Weekend 101: Oct. 19-21

Weekend 101: Oct. 19-21 ("Swan Lake" at Joffrey Ballet)

The weekend is almost here and there are a variety of can’t-miss events, including the start of Joffrey Ballet’s newest season, two music festivals, a wine tasting experience, and multiple events for Halloween fun.

Swan Lake

Weekend 101 (Chicago): "Swan Lake" at Joffrey Ballet
Victoria Jaiani and Dylan Gutierrez in “Swan Lake.” (Photo by Cheryl Mann.)

Oct. 17-28

The Joffrey Ballet opens its 2018-2019 season with Christopher Wheeldon’s “Swan Lake,” which is returning to Chicago for the first time since 2014.

Chicago Latino Music Festival

Weekend 101 (Chicago): Chicago Latino Music Festival — Eduardo Fernandez
Eduardo Fernandez (Photo courtesy of Chicago Latino Music Festival.)

Oct. 17 to Nov. 18

The only Latino-focused classical music festival in Chicago returns for a month of performances throughout the city. Featured artists include Eduardo Fernández, Fareed Haque, and Goran Ivanovic, and collaborations involve Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, Old Town School of Folk Music, The Art Institute of Chicago, and more.

Wine Riot

Weekend 101 (Chicago): Wine Riot
Photo courtesy of Wine Riot.

Oct. 19-20

Want to learn more about wine? Don’t miss this “tasting experience” at Revel Fulton Market with interactive tastings, seminars, and more from top exhibitors, sommeliers, and brand ambassadors.

Logan Center Bluesfest

Weekend 101 (Chicago): Logan Center Bluesfest — Chris Thomas King
Chris Thomas King (Photo courtesy of Logan Center Bluesfest.)

Oct. 19-21

The University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts celebrates the future of blues with a weekend filled with concerts, screenings, music and poetry workshops, live interviews, and more.

Spooky Pooch Parade

Weekend 101 (Chicago): Spooky Pooch Parade at Chicago Botanic Garden
Photo courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden.

Oct. 20

Chicago Botanic Garden’s annual dog-friendly costume contest returns to crown winners in categories like Best Costume Overall, Best Dog/Owner Costume, and Best Horticultural Interpretation. Vendors will also be on hand selling dog-related products.

Arts in the Dark

Weekend 101 (Chicago): Arts in the Dark
Photo courtesy of Arts in the Dark.

Oct. 20

LUMA8, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago Park District, and the Chicago Loop Alliance present this Halloween parade down State Street showcasing more than 90 cultural organizations and neighborhood groups. Afterward, enjoy a dance party at “the Bean” and family-friendly activities and a movie at Maggie Daley Park.

North Suburban YMCA Spooktacular Halloween Party

Weekend 101 (Chicago): North Suburban YMCA Halloween Spooktacular Party
Photo courtesy of North Suburban YMCA.

Oct. 21

Start your Halloween celebrations early with this party featuring inflatables, pony rides, a children’s haunted maze, a costume contest, treats, and more.

More Can’t-Miss Events:

  • The Glenview Park District’s Halloween Spooktacular on Oct. 19 will feature inflatables, crafts, games, and more for kids ages 2-10 (parents must accompany their children).
  • NEWCITY will host a free, family-friendly Fall Festival on Oct. 20 with pumpkin decorating, carnival games, and donuts and cider.
  • Tour Temperance Beer Co.’s brewery every Saturday at 3 p.m. Tours are $10 and include beer samples, a souvenir pint glass, and 20 percent off merchandise.

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Anna Carlson writes the weekly Weekend 101 column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine, and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital