No plans for the weekend yet? Don’t fret, we have you covered! Enter the magical world of Harry Pottery, 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 fall weekend fun.

A Hogwarts-Style Halloween Party: Party to commemorate Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington AKA Nearly-Headless Nick the Ghost of Gryffindor Towerphoto: The Laboratory


Lincoln Park

Help LPZ Welcome the Penguins!
African penguins, jackass penguins, or black-footed penguins – regardless of what you call them, penguins have returned to Lincoln Park Zoo as part of the new Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove.  Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo
Usher in the harvest season with your animal friends at Lincoln Park Zoo’s second-ever Fall Fest, a family celebration complete with rides, activities and entertainment. An a-maize-ing corn maze, Ferris wheel, hay mountain, a giant 60-ft. burlap sack slide and hay wagon rides round out the fun. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Hyde Park

The Sky’s the Limitless: Above and Beyond
Above and Beyond is a fascinating look at aviation’s past while looking toward aerospace’s advancements for the future, presented by Boeing in celebration of its 100th anniversary. This dynamic exhibit focuses on how past inventors turned their dream of flying into a reality, and how current innovators continue to push past the limits of Earth and space. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Red Bull Illume Chicago 2016
Kicking off the fourth edition of their exhibit tour in North America, Chicago’s Wrigley Square, located in Millennium Park, is the ideal place to showcase the finalist of the Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016. The light boxes will stand side-by-side with the famous Millennium Monument and be a stone’s throw away from the famous Chicago Bean. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Wicker Park

Little Miss Ann Band Halloween Kids Concert
Get ready to dance and clap with your kids to songs about pumpkins and witches with Little Miss Ann Band. Along with the spooky lineup, Ann and her musicians will sing songs from her four CDs. Sat. Event details.

Hogwarts Bash at The Laboratory
The Laboratory is getting into the Halloween spirit and they’re inviting you to come along! Harry Potter aficianodos won’t want to miss the Hogwarts-themed party, complete with pizza, snacks, games and a movie. Sat. Event details.



Night of 1,000 Jack-O-Lanterns
In a new Halloween event called Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns, more than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins—some as large as 150 pounds—will light up the night at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Halloween Spooktacular
No need to cover up that costume with a coat — head to Glenview for an indoor Halloween party. Park Center will host a Halloween extravaganza complete with inflatables, face painting, crafts, games and all of the Halloween entertainment they can handle. And your whole family will stay nice and warm no matter what the October weather brings. Now that’s our kind of Halloween treat! Fri. Event details.


Siegel’s Farm Pumpkin Fest
Siegel’s Farm welcomes families to harvest family memories at the annual Pumpkin Fest, Affordable Fun on the Farm®. General admission tickets include more than 30 attractions. New attractions feature Kaden’s Birdie Barracks (a 4th playland) and Kiddie Zip Line. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

River Forest

Family Night Out: Stars, Stories & S’mores
Take your family and friends for an evening in the Forest Preserves! Join in for a cozy fire, s’mores, storytelling, astronomy, night hikes and nature-based activities. Fri. Event details.


MB Financial’s Fall Fest
MB Financial Park is back with their Family Fall Fest! Families can enjoy free horse-drawn hayrides, balloon sculpting, face painting, magic acts and pumpkin painting. Acclaimed pumpkin carver Steve Dahlke will be onsite carving a 500-pound pumpkin, which will remain on display through Halloween. Chicago 6 will also perform a free concert on the great lawn. Sat. Event details.


Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND® Chicago
LEGO monsters, zombies, and swamp creatures – oh my! LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago is being invaded by all sorts of creepy LEGO creatures for the Brick-or-Treat festivities. Highlights include monsters and skeletons overrunning MINILAND, 12 hidden LEGO pumpkins in the Jungle Expedition, trick-or-treating for bricks, LEGO building challenges in a black light room and more! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

For more ideas on how to spend your weekend, check out our Family Events Calendar.


Tell us how you plan to spend your weekend in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers