Brandon Lewis, Makenzy Jenkins, Britt Edwards, Spencer Davis Milford, Caitlin Dobbins in A Taste Of Soul at Black Ensemble Theater Credit: Darin M. Gladfelter

CHICAGO — Flow through a yoga class 94 floors above the city, attend a soul music tribute by the Black Ensemble Theater, trick or treat through Lakeview, enjoy a Moroccan caftan fashion show and more.

You can also find even more frightful Halloween festivities here.

Here’s a roundup of 33 things to do in Chicago this weekend:

Lincoln Park Zoo Fall Fest

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday through Oct. 29

Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St.

This Lincoln Park Zoo’s Fall Fest wraps up this weekend with musical entertainment, live chalk art, story times, professional pumpkin carvers and more every weekend through October. There will also be ticketed attractions, including a carousel, pumpkin patch, maze, train adventure and bounce house. Learn more here.

Chicago Alliance for Animals Annual Halloween FUNdraiser

7-9 p.m. Friday

Room 13, 3222 N. Sheffield Ave.

Your $30 ticket helps fund a good cause and includes a vegan buffet, drinks, karaoke, raffle prizes, a silent auction and a costume contest.

Maria Bamford

7:15 and 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday

The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave.

American comedian Maria Bamford is bringing her dark, deeply personal and experimental comedy to Wicker Park this weekend as she hits the Den Theatre stage for three nights — one is sold out already. Bamford is known and revered for her comedy’s focus on mental illness and stars in a semi-autobiographical film about a comedian who suffers a nervous breakdown. Tickets start at $22 online.

A Taste Of Soul

8 p.m. Friday, 8 and 3 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday

Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark St.

The Black Ensemble Theater is closing out its tribute to soul music this weekend with songs from some of the evolutionary genre’s greatest hitmakers, including Barry White, Al Green, Bobby Caldwell and Peaches & Herb. Tickets are $66.50 online, including fees.

Stretch toward the sun while in the sky at 360 Chicago’s 94th floor yoga flow overlooking Chicago and Lake Michigan. Credit: Provided

360 Sky Yoga

7:45-8:45 a.m. Saturday

360 Chicago, 875 N. Michigan Ave. – 94th Floor

Perform your sun salutations a little bit closer to the sky this weekend from 360 Chicago’s 94th-floor morning yoga class, offering a sweeping view of the city and Lake Michigan. This bring-your-own-mat flow is open to all ages and skill levels. Tickets are $55 online, which includes admission to the observation deck, yoga and a choice between a mimosa or coffee.

Read & Run With LGBTQ+ Elders & Activists

9 a.m.-noon Saturday

Third Space Chicago, 716 W. Addison St.

Take a three-mile jog through Lakeview with author Rebecca Makkai to explore the streets that inspired her acclaimed novel of love, loss and tragedy, “The Great Believers.” Runners will also hear from LGBTQ+ elders and activists, including journalist, author and publisher Tracy Baim, historian and author Owen Keehnen and community organizer Arnie Aprill. Tickets are $40-60 online.

Pumpkin Carving and Halloworkout Extravaganza

10 a.m.-noon Saturday

Lakeview East Athletics and Performance, 1057 W. Belmont Ave.

This free annual event features a bring-your-own-pumpkin carving contest, costume prizes for humans and pets, games for kids, food, drinks, treats and local vendors. RSVP online.

Pumpkin Fest

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

Unity Park, 2636 N. Kimball Ave. 

Kids 16 and younger are invited to enjoy Unity Park’s legendary pumpkin patch-themed fest, filled with free activities for the whole family, face painting, a spooky-themed photo booth and a Dia de Los Muertos activity.

Wag-O-Ween Dog Friendly Market & Fundraiser

Noon-5 p.m. Saturday

Bosly’s Backyard, 4011 N. Ravenswood Ave. #108

Bosly’s fest features more than 20 local small business vendors featuring: a Halloween-themed photo booth, costume contest, puppuccinos, mini massages, baked goods for pets and humans, custom pet portraits and more. Ticket proceeds are going to Wild Hearts, a non-profit organization that helps rescue organizations and families care for mobility impaired pups. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day-of; the cost includes a tote bag to fill with treats.

Slightly Spooky Saturday

Noon-8 p.m. Saturday

Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

Dive into Halloween fun for the family at Navy Pier. Trick or treat from more than 70 candy vendors, enjoy performances and arts and crafts activities, experience interactive Halloween-themed science experiments, try your hand at axe-throwing and more. You can also dress up with your pet for a costume contest.

Chicago Canine Rescue Howl-O-Ween Bash

1 p.m. Saturday

Dovetail Brewing, 1806 W. Belle Plaine Ave.

Combine Halloween fun with an excellent cause at this brewery bash, which features candy, drinks, prizes and a costume contest for Chicago Canine Rescue’s four-legged friends. Admission is free, but it costs $10 to enter your pup in the contest. And $1 from every beer sold will go directly to help dogs at the rescue.

Bronzeville Fall Festival

1-4 p.m. Saturday

Absolutely Anything Essential, 3521 S. King Drive

This third annual family fest returns with live entertainment, a kids zone, handcrafted items, candy, free haircuts and coats and more. Admission to the fest is free. Register for a potpourri-making session for $20 online.

Trick or treat at neighborhood businesses at this weekend’s Spooktacular in Lincoln Park. Credit: Provided


1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Along Lincoln Avenue and Clark Street

Stroll through Lincoln Park and collect candy as local businesses transform into trick-or-treat stops. The Halloween festivities are along Lincoln Avenue from Wrightwood to Webster on Saturday and along Clark Street from Diversey to Armitage on Sunday.

Dark Hollywood In Chicago

2:30-4 p.m. Saturday

Oz Park – Tin Man, 2021 N. Burling St.

Explore the darker side of the silver screen at a Chicago park inspired by “The Wizard of Oz” with a 90-minute guided walking tour. Tickets are $29.99 online.

Black- and woman-led nonprofit Urban Growers Collective is celebrating the fall harvest season with neighbors this weekend. Credit: Provided

Urban Growers Harvest Fest

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

South Chicago Farm – Urban Growers Collective, 9000 S. Mackinaw Ave.

There will be pumpkin decorating, arts and crafts, apple tastings, hot apple cider, haunted hoop houses, native seed savings, relay races and more at the Urban Growers Collective’s final Farm Stand of the year. All ages are welcome.

Pilsen Brew-Ja Crawl

Noon-6 p.m. Saturday

1821 S. Blue Island Ave.

Stroll down 18th Street to tunes by Pilsen’s finest DJs and live bands and taste cocktails from 10 local bars to celebrate Día de los Muertos and Halloween. Tickets are $40-50 online.

Riverwalk Fall Fest

Noon-8 p.m. Saturday

Island Party Hut, 355 Chicago Riverwalk

Celebrate fall festivities with hayrides along the Chicago River, fall cocktails and beer, apple cider donuts, a pumpkin patch, bounce house, live music and more. This event is open to all ages. Tickets are $5-8 online.

Will Run For Beer

Brewfest kicks off at 2 p.m., race starts at 3 p.m. Saturday

Lincoln Park – Grove 2, Northeast of LaSalle Drive and North Stockton Drive

Race through a scenic 5K along the lakefront and celebrate crossing the finish line with a Brewfest boasting complimentary beer, brats, pretzels and live music. Or skip out on the race and just kick it at the afterparty. Tickets for the 5K and Brewfest are available online, starting at $30. Find race details and more information here.

Moroccan Caftan Fashion Show

7 p.m. Saturday

Alhambra Palace Restaurant, 1240 W. Randolph St.

Check out a fashion show featuring Moroccan caftans crafted by designer Khadija Mouh and a musical performance by Abdellah Daoudi. Tickets are $85 online.

The Stolen Stitches Sideshow

7, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday

Sideshow Gelato, 4819 N. Western Ave.

From ghastly ghost walking to sword swallowing to reverse necromancy, this B-movie classic sideshow has a horror twist just in time for Halloween. Get tickets for $20 online.

Monster Mash Brunch

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

Carnivale, 702 W. Fulton St.

Pull on your best costume for free mimosas and cotton candy treats at Carnivale’s Halloween brunch buffet. Reservations are $50 for adults and $25 for kids. RSVP here.

People lounge at Kathy Osterman Beach in Edgewater on July 28, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

Plant Trees At The Beach

10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday

Kathy Osterman Beach House, 5800 N. Lake Shore Dr.

Help plant 15 trees at a Chicago beach to enhance the city’s biodiversity and improve its air and qater quality. Volunteers will help dig holes, place mulch, water and more. No prior planting experience is necessary — but long pants, closed toed shoes, water, snacks and sunscreen are encouraged. Parking is limited. Sign up for free online.

Queer Asian Coffee Meetup

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday

Sipping Turtle Cafe, 2959 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Meet fellow queer Asians and try out coffee shops at these monthly meetups. All are welcome, but attendees are asked to be mindful as this is a space for LGBTQ+ Chicagoans to hold space, share experience and enjoy each other’s company. RSVP for free online.

Halloween Spooktacular

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

Sideshow Gelato, 4819 N. Western Ave.

Enjoy gelato, games, spooky critter meet-and-greets, magicians, sword swallowers, costume contests and more at this second annual Halloween bash with the Insect Asylum. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Get yours online.

Magic of the Metropolis: A Bronzeville Tour, Costume Contest + Wine With Dilla

2-4:30 p.m. Sunday

4420 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

Dress up as your favorite Chicago historical figure and take a two-hour, family-friendly bus tour through Bronzeville with Chicago historian Dilla. Enjoy complimentary wine, spirits and other beverages from Bronzeville Winery. The attendee with the best costume will win a one-year membership to Bronzeville Winery’s Wine Cluba Sommelier Wine Collection Wine Package and a $250 gift certificate to Bronzeville Winery. Register for $55-$95 online.

Halloween West Loop Clean-Up

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday

415 N. Ashland Ave.

Don your best Halloween costume and help clean up the streets of West Loop with neighbors. There will be an afterparty with lunch and drinks afterwards, location to be announced. Sign up for free online.

Full Moon Soundbath & Workshop

5:30-9 p.m. Sunday

The Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St.

Partake in mindful movement, meditation, breathe work, intention-setting and more at this community wellness event. Tickets are $20 online.

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Electric Six

8 p.m. Friday

Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave.

Head to Chop Shop on Friday for the ultimate show with Electric Six, The Surfrajettes and more!

Lil Jon

10 p.m. Friday

TAO Chicago, 632 N. Dearborn St.

Party it up with Lil Jon and “shots” at TAO Chicago this Friday.

Nightmare On The Express

8 p.m. Saturday

Ogilvie Train Station, 500 W. Madison St.

Always wanted to party at the train station?? Check out a Halloween party at Ogilvie Train Center with Nightmare On The Express.

BOOTS – Halloween

10 p.m. Saturday

Venue TBA

Come for dim lights, hard music and hot hosts with a special BOOTS Halloween edition this Saturday.

The 1975

8 p.m. Sunday

Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim Rd.

Don’t miss The 1975 headlining Allstate Arena this Sunday along with Dora Jar.

Roman History With Mary Beard

Noon Sunday

Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St.

Stop by the Chicago History Museum on Sunday for an informational talk with Mary Beard, host of series like “Mary Beard’s Ultimate Rome: Empire Without Limit” and “Meet the Romans with Mary Beard.”

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