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October 2017 events calendar for Chicago

Plan your October in Chicago with our events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, and picks from theater, art and music

Photo: Michael Jarecki
Dogs, drag queens and kids go all out for the the 17th annual Northalsted Halloween Parade in Boystown on October 31, 2013.

The spookiest month of the year is officially upon us, packed with events that will make you feel lucky that you're in Chicago. Make a sign and cheer on tireless runners along the Chicago Marathon's sprawling 26.2-mile route. Get a new perspective while touring the interiors of some of the city's most beautiful buildings during Open House Chicago. Of course, you'll want to put on a costume and close out October with some frightening Halloween festivities.

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Featured events in October 2017

Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Each October, 45,000 runners hit the streets of Chicago and take a 26.2 mile tour of the city on foot. It's too late to enter this year's race, but you can cheer on participants at locations all around the city, including popular spots like Chinatown, Lincoln Park and at the finish line in Grant Park.

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Until Sun Oct 9

Chicago International Film Festival


See over 150 indies, foreign films and under the radar documentaries with categories like New Directors, Out-Look, ReelWomen and Black Perspectives. There will also be several U.S. premieres this year so get ready for two fabulous film-filled weeks!

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Until Thu Oct 27

Vintage Garage

Shop from up to 100 vintage vendors selling everything from furniture to clothes to vinyl in an Uptown parking garage on the third Sunday of each month from April to October. Dont' miss your last chance to load up on everything retro this year.

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Vintage Garage Chicago Flea Market , Uptown Sunday August 20 2017 - Sunday October 15 2017

Comedy in October 2017


Asim S

Interesting line-up. Keep up the great work, guys.