No plans for the weekend yet? Don’t fret, we have you covered! Halloween festivities have really ramped up, The Office and Dr. Seuss are visiting with cool new immersive experiences and JoJo’s Shake Bar is back with an unforgettable pumpkin patch pop-up. We’re mostly keeping you outside to enjoy one of the best seasons to be a Chicagoan. Read on to find our picks for letting the good times roll.
photo: JoJo’s Shake Bar
Ready Your Cameras for JoJo’s Shake Bar’s Pumpkin Patch
Satisfy your sweet tooth AND enjoy an authentic fall experience at an elaborate pumpkin patch filled with over 600 pumpkins, a 1954 red Ford Truck, hay bales and a bathtub filled with corn. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Get in the Halloween Spirit with MSI’s Boo Fest
Explore specially decorated exhibits, examine the science of Halloween with pumpkin drops and slime, try your hand at eyeball dissection and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Take Your Little Ghosts and Goblins to Brookfield’s Boo at the Zoo
This not-so-scary and fun-filled event features free treats as the kids leave the zoo, a corn maze, inflatables, new photo opps, and Halloween-themed crafts and activities each weekend. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
Enjoy Family Happy Hour at Gallagher Way
Dance the evening away with musicians from the Old Town School of Folk Music. Live music and lawn games is the perfect kickoff to a fall weekend! Fri. Event details.
Embrace Autumn in the City
Fall Fest is back at Lincoln Park Zoo! The family friendly celebration invites guests to partake in harvest fun, from picking the perfect pumpkin to devouring sweet treats. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Have Spooky Fun at Museum of Illusions
Museum of Illusions is decked out with Halloween-themed decor playing into the illusions throughout the exhibits. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Check Out the New The Office Experience
Transport yourself to the world of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company and celebrate your most favorite moments and characters from The Office. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Human + Nature, Plus a Scarecrow Trail & Glass Pumpkin Patch at Morton Arboretum
What a treat! Massive thought-provoking sculptures that bring attention to the deep connection between people and nature, a glass pumpkin patch and a scarecrow trail that’ll leave the kids in fits of giggles. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Get Lost in a Corn Maze
Local farms know if they build it, you’ll show up. By it, we mean acres of intricate corn mazes. Some have added bells and whistles that will keep you busy all afternoon. Find your favorite and get busy getting lost. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Let Siegel’s Show You How to Have Proper Fall Fun
Siegel’s has kicked off their annual Pumpkin Fest with more than 30 attractions to help you harvest fun family memories. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Celebrate 10 Years of LEGO Ninjago
Join your favorite Ninjago pals at LEGOLAND Discovery on a quest to find the six golden fragments and learn their moves as real and virtual worlds collide. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Step Into a Wondrous World at the Dr. Seuss Experience
This Seuss-tacular sensory spectacle takes each guest on an awe-inspiring journey through nine different Dr. Seuss books, allowing visitors to magically step into the pages. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Luck is on your side because we have loads more to-dos on our calendar—even lots of virtual activities to connect with people, museums and businesses all over the country. Check it out!
— Maria Chambers
Keep It Free, Cheap or Worth the Splurge in Chicago This Fall