This weekend kicks off October with Peter Gabriel’s concert, Lunar Festival Chinatown, Chicago Exposition and more.
Little Amal, presented by Walk Productions with Handspring Puppet Company, is in Chicago this weekend. Or not so little – Amal is a 12-foot puppet depicting a 10-year-old Syrian refugee and is currently on a two month walk to approximately 35 US cities and towns. Local events will wrap up at Maggie Daley Park on Saturday.
Various times and locations, for more information: walkwithamal.org
This inaugural event celebrates the visual arts in the city, with more than 50 galleries, institutions, and artist-run spaces presenting exhibitions. Presented by EXPO Chicago and Chicago-based agency Gertie, the weekend is free; Request a map from one of the designated pickup points and collect stamps at the locations you visit. If you visit three different venues in three different neighborhoods, you can turn in your map for free drinks and raffle tickets at the closing party at Blind Barber.
From September 29 to October 1, in various parts of the city; Free with map, for more information: cxw23.co
Fans of Formula 1 racing and/or the Netflix series “Drive to Survive” need no further introduction; Oracle Red Bull Racing is currently the dominant team in F1 motorsport. Red Bull is bringing one of its RB7 cars to Chicago for a demonstration event for the first time, to be driven on a track set up by team member Patrick Friesacher on Madison Street outside the United Center.
6:30 p.m. Sept. 29, United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.; Free with RSVP; more information at www.redbull.com
Annual exhibition of local artists in the West Town neighborhood. Take a self-guided tour of local businesses, galleries, and home and garden retailers that host artists and offer specialty items. Free pedicaps will also take participants around the neighborhood.
On September 29 from 17.00 to 20.00 and on September 30 from noon to 20.00 in various locations in West Town; free, for more information: westtownchamber.org
Celebrate the beginning of autumn at this family-friendly festival. Enjoy a variety of apple-inspired dishes and cider, enjoy live music on two stages, and cheer on your favorite furry friends at the dog costume contest. Also the first ever Scarecrow Showdown competition.
Sept. 30 through Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Lincoln Boulevard between Lawrence and Sunnyside; Suggested donation of $5, more information: lincolnsquare.org/apple-fest
Lanterns will illuminate the area as we celebrate the full moon and the warmth of family gatherings this Mid-Autumn Festival. Eat croissants, symbolizing togetherness and unity, and sip chrysanthemum flower wine. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to relax during a screening of “Monkey King: Hero Is Back” and take advantage of the telescopes provided by the Chinatown Square Astronomers to view the full moon.
Sept. 30 from noon to 10 p.m., Chinatown Square, 2130 S. Archer Ave.; free, for more information: eventbrite.com
Peter Gabriel is currently on tour, playing new material from his upcoming album “i/o”, accompanied by bandmates Tony Levin, David Rhodes and Manu Katché.
8 p.m. Sept. 30, United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.; Verified resale tickets starting at $48 www.unitedcenter.com
To put it bluntly, it will be a bike-powered poetry event. It is also operated by lever machine and has other mechanical devices. “Loud! Clearly Said! It is the presentation of Cabinet of Curiosity, a collective started by Frank Maugeri, former artistic director of the now-defunct Redmoon Theatre. Poetry and engineering workshops will be held, led by Anya Zamiar and artists from the Art Institute School; Work by Chicago Printmakers Collaborative and Benito Juarez High School students; and a performance by artists on bicycles “amplifying sound amplification as poets read their works on a staircase 15 feet above the crowd.”
Oct. 1 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Vertiport Chicago, 1339 S. Wood St.; tickets $20 (free for Pilsen residents) cocechicago.com
It’s not a horror movie, it’s the return of the Chicago History Museum’s Halloween attraction. “Haunted Dolls 2: Riddles of the Wandering Spirit” is a scavenger hunt for creepy dolls in the museum. There are 13 locations hiding around, including the “Chicago: Crossroads of America” exhibit. The museum invites you to “use your knowledge of Chicago history to find the dolls and solve riddles.”
Sept. 30 – Nov. 5, Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St.; It is included in the regular admission fee of $19 and is available by calling 312-642-4600. chicagohistory.org
Young singers, rappers, dancers and poets from across the city will showcase their talents in Union Park, presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series. The best performers in the summer auditions at the TIP Fest Competition will compete for cash prizes. There will also be performances by Hxllywood and Philly Goats.
1-5 p.m. Sept. 30, Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St.; free, for more information: chicagoparkdistrict.com/tip-fest