5 Things to Do Around Chicago This Weekend
Celebrate that you finally made it through the week with five awesome events around Chicago this week! Every week we at Dream Town scour the city and handpick five things we’re excited about.
From culture and history, to weird culture and history, to checking out some art and theatre; you’ll have no shortage of things to talk about next Monday.
An international festival committed to supporting comedy filmmaking as a vital and influential art form, this showcase includes films that are both humorous and poignant. Enjoy a filmmakers’ meet and greet, drinks, and Chicago improv comedy, as well witnessing special guest Jane Lynch receive a lifetime achievement award.
- When: Thur Nov 10 – Sat Nov 12
- Where:The New 400 Theaters (6746 N Sheridan Rd)
- Hours: see schedule
- Admission: $11 – $75
- More Info: chicagocomedyfilmfestival.com
The public is invited to attend any of the two presentations from The Chicago Stereo Camera Club’s annual exhibition of stereo photography, a unique form of three-dimensional photography submitted by enthusiasts from around the world. Through polarized glasses, audiences will see breathtaking photographic slides and digital images taken with antique and modern 3-D photographic equipment.
- When: Sat Nov 12 – Sun Nov 13
- Where: The Broadway Theater of the Pride Arts Center (4139 N Broadway)
- Hours: 3pm, 7:30pm
- Admission: $20 – $30
- More Info: openspacetheater.com
Continuing its annual presentation of jazz concerts throughout the fall, the Music Institute of Chicago presents a concert celebrating the legendary jazz trumpeter, bandleader, singer, soloist, and film star Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, who spent some of his most formative years in Chicago. Among the tunes on the program are “West End Blues,” “Struttin’ with Some Barbecue,” “Big Butter and Egg Man,” and “La Vie en Rose.”
- When: Sat Nov 12
- Where: Nichols Concert Hall (1490 Chicago Ave, Evanston)
- Hours: 7:30pm
- Admission: $10 – $30
- More Info: musicinst.org
German International School Chicago welcomes children of all ages and backgrounds to a fun-filled autumn celebration. In Europe, Laternenfest is a fall festival where children walk through their villages with lighted lanterns on the eve of St. Martin’s feast day (Martinstag). The Chicago celebration includes lantern-making, storytelling, sing-along, other kid-friendly activities and food and drink for the entire family, concluding with a lantern parade at dusk.
- When: Sat Nov 12
- Where: DANK Haus (4740 N Western)
- Hours: 3pm – 9pm
- Admission: $13 – $20
- More Info: germanschoolchicago.org
Chicago’s biggest literary event of the season features more than 60 Chicago-area publishers and literary groups, plus dozens of author events and workshops, including a special series of events for aspiring authors organized by the student organization MythInk. The Expo also includes a new daylong professional development seminar held held in partnership with Columbia College’s Career Center.
- When: Sun Nov 13
- Where: Columbia College (1104 S Wabash Ave)
- Hours: 12pm – 5pm
- Admission: Free
- More Info: chicagobookexpo.org