Updated: October 10, 2012 11:28AM
Here is a look at top entertainment in Chicago. The play’s the thing and other things are among the suggestions.
The Featured Five
BOO! AT THE ZOO: This Halloween season, the annual Boo! at the Zoo at Brookfield Zoo is a more-fun-than-scary event that has something for everyone. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20-21 and 27-28. Daylong activities including the Costume Parade at 1 p.m. and ZooChats throughout the day. Costume contests in the scariest, best animal theme, most original, and best group theme will be judged. General admission is $15/adults and $10.50/kids 3 to 11 and seniors 65 and older. Boo! at the Zoo activities are free, with the exception of admission to Xtreme Bugs, The Carousel, and the hayride. Parking is $10. For further information about Boo! at the Zoo activities, visit www.CZS.org/Events or call (708) 688-8000.
THE MISTAKES MADELINE MADE: It’s the story of a young woman, Edna, who develops Ablutophobia, the fear of bathing. Struggling with a soul-crushing job as a personal assistant and an unexpected loss, she wages a furious and funny war against all things complacent, pampered and clean. Playwright Elizabeth Meriwether, creator of FOX sitcom, “New Girl.” Runs Thursdays through Sundays, Oct. 3 through Nov. 3 at Greenhouse Theater Center Upstairs Studio, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tix — previews/$10; Regular run/$20; $18/student and industry. Tix available at www.greenhousetheater.com.
BURN THIS: Shattered Globe Theatre launches their 2012/13 Season with “Burn This,” by Lanford Wilson playing Oct. 18 through Nov. 18 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Set in a bohemian loft on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, it is a penetrating exploration of four violently opposing characters scrambling to regain control over their lives. Tix are previews/$18; Regular run/$27 to $32 at www.shatteredglobe.org or 773-795-8150.
THE DINING ROOM: An “anthropological study” of upper middle class “WASPs” from a time gone by. The 18 scenes are both poignant and funny — families “meet to eat, converse, quarrel, make up and do all the other myriad activities of American family life” during the mid-20th century. Produced by Saint Sebastian Players and runs at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 19 through Nov. 11 at Saint Sebastian Players Theatre, St. Bonaventure Church, 1625 W. Diversey. Two free lots; nearby several public transportation lines. Suggested donation: $15; $10 students; $7 for seniors and kids under 12. Box office, 773-404-7922. Info at www.saintsebastianplayers.com.
ELECTIONFEST 2012: Just in time for the final showdown for the White House, Pine Box Theater Company Presents “ElectionFest 2012” — twelve bold, ten-minute plays exploring the issues driving the divide in today’s political landscape and the upcoming election, written by some of the country’s most exciting theatrical voices. The four-night festival will be presented Oct. 22-23 and 29-30 at Theatre Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tix are $13 and are currently available at www.theatrewit.org or the Theatre Wit Box Office at 773-975-8150.
THE MEN’S HEALTH URBANATHLON: Now in its sixth year in Chicago, the Urbanathlon is a unique, 9.5-11 mile competition that combines traditional road race elements with rigorous obstacles and sets them against a backdrop of iconic city landmarks. The race starts at 7:15 a.m. Oct. 13. The race starts and ends from the Soldier Field South Lot. For full course and obstacle information, visit http://www.menshealthurbanathlon.com/chicago-course.html. The free festival is open to the public at 9 a.m. Race pre-registration is required at www.MensHealthUrbanathlon.com.
UNIVERSOUL CIRCUS: UniverSoul is a highly interactive combination of circus arts, theater and music that spans genres including Pop, Classic R&B, Latin, Hip Hop, Jazz and Gospel. It’s at Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Drive daily, ENDS Oct. 14. Tix available at www.ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-3000. Visit www.universoulcircus.com for more info, show times, and schedules. www.facebook.com/universoulcircus and www.twitter.com/universoulcirc.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW LIVE: Mayne Stage is hosts the show Live, as performed by Awkward Pause Theatre. Shows on Oct. 12, 20, 26, 31 are at midnight, Oct. 21 is at 8 p.m. Lobby Doors open an hour early. Mayne Stage is at 1328 W. Morse Ave. Red Line stop is “Morse.” Tix are $20 and, with info, are available at www.maynestage.com or 773-381-4554.
SPOOKY SCIENCE AT MSI: From Oct. 13 through 31, the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, will showcase spooky chemistry magic. All activities are included in the Museum’s general admission and happen at various times throughout the day. The Museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. In addition, for families with kids 6-12, a Halloween Snoozeum Sleepover will kick off the spooky science fun Oct. 12. Registration is required. Tix are $45/person. Learn more or register at www.msichicago.org/snoozeum or 773-684-1414 ext. 8800. Visit http://www.msichicago.org/whats-here/events/spooky-science/ for more details.
CLLAW XIV — CLLAW-O-WEEN: The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers (CCLAW) are bringing some wicked good fun at CLLAW-O-WEEN on Oct. 13 at O’Malley’s Liquor Kitchen, 3551 N. Sheffield Ave. Brought to you by Sideshow Theatre Company, it features fearsome lady arm wrestlers decked out in outrageous outfits, an open bar, shady referees and audience participation in a wild, crazy, theatrical Halloween event. Tix are $25 and include access to a three-hour open bar from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Also available, $10 event only tix (cash bar available). Doors open at 9:30 p.m.; first match is at 10 p.m. Advance bar packages are on sale at www.cllaw.org. More info at www.cllaw.wordpress.com or Sideshow Theatre company at www.cllaw.org.
METRA’S $7 WEEKEND PASS: Weekend passes are good for unlimited rides on both Saturday and Sunday for all stations. Weekend parking is available at all stations. Note: Boat taxis are available from Union Station to Navy Pier and/or the museum campus, Chinatown and other points along the river or lakefront. Reasonable pricing and fun.