This weekend is Halloween and Chicago is ready. So ready, the holiday in the city is being dubbed Chicagoween.
Parks, buildings and streets throughout Chicago are festively decorated, and there is an array of activities for your kids and for the kid in you.
Here are some of the highlights:
Daley Plaza is being transformed into Franken Plaza from October 29-31 with special performances, hayrides, trick-or-treating, arts and crafts and more.
*On Friday at 2:15 and 4:15 p.m., artisan Steve Dahlke will carve a 200-pound pumpkin.
*A Monster Bash is planned for Saturday with a costume contest and treats.
*Chicago’s Midnight Circus will perform throughout the weekend
*Pyrotechniq fire dancers will perform at 7:30 p.m. each night
*Learn to dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller video at 5 p.m. on Sunday courtesy of the Chicago Dance Institute.
*Also participating will be Radio Disney, poetic storyteller Oba William King and Magician Magic Matt
For the complete lineup and schedule, visit www.explorechicago.org.
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What’s a holiday without a parade? Thousands are expected to be participants or spectators for the annual Northalsted Halloween Parade, which will feature floats for the first time ever.
The parade, dubbed the “Little Street of Horrors,” steps off at 6:15 p.m. on Halloween at Belmont and Halsted, then heads north before returning south to a main stage at Halsted and Roscoe where there will be post-parade entertainment.
There will be thousands of dollars in costume contest cash and prizes for kids, pets, adults, couples and groups.
Registration to be in the parade for:
*Children and pets: Will be at Space Park, on Roscoe just west of Halsted, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
*Adults, couples and groups: At SPIN nightclub, at the northwest corner of Belmont and Halsted, from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
For more information, visit www.northalsted.com.
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Halloween is happening on Saturday in Lincoln Square as the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce presents Halloween Happenings.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 30 there will be trick-or-treating at participating businesses, art activities, a pet costume contest, a kid costume contest and more.
For all the ghoulish excitement, check out this flyer or visit www.lincolnsquare.org.
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Want to stock up on candy before Halloween? Bring a kid to Chicago French Market on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. where individual vendors will be distributing treats.
Chicago French Market, 131 N. Clinton St., is Chicago’s first and only year-round indoor marketplace.
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The following are FREE Chicago Park District events this weekend:
Friday, October 29
What: Halloween Carnival; with games, treats, crafts, costume contest
Where: Norwood Park, 5801 N. Natoma Ave., Chicago
Time: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Ages: 8 and under
What: Halloween Party; with goodie bags, games, crafts
Where: Mayfair Park, 4550 W. Sunnyside Ave., Chicago
Time: 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Ages: 2 to 10
What: Halloween Party; with games and crafts
Where: Gompers Park, 4222 W. Foster Ave., Chicago
Time: 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.
Ages: 4 to 10
What: Halloween Party; with games, a dance contest, costume parade and treats
Where: Loyola Park, 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave., Chicago
Time: 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Ages: 3 to 13
What: Costume Contest; with prizes
Where: McGuane Park, 2901 S. Poplar Ave., Chicago
Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
Ages: 1 to 12
What: McKinley Halloween Crafts; with prizes for 1st and 2nd place
Where: McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Rd., Chicago
Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Ages: 1 to 12
Saturday, October 30
What: Pumpkin Patch; Pick a pumpkin and personalize it at the pumpkin decorating station, plus enjoy a petting zoo, horse-drawn hayride, face painting, kid-friendly inflatables
Where: Peterson Park, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd., Chicago
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ages: All ages; there could be a fee for various activities
Sunday, October 31
What: 11th Annual Halloween Bash; with games, performances and dancing
Where: Indian Boundary Park and Cultural Center, 2500 W. Lunt Ave., Chicago
Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Ages: 6 to 12
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There are more activities in the city, like scary and family friendly Haunted Houses, that are available for a fee.
For details on everything Chicagoween, check out www.chicagoparkdistrict.com, and have a Happy and Safe Halloween!