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Things To Do Virtual & In Person This Month — October

Things To Do Virtual & In Person This Month — October

We are in fall proper now Chicago and while many of you might still be quarantining at home reminiscing about those times in the past when you got super dressed up to attend a restaurant opening, fall gala, group brunch, and so much more, some are ready to experience what to do in person this month. Wherever you fall in the spectrum we’ve curated a list of virtual and in person things to do to keep you our dear discerning readers occupied and hopefully take your mind off the constant barrage of bad to worse news. Fundraising virtual galas, art online viewing rooms, night out at the zoo, and more things to do at this month of October 2020.

WHAT :: Kohl Children’s Museum’s Evening To Imagine Gala

WHEN :: Thursday, October 1 through Thursday, October 15
WHY:: An Evening to Imagine has been Kohl Children’s Museum’s premier annual fundraising event for more than 15 years. The event has raised the majority of the funds to support the Museum’s access and inclusion programming. In lieu of donning gowns and tuxedos, or raising paddles high in the air, we have decided to imagine our 2020 fundraising Gala evening. This year, we kindly and simply ask for much needed financial support of Kohl Children’s Museum.
COST :: VARIES Support level varies from $1000-$10,000+ Click here for more info


WHAT :: Chicago Gallery Open
WHEN :: Wednesday September 30 – Sunday October 4, 2020
WHY::  The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA), the definitive non-profit arts organization dedicated to the cultivation, support, and advancement of new voices in contemporary art, is pleased to present the first Chicago Gallery Open, in partnership with Artlogic. This new hybrid online-offline event features online presentations of available artworks from participating galleries; exhibition listings to promote in-person, by-appointment viewings; and a programming series organized in collaboration with participants to be hosted locally in Chicago and online.
COST :: Complimentary Click here for more info  


WHAT :: Silver Lining Foundation’s A Sterling Event Virtual Gala

WHEN :: Saturday October 3, 2020 | 6:30-8:00pm
WHY:: Silver Lining Foundation, which is hosting their 16th annual gala, but their first one virtually. The reception will be live-streamed and attendees are encouraged to browse and bid on the plethora of auction items available. The gala is ASLF’s largest annual fundraiser and all proceeds benefit the breast health testing programs.
COST :: COMPLIMENTARY attendance, donations encouraged Click here for more info  


WHAT :: Hatch Collection Chicago Pop-Up
WHERE :: 66 E Walton Street, Chicago, IL
WHEN :: Thursday October 1- Sunday October 18
WHY::  Celeb loved chic maternity brand Hatch Collection, founded in 2011 by Ariane Goldman, is popping up in Chicago for their archive sale for a limited time.
COST :: Free to attend; Items 40% off  Click here for more info  


WHAT :: Lincoln Square Ravenswood Applefest 2020
WHEN :: Saturday October 3 AND Sunday October 4, 2020 | 9:00am -2:00pm
WHY:: The Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce is bringing the best of apple season to the neighborhood! We’ll miss the crisp, fall breeze and the smells of apple pie on Lincoln Avenue. Apple Fest will host a weekend edition Farmers Market where select Farmers Market items will be available for preorder online and pick-up at the Market.
COST :: Donations accepted.  Click here for more info  


WHAT :: Field Museum October Free Days
WHERE :: Field Museum | 1400 S Lake Shore Drive
WHEN :: October 2020
WHY::  The Field museum of Chicago is offering six free days during the month of October. They’re offering free general admission to all Illinois residents with proof of residency.  Monday Free Days coincide with free days at the Shedd Aquarium next door, so visitors can make a day of it.
Monday, October 5
Thursday, October 8
Monday, October 19
Thursday, October 22
Monday, October 26
Thursday, October 29
COST :: FREE  Click here for more info  


WHAT :: MSI Chicago Virtual Columbian Ball
WHEN :: Saturday, October 10, 2020 | 7 p.m. CST
WHY:: Dress up and tune in for a night of science surprises, while you virtually mingle with friends, revel in the wonders of the Museum and share special performances that bring the gala experience inside the comfort of your homes. MSI’s most unusual and remarkable one-night, one-of-a-kind, virtual celebration of Chicago’s inventive genius where we highlight the artists and innovators that thrive in our city. This year’s 40th Annual Columbian Ball will be hosted by
Co-Chairs: Jeffrey & Stephanie Applebaum | Laura & Tony Davis | Virginia Simmons & Mark Stainton | Peng Zhao & Cherry Chen.

COST :: Sponsorship and donations encouraged Click here for more info  


WHAT :: Chicago Council on Global Affairs Pritzker Forum: Adapting Governance
WHEN :: October 15, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. CST
WHY::  As the world deals with the pandemic and eventually transitions into a post-COVID reality, can the city remain a key instrument and platform for addressing global challenges? The frequent disconnect between national and local governments, as seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, has made it increasingly necessary for cities to assume non-traditional leadership roles and shape city-focused dialogues on global governance. Speakers include Financial Times Asia Editor Jamil Anderlini, Former New Zealand PM Helen Clark, Miami Mayor Francis X. Suarez and Chicago Council on Global Affairs President Ivo Daalder.
COST :: Registration for this event is free thanks to generous support from sponsors. Click here for more info  


WHAT :: Misericordia Heart of Mercy Virtual Ball
WHEN :: Wednesday October 14, 2020 | 6:00pm Pre-Program; 7:00pm Main Event
WHY::  Please join the Women’s Board of Misericordia along with supporters and patrons of the organization that offers a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities for their first virtual gala. The night kicks off with virtual cocktail hour at 6pm that promises surprise celebrity appearances for select donor level followed by the evenings program.
COST :: There is no fee to view the event but any and all donations would be greatly appreciated. Click here for more info  


WHAT :: Harvest Fest: A Socially Distanced Celebration
WHEN :: October 15-18
WHY::  Girl & the Goat’s Chef Stephanie Izard has brought together an all-star cast for a weekend of delicious bites, live music and cooking demonstrations, and expert-taught beverage classes. Harvest Fest will follow all safety guidelines in its fourth year, with all events held outdoors, seated guests placed at safe distances, and mask protocol in place, but it still promises the same rollicking good time for everyone who joins! A portion of ticket proceeds from the weekend will be donated to our charity partners, I Grow Chicago, Equality Should Be Normal, and Southern Smoke.
COST :: Varies Click here for more info  


WHAT :: Lincoln Park Zoo’s Virtual Haunted History Tours
WHEN :: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday from  October 6–31 | 7pm
WHY::  Join Adam Selzer—author, podcaster, and host of Mysterious Chicago Tours—for spine-tingling virtual walkabouts that dig into the zoo’s cemetery roots and locations from throughout its allegedly haunted history. These popular tours will sell out quickly, so scare up some tickets for yourself before they disappear. In-person tours may be available during the week of Halloween, pending city and state guidelines.
COST :: $15 Nonmember/$13.50 Member Click here for more info  


WHAT :: Carryout with COCHON555 Chicago
WHEN :: Tuesday October 20-Saturday October 24
WHY::  Popular annual culinary event with stops in cities across the country will return to Chicago the week of October 20th as CARRYOUT WITH COCHON555. This virtual and interactive feast will feature four of Chicago’s top talents who will bring the popular event into participants’ homes and lead “virtual dinners” on Zoom, offering participants the opportunity to partake in an intimate dining experience complete with all the ingredients necessary to create a pork-centric meal plus wine and cocktails.
Tuesday, October 20th – Chef Brian Jupiter of Frontier and Ina Mae Tavern
Thursday, October 22nd – Cedric Harden of River Roast
Friday, October 23rd – Daniel Espinoza of Santa Masa Tamaleria
Saturday, October 24th – Jimmy Bannos, Jr. of The Purple Pig

COST :: Tickets priced at $100 for one and $185 for two. Ticket price includes a multi-course meal, prepared by the featured chef with almost all of the ingredients sourced from local heritage breed pig farms; a bottle of wine (red or white) from Patz + Hall, two White Claw seltzers and a cocktail kit or pre-mixed cocktail comprised of either Buffalo Trace or Wheatly Vodka, and pre-batched cocktails from Mount Gay Rum and Johnnie Walker. Click here for more info  


WHAT :: Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation Virtual Fall Benefit
WHEN :: Thursday October 22, 2020, 12 pm CST
WHY::   In lieu of their annual in-person Fall Benefit Luncheon, please join Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation virtually in listening to the inspirational personal story of Hoda Kotb co-anchor NBC News’ TODAY and co-host TODAY with Hoda & Jenna, a four-time Emmy Winner and breast cancer survivor, on what she has learned along the way and why she believes it’s important for survivors to share their stories. Those donating $250 or more to the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation will receive a complimentary copy of Hoda’s soon to be released book, “This Just Speaks To Me: Words to Live by Every Day.”
COST :: Sponsorship levels Varies Click here for more info  


WHAT :: Lincoln Park Zoo Adults Night Out: The Great Pumpkin Glow
WHEN :: Thursday October 29, 2020 | 6:30-10pm CST
WHY::   You will find pumpkin walk, haunted trail, Patch’s Pumpkin Bar & Grill fall pop-up bar, and hot apple cider and more at this years Adults Night Out: The Great Pumpkin Glow! No kids. No crowds. Just strolling (socially distanced) among exhibits with a beer or cocktail in hand.
COST :: $25+ Click here for more info  


WHAT :: 5th Annual Fundraising Gala – A Love Letter to L.A.
WHERE :: Virtual Experience
WHEN :: Saturday October 24th at 5 pm – 6:30 pm (PST)/8pm CST
WHY::  The Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) will host a beautifully produced online fundraising Gala themed: A Love Letter to L.A. This highly interactive virtual Gala will honor acclaimed photographer Douglas Kirkland and his esteemed wife Francoise Kirkland, the Los Angeles Times photography staff, and Los Angeles-based photographer Estevan Oriol. LACP has secured 100 outstanding photographs donated by award-winning photographers and galleries which will be auctioned via Artsy starting October 15th. During the Fundraising Gala several of these world-famous photographers will be talking about their work. Entertainment will include celebrity hosts, special guests, and a showcase of photographs from our juried competition, “The Connected World,” and a virtual post-gala cocktail party.
COST :: Starts @ $75 for Non-members Click here for more info  


See Also

WHAT :: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Sounds of Celebration
WHEN :: Saturday October 24, 2020 | 6pm CST
WHY::  The Women’s Board of the CSOA cordially invites you to tune in as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra hosts a unique and festive musical celebration broadcast digitally to your home. This virtual fundraising event will celebrate our mission, our music, our Maestro and the musicians that make up one of the finest orchestras in the world. The Sounds of Celebration broadcast features special appearances by CSO musicians and friends, including Riccardo Muti, Yo-Yo Ma and more. This virtual musical extravaganza will include performances of works by Beethoven, Ravel, Verne Reynolds and Elden “Buster” Bailey from Robert Chen (concertmaster), John Sharp (principal cello), Mark Ridenour (assistant principal trumpet), John Hagstrom (trumpet), David Cooper (principal horn), Michael Mulcahy (trombone), Gene Pokorny (principal tuba) and Cynthia Yeh (principal percussion).
COST :: Broadcast is free to watch BUT sponsorship/donations are encouraged Click here for more info  


WHAT :: MCA Chicago Presents SCREAMING: A Spooky-Queer Party
WHEN :: Friday Oct 30, 2020, 7–9 pm CST
WHY::  The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago invites you to enjoy a spooky-queer party without leaving your home! SCREAMING is an interactive Halloween experience, hosted by Miss Toto. Dance the night away to vaporwave-meets-screamo music performances, featuring visuals by Fire-Toolz, on the Spectral Stage. Then, participate in a costume contest judged by performers and MCA staff to win a prize..
COST :: $62 | Ticket price includes: paint supplies, canvas, aprons, & 2 glasses of house red, white, or rose wine. Additional drinks available for purchase. Click here for more info  


WHAT :: Haunted Igloos at I|O Godfrey
WHEN :: Saturday October 31 | 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
WHY::  This Halloween, I|O Godfrey at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago invites locals and hotel guests alike to revel in a first-time Haunted Igloo rooftop experience. Throughout the day, guests can book a heated, clear-domed igloo on the rooftop and enjoy “surprises and scares” throughout their visit, including spooky décor, a fire dancer, a “best costume” prize giveaway, DJ music entertainment, seasonal bites, and more. Each private igloo seats between two and six guests for up to two-hour reservations.
COST :: Reservation package prices vary  Click here for more info  

WHAT :: Jack’s Pumpkin Patch Pop-up

WHERE :: 1465 N. Elston Avenue 60642 | Main entrance: 1265 West LeMoyne
WHEN :: Thursday, October 1 through Thursday, October 15
WHY:: The biggest Pumpkin Patch PopUp in the heart of downtown Chicago and one of Chicago’s favorite fall/Halloween time events is back this year albeit a bit different due to the changing times. Unlike past iterations, guests will not be able to imbibe on alcoholic drinks nor enjoy carnival games, or pumpkin carving but don’t worry its still 100% insta content worthy. Guests must pre-purchase passes in advance, visits are limited to 1.5 hours and guests must wear masks and screened.
COST :: $25+|  Click here for more info


WHAT :: Replay Chicago Haunted Drive-In

WHERE :: 2833 N Sheffield Ave 60657 | 645 W. Madison Street 
WHEN :: Friday October 2-Saturday October 31 | Thursday, October 15
WHY:: Chicago’s favorite arcade bar known for its over-the-top pop-ups is launching a 30-minute drive-thru haunted house experience, Alley of Darkness, for thrill seekers this Halloween season. Those without cars are able to enjoy the experience from one of Replay Lincoln Park’s vehicles, which are aired out and sanitized between hauntings, for an additional $25. Highway of Horror, another drive-thru haunted house experience will begin Thursday, October 15 though this one is 90-minute long and offers a 360-degree haunt.
COST :: Reservations are required; tickets must be purchased online for $75 per car. For Highway of Horror, cost is $75 but those without cars are able to enjoy the experience from private geodesic domes (for up to eight people each), which are aired out and sanitized between hauntings, for $100.  Click here for more info


WHAT :: Jojo’s Pumpkin Patch

WHERE :: 23 W. Hubbard Street
WHEN :: Thursday, October 1 through Sunday, November 1
WHY:: An Jojo’s Shakebar will be converting its 5,000 sq. ft outdoor patio in the heart of River North into a pumpkin patch. Guests can hand pick their own pumpkins as well as indulge in their over the top milkshakes.
COST :: No tickets necessary Click here for more info


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