No plans for the weekend yet? Don’t fret, we have you covered! Chill with the kiddos and make the most of a free day at a favorite museum, brick-or-treat in a haunted village at LEGOLAND®, take in a fall fest and so much more! Read on to find our picks for letting the good times roll.

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IN THE CITY

Lakeview

Giggle So Hard You Cry at Storytown Improv
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create an unpredictable story. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same. Sat. Event details.

Groove with Future Hits at Schubas
Join Future Hits at Schubas for a fun, free, and (secretly) educational kids’ indie rock concert or a chance to jam out and (secretly) enrich your kids’ hearts and minds. Sat. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Go Wild at LPZ’s Fall Fest
Usher in the harvest season with your animal friends at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Fall Fest, a family celebration complete with rides, sing-a-longs, activities and entertainment. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Get in the Fall Spirit at NewCity
NEWCITY invites families to their 2nd annual free and family friendly Fall Festival. The celebration will take place on the plaza and will feature pumpkin decorating, a balloon twister, donuts and apple cider, and fall-themed carnival games. Sat. Event details.

Loop

Ready Yourself for a Night to Remember with Arts in the Dark 
Arts in the Dark is a magical evening parade that celebrates Halloween as the “artist’s holiday”.  The event draws together world-renowned institutions and celebrated Chicago organizations like Lookingglass Theatre Company, important programs like After School Matters and aspiring artists in every field. Sat. Event details.

West Loop

Adults-Only Fun at Wine Riot
Wine Riot returns to Chicago offering wine lovers an evolved take on the traditional wine tasting event. The dynamic event boasts a line-up of educational programs, along with world-class wine selections paired alongside dynamic bites from some of Chicago’s top restaurants. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

IN THE ‘BURBS

Elmhurst

Start the Treating Early at Family Fall Fest
Dress in your Halloween best and take in the sights and sounds of autumn at the Elmhurst Park District’s Family Fall Fest. Take the family to Wild Meadows Trace Park for Safety Town trick-or-treating, fall games, food trucks and more! Sat. Event details.

Homer Glen

Fill Your Day with Smiles at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest
Pack a full day’s worth of fun that goes well beyond the pumpkin patch with rides, mega slides and pumpkins, of course. Come hungry and gobble up a freshly baked apple cider donut. Mmmm. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

McHenry

Create Memories at Shades of Autumn Festival
Take a little drive for more than 25 family friendly attractions at the Shades of Autumn Festival. You’ll find the traditional hayrides, pumpkin picking and petting zoo. But, the little ones will be wowed by the pumpkin cannon, hamster track, semi-truck slide, trikes for tikes, scrumptious apple cider donuts and so much more. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Oak Park

Spooky Times Ahead at Wonder-een and Boo
Join us for spooky activities, refreshments and special guests…costumes are welcome! A family fundraiser benefiting Wonder Works Children’s Museum. Sat. Event details.

Schaumburg

Brick or Treat at Legoland Discovery
LEGO monsters, zombies, and swamp creatures – oh my! LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago is being invaded by all sorts of creepy LEGO creatures.  Highlights include monsters and skeletons overrunning MINILAND, a scavenger hunt, trick-or-treating for bricks, building challenges and more! Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Skokie

Learn about Things That Go Bump in the Night at Emily Oaks
See what your animal friends are up to when the sun goes down during Things That Go Bump in the Night. Your little bugs are going to want to learn all about the Un-Touchables, and why they should be left alone. The grand finale is a campfire with munchies and sweet tunes. Fri. Event details.

Union

Tackle Fall Like It’s Done in the Wild, Wild West
Don your best cowboy boots and get ready for an autumn Wild West adventure via Donley’s Wild West Town, a family themed park with loads of things to see and do. Pan for faux gold, take a vintage canoe ride and see a show. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

West Town

Make Story Time More Interesting with Drag Queens
Gather ’round Muffy Fishbasket and her Good Time Gals, who will be reading some of their favorite children’s stories. Books from the event will be available to purchase from the onsite Women and Children First and proceeds support promoting education in schools for LGBTQIA+ youth. Sun. Event details.

— Maria Chambers

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