The Cubs are in the World Series and it’s Halloween weekend! As if things couldn’t get any better, Your Chicago Curated Weekend is here to fill your days with as many entertaining events as possible. From concerts to art gallery openings, there is no reason for your Halloween to be boring! If you’re looking for some more Halloween-related events and parties, head over to Marielle Shaw’s detailed rundown of fantastic events to keep you spookiest holiday fun.
Now let’s get this curated weekend started!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27th
Homme & V.V Lightbody @ Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave., 8:30PM
WHAT: Two local musical groups of ethereal sounds
SO WHAT: Fresh of their European tour, Homme is home and back on tour! Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart create some of the most interesting and experimental sounds together as Homme. Their mix of lush vocals and rising instrumentation make for an undeniable good audio experience. They will be joined by the equally talented V.V Lightbody, whose sound is graceful and sublime.
NOW WHAT: Ticket are only $10, there is no reason to miss these two amazing bands.
FRIDAY – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28th- 30th
Freaky Deaky @ Toyota Park, 7000 Harlem Ave, Bridgeview, IL, 2:00PM – 10:00PM
WHAT: A hip hop and EDM festival
SO WHAT: Just when you though festival season in Chicago was over, here comes Freaky Deaky. Freaky Deaky has grown to a full fledged festival and this year will be welcoming DJ Khaled, Tiesto, DJ Snake, Schoolboy Q, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and a DJ set by Disclosure as the headliners for the weekend. A few of the highlights of the undercard include Travis Scott, Nervo, Metro Boomin, Desiigner and A$AP Ferg.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are on sale now on their website.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28th
Dan Grzeca’s “Top 20” @ Galerie F, 2381 N. Milwaukee Ave., 6:00PM – 10:00PM
WHAT: The gallery opening for Dan Grzeca’s show at Galerie F
SO WHAT: Galerie F‘s latest exhibit will feature Dan Grzeca’s much lauded artistic career with “Dan Grzeca’s Top 20” , an interpretation of the top twenty songs or pieces of music that have inspired the artist along the last two decades. Grzeca has been creating prints in Chicago since 1996 and his studio is currently housed in Ground-Up, located in North Center. He has become well-known for creating gig posters for bands such as The Melvins, The Black Keys, and Alabama Shakes among others> Grzeca’s prints are carry by great intensity of color and texture that make them instantly recognizable. To help celebrate the culmination of two decades of Grzeca’s printmaking career, 3 Floyds, a brewery which also began in 1996 and has maintained a close relationship with Grzeca, has been generous enough to sponsor the show’s opening night alongside The Hop Butcher and Perrier!
NOW WHAT: This amazing opening show for “Dan Grzeca’s Top 20” is completely free and runs until November 27th!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29th
Ghostfreehood Pop-Up Shop @ Rotofugi, 2780 N. Lincoln Ave., 11:00AM – 7:00PM
WHAT: A pop up shop in the best designer toy shop in town
SO WHAT: Just in time for Halloween, Rotofugi is bringing you a one day pop-up shop filled with the gnarliest, spookiest art they could find! The pop up shop will feature and exhibit with tons of works from Ghostfreehood, aka Baltimore-based artist Nick DiFabbio of Cherry Moth Cake! It’s a great opportunity to grab some awesome art, pins, prints and more!
The Mummy @ Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., Noon – 2:30PM
WHAT: Only the best mummy-esque films starring Brendan Frasier
SO WHAT: The Field Museum will be visiting The Music Box for a special Halloween screening of the Brendan Fraser blockbuster, The Mummy. In addition to the screening there will be a discussion with Cassie Pontone, Assistant Collections Manager of the Anthropology Collections at The Field Museum. Pontone works closely with the local Filipino American community to co-curate The Field’s collection of over 10,000 objects from the Philippines, securing a connection between living culture to 20th century material objects. The Mummy also happens to be Pontone’s all time favorite film, which is full of action, humor, historical inaccuracies, and provides an excellent opportunity to discuss cultural representation.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are available for $11. So grab the family and head to see this kinda oofy, but undoubtedly entertaining film.
Pumpkin Carving Night w/ New Belgium Brewery @ Maria’s Packaged Goods 960 W 31st St., 5:00PM – 9:00PM
WHAT: Pumpkins and beer together
SO WHAT: Maria’s and New Belgium Brewery will be teaming up for a fun night of pumpkin carving and specialty brews. The carving tools and pumpkins will provided with no purchase necessary for you to whittle away the hours. Even if pumpkin carving isn’t up your alley you can enjoy some special fall tappings including a tart Pumpkick, a nice sour Le Terroir, a hoppy Bretta IPA, and the Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ale that just speaks for itself.
NOW WHAT: Its free so head over to Maria’s and do some last minute carving!
American Football/Low/Joan of Arc @ The Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield, 6:30PM
WHAT: Three essential bands with a long history
SO WHAT: After their massively influential self titled debut, American Football are back with another self titled album that continues their musical legacy. Joining them at the Vic will be fellow Chicago band Joan of Arc, whose history is so vast and varied that it includes members of American Football in their lineup at any given time (Kinsella family unite!). Plus Low, the nation’s purveyors of the best minimalist indie rock, will be a part of this amazing concert.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $30 and will be well worth it!
The Gold Web & Strange Doll Haus @ Emporium Wicker Park, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave., 9:00PM
WHAT: Wild costumes, art-glam tunes, and arcade machines
SO WHAT: The Gold Web is Chicago’s art-glam monstrosity. They mix their gonzo theatrical stage shows with thier flashy and utter catchy songs that hypnotize you with surreal synths and manic beats. They’ll be playing two sets of absolute madness for Emporium, giving the crowd a Halloween show they deserve. Joining them throughout the night will be Strange Doll Haus, one of Chicago’s premier drag families featuring Electra Cute-Queen (Matt Kelps), Fox E. Kim, and Lexi Pro. They’re seriously taking the Chicago drag scene by storm and will be MCing and performing between sets.
NOW WHAT: Free show just in time for your Halloween weekend
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30th
Day of the Dead Chicago @ National Museum of Mexican Art , 1852 W. 19th St., 3:00PM – 8:00PM
WHAT: A chance to participate in this little part of Mexican culture at the National Museum of Mexican Art
SO WHAT: Bring your family, friends and loved ones to celebrate Day of the Dead as the Museum and surrounding area transform into a beautiful work of art. To commemorate this special day, guests will be able to enjoy face painting, art activities, ofrenda (altar) demonstrations, live musical performances, and Pan de Muerto (Day of the Dead Bread). Attendees can also participate in unique ways like being a part of a giant illuminated ofrenda (altar) by submitting a photo of someone you love who has passed away . The photographs will be projected onto the Museum’s exterior walls on October 30th. You can also create your own ofrenda behind the Museum in Harrison Park by registering here.
NOW WHAT: The event is free but if you would like to donate, you can do so at their website.
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