One of the biggest challenges of moving to a new place is being away from your family. Though I love living in Chicago and being a DePaul student, I definitely get home sick from time to time. That’s why I get so excited when my mom comes to visit, which she did a few weekends ago! Not only do I get a full fridge of groceries and a weekend of free meals, it’s a great opportunity to venture out into the city and find something fun to do.
My mom has visited so many times over the last three years that we’ve pretty much exhausted all the big tourist attractions. I was excited to discover a Halloween event happening downtown during her visit, so we could break-free of the traditional trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo. Don’t get me wrong – I love the zoo! But sometimes it’s fun to mix it up. After a delicious lunch at one of my new favorite restaurants, Nando’s, my mom, my boyfriend and me hopped on a train, wearing our Halloween headbands of course, to check out the festivities.
The Halloween Gathering was a new event this year, sponsored
by the Chicago Cultural Mile Association. You can read more about their mission here, but basically the goal is to make the Chicago Cultural Mile, which is located between the Chicago River and the Museum Campus on Michigan Avenue, a popular destination for visitors and tourists. During the day there were several performances, crafting opportunities and attractions for both children and adults. To conclude the festivities, there was a Halloween parade – which is the part of the event we were able to attend. Groups and organizations from all over the city participated in the parade, including: The Field Museum, The Art Institute, Poems While you Wait, The Association for Advancement of Creative Musicians, several Brazilian dance organizations and universities
within the city (including DePaul – represented by Theatre School and School of Music students!!). There were also several more – all of who were wearing
costumes and representing their organizations in various ways (The Field Museum
had a giant puppet of “Sue”, who is the T-Rex that lives in the main lobby of
the museum!). It was a really cool event, and I was really glad I could share
it with my mom while she was in town.
I’m so lucky to be living a city where the arts are
celebrated, and I think my mom enjoyed it too. There is never a dull moment in
this city – now is the time to embrace it!