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Want to get a first look at some of the greatest movies hitting the festival circuit? Check out the 58th Chicago International Film Festival, the country’s longest-running competitive film festival. There will be more than 90 features and 60 short films screening across various theaters in the city, including Music Box Theatre, Austin Town Hall, Hamilton Park Cultural Center and more.
Details: Various times Friday until Oct. 23 at various locations in Chicago. $13 – $35 individual screenings, $60 – $340 pass packages.
Find more fests: 2022 Summer Festival Guide
A new exhibition, Can you see me? challenges perspectives around the incarceration of young people by using art as a medium to prompt restorative conversations in order to view all children are innocent, free and valued.
Details: Premiering Oct. 14 until Dec. 17 at Weinberg/Newton Gallery, 688 N Milwaukee Ave. #101. Free admission / MAP
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Tawian performs 13 Tongues, an immersive journey transforming childhood memories of Taoist rites and the buzzing street life of Bangka into a fantasy world. This performance is sure to intrigue your imagination.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Auditorium Theatre, 50 E Ida B. Wells Dr. Tickets range $37 – $77 / MAP
Already got a pumpkin carved out on your porch? That’s cool. But do you have a hand-blown glass pumpkin to balance it out? Well, you’re in luck. The annual Morton Arboretum Glass Pumpkin Patch is back with more than 7,000 unique glass pumpkins made by 16 artists. The multi-day event features artists and their pumpkins, live demonstrations and an opportunity to buy your very own.
Details: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday at Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Rt 53. Free / MAP
The Latin Grammy Award-winning string quartet Cuarteto Latinoamericano kicks off the Nichols Concert Hall 2022-23 season, celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and will feature classical works for string quartets by composers from Central to South America.
Details: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave. $25 advance general admission, $30 at-door general admission / MAP
The Slow and Low: Chicago Lowrider Festival is back and this time they’re hosting the event at Navy Pier, celebrating lowrider culture, community and art. There will be over 250 customized cars, more than 60 bikes and 30 motorcycles. The festival will also highlight the Mexican American and Chicano roots of lowriding, particularly in Chicago and in the greater Midwest community. At least 40 lowrider clubs representing the Midwest are expected to attend.
Details: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday at Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave. $15 general admission / MAP
Do you want a free, behind-the-scenes look at some of Chicago’s iconic buildings like the Bahá’í House of Worship, National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture or Chinese American Museum of Chicago? Well, Chicago has you covered as the annual Open House Chicago festival returns, opening up more than 150 architectural wonders across the city.
Details: Times vary Saturday and Sunday at various locations in Chicago. Free.
The Elmhurst History Museum and GreenMan Theatre Troupe introduces Graveside Stories: A Cemetery Walk, featuring actors portraying former residents as attendees are guided on a tour on Elmhurst’s rich history.
Details: 2 – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at St. Peter & St. Mary Cemeteries, 310 Alexander St. $12 Tickets / MAP
The Haitian American Museum of Chicago celebrates the traveling exhibit “We Walk Lawndale,” set along a tree-line boulevard celebrating Black History and culture through music, art and food. The event will also feature community exhibits that offer resources and explore Chicago’s Black communities.
Details: 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday at Douglas Boulevard and Central Park Avenue in North Lawndale. Free.
If you’re still pumped on adrenaline from the Chicago Marathon, families can enjoy a 5K Run/Walk, Kids’ Mile, and Kids’ Dash with RBC Race for the Kids, which supports pediatric research at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital.
Details: 8 a.m. Sunday at University of Chicago Quad, 1100 E. 58th St. $45/5K run/walk, $20/Kids Dash or Kids Mile / MAP
Events listed are subject to change. We recommend double-checking times and locations before you head out the door. Want to share your upcoming events with us for consideration in a future roundup? Send us an email.
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