Get the Halloween festivities started early this weekend with two ways to celebrate high above the city. Plus, don’t miss the latest Chicago Humanities Festival and a groundbreaking new exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum.
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Oct. 27-Oct. 31
Dine at The J. Parker all weekend long for gorgeous views of the city and spooky screenings of various Halloween movies.
Celebrate Halloween on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center. For one night only, 360 Chicago is offering 50 percent off admission and free rides on TILT for anyone in costume. Plus, guests will enjoy a full cash/card bar, a magic show with AJ Sacco, a DJ, and free candy (while supplies last).
Begins Oct. 28
Chicago Humanities Festival’s fall programming kicks off this weekend and will run through Nov. 12. This year’s theme is “Belief,” and CHF writes, “Faith in the divine, commitment to a cause, conviction about the truth, trust in our institutions? However we understand the idea, issues of belief have never been more in flux.” Headliners include Al Gore, former vice president of the United States.; Samantha Power, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; Ron Chernow, author of “Alexander Hamilton;” and Reza Aslan, host of CNN’s “Believer.”
Opens Oct. 29
The Illinois Holocaust Museum’s groundbreaking Take a Stand Center opens Sunday with a “mission of empowering and enabling people to stand up for humanity.” This multi-million dollar exhibit will give visitors a chance to “talk” with 13 Holocaust survivors through 3D holography and voice recognition as well as learn about 40 historical and contemporary “Upstanders” who fought for or are continuing to fight for civic, social, economic and environmental rights. Visitors will then take home a toolkit to help them become Upstanders too.
Kohl Children’s Museum re-opened the City on the Move exhibit on Oct. 24 with two new train table sections (one accessible to children in wheelchairs and one built for toddlers) and new additions to the mural. Stop by the museum this weekend to check it out.
- River Roast is hosting a Halloween Pop-Up on Oct. 31 with guest bartenders Laura Green of Duck Duck Goat and Chiyo Takemoto of Coquetel Spirits Co. Guests will enjoy Halloween-themed punch, craft cocktails, gourmet Jell-O shots and more. Tips will be given to the Disability Rights, Education and Defense Fund. Purchase tickets now.
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Anna Carlson writes the weekly 5 Things to Do column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of Glenbrook South High School and the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.