10 Things to Do this Weekend

October 10, 2013

1 Director James Gray will be walking the red carpet as his film, “The Immigrant,” kicks off the 49th annual Chicago International Film Festival. The Chicago Theatre is the site for Chicago premiere for the flick that stars Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner. The Chicago Cultural Center will host the post-screening reception. Oct. 10, 6 p.m. red carpet walk, 7 p.m. Opening night tickets are $150. 175 N. State St., (312) 494-9509, www.chicagofilmfestival.com.

Adults who really get into the spirit of the Halloween holiday season will appreciate having their wits scared out of them at The Fear Haunted House, which at Navy Pier opens this week. The attraction, which is open all month, also offers tamer lights-on option during the day for those with kids. The kid-friendly alternative is also open on Monday for Columbus Day. Oct. 10 and Oct. 13, 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., Oct. 11 and Oct. 12, 7 p.m. until 11 p.m., Oct. 12 through Oct. 14, noon until 5 p.m. features the lights-on alternative. Tickets and packages range from $12 to $125. 600 E. Grand Ave., www.thefearhauntedhouse.com.

The Village Long Grove’s Oktoberfest ends this weekend. If you haven’t celebrated the season with a hayride, an autumnal beer or live German music concert, now is your chance, perhaps the last chance for 11 months. Oct. 12 and Oct. 13, 1 p.m. – 4 pm. music, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. hayrides. Free. 135 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove, (847) 634-0888, www.visitlonggrove.com.

For 40 years, residential buildings in Pullman, the southside town the railroad built, have been open to the public just one weekend a year, and this is that weekend. Check out the insides of these 120-year-old icons during the Historic Pullman House Tour. The Pullman area under consideration to become a national park; presumably by then national parks will be re-opened. Fortunately, a government shutdown won’t stop you this weekend. Oct. 12 and Oct. 13, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance through Thursday, $20 at the door. 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave., (773) 785-8901, www.pullmanil.org/housetour.htm.

Humorist Delia Ephron (author of movie screenplays including “You’ve Got Mail”) will speak and read from her new book at Cahn Auditorium as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival Fall Festival. Oct. 13, 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. 600 Emerson St., (312) 494-9509, chicagohumanities.org.

See five Harbor Country homes, and eat well while you do so during Designs For Dignity’s Tenth Annual Kitchen Walk. The home tour offers a look into some of the resort area’s prettiest kitchens, with snacks prepared by Chicago chefs. Oct. 12, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET. Tickets range from $100 for the tour or $110 for the tour plus a bus ride from Chicago to $150 for a VIP treatment with recipe cards, proceeds benefit Designs for Dignity’s efforts to provide design services for those in need. 15998 Red Arrow Hwy., Union Pier, Mich. (800) 351-6354,www.designsfordignityorg.ticketleap.com/kitchenwalk.

The Knocking Out Breast Cancer Fashion Show features clothing from Bates Designs, a South Loop boutique that focuses on custom looks. Models for the show, held at Venue One, are all breast cancer survivors. Oct. 13, 5 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. fashion show, 9 p.m. party. Tickets are $250, proceeds benefit Sinai Health Systems. 1044 W. Randolph St., (312) 808-8091, www.barbarabatesfoundation.org.

BellyQ Chef/Owner Bill Kim will show you how to make sauces to spice up your dishes during aBellyQ Live Cooking Demo. The class offers step-by-step lessons followed by a family-style meal. Oct. 12, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost is $50 per person, including food and drink. 1400 W. Randolph St., (312) 563-1010, www.brownpapertickets.com.

The Midnight Circus in the Parks extravaganza continues, this weekend at Commercial Park in West Town. This literal circus act sets up a big top in the park with a show of acrobats and others. Oct. 12, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Oct. 13, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $14 – $15, proceeds help fund park improvements. Since 2007 the program has raised more than $400,000 for park programs. 1845 W. Rice St., www.CircusInTheParks.org.

10 Space519 hosts Decades, a Hollywood-style trunk show with vintage and modern designer consignment goods. This is the seventh time this event, which features clothes from celebrity closets, has come to the Windy City. Oct. 12, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Oct. 13, noon – 6 p.m. 900 N. Michigan Ave., (312) 751-1519, www.shopdecadesinc.com.

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