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6 Things To Do In Lakeview This Weekend

By Jessica Cabe | October 12, 2017 12:24pm
 Hoppin' Cats: A Swing Dance Fundraiser for Grassroots Animal Rescue takes place 6:30-10 p.m. on Saturday at Second Unitarian Church of Chicago, 656 W. Barry Ave. (File photo)
Hoppin' Cats: A Swing Dance Fundraiser for Grassroots Animal Rescue takes place 6:30-10 p.m. on Saturday at Second Unitarian Church of Chicago, 656 W. Barry Ave. (File photo)
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LAKEVIEW — Looking for something to do in the neighborhood this weekend? Here are some options: 

Get a tattoo. Pink Rhino Tattoo and Body Piercing, 3519 N. Halsted St., will be offering tattoos and body piercings (waist up, no dermals) for $31 plus tip on Friday in celebration of Friday the 13th. The day will be first come, first served, so it's recommended to show up early. The shop is open noon to 10 p.m.

Get the creeps. The Haunted House at Chase Park will be open 7-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7-9 p.m. Sunday at 4701 N. Ashland Ave. There will also be a kid-friendly, no-scare walkthrough 5-6 p.m. on Saturday. Don't miss this elaborate maze of evil cabins and monsters ready to chase you through it. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Check online for more dates and times.

Explore architectural treasures. The Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago event is back from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (times vary based on specific locations) this Saturday and Sunday, and it's your opportunity to step inside some of the greatest architectural treasures in the city. The event is free of charge, and no registration is necessary. Simply show up to the spaces that interest you most, and explore. Lakeview highlights include the Brewster Building (2800 N. Pine Grove Ave.), Old Chicago Inn featuring Room 13 (3222 N. Sheffield Ave.), St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church (2950 N. Southport Ave.) and more.

Experience culture. The Japanese Culture Center, 1016 W. Belmont Ave., is hosting its fifth annual free open house from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. This is an opportunity to experience authentic Japanese cultural arts, like Chanoyu (tea ceremony), Ikebana (flower arrangement), Shodo (calligraphy), Sumi-e (ink painting) and more. There will be special performances of large scale calligraphy by hekiun Oda Shihan, Taiko (Japanese drumming) by Tsukasa Taiko, large scale ink painting by Patricia Larkin Green Sensei, a Japanese musical performance by Hanauta Duo and board breaking by John Zurisk Sensei.

Eat chili. The Jack Daniel's Chili Cook-Off takes place 1-5 p.m. on Saturday at Sidetrack Bar, 3349 N. Halsted St. Attendees will be able to sample chili from more than 15 Lakeview restaurants, including Trader Todd's, Stella's Diner, Muscle Maker Grill, Kuma's Too and more, and vote for their favorite to win. There will be drink samples from Jack Daniel's and the chance to win giveaways. Tickets cost $10 and include sampling as well as an entry for the giveaways.

Dance for cats. Hoppin' Cats: A Swing Dance Fundraiser for Grassroots Animal Rescue takes place 6:30-10 p.m. on Saturday at Second Unitarian Church of Chicago, 656 W. Barry Ave. There will be a beginner lesson at 6:30 p.m., so everyone is welcome regardless of swing experience. The event will feature live music by Magnolia Jass Band and a performance by the Chicago Chorus Girls Project, as well as raffle and auction items. All the proceeds raised will go to Grassroots Animal Rescue's foster cats and kittens, which come from Chicago Animal Care and Control, Animal Welfare League and other high kill shelters. Tickets cost $40 each or $70 for two in advance and $50 each at the door.