Have you finally wrapped your mind around the fact that it’s October? Good, because we’re almost halfway through! Take a break from stocking the closets with cold-weather gear to enjoy all the fun happenings. From staying cozy indoors at a show full of your friends from Sesame Street to making your way to a fest featuring scarecrows, read on to find the best of the best for slaying the weekend.

photo: Sesame Street Live: Make Your Magic


Lincoln Park

Dive into Autumn 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.

Strike a Pose at Family Yoga at Peggy Notebaert
Join Peggy Notebaert for an energizing indoor family-friendly yoga class! Practice your tree pose with a beautiful view of North Pond. Sat. Event details

Navy Pier

Check Out the First-Ever Pier Pumpkin Lights
Explore a variety of pumpkin pop-up installations throughout the Pier and enjoy fabulous fall deals. From jack o’lantern towers to light displays, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination will be decked out for fall. Fri.-Sun. Event details

West Loop

Watch a Bookshelf Favorite Come Alive
Eric Carle’s beloved tale of an insatiable herbivore that munches its way to become a full-fledged butterfly takes wing in this charming Chicago Children’s Theatre’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Journey with wndr Somewhere Between Chapter 2 and 3
In A Hero’s Journey Through wndr, guests are encouraged to explore new installations and create their own stories through thought-provoking, multisensory, interactive experiences. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Wicker Park

See Little Miss Ann Band at Chop Shop
Schedule time for an upbeat, live interactive concert by the Little Miss Ann Band. Sun. Event details



Have a Howlin’ Good Time at Boo at the Zoo
This not-so-scary and fun-filled event features candy stations, a corn maze, giant pumpkin carving demonstrations, and Halloween-themed crafts and activities. Sat. & Sun. Event details


Last Chance! Choo Choo! Get Your Train Fix at Model Railroad Garden
Experience the delightful sights and sounds of miniature trains traversing high and low tunnels, across bridges and around buildings at Chicago Botanic Garden. Fri.-SunEvent details.


See Peppa Pig LIVE!
Peppa Pig Live! is here with the ALL NEW action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life-size puppets and costume characters in her new live show, Peppa Pig’s Adventure! Fri. & Sat. Event details


Be Amazed at Sesame Street Live: Make Your Magic
When magician extraordinaire Justin visits Sesame Street to put on a magic show for the whole neighborhood, Elmo wants to be part of the big event. But there’s one problem. . . Elmo doesn’t know how to do magic. Fri.-Sun. Event details


Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Discovery
Things are about to get spooky with spell-binding scavenger hunts, giant Halloween models, and meet-and-greets with LEGOLAND‘s LEGO Shark & Police Officer. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

St. Charles

Go to Fest All About Scarecrows
Over 50 handcrafted scarecrows compete for the best in show at this unique fall fest. The arts and crafts show, scarecrow building, petting zoo and carnival make for a full day of autumn merriment. Fri.-Sun. Event details


Roam the Grounds at Cantigny Park’s Fall Festival
Roam this 500-acre park as it puts on its very best fall colors. At the annual Fall Festival, you’ll enjoy music, games, hayrides, a petting zoo and more. Sat. Event details

— Maria Chambers


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. . . and check out our Events calendar for even more suggestions.