LOGAN SQUARE — One of Logan Square’s biggest Halloween events is right around the corner.
PumpkinFest is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 29 at Unity Park, 2636 N. Kimball Ave. The family-friendly fest, an annual bash organized by the Unity Park Advisory Council, will have a pumpkin patch, face painting, a “Stranger Things”-themed photo opportunity and a costume parade.
This year’s event will also feature a live concert from early childhood arts enrichment center Bubbles Academy at 11:30 a.m., along with a Walkie Talkie Dancey Party at 12:30 p.m.
The dance party is being put on by DJ Rica and Chicago Children’s Theatre.
“DJ Rica will be spinning fun, spooky tunes at Unity Park’s always popular Halloween event, to give Logan Square kids and families a chance to dance, sing, show off their costumes, and shake their sillies out,” according to a theater group news release.
Chicago Children’s Theatre is also using the event to debut an episode of its neighborhood-centric audio walking tour series, “Walkie Talkie,” with this installment called “Logan Learnin‘.”
The episode — directed by writer/producer and Logan Square resident Lomai — tells the story of a girl named Harper who goes on “an adventure of the imagination” with a Unity Park tree keeper.
“Along the way, Harper learns Unity Park’s rich history and role in the fabric of life in Logan Square, with side trips to the Illinois Centennial Monument and bustling Milwaukee Avenue,” according to the news release.
Each “Walkie Talkie” episode is focused on a Chicago neighborhood, highlighting “landmarks, historical figures and top destinations” in those communities. Chinatown, the West Loop and Grant Park have been featured.
The project is supported by the Park District’s Night Out in the Parks and the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
The Unity Park Advisory Council has hosted a pumpkin festival in the park for more than 20 years.
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