Chicago October 2020 Events

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

From Nightmare on Chicago Street, a creepy, interactive, zombie-themed street party to the Haunted Halloween Ball, a theatrical, over-the-top gala, 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

Cantigny Food Truck Festival

17 Oct, 2020
Cantigny Park Grounds MAP
Cantigny Food Truck Festival

Attention foodies: check out the inaugural Cantigny Food Truck Festival! Expanding this year 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; parking is $5. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

Open House Chicago

17-18 Oct, 2020
Open House Chicago

Every year when October comes around, the Chicago Architecture Center hosts a free 2-day festival open to the public. Open House Chicago focuses on highlighting and exploring over 250 of Chicago's most significant places with behind-the-scenes access. Attendees will get to see historic mansions, private clubs, sacred spaces, hotels, offices, theaters, and more!

Chicago's Taste of the Nation

23 Oct, 2020

Join over 30 of the best chefs and mixologists in the region, like co-chair Joe Flamm – Top Chef Season 15 Winner, at Chicago's Taste of the Nation! The event will feature socializing with top culinary crafters, bite-size fare, craft cocktails, and tasty desserts. All proceeds support the No Kid Hungry campaign’s work to end childhood hunger in Illinois. This event is for ages 21 and up. Tickets will be available in late Summer 2020.

Nightmare on Chicago Street

24 Oct, 2020
109 East Chicago Street MAP
Nightmare on Chicago Street

Get in the spooky season spirit at this zombie-themed event! Nightmare on Chicago Street will feature bands, booze, food vendors, a zombie homecoming parade and pageant, cage matches, live graffiti artists, a hookah lounge, costume contest, and  more! Make it to the safe zone and help the Zombie Defense Initiative keep citizens alive at this interactive, theatrical experience. Only for ages 17 and up, attendees under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Ticket information will be available online soon.

Halloween Day Crawl

31 Oct, 2020 11:00 am
River North MAP
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! Starting at 11am, 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 will be available online soon.

Haunted Halloween Ball

31 Oct, 2020
Crowne Plaza MAP
Haunted Halloween Ball

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 $2,000 prize. Early bird general admission is $20. VIP tables and group discounts will also be available.

Chicago Concerts in October

  • 10/01/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/01/2020 Tiny Meat Gang Tour: Cody Ko & Noel Miller The Chicago Theatre Buy Tickets
  • 10/02/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/02/2020 Wardruna Auditorium Theatre - IL Buy Tickets
  • 10/03/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/03/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/03/2020 Soulwax Metro Chicago Buy Tickets
  • 10/03/2020 Peter Bjorn And John & Methyl Ethel Empty Bottle Buy Tickets
  • 10/04/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/04/2020 Life of Agony Reggie's Rock Club Buy Tickets
  • 10/04/2020 Six - Pop Concert Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/04/2020 Eluveitie & Korpiklaani Concord Music Hall Buy Tickets
  • 10/05/2020 Bruno Major Concord Music Hall Buy Tickets
  • 10/05/2020 The Pretty Reckless Bottom Lounge Buy Tickets
  • 10/06/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/07/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/07/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/07/2020 Hammerfall Concord Music Hall Buy Tickets
  • 10/08/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/09/2020 Jessica Lynn Avondale Music Hall Buy Tickets
  • 10/09/2020 Lyric Opera of Chicago: Lessons In Love and Violence Civic Opera House Buy Tickets
  • 10/09/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/09/2020 Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs Park West Buy Tickets
  • 10/10/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/10/2020 The Bachelor - Live On Stage Cadillac Palace Buy Tickets
  • 10/10/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/10/2020 Chad Daniels Park West Buy Tickets
  • 10/10/2020 The Bachelor - Live On Stage Cadillac Palace Buy Tickets
  • 10/11/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/11/2020 Morbid - A True Crime Podcast Thalia Hall Buy Tickets
  • 10/11/2020 Six - Pop Concert Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/11/2020 The Teskey Brothers Thalia Hall Buy Tickets
  • 10/11/2020 Morbid - A True Crime Podcast Thalia Hall Buy Tickets
  • 10/11/2020 The Teskey Brothers Vic Theatre Buy Tickets
  • 10/13/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/14/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/14/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/15/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/15/2020 Sarah Brightman The Chicago Theatre Buy Tickets
  • 10/16/2020 Fortune Feimster Vic Theatre Buy Tickets
  • 10/16/2020 Sleep On It Beat Kitchen Buy Tickets
  • 10/16/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/16/2020 Snow Patrol Fourth Presbyterian Church Buy Tickets
  • 10/17/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/17/2020 Sleep On It Beat Kitchen Buy Tickets
  • 10/17/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/18/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/18/2020 Six - Pop Concert Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/18/2020 Gabriel Iglesias United Center Buy Tickets
  • 10/20/2020 Bob Weir and Wolf Bros The Chicago Theatre Buy Tickets
  • 10/20/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/21/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/21/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/21/2020 Frozen - The Musical Cadillac Palace Buy Tickets
  • 10/22/2020 Frozen - The Musical Cadillac Palace Buy Tickets
  • 10/22/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/22/2020 Frozen - The Musical Cadillac Palace Buy Tickets
  • 10/22/2020 Little Big Town & Caitlyn Smith The Chicago Theatre Buy Tickets
  • 10/23/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/23/2020 Frozen - The Musical Cadillac Palace Buy Tickets
  • 10/23/2020 Einsturzende Neubauten Vic Theatre Buy Tickets
  • 10/23/2020 Little Big Town & Caitlyn Smith The Chicago Theatre Buy Tickets
  • 10/24/2020 Frozen - The Musical Cadillac Palace Buy Tickets
  • 10/24/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/24/2020 Final Fantasy VII Remake Chicago Symphony Center Buy Tickets
  • 10/24/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/24/2020 Frozen - The Musical Cadillac Palace Buy Tickets
  • 10/24/2020 The Revivalists Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom Buy Tickets
  • 10/25/2020 Frozen - The Musical Cadillac Palace Buy Tickets
  • 10/25/2020 Six The Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/25/2020 Frozen - The Musical Cadillac Palace Buy Tickets
  • 10/25/2020 Six - Pop Concert Musical Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Buy Tickets
  • 10/27/2020 Frozen - The Musical Cadillac Palace Buy Tickets
  • 10/28/2020 Frozen - The Musical Cadillac Palace Buy Tickets
  • 10/28/2020 Frozen - The Musical Cadillac Palace Buy Tickets
  • 10/29/2020 Frozen - The Musical Cadillac Palace Buy Tickets
  • 10/30/2020 Frozen - The Musical Cadillac Palace Buy Tickets
  • 10/30/2020 The Lone Bellow Thalia Hall Buy Tickets
  • 10/31/2020 Frozen - The Musical Cadillac Palace Buy Tickets
  • 10/31/2020 Frozen - The Musical Cadillac Palace Buy Tickets

Upcoming Nightclub Events

Thu, Oct 01 at Berlin Nightclub DURO
Fri, Oct 02 at Berlin Nightclub Cosmix Fridays with DJ Greg Haus
Fri, Oct 02 at Smartbar Batu / Hijo Prodigo / Club Politix / JS Alvarez
Sat, Oct 03 at Beauty Bar Welcome To Night Vale
Sat, Oct 03 at Berlin Nightclub Drag Matinee
Sun, Oct 04 at Berlin Nightclub MadonnaRama
Mon, Oct 05 at Berlin Nightclub Mom Jeans
Tue, Oct 06 at Berlin Nightclub TBA