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Lincoln Park Fall Fun

Posted on October 7, 2020

There are so many great and safe ways to celebrate fall in Lincoln Park. Whether it’s from home or out in the chilly air, safely celebrate the season at your favorite neighborhood spots.


Family Fun

Spooktacular
Friday, October 16 – Sunday, October 31
Trick-or-treating will not take place this year to keep our neighbors and businesses safe, but Spooktacular 2020 still has plenty of ways to get in the spirit. Embrace the season with Halloween specials, virtual programs, and festive menu items at local Clark Street businesses.

Online Costume Contest – Spooktacular
Virtual
Show off costumes in this year’s Spooktacular Online Costume Contest for a chance to win prizes. Winners will be announced on Sunday, October 31.

Pumpkin Painting Contest – NEWCITY
Virtual – Ends Saturday, October 31
NEWCITY is inviting all Chicagoans to paint, carve, or decorate a pumpkin and enter for a chance to win a $100 gift card to a NEWCITY retailer. Anyone interested can submit a photo of their pumpkin on Instagram and tag @newcityexpereince using the hashtag #NEWCITYDIYPumpkin! Pumpkins will be judged, and four winners will be announced via Instagram on Saturday, October 31st.

Halloween Window Painting – Lincoln Common
2369 N. Lincoln
Saturday, October 24 – Sunday, October 25
Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, Lincoln Common will transform its storefront windows into spooky blank canvases for kids (and kids at heart) to paint their own Halloween mini-mural. Costumes and creativity are encouraged, and face masks are required.

Thriller Performance Bootcamp – Urbanity Dance Chicago
1611 N Sheffield Ave
Saturday, Oct 31, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Join in on Urbanity Dance’s Thriller performance! Make your Halloween extra special this year with this fun, fast-paced dance experience. This 2-Hour Bootcamp is available to virtual and in-person zombies.

Pumpkin Patch – Marillac St Vincent
2145 N Halsted
Saturday, Oct 31, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Grab your mask and pick up a free pumpkin on Halloween! (Use Webster entrance for this event)

Complimentary Halloween Mini Shoots – Classic Kids Chicago 
1003 W Armitage Ave
Friday, October 23, Saturday, October 24, & Saturday, October 31
Classic Kids Chicago is offering free Halloween Mini Photoshoots for your little ones! Appointments are required in order to ensure adherence to social distancing and safety protocols. Call today to schedule your appointment – (773) 296-2607

Falloween Fest – Lakeshore Sport & Fitness
1320 W. Fullerton
Saturday, October 17, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Stop by Falloween Fest for everything fall! Entry is complimentary, which means you won’t want to miss any of the excitement including the Euro Bungee, a 90 ft. long inflatable obstacle course, a 40 ft. inflatable slide, Ghoulish Performers, carnival games, pumpkin painting, a beer garden, and more.

Homemade Caramel Apples – Terry’s Toffee 
1009 W Armitage Ave
Tuesday, October 13 – Saturday, October 31
Terry’s Toffee Homemade Caramel Apples are available now through Halloween. Pre-orders are available – please email orders@terrystoffee.com or call the shop at (312) 733-2700. Limited quantities available each week, so get in there soon!

Pumpkin Patch Pop-Up – NEWCITY
1457 N. Halsted
Sunday, October 11 – Friday, October 30
Pick up your own free pumpkin (one per person, while supplies last) from the pumpkin patch and enter a virtual pumpkin carving contest.

Pumpkin Walk – Lincoln Park Zoo
2234 N. Cannon
Every Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Ends October 31
Stroll a new path through Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo adorned with pumpkins carved by both professionals and amateurs.

Celebrate Halloween with Habitat for Humanity – Ranalli’s
1925 N. Lincoln
Wednesday, October 14, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Get your annual pumpkin carving out of the way while also giving back! Grab your Pumpkin Kit from Ranalli’s – includes pumpkin, stencils, and sweets!

Halloween Favor Bags – Terry’s Toffee 
1009 W Armitage Ave
Tuesday, October 13 – Saturday, October 31
Grab a 3-piece favor bag or cube of Classic Almond Toffee for Halloween. These tasty spooky treats are available now through Halloween for only $5 each!

Haunted History Tours – Lincoln Park Zoo
Virtual
October 6 – 31, Every Tuesday, Wednesday, & Saturday, at 7:00 p.m.
Join Adam Selzer — author, podcaster, and host of Mysterious Chicago Tours—for spine-tingling virtual walkabouts that dig into the zoo’s cemetery roots and locations from throughout its allegedly haunted history.

Oktoberfest – Lakeshore Sport & Fitness
1320 W. Fullerton
Sunday, October 11, 12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Stop by Oktoberfest for all you can eat food, Belgium style beers and fun wines for purchase, and free hot dogs and warm apple cider for the kids!

Fall Nature Walks – Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon
Friday, October 9 & Tuesday, October 13, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Register your family for a guided nature walk through the museum’s outdoor exhibits! Learn about the plants and animals that call the museum’s grounds home. From grasses to trees to bugs to birds, you never know what we’ll see! Registration required.

Green City Market
1817 N. Clark
Every Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Ends November 21
Outdoor season just got extended with Green City Market! Check out their Lincoln Park location before it’s too late.

Zoo Nights – Lincoln Park Zoo
2234 N. Cannon
September 19 – October 31, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Enjoy Lincoln Park Zoo’s limited time extended evening hours with new fall decor, food and beverage by Levy Restaurants, and a family-friendly outdoor experience.

Walk the Pond – Lincoln Park Conservancy
Virtual
September 26 – October 31
Join their month-long opportunity to explore nature close to your home, enjoy nature play and educational activities related to pond ecology and other aspects of the North Pond restoration, and to spread the word about the North Pond project on social media.


Costumes

Chicago Costume
1120 W. Fullerton
Looking for a Halloween costume? Chicago Costume has been outfitting residents of Chicago in simple to elaborate costumes since 1976.


Adult’s Only Night

Horror Movie Mondays – Maplewood Brew
2717 N. Maplewood
Every Monday 3:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Ends October 26
During the month of October, the Lounge will be playing horror movies to coincide with reservations every Monday. Book your reservation for a two-hour time slot!

America the Beautiful Wine Festival – Geja’s Cafe
340 W. Armitage
Daily – Ends November 30
Enjoy wine from across the country during the America the Beautiful Wine Festival.

Thriller Performance Class – Urbanity Dance Chicago
Virtual
October 31, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Learn the choreography to Thriller taught by Mahogany Beal and then Zombie up for a final video shoot and FB Live Performance on actual Halloween Night!

Insomnia Cookies - Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce -960 x 130

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