Illustration: Thumy Phan
Illustration: Thumy Phan
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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.


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.


American Mariachi

Goodman Theater 170 N. Dearborn

Set in the 1970s, this co-production with Dallas Theater Center tells the story of how a forgotten record sparks an ailing mother’s memory, inspiring her daughter Lucha and her cousin to create an all-women mariachi band. The play is infused with live ranchera music and includes performances by the local Sones de México Ensemble.

$25 – $70

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.


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.


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.


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

Dia De Los Muertos Caravan

The Back of the Yards community will observe Dia de Muertos with its tenth annual procession—this time reinvistioned as a car and motorcycle caravan—that begins on 51st & Elizabeth, heads north up Ashland, and then turns east on 47th, before concluding with a celebratory event and the opportunity to make your own ofrenda outside of The Plant, 1400 W. 46th St.


Meet the Artist: Matthew Kaplan

Ford Calumet Environmental Center 11559 S. Stony Island Ave.

Join artist Matthew Kaplan for a talk on his life and work in the Calumet Region. This event is indoors and has limited capacity. RSVP and face masks required. Photographs from the series The Industrial Heritage of the Calumet, River and Region are currently on display in the Ford Calumet Environmental Center. You can view them Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm.


Gallery Talk with Carmen Chami

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

Join the National Museum of Mexican Art for a gallery talk with artist Carmen Chami. In this free talk, guests will gain a better understanding of her ongoing exhibition Adláteres and the Unexpected Journey. The show is up through January 16, 2022.


McKinley Park Community Play Garden Oktoberfest

The McKinley Park Community Play Garden organizing committee is having a fundraiser this month and invites Chicagoans twenty-one and over for beer, wine, fall treats, and activities. All proceeds will go to support the play garden. This is only one of the events the committee has planned for October, so stay tuned for more!


Halloween Drive-In Movie Fundraiser for Comer Children’s

Chitown Movies 2343 S. Throop St.

This is a Halloween-themed drive-in movie screening of Beetlejuice in support of the U of C’s Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital to raise funds for critical research. Attendees may also bring a toy or an item to donate to patients and families.