LINCOLN PARK — Everyone wants to squeeze some fun out of the final pleasant days of the fall before the holiday season gets rolling after Halloween. Lincoln Park is filled with events this weekend, but who can top red panda cubs at Lincoln Park Zoo?
The zoo's latest pair of red panda cubs, Waveland and Sheffield, have their coming-out party this weekend as part of Fall Fest, including a corn maze, hay mountain and various tie-ins with our own Chicago Cubs, who of course try to seal their first trip to the World Series in 71 years at Wrigley Field Saturday night. The zoo's open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at 2001 N. Clark St., and of course admission is free. Panda chats outside the pair's exhibit in the Kovler Lion House take place each day this weekend at 3 p.m.
The Kensho Martial Arts karate school, 1030 W. North Ave., formed a few years ago by world kick-boxing champion Roger Luri, graduates its first class of kids to attain black belts at 5 p.m. Friday. The new black belts will be performing to music at the dojo as part of a graduation ceremony.
Enjoy one of the last chances to hit the Green City Market outdoors this fall at Clark Street and Lincoln Avenue in Lincoln Park from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The market moves indoors to the Peggy Notebaert Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, as of Nov. 5, but remains outdoors through next weekend, with another session set from 7-1 on Wednesday as well.
With the onset of Halloween, we're rolling toward the holiday season, and Emerald City Theatre spans the fall events with "Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells," debuting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave. Elizabeth Stenholt stars as the beloved lead character of Barbara Park's children's book series in a revival of a production Emerald City did five years ago. It's directed this time by Emerald's new Artistic Director Jacqueline Stone. Tickets start at $19. See the online calendar for the irregular performance dates through Jan. 8.
The boutique Hotel Lincoln, 1816 N. Clark St., holds a dog Halloween costume contest masquerading as an adoption event as well from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. All are invited to bring their dogs in costume, with prizes to be awarded and a parade to follow. The $10 donation requested will benefit the One Tail at a Time dog shelter, 2144 N. Wood St., which will also have dogs available for adoption onsite.
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