Throughout the month, Chicago will celebrate its local artists with a series of events and art displays. This year’s theme is “Art Block by Block,” which honors the impact of Chicago artists on individual Chicago neighborhoods.
October 1-31/Daley Plaza
This month-long celebration of Halloween is popular with visitors and residents alike. At the festival, stop by the farmer’s market for the fresh fall harvest, catch live performances or enjoy arts and crafts.
October 7/All over Chicago
Along with the races in Boston in New York City, the Chicago Marathon is one of the biggest marathons in the country each year. Thousands of participants come from all over the world to participate in this annual race.
Columbus Day Parade
October 8/Columbus Drive
This downtown parade offers a wonderful way to celebrate Christopher Columbus’ historic voyage. In addition, the colorful floats and dedicated marchers pay tribute to the strong Italian-American presence in Chicago.
Harvest Day at the Farm-in-the-Zoo
October 12-13/Lincoln Park Zoo
Get into the spirit of the fall season by attending this Harvest Days festival at Chicago’s free zoo. The celebration includes arts and crafts, live music and the opportunity to pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.
The annual Halloween parade held in the Lakeview neighborhood is one of the most fun and exciting events of the season. Expect to spot some of the most outrageous and extravagant costumes that you’ve ever seen.