“What is this feeling, so sudden and new?” It’s euphoria! Because the world-famous musical Wicked is back, flying into Chicago for a two month stint at the Oriental Theatre. The three-time Tony award winning musical returns to the windy city on Oct. 30, the tenth anniversary of the show’s opening night on Broadway. After completing a three and a half year run in Chicago from 2005-2009, Wicked is back by “Popular” demand! This iconic musical reveals the untold story of the witches of Oz, and what happened before Dorothy dropped in on them. Elphaba and Glinda’s infamous friendship stood the test of time, public scrutiny, and love triangles. The show follows the two witches as they make their way through college and into the dark realities of what lies beyond it. Full of chart-topping tunes and outstanding choreography, Wicked will have you “Dancing Through Life” until the very last note. The New York Times confirmed it as “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” and USA Today called it “the most complete – and completely satisfying – new musical in a long time.” Fun for the entire family, “Thank Goodness”! Wicked is an absolute cultural phenomenon that you just can’t pass up. Wicked will run at the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph) through December 21. Tickets range from $37-$107. Call 800.775.2000 or click here to purchase tickets.
As Halloween and cooler temperatures arrive, Navy Pier (600 E. Grand, 312.595.PIER) still offers up something for everyone. The 50-acre playground provides visitors with a day of entertainment
including shops, rides, and restaurants – in a location unlike any other!
You’ll start to get in a holiday mood when costumed characters and the Zombie Zydeco Band comes to Dock Street. This five member undead band playing some traditional Zydeco music as well as favorite Halloween tunes. You won’t want to miss master pumpkin carver Steve Dahlke create masterpieces out of 500-lb. pumpkins, or live Glow and Fire Spinning from the Pyro and Penumbra of Imaginez Ensemblez. And, let’s not forget about The FEAR, the pier’s award-winning haunted house (not suggested for those under 15).
Starting to feel like a zombie? Grab a bite at Billy Goat Tavern, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Harry Caray’s Tavern or any of the other mix of restaurants to satisfy your cravings.
As one of Chicago’s greatest treasures, Lincoln Park Zoo beckons in the fall. This 35-acre animal wonderland is FREE to all visitors for 365 days a year. In addition to being home to over 1,250 creatures, Lincoln Park Zoo also hosts a variety of fun events. This fall, celebrate Halloween in style with the Spooky Zoo Spectacular on Oct. 26 from 11am-2pm. Learn fun facts about the animals, make crafts, collect treats, and enjoy entertainment throughout the zoo. You can also visit the Edible Garden which lets kids experience hands-on lessons on the origins of food. Family visits offer the opportunity to plant, weed, compost and harvest every Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 10am-1pm. Year round, Lincoln Park Zoo is guaranteed fun for the whole family.
Plan your trip to Lincoln Park Zoo today at 2001 N. Clark Street. Open daily 10am-5pm. Call 312.742.2000 or visit www.lpzoo.org for more information.