And you thought October was busy. Wait until you meet November. Fall’s most festive month begins with a feast for the senses. There are circus feats, Disney treats and Day of the Dead family fun. Here are our picks for what to do this weekend.
Ringling Bros. presents Built to Amaze!
Watch a circus spectacular unfold before your eyes. At the start of the show, the props and players in this “Greatest Show on Earth” are transported by colorful circus machinery and unleashed from shipping crates. Expect nothing but fun hijinks after that when aerial artists, elephants, unicyclists, clowns, comedians and other entertainers take the rings. Fri.-Nov. 11. Allstate Arena. $15-$60. All ages. Event details.
Redmoon Theater’s Skelebration
This family-friendly version of Redmoon’s Day of the Dead “Boneshaker” performance introduces amazing acrobats, gigantic shadow puppet shows, indoor swings and build-your-own skeleton masks which can be warn in a parade alongside Redmoon’s mobile DJ. Sat., 11 a.m. and 2 & 5 p.m.; Sun., 2 & 5 p.m. Redmoon Theater. Adults, $20; children, $12; kids 3 & under free. All ages. Event details.
Monica + Andy Kids’ Fashion Show and Launch Party
Your kids will love what’s coming down this runway. Monica + Andy, a new clothing brand for ages 0-3, is launching in Chicago and it’s kicking things off with a family party celebrating fun and fashion. Enjoy snacks, play stations, a live fashion show and access to the entire Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Sun., 10:30 a.m. $10 suggested donation for admission benefits More Than Milk, an organization that connects local moms with philanthropic opportunities. All ages. Event details.
Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
The kid-focused film fest has nearly 300 juried shorts and features with exciting and relevant themes for ages 2-18. The flicks come from Japan, Latvia, the Russian Republic, France and beyond. Presented through Sun.; show times vary. Facets Multi-Media & Music Box Theatre. Family film festival passes are $40 (good for up to four adults or children for all general screenings). Individual film tickets are $9/adults and $6/children. Ages 2-18. Event details.
“Rapunzel,” a Musical
Let your hair down at this musical adaptation of the fairy tale classic. It was written by the creators of the TV hit, Friends. Princes, princesses, and evil witches go head to head in a whimsical story about growing up. Presented through Jan. 4. Emerald City Theatre at The Apollo Theater. Tickets starting at $16/person. Ages 3-10. Event details.
Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives
The newest exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry whisks you through Disney’s 90-year history with an enchanting display of props, costumes, artworks and artifacts. You’ll discover Walt’s legacy and will even learn to draw your favorite characters under the guidance of Disney-trained animators, as well as eye up treasures from the early Disney years through present day. Presented through May 4. Entry is not included in the museum’s general admission and requires an additional timed-entry ticket, which is $9 for adults and seniors and $7 for children 3-11. All ages. Event details.
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This 2.5-kilometer run has a twist: Participants are chased by zombies. Run, run as fast as you can while the living dead (actually Homewood high school students dressed as zombies) run after you. There is also music and prizes. Family-friendly costumes are encouraged for runners and spectators. Sat., 1-5 p.m. $30/adults; $20/students. All ages. Event details.
What are you up to this weekend? Let us know in the Comments section below.
— Kelly Aiglon
Photo: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey