5 Things to Do Oct. 15-17 — ‘The Office Experience’ Debuts in Chicago, Boo Fest at MSI, Chicago International Film Festival, and More

The calendar is full this beautiful fall weekend! Head to the Museum of Science and Industry for Boo Fest, adopt a new best friend at the PAWS Chicago’s North Shore Adoption Event, or catch a buzz-worthy film premiere during the Chicago International Film Festival. Here are five of the best events to check out.

All weekend: Chicago International Film Festival

The Chicago International Film Festival opened Oct. 13, and will run through Oct. 24 with ample opportunities to take in this season’s most buzzworthy films both in person and virtually. This weekend’s highlights include the horror movie Antlers at the Drive-In on Friday and the documentary For the Left Hand, about Chicago pianist Norman Malone, at the Gene Siskel Film Center on Sunday. See the full schedule on Chicago International Film Festival’s website.

Opens Oct. 15: The Office Experience

540 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago

The Office Experience

The Office comes to the Mag Mile this month, allowing fans to experience Schrute Farms, walk through the Dunder Mifflin set, and relive Jim and Pam’s iconic romance. There will be original set recreations, show costumes and props, and opportunities for fans to engage with the show in new ways throughout 17 rooms. Tickets are required. We even got a sneak peek – read up before you go!

Opens Oct. 15: Boo Fest at the Museum of Science and Industry

700 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

Celebrate Halloween at the Museum of Science and Industry this month with science-themed activities, including an eyeball dissection, spooky experiments and more. Admission is included in museum entry.

Oct. 16: PAWS Chicago’s North Shore New Friend Adoption Event

1616 Deerfield Rd., Highland Park

Gidget, available for adoption this weekend

Are you looking to welcome a new pet to your family? On Oct. 16, PAWS Chicago will host a cat, dog, puppy and kitten adoption event at the Glenn L. Felner North Shore Adoption Center in Highland Park. The event will run 12 – 3 p.m.

Oct. 16: Chicago Children’s Choir Annual Red Jacket Optional Livestream Concert

An inspiring event will be livestreamed for free on Oct. 16 for all to enjoy. Tune in to see the Chicago Children’s Choir perform alongside a slate of high-profile artists including two-time Grammy Award-winner Kurt Elling, Chicago native singer-songwriter Natalie Bergman, Eurovision’s Vasil Garvanliev, and acclaimed opera singer Jonathan Green.

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Macaire Douglas

Macaire Douglas lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and two sons. She proudly supports Save Abandoned Babies Foundation, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to prevent the illegal abandonment of newborns nationwide. Since its inception in 2000, more than 3,600 newborns have been safely surrendered and adopted into loving homes.

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