10 Things to Do This Weekend: Sept. 22-25 | Chicago News


(Photo courtesy of Kyiv City Ballet)(Photo courtesy of Kyiv City Ballet)

1. Smashed

Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up returns to Chicago for its fifth anniversary, offering attendees endless entertainment and extraordinary installations to capture the perfect photo with friends and family. The pop-up experience is all-outdoor with music and fun activities like ax throwing, a corn maze, and over 10,000 pumpkins to peruse and take home.

Details: Times vary Thursday through Monday, October 31, 1265 W Le Moyne St. $20 general admission and additional packages / MAP(Photo courtesy of Jack's Pumpkin Pop-Up)(Photo courtesy of Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up)


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2. Cooking

The Chicago Gourmet Festival is a recipe for great cooks, delicious food and drink, and fall in the Midwest. This year’s treats include US Foods tacos and tequila, Buckhead Meat and Blue Moon hamburgers, and many more select dishes.

Details: Times vary Thursday through Sunday at various locations throughout Chicago. Prices vary / MAP

3. Strolling

This weekend, take a stroll through the West Town Art Walk where you can find all forms of art – visual, musical, culinary and more. Participants can walk past West Town’s shops, shops, restaurants and bars to enjoy all it has to offer.

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Details: 5pm-8pm Friday, 12pm-8pm Saturday in West Town. Free admission / MAP


4. Cheers

Goose Island Taproom welcomes you back 312 block party at the weekend at their brewery. The block party will feature a lineup of beer, food and of course music from the likes of Deer Tick, White Reaper, Bomba Estéreo, Nation of Language and more.

Details: Friday and Saturday at 5pm at the Goose Island Taproom, 1800 W. Fulton St. Free admission / MAP


5. Boy Scouts

The Forest Preserves of Cook County celebrates National Public Lands Day with their own Party for the Preserves, which spans three forest reserves – Miller Meadow-South, Schubert’s Woods and Bunker Hill. Visitors to each of these locations can participate in walks with naturalists to learn about wildlife, receive spurge and seedlings giveaways, live music, snacks, archery lessons, and other nature-friendly activities.

Details: 11am-3pm Saturday at Millow Meadow-South, 1st Ave, south of Roosevelt Road, Schubert’s Woods, Sauk Trail, west of Ashland Ave., Bunker Hill, W. Harts Roadd, southwest of W. Touhy Ave. For free.


6. Synthesize

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This will be opened by the multi-Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet Unity Chamber Music Series for the 2022-2023 season, along with violinist Almita Vamos and pianist Winston Choi. They play quartets by Florence Price, Sergei Prokofiev and Ernest Chausson’s Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet.

Details: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St. Tickets range from $35 to $45 / MAP(Photo credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco)(Photo credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco)


7. Observe

Elim Christian Services is celebrating their 26th Annual Dutch Festival featuring a free pancake breakfast, farmers market, Dutch village shops and fun musical performances. Next to it will be a food court full of Dutch and American cuisine such as bankers, hotspot, oliebollen, hamburgers and other goodies.

Details: 7:30am-4:00pm Elim Christian Services, 13020 S Central Ave., Midlothian. Free admission / MAP


8. sway

Jazz music lovers get ready for the The Hyde Park Jazz Festival returns to venues in its namesake neighborhood with performances by alto saxophonist Charles McPherson, sound artist DJ Sadie Woods, electric guitarist Jeff Parker and many more.

Details: 13:00-00:00 Saturday, 14:00-19:00 Sunday at various locations in Hyde Park. $10 suggested donation / MAP

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9. Sasha

Leading Ukrainian company Kyiv City Ballet will perform for two nights at Chicago’s Auditorium Theater with a mixed repertoire that includes new work Tribute to Peace created by Artistic Director Ivan Kozlov and Associate Director Ekaterina Kozlova.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday at the Auditorium Theater, 50 E Ida B. Wells Dr. Entry prices vary / MAP


10. Flavor

Craving anything and everything to do with apples? Join us for the Midwest’s greatest tribute to apple season Apple Fest returns to historic downtown Long Grove. The festival offers countless apple treats from apple sangria to apple and goat cheese dumplings and entertainment with live music from several stages and a carnival for the whole family.

Details: Midday-11pm Friday, 10am – 11pm Saturday, 10am – 6pm Sunday at Historic Downtown Long Grove, 145 Old McHenry Road. $5 tickets, kids under 12 free / MAP


Events listed are subject to change. We recommend double-checking times and locations before heading out the door. Would you like to share your upcoming events with us for consideration in a future round-up? Send us an E-mail.




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