Roz Varon's Weekender Report

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Haunted attractions are very popular this time of year, but only one is located inside a real abandoned prison! ABC 7's Roz Varon has more in today's Weekender, Saturday Edition!

Upside Down Parade - WASHINGTON PARK
Come in costume to see the Upside Down Parade today, from noon to 3 pm in Washington Park! This "reverse" parade will feature more than 20 performance groups along Russell Drive - this year, rather than driving, families are invited to walk through the route together! The event is free; goodie bags will be handed out at the end of the parade route while supplies last.

Old Joliet Haunted Prison - JOLIET

The Old Joliet Haunted Prison is Chicagoland's first and only haunted house in a real abandoned prison! This building opened in 1896 as a women's prison until it closed in 2002. Allegedly, the building is haunted, which makes it the perfect setting for this haunted attraction! It runs through November 6th..


For less scary Halloween fun, Wizard World is back, in person, at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont! Dozens of celebrities, including voice actors and comic creator will be on hand along with gaming, movie screenings, cosplay and exclusive Q&A sessions with top celebrities! It runs through Sunday.

Logan Center Blues Fest - LOGAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS

The Logan Center Bluesfest gets underway today at the University of Chicago. The 3-day fest honors the South Side roots of the blues tradition with concerts, conversations and presentations giving a more in-depth insight to blues music. This year will feature both live and live-streamed performances.

The Glass Pumpkin Patch is open, in person, at the Morton Arboretum! The sale opens at 1:00 pm today and runs through Sunday - while you're shopping you see glassblowing demonstrations - and new this year, the Halloween tent, with cool and spooky items to decorate your house and garden!


On the music beat, Heritage Rock Fest II is tonight at the Irish American Heritage Center. Four mega-watt bands will rock the house from 6 to 10 pm.

Red Jacket Optional - THE GERAGHTY, 2520 S. HOYNE, CHICAGO

The Chicago Children's Choir gala, Red Jacket Optional, is back in person tonight at 6 pm at The GERAGHTY on South Hoyne. The concert will also feature Grammy Award-winner Kurt Ellington and Chicago native singer-songwriter Natalie Bergman. A free, live stream will be available on the Chicago Children's Choir's website.

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra - OZINGA CHAPEL, PALOS HEIGHT

The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra returns to the stage tonight at Ozinga Chapel in Palos Heights. The concert will also feature a world premiere dance piece by the Joffrey Ballet.


And on the dance beat, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater will be performing at the Auditorium Theatre tonight at 7:30. This high-energy, joyful show is the first performance at the Auditorium since March 2020! It kicks off the Made in Chicago Dance Series. Have a great weekend everybody! Roz Varon, ABC 7 Eyewitness News.
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