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10 things to do in Chicago: ‘The Company’, the Queen and Halloween

All Hallows Eve and Day of the Dead lead up to this weekend, with a variety of events this year, from the Día de Muertos exhibition at the National Museum of Mexico to themed concerts by Deadmau5 and the UChicago orchestra. We also choose two haunted houses our annual guide. Or if you’d rather skip the rest of horror season, Sondheim comes to the rescue.

Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s touring Broadway production of the musical comes to Chicago early next week. Robert turns 35 and throws a birthday party with all his married friends – but in this new version, Bobby transforms into Bobbie, played by Britney Coleman, and confronts the questions in her life. With the songs “Yan Yana” and “Hayatta Olmak”.

Oct. 31 to Nov. 12, Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St.; 800-775-2000 and www.broadwayinchicago.com

This year marks the National Museum of Mexican Art’s 37th annual Day of the Dead exhibition. This year’s exhibition features an installation by 18 local artists that celebrates women around the world while also celebrating the lives and work of Mexican artists.

through Dec. 10 at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th Street; more information at nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org

The University of Chicago’s University Symphony Orchestra will play a number of eerie and frightening works by composers including Beethoven, Mahler and John Williams. Shows for families will be broadcast live YouTubeIt will feature costumes, storytelling, special effects and performances by the Hyde Park School of Dance and the University Choir and Women’s Ensemble.

October 28, 7 and 9 p.m., Mandel Hall, University of Chicago, 1131 E. 57th St.; free, suggested donation of $10; more information at music.uchicago.edu

The electronic music artist, also known as Joel Zimmerman, is holding his annual “Deadmau5 Day” celebration, including shows at Radius and a pop-up shop with merch and more in Belmont Gardens.

The store is open Oct. 27-28 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with a meet and greet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 28 at 4256 W. Diversey Ave. Concerts 10 p.m. Oct. 27 (with Volaris and Spencer Brown) and Oct. 28, 2017. 28 (with Volaris and Ben Hemsley) Radius, 640 W. Cermak Road; tickets $55 (ages 18+) www.radius-chicago.com

Returning for a second year, this carnival features creepy rides, a haunted house, trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, a bar and lounge, and live music. Don a costume to enter the free costume contest held every night of the carnival.

October 27-29, 1999 at Wintrust Field on S. Springingsguth Road, Schaumburg; Admission to the carnival is free, parking is $5 and tickets to attractions are extra, for more information: wintrustfield.com

The Old Joliet Haunted Jail is open daily until Halloween night, then November 3-4.

You couldn’t ask for a better location for a haunted house than the imposing, gothic towers and soaring stone walls of the former Joliet Penitentiary, built nearly 160 years ago. The Old Joliet Haunted Jail is being staged by Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group, which has a second haunt in Schiller Park.

Open daily through Oct. 31, then Nov. 3-4 at 401 Woodruff Road, Joliet; tickets are $19.99 to $89.99 and for more information call 815-581-1598 and hauntedjail.com

“Come, we are flying!” Celebrate the 30th anniversary of this iconic Halloween movie on the Emily Hotel’s 5th floor terrace. When three witches are accidentally resurrected on Halloween night, three kids must figure out how to stop them.

Oct. 27, 4:15 p.m., Rooftop Cinema Club Fulton Market, 311 N. Morgan St. 5th floor; Tickets start at $19.50 for adults and $12.50 for children, for more information: Rooftopcinemaclub.com

Vocalist Adam Lambert (left) and guitarist Brian May perform during Queen and Adam Lambert's European tour concert in Bologna, Italy, in July 2022.

Queen first kicked off their ongoing Rhapsody Tour in 2019, coming to Chicago with Adam Lambert and continuing Freddie Mercury’s legacy with two shows at the United Center.

8 p.m. Oct. 30-31, United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.; tickets $95.50 www.unitedcenter.com

Take a 60-minute walking tour of the Prairie Avenue Historic District in the Near South Side neighborhood to hear stories of strange sounds, unexplained sightings, and untimely ends. Learn about the horrors of the Philander Hanford family, the mysterious death of Marshall Field Jr., and learn about the ghost of Edson Keith.

Oct. 27, 7:45 to 9:30 p.m., Glessner House, 1800 S. Prairie Ave.; Tickets are $20, for more information: glessnerhouse.org

This new haunt is a little different. According to Terror Roulette, “visitors may be influenced, manipulated, withdrawn, led down a different path, or even removed from their group.” “Come with an open mind, willing to embrace the chaos as the staff surrounds you and puts you on various paths,” writes the Tribune’s Darcel Rockett on a visit earlier this month. Chainsaws, unethical medical professionals, coffins… make for great conversations after scary environments. The great thing is that you can go in more than once and have a completely different experience.”

through October 31 at the South Barrington Arboretum, 100 W. Higgins Road #J-40; tickets start at $42. Reservations and signed waiver are required. Guardians must sign a waiver for participants up to age 17. You must be 16 or over to enter the event without an adult; terroulette.com

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