Weekend 101: 10 Things to Do Around Chicago Oct. 25-27

The weekend is almost here, which means it’s almost time for a sleepover at Shedd Aquarium, trick-or-treating at Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago Humanities Festival, and more.

Asleep With the Fishes: Spooky Seas

Oct. 25

Shedd Aquarium Asleep With the Fishes: Spooky Seas
Photo courtesy of Shedd Aquarium.

Head to Shedd Aquarium in costume for an evening of science activities, animal encounters, crafts, dancing, and more before getting ready to sleep at the aquarium. You can also choose to attend the evening-only session.

Spooky Zoo

Oct. 26

Spooky Zoo at Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago
Photo courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo.

Trick-or-treat at Lincoln Park Zoo during this annual event, one of the city’s largest public-service initiatives. Then stick around for Fall Fest fun.

PAWS Chicago’s Angels with Tails

Oct. 26
Highland Park

PAWS Chicago Angels with Tails Highland Park
Russell is one of the many animals available for adoption at this event. (Photo courtesy of PAWS Chicago.)

Meet your new best friend at this PAWS Chicago adoption event. Dozens of dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens will be available for adoption.

“A Taste of Two Legends” Wine Dinner

Oct. 26

Morton's The Steakhouse
Photo courtesy of Morton’s The Steakhouse.

Enjoy a five-course, chef-curated meal at this event hosted by Morton’s The Steakhouse and Duckhorn Vineyards. Highlights include a Snake River Farms Gold Manhattan Steak and Maine Lobster Avocado Salad, and the dinner can be enjoyed at the Chicago, Naperville, Northbrook, Rosemont, and Schaumburg Morton’s locations. Tickets ($175) are limited.

Chicago Humanities Festival

Begins Oct. 26

The 30th Anniversary CHF Fall Festival begins this weekend with the theme of Power. Events include Madeline Miller: “Circe” on Oct. 27, Jennifer Lackey: Incarceration and Education on Oct. 27, and Caitlin Zaloom on Student Debt on Nov. 2. Find a complete list of events here.

A Family Halloween

Oct. 27

A Family Halloween at Wagner Farm
Photo by Mark Duffel on Unsplash.

Show off your costume at this Wagner Farm event featuring a haunted barn, wagon rides, games, and more.

More Can’t-Miss Events:

  • Experience LEGOLAND Discovery Center for yourself during Halloween Adults Only Night on Oct. 25. Enjoy boo(ze), costume contests, glow in the dark build challenges, games, and prizes — no kids allowed.
  • With music from punk rock marching band Mucca Pazza, costumed kids and adults alike take part in the Logan Square Halloween Parade, this year on Oct. 27. The parade begins at the Illinois Centennial Monument and ends at Lula Café, where participants will be rewarded with hot cider and cookies.
  • Oct. 26 is the last day to catch Chicago’s Green City Market at its outdoor locations (Lincoln Park and West Loop) before it moves indoors for the colder months. Featuring produce, treats, and more from local vendors, Green City Market is the place to go for all things seasonal. Enjoy one last outdoor Saturday morning stroll before the cold rolls in!
  • Join Lyric Opera of Chicago on Oct. 26 for Halloween Masquerade to support the emerging operatic talent of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. Guests will be joined by the drag group SADHAUS, as well as Ryan Opera Center ensemble members, with live music spun by DJ Metro.