8 Family Fall Events Around Chicago

8 Family Fall Events Around Chicago

Hello October!  I am hoping we get a fall season this year. In Chicago, the weather has become so unpredictable. The average temperature in the fall can range from 70° Fahrenheit to mid-40° Fahrenheit.   So, you may only have about four weeks before winter sets in.

For the last couple of years, the girls and I haven’t done much, but we do have a tradition of apple picking near Chicago at an apple orchard, which I highly recommend. We have also visited in the past a nature center and botanicals garden just outside of Chicago, Lake Katherine.

A couple of throw backs from years past


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This year I put together a list of family fall events near Chicago, always budget friendly.


Chicago Park District Pumpkin Patches and Corn Maze  

Chicago parks around the city will be hosting their traditional pumpkin patch. Enjoy pony rides, games, arts and crafts, hayrides, face painting and more. Select locations have different events. Check out their website for more details. October 12th, events at several locations. 

UniverSoul Circus

This is not your traditional circus. This circus has revamped a 200-year history with hip hop flavor, line dancing to Michael Jackson, the UniverSoul Soul Train Line, mingling with the ringmaster, tigers, contortionists and more. This is a perfect outing for all ages.

County Line Orchard

For those who don’t mind traveling a little ways, located in northwest Indiana, this is a great experience.  Apple picking has become a tradition for my family and extended family as well. From picking apples, to tractor rides, shopping , it’s a great way to make memories that you will never forget. Enjoy apple cider, fresh lemonade or caramel apples with fudge toppings.  Pick up a jar of apple butter. I highly recommend their pumpkin donuts, truly addictive.

Chicago’s Home of the Chicken and Waffles

My girls are eight years apart, so it can sometimes be challenging to find activities age appropriate. But who doesn’t love fried chicken! Woo-hoo. They not only serve chicken and waffles, but breakfast items like omelets, soul food, catfish and waffles (a nice spin to the traditional chicken and waffles) and more. And on Wednesdays, you can get a free kid’s meal with a purchase of an adult meal. See their menu for more information.

Fall Fest-Lincoln Park Zoo

Pumpkin patch and pumpkin carvers, inflatables, a corn maze and many family friendly activities.  Visit their website for updates.

Donut Fest Chicago Suburbs

Eating together is always a great idea to strengthen family relationships, so this is another great one. Try a variety of donuts, sample coffee, visit their photo booth and more. And for the brew lover, which I am not, enjoy a glass of beer.   Get your tickets here at Eventbrite.

Midnight Circus in the Park

Events take place each weekend at different parks throughout Chicago during the fall season. And what’s nice is the circus has helped raise proceeds for the betterment of Chicago Parks. First come first serve, but lawn seating is permitted. So, bring a blanket and stretch out.

Chicago Theatre

A fun way to get kids involved in the arts, culture and literature but in a kid friendly environment. Many of the performances are based on popular storybooks. Next one, Peppa Pig Live, October 12th!


What are some family fall events around Chicago that you attend?   Please, join the conversation.   


Health and happiness. . . 


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