October in Chicago

Ah, October—it’s a fine time for folks to revel in sweater weather, head outdoors for pumpkin-related festivities, pop into a museum, and enjoy exciting events with friends and family around town. Good thing there is a lot is going on, so be sure to make some room on the calendar for these worthwhile pursuits happening this month. 

Hey, Pumpkin

This is the season for all things pumpkin—pies, lattes, Jack O’Lanterns, parties. So, if you’re in the mood for some pumpkin, get to Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-up pronto. The cool interactive experience on Goose Island in downtown Chicago has plenty of displays of the bright orange fruit plus a challenging corn maze, carnival games, music, food trucks, bars, and a lively celebration open to all ages through November 3.

The inaugural Pier Pumpkin Lights event at Navy Pier is sure to become another fall favorite with its colorful pumpkin installations perfect for viewing after dusk with themed creations such as the Juggernaut of Jack-o-Lanterns and Pumpkin Picasso. Running through November 2, the seasonal celebration is a free public program that also features glowing light displays and deals on food and drinks at participating establishments.

Exciting Exhibitions

For those who prefer to be indoors, nothing beats spending a few hours immersed in culture. At the Art Institute of Chicago through January 5, 2020, “Rubens, Rembrandt, and Drawing the Golden Age” showcases the pinnacle of artistic creation in the Netherlands during the 17th-century.

On the other end of the spectrum, “Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again, opening on October 20, is the first major U.S. retrospective of the Pop Art genius’ work since 1989 and will feature more than 350 works spanning the course of his career, including brilliant paintings of the famous soup cans and celebrity portraits as well as drawings, sculpture, video, and archival elements.

Festival Circuit

Cinema buffs won’t want to miss the Chicago International Film Festival taking place October 16-27, 2019. Presented by Cinema Chicago, the festival features an exciting line-up of movies from around the world, along with special presentations of the most highly anticipated releases, and themed programs including Architecture x Design, Women in Cinema and Documentaries including a Closing Night screening of The Torch that shines the spotlight on local blues musician Buddy Guy, who be in attendance.

The free public festival OpenHouse Chicago returns October 19-20, 2019 and offers an excellent opportunity to get an intimate look at more than 350 buildings throughout the diverse neighborhoods around the city. Hosted by the Chicago Architecture Center, the event offers access to skyscrapers, mansions, theaters and exclusive clubs with fascinating tours and talks that you don’t want to miss.

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