Roz Varon's Weekender Report

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Roz Varon gives you the rundown of weekend events in the Chicago area.

From a one-of-a-kind circus to a pumpkin patch filled with glass art, there's plenty to do this mid-October weekender. ABC7's Roz Varon highlights things to do in the Weekender Report.

UniverSoul Circus, Chicago - Washington Park

The one-of-a-kind UniverSoul Circus returns with trapeze artists, animal acts and performers from around the world with plenty of audience interaction. Runs through Nov. 4.

Glass Pumpkin Patch, Morton Arboretum
The 8th annual event is now open, featuring 6,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins and autumnal themed glass art designs. Sale is 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Scarecrow Day, Historic Downtown Long Grove
If you've ever wanted to learn how to make a scarecrow, now's your chance. The DIY Scarecrow Day will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. A $5 voluntary donation gets you a wood base, bale of hay and some guidance. You bring old clothes, hats, gloves and accessories to dress your scarecrow. All the scarecrows will remain on display throughout the village for the rest of the month.

Fleurotica, Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago
Feurotica features the unique talents of Chicago's leading floral designers, fashion designers, landscape artists and students as they create incredible fashions made entirely from plants, flowers and natural materials! The fashion show is 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Proceeds benefit the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance.

Open House Chicago - Various Chicago neighborhoods
Have you ever walked past one of Chicago's amazing buildings and thought, I wish I could see what's inside? Well this weekend you can find out. Open House Chicago is one of the largest architecture festivals in the world and offers free, behind-the-scene access to more than 250 building in nearly 30 Chicago neighborhoods and two suburbs. New this year are sites in Beverly, Morgan Park and Austin. At most sites, no registration is required. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
"Carrie": Campfire Horror Movies, Chicago - Northerly Island
Screening of the classic "Carrie" film, based on the Steven King novel, will begin at 7 p.m. Friday. Campfires will be lit throughout the park ahead of time. Marshmallows and roasting forks will be provided along with free coffee, tea and hot cocoa to stay warm on a chilly night.

Boo! At the Zoo, Brookfield Zoo
Halloween fun at Brookfield Zoo kicks off on Saturday. The annual fall festival features trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, Halloween crafts, haunted hayrides, a corn maze - and of course special zoo chats with bats, spiders and owls to name a few. Don't forget the kids costume parades and contests. Runs weekends through October 28.

Sesame Street Live!, Rosemont Theatre
The theater's new production features new songs and a chance to sing along to familiar favorites with Oscar, Cookie Monster, Elmo and Big Bird in this interactive show where the Sesame Street community discovers choosing a party theme is more challenging than they could imagine. Runs through Sunday.

U of I Plant Clinic, Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago
Take a free mini-tour around the grounds from 11 a.m. to noon and get all your plant questions answered from noon to 4 p.m., and learn to do origami from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. All activities are free!
Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
A special tribute to Nancy Wilson at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Celtic Thunder, Chicago Theatre
Celtic Thunder brings its 10th anniversary tour to the Chicago Theatre Sunday evening. The show features new ensemble numbers and fun nostalgic songs. Showtime is 7 p.m.

Chicago International Film Fest, AMC River East, Chicago
From features to shorts, documentaries to comedies, dozens of films will be screened through October 21.

The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe, First Folio Theatre, Oakbrook
In 1849 after the death of his wife, Edgar Allan Poe is haunted by not just the specter of his beloved, but also by his many macabre stories. Searching for release from his personal demons, Poe relives both his life and his tales. Runs through November 4.
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