Weekend Events Around Town: 10/21 – 10/23

Need some ideas for what to do this weekend? Chicago Tonight knows what is going on!

Jewelry And Wearable Art Chicago presents an art sale and exhibition at the Zhou B Art Center as part of Chicago Artists Month. The center provides a space for artists looking to go beyond the traditional production of clothing and jewelry. The show features 10 artists, who create wearable pieces in the realm of fine art. Seven of the artists are locally-based, including Chicago Artists Month featured artist, Christine Simpson Forni. Learn more about the event. Free admission.

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Virtual Artist
1029 W. 35th St.
Chicago, IL 60609
Friday, October 21: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, October 22: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sunday, October 23: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s silver anniversary season kicks off with a dazzling musical, Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning play, Follies. Set in the 1970s, the show follows a group of actors and showgirls who reunite at the theater where they used to work, just before its demolition. As they reminisce about the past, shadows of their former selves join them on stage to reenact their memories and regrets, and help them cope with the present. Learn more about the show. The musical runs through November 13. Admission ranges from $55 - $75.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Navy Pier
800 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Friday, October 21: 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 22: 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 23: 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm

After Dark at The Art Institute of Chicago
Ever wanted to explore a museum at night? After Dark gives you just that chance, with free reign of The Art Institute’s Modern Wing, decked out with a cash bar and free appetizers. Enjoy special tours of this month’s featured gallery, Windows on the War: Soviet TASS Posters at Home and Abroad, 1941–1945, as DJs spin danceable tunes. Admission is $20 for museum members and students, $25 for non-members.

The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
Friday, October 21: 9:00 pm – 12:00 am

The Chicago Way Literary Series
The Chicago Way is a traveling literary series that features Chicago authors on Chicago topics. Every month features a different format tailored to the featured author. This month, best-selling author Jamie Freveletti releases her newest thriller, The Ninth Day, with an interactive party featuring readings by the author and an audience-based  interview. Chicago crime-themed games and prizes are featured, as well as a book signing with Freveletti. Admission is free.

The Hidden Shamrock
2723 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60614
Sunday, October 23: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Alliance of Artists Communities: 20th Anniversary Conference
Featured as part of Chicago Artists Month, come support and explore the work of visual artists, writers, filmmakers and more. The conference’s theme looks at the “the relevance of place,” how the setting matters in art-making. Listen to speakers cover a variety of art and artist-related topics, or attend events such as a bookbinding workshops and neighborhood tours. Visit the conference’s website for the full list of events, conference sessions, parties and off-site tours.

Columbia College Chicago
Film Row Center
1104 S. Wabash, 8th Floor
Chicago, IL 60605
Friday, October 21, Saturday, October 22 & Sunday, October 23

Boo at the Zoo
Looking for somewhere not-so-scary to take the little ones? The Brookfield Zoo has a slew of activities on weekends until Halloween. Afternoons feature a costume parade, a “haunted” carousel, hayrides, a corn maze, and of course – plenty of spooky animals! Hang around with Rodrigues fruit bats, discover creepy crawlies such as black widow spiders and scorpions, meet a great horned owl and learn about Mexican gray wolves. Admission to the zoo ranges from $9.50 for children and seniors to $13.50 for adults.

Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Rd.
Brookfield, IL 60513
Saturday, October 22 & Sunday October 23: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

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