10 things to do this weekend: October 21-23 | Chicago News

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1. Reduce

Hundreds of model makers from around the world will gather at the Marriott Schaumburg to see their painted miniatures and original sculptures displayed at the 47th Annual Military Miniature Society of Illinois Chicago Show. Miniature pieces will range from fantasy with figures, armored and other vehicles, planes, ships and dioramas.

Details: 3-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Mariott Schaumburg, 50 N Martingale Rd. Tickets $10, Children 12 and under free / MAP


Find more festivals: 2022 Fall Festival Guide


2. Scared!

Start celebrating Halloween early in the suburbs with the very first Schaumbourg Halloween Carnival, spanning two weekends and packed with spooky rides like Krazy Kabin, Matterhorn, Sizzler and other classics. The carnival will also include trick or treats, snack vendors and a beer garden.

Details: 5 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 30 at Wintrust Field, 1999 Springinsguth Rd. Free admission, $20-$30 ride wristbands/ MAP

Redline VR brings one of Tim Burton’s worlds to life with “Beetlejuice: pop-up bar for recently deceased people. The pop-up bar experience will feature themed cocktails, photo ops and offers on zombie-themed VR games. Attendees will be able to see some of Burton’s famous characters roam the floor and interact with all those who stand in their way.

Details: Hours vary from Friday through October 31 at Redline VR, 4702 N Ravenswood Ave. Free admission, $40 VIP experience / MAP


4. Read

Calling on all bookworms to come together this weekend to Semicolon’s First-Ever Fall Lit Festa day-long block party with appearances from beloved authors, local vendors, food trucks and plenty of books to hang for your library.

Details: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday on Division Street from Paulina Street to Wood Street Free admissionnm


5. Rotate

Are you looking for new music to broaden your tastes? Look no further because this year CHIRP Disk Fair this weekend, where you can find thousands of vinyl records in addition to DVDs, CDs, posters and more for purchase on the second floor of Plumbers Hall. And once you’re done with your research, head down to the first floor and grab a drink at Dark Matter, food at First Slice Cafe, and other goodies.

Details: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday at Plumbers Hall, 1340 W Washington St. $10 general admission, $25 early bird admission/ MAPPhoto by Erica GannettPhoto by Erica Gannett


6. Dress up

Celebrating Halloween means celebrating with the WHOLE family, including your puppies. Saturday, a Pup-O-Ween is hosted at the Bienle Arts Plaza, where there will be various vendors offering treats and promotions for your dogs. But better yet, don’t forget to dress up your pup and enter him in the dress-up contest.

Details: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday at Aussile Arts Plaza, 4844 N Lincoln Ave. Free / MAP


7. Explore

Come celebrate Halloween in Wrigleyville with Pumpkin Festival at Gallagher Way, full of family celebrations like trick or treating in the park, decorating paper ghosts or making slime with the help of Kid Create Studio, playing lawn games, hitting a candy station. Plus, there’s a chance to take home a free Miniature Pumpkin.

Details: 1-5 p.m. Saturday at Gallagher Way, 3637 N Clark St. Free/ MAP


8. Parade

The directory Upside Down Halloween Parade is back in Washington Park, full of fun where families are part of the parade, decked out in costumes and join the procession down tree-lined Russell Drive. The parade features dance teams, musicians, acrobats, sports mascots and other dazzling performers.

Details: Midday – 3 p.m. Saturday in Washington Park, along Russell Drive. Free / MAPPhoto by Daveed HolmesPhoto by Daveed Holmes


9. Protect

Downtown Elgin turns into a zombie-infested one nightmare for Nightmare on Chicago Street. Citizens must try to protect themselves and the city from a zombie outbreak by heading to the SAFETY ZONE – but will that be enough to protect them? To find.

Details: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday on Chicago Street between Douglas and Villa Streets Tickets at $35.


10. Scare

Ever wanted to travel through the McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum after hours? Well, this is your chance to get scared while you do it, listening to scary stories and sipping free drinks from Two Brothers Brewing.

Details: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Friday at McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum, 99 Chicago Riverwalk. $40 tickets / MAP


Events listed are subject to change. We recommend double-checking times and locations before heading out the door. Want to share your upcoming events with us for consideration in a future roundup? Email us.


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