Date ideas for this weekend: Chicago Architectural Tour, donuts and cat movies

Tour the architectural anchors of Pullman this weekend, a historic landmark district on the South Side of Chicago. Photos courtesy of Sheila Scarborough and Paparazzigrrl, Flickr.

You’ve likely seen the ubiquitous press for the Chicago Architecture Foundation‘s free Open House event this weekend, happening tomorrow and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They put together quite the handy event guide, which lists the spots by area.

The destinations I recommend? If you haven’t ever roamed the eerily historic South Side town of Pullman, this is your chance. Not only will fall colors be in full effect, framing the landmark district’s (and soon-to-be-named national park) stoic row houses, but there’s something about the chilly weather that transports you back to what it might’ve felt like to live at the former railroad worker grounds. Tag your Instagrams and tweets with #OHC2013.

And as if we all needed more exposure to cats being cute on the Internet, enter the Internet Cat Video Festival this Saturday. Essentially playing on a loop the entire day is a collection of the world wide web’s best snippets of cats being cats. The first showing is at noon, and lasts an hour and 15 minutes.

And speaking of home movies, dust off yours from the basement and bring them to the Chicago History Museum for Home Movie Day, anytime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. tomorrow. Show your archaic gem to the masses and be eligible for film-related prizes, then grab lunch at the absolutely adorable La Fournette around the corner.

Lastly, City Winery‘s holding a tasting party with Glazed and Infused tonight – of donuts infused with the restaurant and venue’s wines. Tickets are $60 apiece.


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