Spooky Science through Oct. 31 at the Museum of of Science and Industry.
Updated: October 18, 2012 5:06PM
THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO: 111 S. Michigan Ave. (312) 443-3600. Katharina Fritsch through Oct. 28. Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Japanese Art through Oct. 28. Allen Ruppersberg: No Time Left to Start Again/The B and D of R ’n’ R through Jan. 6. Rarely Seen Contemporary Works on Paper through Jan. 13. Blood, Gold, and Fire: Coloring Early German Woodcuts through Feb. 17. Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects through Feb. 24.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MEXICAN ART: 1852 W. 19th St. (312) 738-1503. The exhibit of Mexican sculptor Yvonne Domenge titled Interconnected: The Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge will be on display through October.
SECOND CITY: Piper’s Alley, 1608 N. Wells. (312) 337-3992. “The Second City’s Neighborhood Tour,” “The Second City’s 100th Revue: Who Do We Think We Are?,” “We’re All In This Room Together” and “One Nation Under 1%” will be performed through October. Tickets are $22-27 for each.
ZANIES: 1548 N. Wells. (312) 337-4027. Duncan Trussell, Oct. 19-21. Crystal Pistol, Oct. 22. Vince Maranto, Oct. 23. Jake Johannsen, Oct. 25-26.
ZANIES: Pheasant Run Resort and Spa on North Avenue in St. Charles. (630) 513-1761. Jimmy Shubert, Oct. 19-20. Tim Walkoe, Oct. 24-27.
ZANIES: MB Financial Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. (847) 813-0484. John Caparulo, Oct. 19-20. Doug Benson, Oct. 21. Vince Maranto, Oct. 24-25. Tommy Johnagin, Oct. 26.
GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY: 300 N. Central Park Ave. (773) 761-4477. “Sugar from the Sun,” a permanent exhibit, shares the basic story of how plants make sugar, the energy source for all life on Earth.
NAVY PIER: 600 E. Grand Ave. (312) 222-9328 or www.navypier.com. Really Big Halloween Party will be held Oct. 19-21, Oct. 26-28 and Oct. 31. From animal rides and a petting zoo, to feats of magic and illusion, the Halloween party will offer something for all ages.
CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: Navy Pier. (312) 464-7737. Exhibit titled Unboxed: Adventure in Cardboard will be on display through May 5.
CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM: 1601 N. Clark St. (312) 642-4600. My Chinatown multimedia theater experience is driven by the personal experiences of the people who made Chinatown their home and keep its traditions alive. Abraham Lincoln and Lincoln’s Chicago exhibit has portraits and personal stories of Chicagoans paired with richly detailed views of the city as it appeared in the 1860s.
FIELD MUSEUM: 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive; www.fieldmuseum.org. Nature’s Toolbox will be on display through Dec. 4. Extreme Mammals, The Biggest, Smallest and Most Amazing Animals of All Time, will be on display through Jan. 6. Images of the Afterlife on display through Jan. 21. Chocolate Around the World on display through Jan. 8. Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts on display Oct. 17 through Feb. 3. Fashion And The Field Museum Collection: Maria Pinto on display through June 16.
ILLINOIS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM & EDUCATION CENTER: 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. (847) 967-4889. The Zev and Shifra Karkomi permanent exhibit tells the story of the Holocaust, from pre-war German life, to ghettos and concentration camps, to eventual liberation and resettlement throughout the world, with a special focus on post-war life in Skokie. Spies, Traitors and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America on display through Jan. 6.
MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY: 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, (773) 684-1414; www.msichicago.org. Permanent exhibits include: “Science Storm”; You! The Experience; U-505 submarine and more. Smart Home: Green + wired will be on display through Jan. 6. Spooky Science through Oct. 31. There will be hair-raising activities, events and exhibits that will help you ring in the Halloween season in style.
NATIONAL HELLENIC MUSEUM: 333 S. Halsted St. (312) 655-1234. nationalhellenicmuseum.org. The only major museum in the U.S. dedicated to the Greek journey, the Museum explores the story of Greek history, culture and arts from ancient times to today.
PEGGY NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM: 2430 Cannon Drive. (773) 755-5100. Permanent exhibit “Nature’s Lunchbox” shines the spotlight on healthy eating. Lost Panoramas 2 on display. Annual 5K Run/Walk will be held Oct. 20 at Diversey Harbor, 2430 N. Cannon Drive. Registration is 7 a.m. and race begins at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m. there will be a family fair and the grand opening of the exhibit titled Backyard Monsters on display through Jan. 22. Cost is $45 and $15 for children ages 6 to 18.
THE SHEDD AQUARIUM: 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive. (312) 559-0200, www.sheddaquarium.org. “Jellies” exhibit will be on display through 2013. Dolphins soar, belugas dance, and penguins parade in Fantasea, the ongoing aquatic show.
GREENHOUSE THEATER CENTER: 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. (773) 404-7336. “The Kiss Kiss Cabaret,” a neo-vaudeville, burlesque cabaret, will be performed as an open run at 11 p.m. Fridays. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
MCANINCH ARTS CENTER: 425 Farwell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. (847) 942-3097.
METROPOLIS PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE: 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. (847) 577-2121. “The Marvelous Wonderettes” will be performed through Nov. 4. Tickets are $28-44. “Sea Marks” will be performed through Oct. 24. Tickets are $25.
NORTH SHORE CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS: 9501 N. Skokie Blvd., Skokie. www.northshorecenter.org or (847) 673-6300. Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble will perform Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35-55.
NORTHBROOK THEATER: 3323 Walters Ave., Northbrook. www.HighlandParkPlayers.com or (847) 926-3025. Highland Park Players will present “42nd Street” Oct. 19-20, 26-27 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance and $19 at the door.
RIVERFRONT PLAYHOUSE: 11-13 S. Water St. Mall, Aurora. (630) 897-9496; riverfrontplayhouse.com. “The Unexpected Guest” by Agatha Christie will be performed through Oct. 20. Tickets are $12-15.
SHAKESPEARE THEATRE: Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave. (312) 595-5633. “Sunday in the Park With George” will be performed through Nov. 4. Tickets are $58-78. National Theatre of Scotland’s “Black Watch” by Gregory Burke will be performed through Oct. 21. Tickets are $38-52.
STAGE 773: 1225 W. Belmont. (773) 327-5252. The comedy duo of Dave Urlakis and Sean Cusik will present Urlakis & Cusik: Questionable Lullabies through Nov. 16. Tickets are $15.
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BROOKFIELD ZOO: First Avenue between Ogden Avenue and 31st Street. (708) 688-8000. Great Bear Wilderness exhibit features iconic North American animals: Grizzly bears, polar bears, bison, eagles, and Mexican gray wolves. Xtreme BUGS and its featured invasion of state-of-the-art gigantic animatronic bugs has been extended through October. Walk the trail featuring more than 150 larger-than-life insects in action scenes that let you Xperience life from a bug’s perspective.
CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN: 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. (847) 556-1778. www.chicagobotanic.org. Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America will be open through Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Admission is $5 and $3 for children ages 3 to 12. The 2012 Farmers Market will be held Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drawn from Nature, annual Student Botanical Arts exhibition on display through Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Chicago’s Top 12 Small Works Exhibition of Botanical Art on display through Oct. 21. HallowFest will be held October 26 and 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Oct. 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $17-20.
MORTON ARBORETUM: I-88 and Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, www.mortonarb.org. Tree House Tales exhibit on display through November 2013. Enter a tree village that’s filled with adventure and imagination. For ages 10 and up. South China Collection through November 2013. Theatre-Hike at 1 p.m. weekends in October features “Werewolf’s Curse; Or Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow”. Tickets are $13-19 for each. Fall Color Festival Fare, Trick or Trees and Gourdworks weekends in October from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Scarecrow Trail through Nov. 4 from 7 a.m. to sunset Glass Pumpkin exhibit Oct. 19-21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Glass Pumpkin ‘patch market Oct. 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. and Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. .