Chicago’s October Festivals

As the weather starts to get colder, festival opportunities in the Windy City start to dwindle. Get in your last few in as festival season comes to a close, whether you’re interested in immersing yourself in international culture or sipping on something special.

The Chicago Beer Festival

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via Flickr user heyrocc

Located in Union Station, this fest allows you to sample seasonal fall beers from both domestic and international brewers. Tickets aren’t sold at the door, so get yours from the website now so you can eat, drink a lot, and be merry!

Dates: October 24th
Admission: $45
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via Flickr user Quinn Dombrowski

The Chicago Botanic Garden offers a great chance for the whole family to get into the spirit of Halloween. With a spooky forest, giveaways, face painting, free snacks, and more, there’s something for everyone.

Dates: October 24-25
Admission: In advance – $14/$19 member/nonmember, Day of –$17/$22 member/nonmember, Children 2 and under are free
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Chicago International Film Festival

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via Flickr user yuan2003

This festival has been around for over 50 years and gives Chicagoans the chance to see the most groundbreaking films from across the globe. With some free screenings and educational programs, anyone can participate in this cultural event.

Dates: October 15-29
Admission: Prices vary, see website
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