The Chicago Guide to Spooky Season

While summer is the season this city lives for, there’s nothing quite like the first few weeks of crisp air and falling leaves. The best part? Chicago does a great job hosting events of all kinds the minute Halloween candy is put on the shelves. Below we’ve rounded up our favorite events of spooky season in the city.

Park & Field Pumpkin Carving (Logan Square)

This vintage sport-club-inspired restaurant is keeping their popular patio open for the season and inviting you to take part in a favorite fall activity while you dine! Choose and carve your own pumpkins from the patio patch at Park & Field, and get your creative juices flowing with boozy hot drinks and s’mores. The only cost is that of the pumpkin ($5 or $10 depending on the size), and tools/stencils are included. Carving pumpkins without having to clean up the mess? Count us in. RSVP here – this event will occur every day for the rest of October so the date/time is up to you!

Bloody Bathory (Edgewater)

Can’t wait for the latest true-crime podcast to come out? This event is for all you murder-mystery-lovers out there (you know who you are!). Bloody Bathory is an immersive theater experience in Edgewater where you are transported to 16th-century Hungary to relive the murderous acts of Elizabeth Bathory, history’s most prolific female serial killer. The audience is free to move around the rooms of the estate, meeting different characters and experiencing haunting scenes. It’s so immersive, in fact, that at the end the audience will act as a jury to determine Bathory’s guilt. Tickets are $27 for this one-of-a-kind spooky experience.

Thursdays-Saturdays in October at 8:00 pm – Epworth United Methodist Church – Tickets here.

Illumination 2019 (Fulton Market)

Illumination is the New Year’s Eve-level event that you just may want to splurge on. With over 1,000 guests all dressed up in their best costumes, this experiential party is back for its fourth and biggest year. The event will include multiple open bars, interactive light sculptures, a laser/light show, character performances, a DJ, and more tricks and treats yet to be revealed. All the money raised through Illumination 2019 will directly fund research for Retinal Vasculopathy with Cerebral Leukodystrophy, a very rare, genetic condition that affects the central nervous system.

Saturday, October 26th at 9:30 pm – Revel Fulton Market – Tickets here.

Adults Night Out – Great Pumpkin Glow (Lincoln Park)

The Lincoln Park Zoo never passes up an opportunity to throw a party, and the fall is no exception. Adults Night Out will have a corn maze, jack-o-lantern trail, pumpkin patch, cash bars, and complimentary rides on the carousel. If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to wander around the zoo after dark, drink in hand and no strollers to be seen, this is the event for you.

Thursday, October 24th at 6:30 pm – Lincoln Park Zoo – Tickets here.

What is your favorite spooky season event to go to in Chicago? Tell us below in the comments!

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