LAKEVIEW — Looking for something to do in the neighborhood this weekend? Here are some options:
Come back to Broadway. After construction on Broadway wrapped up after a year, businesses are ready to welcome customers back to a newly-paved, dust-free street. Come by Melrose and Broadway at 4 p.m. for a ribbon cutting, then enjoy sales and specials from 4:30-8 p.m. from Belmont to Grace. Click here for more information on specific deals.
Pet lovers' Halloween. Wiggleyville and Pets First, 3337 N. Broadway St. and 3413 N. Broadway St., respectively, are throwing a Halloween party at Wiggleyville from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday. Guests can enjoy food and drinks, "treat-or-treat" bags for the first 30 guests, a photographer, a pet bed sale and other spooky surprises.
Learn about Chavela. Stop by the Music Box Theatre beginning Friday to catch "Chavela," a film about the unconventional life of beloved performer Chavela Vargas. In addition to her influence as a singer, Chavela was known for being a sexual pioneer who had many female lovers during a time when being out in Mexico was dangerous. The movie sreens at multiple times Friday through Thursday. Tickets and more information can be found online.
Tour fall flavors through Boystown. Take the first-ever Northalsted Fall Flavor Tour from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, featuring 13 neighborhood merchants offering up treats from pumpkin spice to caramel and cider. The tour begins with cider at Space Park, 815 W. Roscoe St., and continues with samplings of fall treats up and down the street. More details on the free event can be found online.
Rest in Pizza. Come by Venicci Pizza, 3343 N. Halsted St., to enjoy a spectacular Halloween Drag Brunch from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 29 with rotating hosts, special guests, performances, tricks and treats, $6 skull shots, $8 bloody marys and all-you-can-drink mimosas. Drag performances take place 1-4 p.m.
Big Orange Ball. Howard Brown Health's annual Halloween fundraiser, the Big Orange Ball, returns with drinks, food, dancing and costumes from 8 p.m. Saturday into 1 a.m. Sunday at Carnivale in the West Loop. The event might not be in Lakeview, but it benefits a Lakeview staple that has been providing services for the LGBTQ community since 1974. The event headliner is Sasha Velour, the reigning winner of "RuPaul's Drag Race." General admission for the benefit is $150 per person in advance or $175 per person at the door. "RIP" admission is $300 and includes access to the VIP premium bar, an exclusive lounge and other surprises. Tickets and more information can be found online.
Trick-or-treat with dogs. From 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, bring your costumed pup out to Halsted from Aldine to Cornelia for the Halloween Pup Crawl. Get lots of free stuff for both you and your dog, and win prizes. There's a $5 cover per dog, which also enters guests in the raffle. There's an after party at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., starting at 1 p.m.