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Around Chicago: October Activities

October 6, 2017

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The best month of the year is finally here--October! While the hot weather is misleading, it’s still the month of changing fall leaves, Halloween festivities, and reruns of your favorite spooky movies.


Chicago’s got a lot going on this month, so drop the laundry, grab a pumpkin spice latte and start marking your calendars!




Oct. 6-8: Taste Talks Chicago brings some of the biggest names in food for a weekend of tastings, dinners and panels. Spend a day with chefs such as Noah Sandoval (Oriole), Jenner Tomaska (Next), Andrew Zimmern (National Geographic’s Bizarre Foods), and more. The foodie fest wraps up with an all-star BBQ cookout. See the full schedule here.


Oct. 8: Cheer on the 45,000 runners at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Be sure to look out for Tide Spin staffers Nicole and Nirav at the Grant Park finish line!


Oct. 16-18: Get access to Chicago’s greatest architectural gems at Open House Chicago. The Chicago Architectural Foundation opens the doors to more than 200 buildings, including many that are typically closed to the public. Take advantage of the free tours taking place all weekend, from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to Frank Lloyd’s Oak Park home (in honor of the architect’s 150th birthday!).


End of October: You’ve got three weeks to plan your best outfit and strut it around Chicago’s Halloween events! Check out Lincoln Park Zoo’s Spooky Zoo Spectacular, Day of the Dead at the National Museum of Mexican Art, and make sure to be seen at the Northalsted Halloween Parade, ranked one of the 10 best Halloween celebrations in the U.S.




Chicago is serving up some big names in music this month, so grab your friends and try to score some last minute tickets to:



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Corn mazes, pumpkin carving, apple picking, oh my! Get your fill on beloved fall traditions this month.



Apple Picking: Escape the city for a day to pick apples, indulge in apple cider, and nosh on apple pie and pastries. Check out Heinz Orchard (40 miles north), Ziegler’s Orchard (50 miles northwest), Kuiper’s Family Farm (55 miles west) or County Line Orchard (40 miles southeast).


Pumpkin Patches: Chicago’s got pumpkin patches all over the place, so there’s no reason not to grab a few and throw a pumpkin carving party this month. This Park District list includes pumpkin patches at Sheridan Park, Union Park. and the Lincoln Park Cultural Center.


Haunted Houses: Getting spooked by chainsaw-touting zombies is an essential fall activity. Get out to the suburbs for some of the best haunted houses, including Statesville Haunted Prison, Midnight Terror Haunted House, Realm of Terror Horror Experience, or 13th Floor Haunted House. Combine thrills and chills with a visit to Fright Fest at Six Flags!



As the weather turns, the movie theater and the couch become so much more attractive. Here’s Adam’s, our media-obsessed CMO, picks for what is hitting the silver screen and little screen this month.


  • Thurs, 10/5: Scandal (ABC) - Welcome back Miss Pope.

  • Fri, 10/6: Blade Runner 2049 - This sci-fi sequel to one of the best all-time already has an 85 on Metacritic.

  • Wed, 10/11: Mr. Robot (USA) - The acclaimed series returns for its third season.

  • Fri, 10/13: Mindhunters (Netflix) - The man behind House of Cards, David Fincher, returns with a Silence of the Lambs-inspired show.

  • Fri, 10/13: Goodbye Christopher Robin - Finding Neverland for Winnie-The-Pooh. Bring some Kleenex.

  • Fri, 10/20: The Snowman - Interesting crime story + Michael Fassbender is in it, which means there’s a very good chance it’s going to be good.

  • Slew of Halloween movies - Leatherface (10/20), Jigsaw (10/27), Amityville: The Awakening (10/27).

  • Sun, 10/22: The Walking Dead (AMC) - The zombies are still out there.

  • Fri, 10/27: STRANGER THINGS (Netflix) - Nothing more needs to be said.




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