Take a bite out of the season at the annual Lincoln Square Ravenswood Apple Fest. Sample ciders and apple-inspired dishes, including apple and cinnamon empanadas, apple curry chicken, apple smoked beef brisket and apple panzanelle salad. An apple pie-baking contest (10 a.m. Sunday), pet costume parade (10 a.m. Saturday) and live music are also on tap.
Details: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday along Lincoln Avenue between Lawrence and Eastwood avenues. $5 suggested donation / MAP
Find more fests: 2019 Fall Festival Guide
Jack-o’-lantern towers and glowing light displays at Pier Pumpkin Lights cast an autumnal glow on Navy Pier. Check out the nearly 1,000 pumpkins and pop-up installations featured throughout the lakeside venue, including the garden of totems, pumpkin dancers and arachnids (eek!). Visit once the sun’s down – organizers say displays are best experienced after dusk.
Details: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Nov. 1; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 2 at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. Free / MAP
Artist Dorian Sylvain pays homage to the legacy of Bronzeville and the black arts movement in Chicago with the new community art project “Color Me Southside.” Grab a paintbrush and cup of paint to help Sylvain complete the mural, spearheaded by Mariano's Bronzeville.
Details: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday at Mariano’s, 3857 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. Free / MAP
Summer may be over, but you can get a jump-start on spring planting at the Fall Bulb Festival. More than 250 varieties of daffodils, tulips, crocus and specialty bulbs are available for purchase. Plant now and see them sprout in the spring. Enjoy live music, a harvest market and vendors offering baked goods. Be sure to swing by “gourd mountain” for a seasonal selfie.
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Free with paid parking $25-$30 / MAP
5. Chow down
Slices from more than a dozen restaurants are on the menu at the Chicago Pizza Summit. Enjoy classic takes on the Italian dish and pizza-inspired cuisine, like pizza in a bag. A pop-up exhibit from the U.S. Pizza Museum, photo booth and DJs round things out.
Details: Sessions at 2-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Sunday at the Theater on the Lake, 2401 N. Lake Shore Drive. $45 (includes three drink tickets) / MAP
Pumpkins are synonymous with fall. Pick your own at the Pumpkin Patch at Ada Park. Pony rides, games, arts and crafts, face painting and hayrides are also on tap. Find more pumpkin patches in and around Chicago.
Details: Noon-4 p.m. Sunday at Ada Park, 11250 S. Ada St. Free / MAP
The Sanderson sisters may just cast a spell on you as you watch “Hocus Pocus” at the Chicago Park District’s Campfire Horrors film series. Following the cult classic is the 1931 film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein.” Cozy up to a campfire to roast marshmallows for a snack.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday at Northerly Island, 1521 S. Linn White Drive. Free / MAP
Attire from the ‘40s through the ‘70s, handbags and accessories are among the many offerings from 50 vendors at the Chicago Vintage Clothing & Jewelry show.
Details: 3-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N. Sheridan Road. $8 general admission good for both days / MAP
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater and Cerque Rivera Dance Theatre team up for an exploration of identity and culture through dance and live music. Highlights include the performance of “Mar de Fuego,” a flamenco ballet by Ensemble Español; and “American Catracho,” a work that draws inspiration from immigration stories by Cerque Rivera Dance Theatre.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Roosevelt University, Auditorium Theater, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive. $29-$68 / MAP
The purr-fect way to watch a movie is cuddled up with a cat. And you can do just that at Windy Kitty Cat Cafe’s first fall movie night. Watch the 1968 fantasy film, “Labryinth” starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. Event is BYOB (but cats will be provided, so do not bring your own). Popcorn and water are also provided.
Details: 6:15-8:15 p.m. Friday at Windy Kitty Cat Café, 1746 W. North Ave. $20 / MAP
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