It may be the first full day of fall, but the festival season is nowhere near over. There's plenty of food, music, art and much more on the calendar in the coming weeks.
Chicago Gourmet - Millennium Park
Chicago gourmet is one of the nations' top culinary events and it's going on now in Millennium Park. Host chef Rick Bayless, along with several other celebrity chefs will lend their talents during cooking demonstrations. It runs through Sunday.
Hyde Park Jazz Fest -Various venues in Hyde Park
It's the 10th anniversary of the Hyde Park Jazz Fest. National, international and local musicians will perform at a dozen venues - several artists will create and install works on the Midway Plaisance. The fest is Saturday and Sunday.
American Craft Exposition - Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe
The Chicago Botanic Garden hosts the American Craft Exposition now through Sunday. 140 artisans will exhibit one-of-a-kind hand-crafted pieces, luxury collections and museum quality artwork.
Expo Chicago - Navy Pier
Expo Chicago is back at Navy Pier! This international expo of contemporary and modern art features 145 galleries representing 23 countries and 52 cities from around the world.
Oktoberfest Chicago - 1429 W. Wellington
Head to west Lakeview for Oktoberfest Chicago! They'll have plenty of food, two music stages, craft beer tastings and a kinderfest! It runs through Sunday at St. Alphonsus Church.
"Naperville" - Theater Wit, 229 W Belmont Ave, Chicago
"Naperville" comes to Chicago! Well, the highly acclaimed play, "Naperville," written by the west suburban native mat smart, is now in performance at Theater Wit. The dramatic comedy, set in a Caribou Coffee shop in Naperville, runs through October 16.
AIDS Benefit Variety Show - Chicago Academy for the Arts, 1010 W Chicago Ave, Chicago
The very talented students at the Chicago Academy for the Arts present their annual AIDS Benefit Variety Show Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. It's the 20th anniversary for this entirely student-run production. All proceeds go to the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.
Passport Europe Festival - Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois 53, Lisle
Take a trip through Europe in one stop - the Morton Arboretum's Passport Europe Festival, Saturday and Sunday! Enjoy authentic music, dance and cuisine from Norway, Ireland, Germany, and Spain as you explore the arboretums' trees and plants native to central and northern Europe!
Long Grove Apple Fest - Downtown Long Grove
Long Grove's Apple Fest is back in the historic downtown district! From caramel apples and apple cider donuts to fabulous shopping and live entertainment, this fall festival favorite has something for everyone! It runs through Sunday.
Historic Berwyn Bungalow Tour - Berwyn Historical Society, 1401 Grove Ave, Berwyn
Nothing says Chicago like the classic bungalow! You can learn about this historic architecture and more at the Historic Berwyn Bungalow tour on Sunday from noon to 5! Meet at the Berwyn Historical Society headquarters on Grove Avenue.
House of Torment - 8240 Austin Ave, Morton Grove
Halloween comes early to the suburbs! House of Torment haunted house is now open in Morton Grove! This Hollywood-quality haunt is more like a terrifying trip through a modern horror movie! Prepare to be scared through November 5.
"Pump Boys and Dinettes" - 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster, Ind.
On the theatre beat, "Pump Boys and Dinettes" is now in performance at the Theatre at the Center in Munster. The toe-tapping countrified musical tribute to life along the open road runs through October 16.
Cheers-Live On Stage - Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
Based on the iconic hit TV comedy, cheers, live on stage is now in performance at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place! Sam, Diane, Norm and all your favorites will be where everybody knows your name through October 23.
Chicago LGBTQ International Film Festival - Various Chicago locations
On the movie beat, reeling: the Chicago LGBTQ International Film Festival is underway at multiple venues including Chicago Filmmakers and Landmark's Century Centre Cinema. Screening run through September 29.
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