With the seasons changing and the air morphing from a warm summer breeze into a cool breath of fall air, there are so many seasonal activities around the area to discover with the whole family. Whether you’re into festivals, the music scene, sports or just getting out into nature, the Chicagoland area has something for everyone! And, if you’re from out of town, what better excuse to make a weekend out of it than to discover the beautiful fall colors in some of Chicago’s most historic neighborhoods. Here are a few ideas to get your weekend planning started!
October Fall Color Tree Walk (throughout October) – Take a fall color tree walk at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. While it’s true that prime fall color occurs in Chicago during the first two weeks of October, it is also true that a nonstop fall color show stretches all the way into late autumn. Enjoy the changing colors of native trees, shrubs and wildflowers along the walk in the woods. For more information on the Chicago Botanic Gardens, please visit their website.
Lincoln Park Zoo Fall Fest (weekends in October) – Enjoy this FREE family event at the Lincoln Park Zoo during the first three weekends in October. Take your family to the zoo and enjoy seasonal activities featuring a corn maze, pumpkin patch, hay ride, Ferris Wheel, burlap sack slide, live bands, pumpkin carving and more! For more details, please visit their website.
Lincoln Square Apple Fest (October 3) – Bring the kids and experience this fun, family event! Dozens of vendors participate, selling everything from candy apples, scarves and hats, fresh baked apple pies, hot apple cider and even apple pizza. Take the kids to the Kid Zone or relax in Giddings Plaza and enjoy the wonderful sounds of local musicians. There’s something for everyone at the Apple Fest!
Pints for Pets (October 20) – Raise a glass for The Anti-Cruelty Society at Pints for Pets, held in the Brewer’s Lounge of Chicago hotspot Revolution Brewpub. Enjoy 2 hours of unlimited appetizers, Revolution’s five core house beers and exciting raffle prizes. Help Chicago’s animals most in need! To purchase tickets, please visit the Society’s website.
2nd Annual Mac & Cheese Fest (October 24) – This event is the real deal. A general admission ticket gets you an all-access pass to all things macaroni and cheese (over 50 different recipes!) AND 5 drinks! Even better, a portion of the ticket proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House. For more information, please visit their website.
Halloween at Navy Pier (October 23-25, 30-31) – Enjoy a Pier-wide celebration of trick-or-treating, free scary movies, costume contests, live entertainment and more! On Halloween, participate in a costume contest and enjoy Halloween themed fireworks to top off the night.
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