Chicago October 2022

Chicago October 2022 Events

Chicago October 2022 Events

Get in the Spooky Spirit and Check Out Halloween-Themed Events in Chicago

Average temperature low and high: 50°- 62°
From Nightmare on Chicago Street, to the Haunted Halloween Ball, Chicago has lots of cool events in celebration of Halloween time to check out. There are also cool culinary events throughout the month to help you explore this food focused-city; check out the Cantigny Food Truck Festival or the Chicago's Taste of a Nation event. Whatever you decide, the October calendar if filled with fun options.

October Event Calendar

Chicago International Film Festival

Chicago International Film Festival Play Video

The legendary Chicago International Film Festival first started in 1964 and has since been an anticpated event that promotes art, culture, and education through filmmaking. Over the course of 11 days, this festival will feature the screening of over 80 films and over 60 short films at local theaters and drive-in theaters, including at-home virtual screenings of all film genres. Stay tuned for more information including ticket purchases and a comprehensive list of films.

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Cantigny Food Truck Festival

Cantigny Food Truck Festival

Attention foodies: check out the inaugural Cantigny Food Truck Festival! Expanding from 15 food trucks to over 25, you'll get to try some of the best eats in the area! In addition to food trucks, the event will feature a local vendor village and live music. Kids will have access to enjoy the Red Oak Farms playground, and everyone can explore the Cantigny Park grounds (gardens, nature trails, and the tank park will all be open). Admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

Halloween Day Crawl

Halloween Day Crawl

No need to wait for trick-or-treating hours to celebrate Halloween. Start things off early in River North at the Halloween Day Crawl. Join others dressed in costumes hop from one bar to the next. Tickets include a free brunch buffet, gift cards to use on the crawl, a costume contest, giveaways and more. Tickets are available online.

Haunted Halloween Ball

Haunted Halloween Ball Play Video

Lavish VIP nightclub meets eerie haunted house at the annual Halloween Ball. Twenty thousand square feet of a 120+-year-old hotel (The Congress a Hotel), known as one of the most haunted hotels in the world, will transform into an abandoned hotel operated by zombies. Put on your best costume and dance the night away! The ball will feature a great DJ, theatric performances, and a costume contest with a prize. VIP tables and group discounts will also be available.

WingOut Chicago

WingOut Chicago

No matter if you prefer drums or flats, the annual WingOut Chicago event will feature some of the best chicken wings that the city has to offer. Over 20 varieties will be served, (classic buffalo, honey chili, jerk, wood smoked, spicy garlic, southern BBQ, habanero hot, and more) and attendees will have access to all-you-can-eat wings! There will also be drinks for purchase and a stage for live Reggae music.

Chicago Beer Festival

Chicago Beer Festival

The autumn season is a great time to taste some yummy refreshing beers! In addition to good music and food, the Chicago Beer Festival will feature tastings from over 65 breweries. Hosted at the Field Museum, General admission to the festival ($50) includes samples from over 65 breweries and access to the museum. VIP tickets are $65, and they include the same general admission benefits with the addition of admission to an extra hour at the beginning of the festival that will feature pours of specialty beers.

Chicago Events in October

Concerts

Theater & Headliners

Sports

Nightclubs

Upcoming events

Sat, Oct 01 at Beauty Bar GRRRL POWER!
Sat, Oct 01 at Sound Bar Gareth Emery Threeway Tour 2022 at Sound-Bar
Sun, Oct 02 at Beauty Bar Soundtrack of Your Life : EMO vs…
Thu, Oct 06 at Beauty Bar Timehop Thursdays
Fri, Oct 07 at Sound Bar Will Sparks at Sound-Bar
Sat, Oct 08 at Beauty Bar Y2K : Millenium Dance Party
Things to do in Chicago

Things to Do in Chicago in October

Try a Chicago Italian Beef Sandwich

Try a Chicago Italian Beef Sandwich
Slices of roasted sirloin cooked in a seasoned broth and stuffed inside an Italian-style roll, the Italian beef sandwich is a Chicago staple that's a must-try when in town. There's no debate about who has the best one, make sure you stop by Al’s Italian Beef’s for this mouth-watering sandwich. You won't regret it.

Visit Old Fashioned Candies

Visit Old Fashioned Candies
Get your sweet fix at this nostalgic candy store that has been open since 1969. This family-run business hooks locals and visitors with their handmade chocolates and penny candies. They even sell supply kits to take with you to make your own candy at home.