FREE  

Explore easy vocabulary and early literacy skills in a dual language environment. Sing a song in English and Polish and read along with some favorite stories in both languages.

When: 5:30-6 p.m.
Cost: Free

Spooky Stories

Women and Children First | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Visit the haunted bookstore and hear some spooky stories from Miss Linda and play some spooky games with Miss Mack. Terrifying treats will be served.

When: 6 p.m.
Cost: Free

Halloween at Navy Pier

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Come to Navy Pier for a "spooktacular" Halloween Party, featuring glow and fire spinners and the Zombie Zydeco Band. Plus, watch as master pumpkin carver Steve Dahlke creates works of art by freehand sculpting 500-lb. pumpkins. Kids will enjoy the Fear(less) Low Scare Haunted House during weekend days. Navy Pier's third annual costume contest on Saturday October 26 in the Family Pavilion, or kids 12 and under in costume can take part in trick-or-treating throughout Navy Pier at 17 different locations on Oct. 26, 27 and 31. Don't miss the spectacular Halloween fireworks set to a spooky soundtrack at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 26.

When: Check website for schedule
Cost: Free; $12 haunted house

The Artist’s Studio: Oil Pastel Landscapes

Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Explore the galleries and discover Georgia O'Keefe's colorful paintings of New Mexico landscapes, then return to the Ryan Education Center and create an oil pastel drawing of an outdoor place that has a special meaning.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Big Draw Chicago

Chicago Cultural Center | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

A month-long drawing festival that brings people together through informal art-making. Designed for professional sketchers, budding artists, and everyone in-between, the festival features more than 25 art happenings at iconic cultural sites and unexpected places throughout Chicago. The full festival calendar is available at www.thebigdrawchicago.org. Runs Oct. 5-27.

Cost: Most events are free
 





 
 
 
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