September has come to an end and the spooky month of October just can’t wait. I was almost going to rename this week’s post to “Your Chicago Curated Saturday” considering the massive selection of beer festivals and fun events going on, but I held it together and found some other things for you to do this weekend. So take a look at these picks and do something worthwhile as your Halloween month begins.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
Opening Day @ Statesville Haunted Prison, 17250 Weber Rd. Lockport, 7:00PM – 10:00PM
WHAT: Start your Halloween a little early with a trip to a haunted prison.
SO WHAT: It’s that time of year when the leaves are starting to fall and the scares are beginning to rise. What better way to ring in the season than with a trip to a haunted house operated out of a prison? The experience has been updated with 30% changes to cells, scares and more. If you do manage to escape the prison, continue on to City of the Dead to keep the scares going.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
Freelance Wrestling @ 1st Ward at Chop Shop, 2033 W North Ave., 8:00PM
WHAT: Wrastlin’ in the back of Chop Shop
SO WHAT: A night of independent pro wrestling to let out all the energy you’ve worked up during the week. If you;ve never been to an indie wrestling show, then you’re in for a treat of high flying luchador antics that blend acrobatics with traditional wrestling style. You can check out the full lineup over at their Facebook page.
Tobacco/High Tides/Odonis Odonis @ Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln Ave., 9:00PM
WHAT: Madness. Enjoyable madness.
SO WHAT: Honesty, Tobacco (TOBAXXO) shows are like no other. His music is a deconstruction of electronic music, tearing it down to its dirtiest components and infusing a sense of enjoyableness. He will be joined by equally interesting Rad Cult label mates High Tides and the apocalyptic electronic sounds of Odonis Odonis. You’ll be in for a treat as music itself disintegrates before your very eyes and ears as its remains begin to seep into your brain causing you to move erratically in what most would deem a dance of joy. Or something akin to that.
NOW WHAT: Give in to the TOBAXXO and get yourself some $15 tickets for this 21+ show.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1-2
Apple Fest @ Lincoln Square, Saturday and Sunday 9:00AM – 6:00PM
WHAT: Enjoy Fall with some delicious fruit
SO WHAT: Apple Fest is Chicago’s way of welcoming the Fall by celebrating with some of nature’s tastiest fruit. This year’s Apple Fest is spread between two days and has twice as much space, Lincoln Ave between Lawrence and Eastwood, meaning more elbow room to browse local merchants, hear great music, and of course have some apple treats including hot apple pie and cider. There will be tons of chef demos as well as a Kids Zone filled with child-focused activities. It’s a perfect event for all ages.
NOW WHAT: There is a $5 suggested donation. Money raised from this event supports beautification projects in Lincoln Square Ravenswood, as well as contributes financially to several community nonprofits each year. Head over to their website to see the full lineup of activities that this beautiful fest has to offer.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1
The Bacon and Beer Classic @ Soldier Field, 1410 Museum Campus Dr., Noon – 3:00PM and 6:00PM – 9:00PM
WHAT: Beer + Bacon = Delicious.
SO WHAT: You know what’s good? Beer. You what’s great? Bacon. So why not get them together in a festival at Soldier Field. The Bacon and Beer Classic will do just that as they feature food from Belly Up Smokehouse, Northern Lights Poutine and Deli, Big Fork, Public House and more while you drink some of the best beer from Forbidden Root, Half Acre, 4 Hands and many others. There will be two general admission sessions to enjoy the beer and bacon, the first 12-3pm and the second 6-9pm.
NOW WHAT: Tickets for the event are $69.99 for general admission, $85 for early access a half an hour before start time, and $99.99 for VIP, which includes an hour of early access, exclusive dishes, and a make it yourself bar. Each tier offers a little something different but all passes include a souvenir tasting glass.
Das Bueno Oktoberfest @ Cruz Blanca, 904 W Randolph St., Noon – 4:00PM
WHAT: A merging of cultures for your culinary and drinking enjoyment.
SO WHAT: Rick Bayless’ Cruz Blanca will be hosting its first annual Das Bueno Oktoberfest. It will be celebration of both Germany and Mexico, looking back to the 1800s when German immigrants brought their brewing practices to Mexico. The event will have specialty beers like Oktoberfest Vienna Lager and Das Bueno Dopplebock, alongside their usual line-up of in house lagers. The Mexican-German mash-up will continue into the food as there will be pickled jalapeños and queso añejo, Strasbourg bretzels by La Fournette, and Beer Bratwurst Tacos made with West Loop Salumi Bratwurst with Cruz Blanca Básica IPL. There will also be plenty of live music to keep you festive during the event.
NOW WHAT: Single tickets are $20, $15 for groups of 8 or more, and they include a custom-branded beer stein, 1 liter of beer and 1 bretzel. Additional food and beer will available for purchase.
Logan Square Beer Festival @ Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N Kedzie Blvd, 1:00PM – 4:00PM and 5:00PM – 8:00PM
WHAT: Beer, beer, beer and beer.
SO WHAT: The Logan Square Beer Fest is back for another year of cask-conditioned and barrel-aged brews! The fest will be offering over 50 different beers from 20 breweries during their two drinking sessions. You can check out the full list of breweries over on the LSBF website. The event will also be having some great swag giveaways and live music.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $40 for each session and every ticket will receive a commemorative Logan Square Beer Fest glass mug. Attendees will receive limited drink tickets. Remember, drink responsibly.
A Mural Walk With Galerie F @ BucketFeet, 1647 N Damen Ave., 2:00PM
WHAT: A chance to see some of the diverse art in the city.
SO WHAT: Bucketfeet, in collaboration with Galerie F, will be leading photographers and like-minded friends through Logan Square to see the beautiful mural and street art in the city. The walk is curated by Galerie F and their co-founder/street art expert Billy Craven. The walk begins at the Bucketfeet Bucktown Studio and will travel through the area towards Galerie F.
NOW WHAT: This walk is completely free, just RSVP here and get ready to experience an artful side of Chicago streets.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2
Fulton Market Harvest Fest @ Fulton Market District, 11:00AM – 9:00PM
WHAT: An autumnal celebration at Fulton Market
SO WHAT: This is the first-ever Fulton Market Harvest Fest and they’ll be starting autumn off right. The fest is curated by Chefs Stephanie Izard of Girl and the Goat and Paul Kahan of The Publican. They will be bringing in esteemed restaurants like Au Cheval, Duck Duck Goat, bellyQ and more to fill up the stomachs of attendees while Goose Island, Bell’s, Founders and more will take care of the brewed libations. Plus JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound will be handling the music! Check out the full lineup of food, beer, and even kitchen demos over on the fest’s website.
Goblin Cock and Bad Grades @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., 9:00PM
WHAT: The kind of music you would expect from a band named Goblin Cock
SO WHAT: Ever have the lingering want to go to a metal show and headbang to your heart’s content? If you do,then this is the show that will fill your soul with the doom you desire. Fronted by Rob Crow of Pinback, Goblin Cock is unadulterated music that will melt your face clean off before the end of the first song. Bad Grade will join them in an equally devastating show of sonic destruction.
NOW WHAT: Prepare your body for the loudest show you’ll witness this year. Tickets are $10.