Best things to do this week in Chicago

Find the biggest and best events, activities and things to do in Chicago this week, as chosen by Time Out's editors

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Bastille

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

British synthpop act Bastille pumps up the melodrama on its smash debut, Bad Blood, updating the New Romantic polish of the 1980s for the EDM generation. Dan Smith piles harmonies and oohs and aahs atop tumbling programmed drums, as if Chris Martin programmed a machine to digitally emulate Mumford & Sons. The band returns for its third Chicago gig in a year, in the biggest room yet, for $15 more. Stardom!

  1. Aragon 1106 W Lawrence Ave, at Winthrop Ave
  2. Until Tue Oct 21
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Chicago History Museum Haunted History Pub Crawl

  • Price band: 2/4
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Chicago's most haunted drinking establishments come to light thanks to Chicago History Museum's haunted pub crawl. The crawl is hosted by a supernatural expert who will wax poetic on the city's ghostly past.

  1. Chicago History Museum 1601 N Clark St, at North Ave
  2. Tue Oct 21
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John Hodgman

  • Price band: 2/4
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The Daily Show's resident expert, occasional PC and unceasingly wry smart-ass John Hodgman concludes a trilogy of books with That Is All, yet another anthology crammed with made-up facts about the end of the world, among other things.

  1. UP Comedy Club 230 W North Ave, at Wells St
  2. Until Tue Oct 21
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"Capriccio"

  • Price band: 3/4
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Considered one of the great sopranos, Renée Flemming takes the role as the Countess in Strauss's Capriccio. Anne Sofie Von Otter, no slouch herself, will also be onstage as Clarion in this star-studded second show of the 2014-15 Lyric Opera season. They and the ensemble will have their voices carried by an orchestra lead by acclaimed conductor Sir Andrew Davis.

  1. Civic Opera House 20 N Wacker Dr, at Madison St
  2. Until Tue Oct 28
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The Cryptogram

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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David Mamet’s brisk and intricate 1994 family drama is a much better play to watch than to write about. At only 70 minutes, its precision somehow lends it a fragile feeling, as though the wrong word might bruise it irreparably. And packed as it is with puzzles, even describing the play clearly and efficiently is a challenge. 

  1. Profiles Theatre Alley Stage 4147 N Broadway, between Gordon Terr and Buena Ave
  2. Until Sun Nov 16
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Flying Lotus

  • Price band: 2/4
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Since Flying Lotus dropped his debut full-length, 1983, in 2006, his burbling electronic soundscapes, expanding and contracting at the whim of mercurial rhythms, have inspired collaborations with the likes of Burial, Gonjasufi and Thom Yorke. The grand-nephew of Alice Coltrane continues to elevate electronic music to a new cosmic jazz. This show is in coordination with his latest release, You're Dead!

  1. Concord Music Hall 2047 N Milwaukee Ave, campbell ave and bingham st
  2. Fri Oct 24
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

  • Price band: 2/4
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The alpha and omega of cult midnight movies gets four late October screenings just in time for Halloween. Do the time warp, and, if this is your first time, be sure to pick up a special $3 Midnight Madness Virgin Kit with a whole host of props and goodies.

  1. Music Box 3733 N Southport Ave, between Grace St and Waveland Ave
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sat Nov 1
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50 Shades of Grave

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Atomic Imaging and Golan Studios are transformed into a haunted ice factory at this annual Halloween party, which takes place in a warehouse compound. The exotic theme of this year's event is complimented by spooky exhibits, music, dancing and more. A portion of proceeds benefit Adaptive Adventures.

  1. Atomic Imaging 1501 N Magnolia Ave
  2. Sat Oct 25
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Chicago Humanities Festival: Journeys

  • Price band: 2/4
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Entering its 25th year, the Chicago Humanities Festival celebrates the spirit of human creativity with programming that explores the them of "Journeys". Notable programs include a discussion with the director of the Robert Ebert documentary Life Itself and a conversation with rocker Patti Smith. A complete list of programming can be found on the festival's website.

  1. Various venues Chicagoland
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sun Nov 9
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Treehouse of Horror Marathon

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  • Free

Emporium Wicker Park hosts a marathon screening of the annual Treehouse of Horror episodes of The Simpsons. Expect to see classics like “The Terror of Tiny Toon” and “The Devil and Homer Simpson” in addition to some the series' more recent Halloween specials.

  1. Emporium Arcade Bar 1366 N Milwaukee Ave, between Wood St and Wolcott Ave
  2. Sun Oct 26
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