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Open House Chicago Studio

Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady | Chicago, Ill.


Celebrate Open House Chicago with CAF! Using LEGO bricks and imagination, kids can build the city of their dreams based on the historic 1909 Chicago plan by Daniel Burnham. Young architectural enthusiasts can build model skyscrapers, create new spaces and design the next greatest city in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio at CAF.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Open House Chicago

Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady | Chicago, Ill.


Behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings across Chicago. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago's diverse neighborhoods.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free.

Costume Design with Anna Glowacki

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Work with theater costume designer Anna Glowacki and play with patterns, fabric and recycled materials to create your own simple costume piece.

When: 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday; 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Cost: Free with admission

Hayrides at The Grove

The Grove | Glenview, Ill.

Enjoy an evening hayride through the grounds, followed by a marshmallow roast and popcorn over an open campfire. Registration required. Oct. 12, 20 and 26.

When: Call for times
Cost: $8.75, $7 resident

PianoForte Family Series: “The Story of Babar”

PianoForte Studios | Chicago, Ill.

Kids of all ages will love the musical retelling of two fun and beautiful French tales. Toys come to life and a cardboard solider falls for a doll in "The Toy Box," Claude Debussy's playful love story. And a classic children's book, The Story of Babar, is colorfully depicted with Francis Poulenc's interpretation of the lovable elephant's adventures. Solo piano with English narration.

When: 3 p.m.
Cost: $5

Pockets, Seasons, Rhymes & Reasons

Evanston SPACE | Evanston, Ill.

Wendy & DB celebrate the debut Children's Music CD "Pockets, Seasons, Rhymes & Reasons" with lots of surprises in the celebration. Along with Wendy & DB with their guitars, Geoffrey Lowe will be on Bass, Dennis Calito on Percussion & Dean Rolando on Piano. A portion of the proceeds will go to VH1 Save The Music to help fund school music programs.

When: 2-4 p.m.
Cost: $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door

13 Terrors

Theater on the Lake | Chicago, Ill.

Terror reigns at the eerie Theater on the Lake as visitors confront evil clowns, a spinning vortex and creepy mausoleum filled with deadly ghouls.

When: 7-10 p.m.
Cost: $10

Fall Festival

Southminster Presbyterian Church | Glen Ellyn, Ill.


Includes fall crafts, games, face painting, treats, a cookie/candy walk and bobbing for donuts. Costumes are optional (nothing scary or violent please) or come as you are.

When: 3-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Schoolhouse Rock Live!

Joliet Park District | Joliet, Ill.

Join Tom, a nerve-wracked schoolteacher nervous about his first day of teaching. As he tries to relax by watching TV, various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music, through such beloved Schoolhouse Rock songs as Just A Bill, Inter-planet Janet, and Conjunction Junction.

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Cost: $9-$12

UniverSoul Circus

Union Park | Chicago, Ill.

One-of-a-kind show features a cast of performers hand-selected from around the world. The cross-cultural spectacle incorporates pop and hip-hop music for a modern take on the traditional circus act. Performances include Caribbean dancers; Irina Markova's comedy dogs; contortionists; and teeterboard acrobatics. Visit for information.

When: Check website for schedule
Cost: $16-$35

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