5 Things to Do: October 9-11

It’s a big weekend in the city with the Chicago Marathon and Bacon and Beer Classic, but you can also stay in the ‘burbs for Central Street’s Community Weekend, Winnetka’s East Elm Wine Walk, and the Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival.

The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival

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Oct. 9-11

Pumpkins are taking over Highwood this weekend. You can carve pumpkins, make your way through the Great Pumpkin Maze, take in the Pumpkin Parade, and cheer on your favorites in the pumpkin pie eating contests, all while raising funds for the Autism Society of Illinois. There will also be hay rides, a petting zoo, crafts, food and drink vendors, and more fall fun.

East Elm Wine Walk

Oct. 10

Enjoy an afternoon with friends as you visit local businesses and sip on delicious wine. End your evening at Mirani’s or Little Ricky’s for a special treat. The East Elm Wine Walk will benefit the New Trier Booster Club. Make It Better is a proud sponsor of this event. 

Bacon and Beer Classic

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Oct. 10

All you really need to know in order to get excited about this fest at Soldier Field is that there will be bacon and beer, but you can get more details here.

Central Street Community Weekend 2015

Oct. 10-11

When you shop Central Street businesses this weekend, a portion of your purchase will go to a local organization of your choice. Participating organizations include Boys Hope Girls Hope, Center for Independent Futures, The Cradle Evanston Nursery, Evanston Arts Center, Connections for the Homeless and Y.O.U.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

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Oct. 11

Cheer on runners as they make their way through Chicago’s neighborhoods. Find all the information you’ll need to make the most of your day here.


  • A Safe Place, the sole provider of services exclusively addressing domestic violence in the Lake County and the surrounding areas, will host its Unmask the Violence Gala on Friday, Oct. 16 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Libertyville-Mundelein. The event will feature a cocktail reception, silent auction, live auction, dinner, dancing, and a keynote speech from a survivor of domestic violence. Find more information here.

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