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10 Things To Do In Wicker Park And Bucktown This Weekend

A Halloween festival, chili cook-off, and the return of Empty Bottle's handmade market are among the many events Oct. 12-14.

Squash at Wicker Park Farmers Market.
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WICKER PARK — Happy Friday! 

From a chili cook-off to a Halloween fest, here are 10 things to do this weekend in Wicker Park, Bucktown and West Town.

Enjoy the Outdoor Farmers Market — While You Still Can. The Wicker Park Farmers Market only has three Sundays left before the outdoor season ends on Oct. 28. Veggies, cheeses, meats and specialty items, like bagels, crepes, samosas, coffee and hummus are all for sale. Free. From 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, 1425 N. Damen Ave.

Chili Cook-Off. Workers from local bars and restaurants will compete for the winning chili at Midtown Educational Foundation’s 6th annual Chili Cook-Off. Money raised from the all-you-can-eat event will be used to assemble and deliver Christmas baskets full of food and presents to families in need. Suggested $20 donation, from 5- 10 p.m. Friday at Bucktown Pub, 1658 W. Cortland St.

Halloween Festival in Pulaski Park. The long-running fest celebrates its 20th season in Pulaski Park. Organizer Mitch Hutton says this year’s event — taking place this Saturday and next Saturday — will offer a zip line, pony rides, petting zoo, horse-drawn hayrides, a pumpkin patch and an animal show with snakes, hedgehogs and sloths. Admission is $10 per person. From 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 1419 W. Blackhawk St.

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Avocado toast at Tricycle.

New Brunch Spot. Tricycle, the replacement to Silver Cloud, launches weekend bunch this Saturday, according to a news release. The options include avocado toast, a salmon plate, French toast and more. Brunch hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 1700 N. Damen Ave.

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St. Helen Roman Catholic Church is one of many spots architecture buffs can tour this weekend.

Tour The City’s Coolest Buildings. Hundreds of buildings across the city and more than a dozen in Ukrainian Village, West Town and Wicker Park will be open to the public this weekend for free tours through the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House. Free. Hours and locations vary; click here for local highlights.

Paint and Sip. Pearl Paint, Sip, and Hip celebrates its grand opening with a BYOB party, offering a night of live music, painting and food. Tickets are $30, from 6-10:30 p.m., 2105 W. Division St.

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Fried chicken at Bonchon.

Try Bonchon. Korean fried chicken chain Bonchon debuted its long anticipated Wicker Park outpost on Thursday. Hours will be 11 a.m.- midnight on weekends but may vary slightly during the opening weekend. Visit Bonchon’s local Facebook page for more information, 1732 W. Division St.

Clean Up The ‘Hood. “It takes a Ukrainian Village” to beautify the neighborhood, according to organizers of a local effort. Cleaning supplies will be provided, wear comfortable shoes. This event was initially planned for last Saturday but got canceled due to rain. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, meet at J&M Tap, 957 N. Leavitt St.

Score Handcrafted GiftsThe Indoor Handmade Market returns to take over The Empty Bottle on the second Saturday of every month from October — April. More than 30 sellers will offer up jewelry, knitted items, clothing, baked goods, handbags, paper crafts, skincare and more. Free. From noon-4 p.m. Saturday, 1035 N. Western Ave.

Go To The Movies. Ukrainian Village resident and Emmy award-winning documentarian filmmaker Jamie Ceaser produced or co-produced two documentaries, both premiering in Chicago at different venues on Sunday. “Art Paul of Playboy: The Man Behind the Bunny” will screen at 7 p.m. Sunday, AMC River East, 322 E. Illinois St., followed by a Q&A. “The Center Of Nowhere, The Spirit and Sounds of Springfield, MO” shows at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Chicago Filmmakers, 5720 N. Ridge Ave., with a live performance by  alt-country singer songwriter Robbie Fulks beforehand.