Things to do this weekend in Chicago (October 13th – 15th)

Three glass pumpkins sitting on a concrete ledge.

Glass Pumpkin Patch

The 13th Annual Glass Pumpkin Patch is scheduled to commence on Friday, October 13, 2023, and will continue until Sunday, October 15, 2023. The event’s operating hours will be from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day, and it will be hosted at the West Lawn and Staff Lot situated on the East Side of the Arboretum. Admission to the event is included with your Arboretum admission, and it’s essential to be aware that this event will proceed regardless of the weather conditions, rain or shine.

lighted jack o lantern decors
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Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns

Experience eerie atmospheres amidst the cool autumn nights during the Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns. Here, intricately carved pumpkins by artists illuminate your path through the Garden once the sun sets. Along the paved trail, you’ll encounter performers in costumes and live pumpkin carving demonstrations. Additionally, there’s an opportunity to indulge in seasonal snacks and beverages available for purchase. It’s a touch of wicked delight suitable for all to enjoy.

white and orange pumpkins on table
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Field Family Nights: Boo with SUE

Indulge in a night of adventure at the Field Museum, where you can “trick-or-treat” yourself to an evening of exploration! This after-hours event, not too spooky, promises to ignite curiosity for the entire family. Families with children aged 2 to 12 will have the chance to get intimately acquainted with creepy crawlies, perform their very own owl pellet dissection, embark on captivating museum expeditions, and gain insights into our collection of specimens through engaging interactions with our team of scientists. Don’t forget to wear your costumes – they’re encouraged!

Enjoy Chicago! ~ Juliana