Oktoberfests, Hyde Park Jazz, an art walk and more

CHICAGO — This weekend, the city kicks off fall with Oktoberfest celebrations, street markets, art exhibits and more.

Here’s a roundup of 22 things to do in Chicago this weekend:

10am-5pm Saturday-Sunday

1341 W. Randolph Street

Chicago’s European-style antique and vintage market is back after a two-year hiatus. There will be live music, food, libations and a scavenger hunt. The tickets are $10 for general admission online and are $15 at the door.

9am-12pm Saturday

Meet in the lobby of the McKeon Student Services Building, 1145 W. Wilson Ave.

Truman College partners with Divvy to provide free bike rentals for a 6-mile ride. The journey takes approximately two hours and will be followed by lunch and live music from 11am to noon.

The event is free and open to the public, but you must register in advance on line. Participants must be 17 years or older or accompanied by an adult.

2pm-7pm Sunday

1500-1508 W. Jarvis Ave.

There will be live music, beer, dancing and a brat toss contest. A $5 entry fee will help raise funds for A Just Harvest, a community organization that fights poverty and hunger in Rogers Park and the greater Chicago community.

1 p.m. Saturday

Chicago’s Best Marina, 557 E. 134th Place

The Jan and Aagje Ton farm was the first Underground Railroad site in Chicago to be recognized by the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom project. The farm once provided a safe haven for people who had been enslaved but had escaped freedom. From now on, its history will be honored by a ceremony of unveiling and inauguration of the sign.

Participation is free. People can learn more about the history of the site.

3pm-8pm Saturday

4356 N. Milwaukee Ave.

There will be a record fair, live bands, DJs, booze, food and more at Tone Deaf’s third anniversary party.

8 p.m. Saturday-2 a.m. Sunday

2105 S.State St.

This pop-up underground art exhibit returns to town this weekend. There will be over 100 local artists exhibiting their work, free pancakes, live DJs and more. Tickets are $15 for general admission on line or at the door.

4-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

South entrance to Wooded Island near Hayes and Cornell Parkways

In Place: Drawing You Outside is a collaboration between Hyde Park-based dance artist Irene Hsiao and visual artist based in South Loop Christine Forni. Participants will create works of art, and there will be dancers and musicians. The event is free. Register on line.

Credit: Vital Copy / Provided
Shoppers browse a local store during the 2017 West Town Art Walk.

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday

Various locations across West Town. See the map on line.

The West Town Art Walk is organized by the neighborhood chamber of commerce to celebrate local businesses and showcase Chicago artists. The event is free.

Hours and locations vary from Thursday. Click here for more information.

Reeling: The Chicago International LGBTQ+ Film Festival is the second-longest-running film festival of its kind, showcasing a variety of LGBTQ+ films and videos from the year in theaters and via online streaming. You can buy passes starting at $55 for five screenings on line.

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday

The Nut Room, 111 N. State St.

This Taylor Swift drag brunch features Lucy Stoole, Ziggy Banks and Platinum Carrington. Tickets are available on line for $20, and all guests must purchase admission.

noon-4 p.m. Saturday

3000 W. Fullerton Ave.

This is the latest pop-up market in the summer series, filled with small business, pizza and drink vendors. Tickets for this family event are free and available on line.

6-10 p.m. Thursday

Shed Aquarium

Listen to house music with views of the skyline and Lake Michigan. There will be local DJs, and food and drink will be available for purchase. Tickets are available on line and start at $14.95 for Shedd members and $39.95 for Chicago residents. You must be at least 21 years old and have a valid photo ID to attend.

Credit: Photo by Marc Monaghan provided by Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Midway Plaisance turns into a marketplace during the Hyde Park Jazz Festival.

Hours and locations vary Saturday and Sunday. See the full program on line.

The Hyde Park Jazz Festival returns for its 16th edition to support jazz, especially on the south side. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $10.

11am-10pm from Friday to Sunday

The Northman Riverwalk, 233 E. Riverwalk

This is the second in a series of three weekends at the Northman Riverwalk. There will be live music, sausages, cider, pretzels, beer and more.

2pm-9pm Saturday

El Paseo Community Garden, 944 W. 21st St.

The 13th Annual Harvest Festival will feature family entertainment, live music, dancing, wellness programs, raffles and more. Enjoy the Block Party while helping raise funds for the El Paseo Community Garden. Admission is free and you can register on line.

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People often come to St. Al’s Oktoberfest dressed in traditional German clothing.

5pm-10pm on Friday, 12pm-10pm on Saturday and 12pm-7pm on Sunday

Area surrounding St. Alphonsus Church, 1429 W. Wellington Ave.

St. Alphonsus Church, a Lakeview-based parish founded by German immigrants in 1882, is hosting its 20th annual Oktoberfest this weekend, bringing Bavarian food, craft beer tastings and polka bands to the neighborhood. Admission is $10.

12 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

Christy Webber Farm and Garden, 2833 W. Chicago Ave.

This annual event is back after a two-year hiatus with a straw maze, scarecrow pranks, pumpkin art, fall flower wreaths and more. This family-friendly festival will also feature live music, beer and a Lola’s food truck.

7-11 p.m. Friday

SPIN, 344 N. State St.

Artists will have 20 minutes to paint canvases, battling each other and against the clocks. All works created will also be available through a silent auction. You must be at least 21 years old to attend and have a valid photo ID. Tickets are available for $22 online and $25 at the door.

5 p.m. Saturday

Old Irving Brewing Co., 4419 W. Montrose Ave.

Old Irving Brewing Co. celebrates its sixth anniversary and Oktoberfest with German food, music and drink.

2-6 p.m. Saturday

LaBagh Woods, 5275 N. Cicero Ave.

A beer and nature festival is coming to LaBagh Woods, with over 40 local breweries and cider houses, guided, nature-inspired walks, music, food and more. Tickets starting at $15 for non-drinkers are available on line.

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