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Average Low Temperature: 44°F (7°C)
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Weather wise, October can be one of Chicago's most beautiful months with crisp, cool temperatures and sunny days. (It can also be a hot month in Chicago, particular in the beginning of the month when temperatures can stay well into the 80s.)
October is also one of Chicago's busiest months with the annual Chicago Marathon, which attracts tens of thousands to the Windy City, as well as Halloween related events, including haunted ghost tours, costume parades and more.
Here are some fun things to do in Chicago in October 2013 that go beyond the "boo" in Halloween.
Through October 31, 2013: Hofbrauhaus Authentic Oktoberfest - Festival includes freshly brewed “Oktoberfestbier” inspired by the original Hofbräuhaus in Munich, German-inspired menu, authentic “Oompah” band from Austria and more. Restaurant is located at 5500 Park Place, Rosemont.
Dates TBD: Chicagoween - Halloween is more than a day in Chicago; it’s an entire season. The city, its parks, buildings and streets are decorated and filled with activities for children and the child within you. A list of specific activities and locations will be announced soon by the City of Chicago and we will be sure to add them to this page.
October 1 - 31, 2013: Halloween Events - Enjoy hay rides, pumpkin decorating, costume contests as Chicago celebrates Halloween, which is on Thursday, October 31, all month long, including Chicagoween when Chicago's Daley Plaza turns into Franken Plaza. (Get tips on planning a Halloween party and how to make your own Halloween costume.)
October 13, 2013: Chicago Marathon - This annual favorite that attracts overe 40,000 runners and thousands of cheering spectators strides through some of Chicago's most popular and historic neighborhoods. (Get tips on marathon training and running advice for beginners and what to do the day before running a marathon.)
October 14, 2013: Columbus Day Parade - Enjoy the parade that marches along Columbus from Balbo to Monroe. Parade starts at 12:30 p.m. Admission is free. Public transit options to get to the parade include the Red Line, Harrison stop, and the bus, #3, #4, #6, #7, #14, #126 or #147. (Learn the history of Columbus Day.)
October 19 - 27, 2013 (Saturdays and Sundays): Boo! at the Zoo (Brookfield Zoo) - A haunting good time awaits families at Brookfield Zoo’s annual Boo! at the Zoo Halloween celebration, sponsored by Fisher-Price. The not-so-scary event features a 7,000-square-foot corn maze, a hay ride, a costume parade, a costume showcase, and Halloween-themed crafts, and activities. In addition, there will be special animal Zoo Chats about some of the zoo’s creatures. Hours for Boo! at the Zoo are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. And remember, each day at Boo! at the Zoo, there is a costume parade at 1 p.m., which starts on the North Mall, goes around Roosevelt Fountain and concludes on the East Mall.
Dressing up for Halloween this year? Check out one of Chicago's Halloween Express stores where you can literally find thousand of costumes for adults, teens, tweens, kids, and even pets.
Remember: Chicago's Green City Market runs through October 26, 2013 in Lincoln Park after which it moves indoors to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.