You could spend the weekend jumping into leaf piles. But you’ll have just as much fun at the exciting fall events around town. Journey with Frog & Toad in a show by Chicago Children’s Theatre, go to a costume swap in Evanston, build scarecrows in St. Charles and shop a truly bright Polarn O. Pyret sample sale. What are you waiting for? Jump to it.


Gold Coast

“A Year with Frog & Toad”
Back by popular demand, Chicago Children’s Theatre’s show brings the beloved Arnold Lobel Frog & Toad books to life. The adventures are melded into a whimsical musical that follows the amphibian twosome through the four seasons and all the fun activities that go with them. With a song titled “Cookies,” you can’t go wrong. Thru Nov. 24; show times vary. Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Tickets start at $25. All ages. Event details.


Polarn O. Pyret Sample & Warehouse Sale
The Swedish brand’s colorful, striped, unisex clothing has us turning cartwheels. If you love it, too, head to this sale where you can score up to 70 percent off duds for all seasons. As an additional treat, Cecilia Tudlund of Clogmaster will be fitting adults and kids for her famous clogs. Fri., 10 am.-6 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Swedish American Museum. Admission is free. Event details.

North Park

Harvest Festival
Give autumn a shout-out at one of the city’s adored nature centers. Build your own scarecrow, walk the trails to enjoy fall colors, listen to live music, make nature crafts and more. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. North Park Village Nature Center. Free. All ages. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Giggle’s 10th Birthday Celebration
Shopping at Giggle makes us giddy. You too? Then celebrate the store’s 10th birthday with a weekend of activities. On Thursday, do cake decorating, eat treats, and watch a juggler and balloon artist. Saturday there are snacks and drawings to win pre-natal yoga certificates. Sunday is Kids’ Day and there will be food, a juggler and photo sessions. Held Thurs.-Sun. Free. All ages. Event details.

Union Park

UniverSoul Circus
Next stop: the big top. UniverSoul Circus, one of the top three circus acts in the country, will make your head spin with acts such as ice skating, tightrope walking, Caribbean dancing, aerialists, acrobatics, quick-change artists, tigers and elephants. What makes this circus different is that its music spans genres including pop, R&B, Latin, hip hop, jazz and gospel. Held Thurs.-Oct. 20. $19-$30. All ages. Event details.


Green Halloween Costume Swap
Show your little goblin the importance of recycling — and score a cool new costume, in the process. Simply drop off your gently used costumes and swap them for another. For each costume dropped off, you will receive one voucher good for one new-to-you costume (no purchase necessary). Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony. Sizes newborn to 12 accepted. Event details.

St. Charles

Scarecrow Fest
Have you ever seen 150 scarecrows all in one place? You will here. Visitors can vote in six different categories for their favorite, ranging from whimsical to traditional to mechanical. All are handmade, some by local businesses. Come for the ‘crows, but stay for the pony rides, petting zoos, moon jump, food and live music. Held Fri. & Sat., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is free. All ages. Event details.

Which of these events will you hit first? Let us know in the Comments section below.

— Kelly Aiglon

Photo: Margaret Strickland / Courtesy of Chicago Children’s Theatre