Free things to do in Chicago in October

The best free things to do in Chicago in October, from concerts to comedy to art and beyond

Photograph: Zach Long

October is an incredible month to be in Chicago. There are countless things to do and see, the foliage is full force, Halloween is in the air and this year we’ve got the Cubs postseason to obsess over. But don’t worry—you can still have an amazing fall without spending a dime. Here are all the free events that should be on your radar in October.

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Free things to do in Chicago in October



We don't know if they're painting smiles on people's faces at the door or if they're mixing something into the booze, but everyone seems to be in a good mood at this energetic and inclusive queer party that's been going strong since 2008. It's worth getting there early, or else risk getting stuck in a line running down the block.

Big Chicks , Uptown Friday August 10 2018