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Time Out Market Chicago celebrates Octoberfest, Halloween, Taylor Swift and more

Check out the exciting events happening in October at the Market.

Jeffy Mai
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Jeffy Mai

There’s no better time to visit Time Out Market Chicago than right now. The food and cultural hub in Fulton Market recently added several new vendors to its lineup—from Lizzy J Cafe to County BBQ—and will host a variety of exciting events throughout the month of October. Here’s what you can expect in the coming weeks.

Cocktail for a cause

Time Out Market Chicago is offering a special cocktail this month and donating $1 from each sale to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in honor of Ceta Walters, a Chicago fashion influencer. Dubbed La Ceta, the drink features FRÏS Vodka, pomegranate liqueur, lime juice, spiced cranberry orange cordial and simple syrup.

High Vibrancy art exhibit

Head to the second floor of the Market to find High Vibrancy, a new art exhibit by Emma Lyons. Through life-giving colors, Lyons’ playful and abstract work invites viewers to explore the world around them with uninhibited wonder. You can meet the artist and check out her collection of prints at an opening reception on October 5 from 6-9pm. High Vibrancy will be on display through November.


Break out your dirndls and lederhosen because the Market is hosting an Octoberfest party on October 7. The festivities will include a pop-up beer bar, stein hoisting contests, beer sampling, kids storytelling and live music from German band Die Musikmeisters. Hungry? Pair your lager with a heaping helping of Octoberfest specials from Market vendors. Zum wohl!

Taylor Swift paint and sip

Calling all Swifties! This paint and sip event on October 22 will provide guests with art supplies and guidance from an expert instructor so that they can ably draw the singer-songwriter. You’ll also get a $20 Time Out Market Chicago gift card to use on food and drinks. Purchase tickets on Eventbrite.

Chefs on Tour

Time Out Market Chicago welcomes acclaimed chef Reif Othman for an exclusive, one-of-a-kind experience on October 22. Othman, the chef behind Reif Japanese Kushiyaki in Time Out Market Dubai, will team up with Rodolfo Cuadros of Lil’ Amaru to create an eight-course fine dining menu that showcases both of their brands of cooking. It will be the second edition of Time Out’s Chefs on Tour series, which brings together Market chefs from around the globe for unique collaborative dinners. Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Día de los Muertos Halloween party

Get your costumes ready and makeup done for a free Day of the Dead-themed bash on October 28. A live band will deliver tunes from noon to 2pm and guests can participate in palm readings, a costume contest, Tromba Tequila tastings and more. The Market will also host a kid-friendly Halloween party on October 29 and have Mickey and Minnie Mouse on site for photos as well as face painting, balloon twisting, trick or treating and songs spun by DJ Hannah Heavin.

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