Fun Events in Chicago this Weekend: October 18-20

Ongoing: Chicago Ideas Week
Dates: Oct 14-20, 2013
Venue: Multiple Chicago Locations
Chicago Ideas Week brings together hundreds of the world’s brightest thought leaders to inspire, connect and activate the city of Chicago and beyond. With over 25,000 attendees annually, CIW is the global hub for new ideas, an ecosystem for innovation and a playground of intellectual recreation. See more at: https://www.chicagoideas.com/#sthash.BLjh7Bjs.dpuf

Ongoing: Fashion Focus-Chicago Fashion Week
This citywide celebration of Chicago’s fashion industry from October 15 to 20 includes a variety of runway shows in Millennium Park showcasing the latest trends in menswear, emerging and established designers, shopping events and much more. Read More

Ongoing: Chicago Humanities Festival

The Chicago Humanities Festival mission is to create opportunities for people of all ages to support, enjoy and explore the humanities. Here is the full festival line up

Ongoing: Chicago International Film Festival
Dates: Oct 10-24, 2013
Venue: AMC River East 21
322 E. Illinois St. Chicago, IL 60610
The festival opens a window onto new worlds to Chicagoans through the exploration of other countries, languages, cultures and different ways of thinking, all the while confirming our shared stories and common humanity. Check the schedule here

Ongoing: Chicago Artists Month
Dates: Sep 27-Oct 31, 2013
Venue: Multiple Chicago Locations
The annual month-long celebration is going “In the Neighborhood.” Discover the work of hundreds of Chicago artists through exhibitions, openings, art walks, open studios, performances and opportunities for learning/making. Each weekend CAM focuses on a different neighborhood with a series of art events in curated by a local arts expert. This month, the event will feature the Portgage Park, South Shore/South Chicago, Pilsen/Little Village and East Garfield Park neighborhoods. Read More

Day of the Dead
Dates: Sep 13-Dec 15, 2013
Venue: National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th St. Chicago, IL 60608
Each year, the National Museum of Mexican Art hosts the largest Day of the Dead celebration in the country. The exhibition presents artworks in photography, oil on canvas, wood and linoleum cuts, acid etchings, textiles, cartoneria and other media. Altars, installations, popular art, and fine art by more than 60 Mexican artists from communities in Mexico and the United States are part of the exhibition, which includes dozens of works from the Museum’s Permanent Collection. Read More

10/20: Taste of South Africa with National Geographic at WholeFoods Market
South African wines, dishes, recipes, and fare await you on this special day. Join National Geographic Traveler and South African Tourism exclusively at the South Loop store on this day for a taste of South Africa and lots of raffles, magazine take-aways, and more. Free. Read More

10/20: Third Coast International Audio Festival at Old Town School of Folk Music
A celebration of sound, story and the art of listening… in the dark. Every other fall, the Third Coast stretches its wings, embraces a film festival model (minus the popcorn – too noisy) and presents the Third Coast Filmless Festival – a celebration of sound, story, and the art of listening.Radio fans gather in the dark for themed screenings of unforgettable audio documentaries, plus producer Q&As, workshops and our annual awards ceremony honoring the winners of the Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. Read More

10/20: Open House Chicago
The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is a free public event that offers behind-the-scenes access to over 150 buildings across Chicago. October 19-20, 2013. It’s free! Read More

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