Illustration: Thumy Phan
Illustration: Thumy Phan
All Day

Wood Street Farm Stand

Wood Street Farm Stand 1844 W. 59th St., Chicago

Hosted by Growing Home, the farm stand includes cooking demonstrations with free samples and recipe cards for healthy meals. Free farm tours are also available. WIC, SNAP, EBT, and Senior Coupons are double valued. The farm stand runs every Thursday through October 31.

Free

Future Fossils: SUM

Hyde Park Art Center 5020 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago

Future Fossils: SUM, a major new sculpture exhbition by Chicago artist and SAIC professor Lan Tuazon, visualizes the sum of a lifespan’s worth of human material traces in the world, nestled together as a one-bedroom house built to scale and exhibited inside the two-story gallery at the Hyde Park Art Center. See website for times.

Free
Ongoing

A Time to Grieve: Día de Los Muertos Exhibition

National Museum of Mexican Art 1852 W. 19th St., Chicago

This year’s exhibition pays tribute to and remembers the numerous individuals from Mexico and the U.S. who have died from COVID-19. The National Museum of Mexican Arts invites all to contemplate this moment with new artistic expressions by local artists and site-specific installations created by artists from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Adam Toledo, the thirteen-year-old whom Chicago police shot and killed earlier this year in La Villita, is also being remembered at the museum's exhibit. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday; closed on Monday.

Free

61st Street Market

Experimental Station 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., Chicago

Chicagoland farmers, cheesemakers, bakers and others hawk their wares every Saturday outside the Experimental Station. The market accepts LINK and Senior Farmers Market Coupons, and all LINK purchases are matched up to $25.

Free

Plant Chicago Farmers Market

Davis Square Park 4430 S. Marshfield Ave., Chicago

Plant Chicago hosts a weekly farmers market through November 15 featuring locally grown produce and flowers, plus honey, coffee, baked goods, and more. The nonprofit also runs a community composting site where residents can drop off their food scraps. Link card purchases are matched up to $25.

Free

Spooktacular Films

One City Tap 3115 S. Archer Ave.

Adults twenty-one and older are invited to One City Tap every Thursday in October for screenings of “cinema that will make your skin crawl.” Guests will get complimentary popcorn, and bar staff will be offering a Halloween-themed cocktail special.

Free admission; cash bar

Logan Center Bluesfest

Logan Center for the Arts 915 E. 60th St.

This year’s Logan Center Bluesfest will include a comprehensive series of intimate concerts, conversations, and special events in which select programming is offered in-person, and all programming is live-streamed. The festival’s theme, “Daughters and Sons of the Blues,” celebrates the relationships between artists of different generations, and “explores the many branches of the Blues tree from the roots to the fruits.” Other events include the presentation of the festival’s first commission of original blues music, a photography exhibition, book signings, interviews, and conversations honoring the history of the blues on the South Side and beyond.

Free

The Backwards River Festival

This weekend of outdoor music, arts, activism, and knowledge sharing is intended to uplift and celebrate residents in the communities surrounding the South Branch of the Chicago River and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, such as McKinley Park, Bridgeport, PIlsen, La Villita, and Chinatown. Mainstage programming by The Hoodoisie. For details see thebackwardriver.org.

Free

Pilsen Open Studios

Various locations

The 18th St. Pilsen Open Studios was started in 2003 by a group of longtime Pilsen artists, most but not all of them Latinx. The self-guided tour offers a look into the studios of artists who work or live in the neighborhood or have a strong historical connection to it. Some storefronts, cafes, and other spaces are also opening to show work from artists without their own studios. The opening celebration will take place at 6pm at Citlalin Gallery, 2005 S. Blue Island Ave.

Free

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