No plans for the weekend yet? Don’t fret, we have you covered! Chill with the kiddos on low-key, colorful stroll, get into the season’s spooky vibes at Chicago Botanic Garden or see how Lincoln Park Zoo has switched up their fall programming to keep you distanced. We’re mostly keeping you outside this weekend to enjoy one of the best seasons to be a Chicagoan. Read on to find our picks for letting the good times roll.
Take a Crunchy, Colorful Stroll!
Enjoy the sounds of fall leaves underfoot and take in the beauty of autumn’s symphony of color on a gorgeous family stroll. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Go Apple Picking!
Apples are the superheroes of the fruit world—they have the power to keep doctors away. Fill your bags with the juicy, ripe fruit at a kid-loved u-pick nearby. Fri.-Sun. More details.
Play an Epic Game of Hide and Seek in a Corn Maze
Chicago farmers built them in the hopes that you will come! To their intricate corn mazes, that is! Some even have added bells and whistles like petting zoos and pumpkin doughnuts. Fri.-Sun. More details.
Play Hide & Seek with Massive Trolls at Morton Arboretum
Something special emerged from the vast spaces at Morton Arboretum. . . unusual creatures, each made of reclaimed wood and 15- to 20-feet-tall. Guardians of the forest, trying to make sense of the human world. Good luck with that, Trolls! Fri.-Sun. More details.
Take Your Dino Lover to Brookfield Zoo
Pay a visit to Brookfield Zoo and be treated to the temporary Dinos Everywhere exhibit. Nearly 45 animatronic dinosaurs that are BIGGER and BADDER than any dinos you’ve ever met are awaiting your arrival! Fri.-Sun. More details.
Have Fall Fun at Lincoln Park Zoo
‘Gourd’-ge yourself on free harvest fun! Stroll the one-way trails adorned with carved pumpkins, corn husks, and hay bales and cherish the fall ambiance without the crowds. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Intro Your Kids to an Iconic Favorite at The FRIENDS Experience
Get a Chicago-style Italian Beef ready for sandwich-loving Joey because the wildly popular FRIENDS Experience is here! Celebrate your favorite friends and revisit some of the series’ most classic moments. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Show the Kids Spooky Fun at Chicago Botanic Garden
Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns, features more than 1,000 hand-carved, real pumpkins lit with LED lights lighting up the night and lining the outdoor path in a beautiful fall setting. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Hit the Fields to Find That Perfect Pumpkin
Give Charlie Brown a run for his dough and find your own Great Pumpkin. Warm your face on the steam of a hot apple cider and breathe the crisp air at our favorite pumpkin patches. Fri.-Sun. More details.
Seek Adventure as a Family at The Forge: Lemont Quarries
Hike, bike, paddle and climb your way through this 300-acre adventure park featuring the largest aerial adventure course in North America. Fri.-Sun. More details.
Stock the Pantry at Green City Outdoor Market
Shop local and sustainable at Green City Market’s outdoor market in Lincoln Park and West Loop. Sat. Event details.
Pumpkin Carve as a Family at Beatrix Fulton Market
Save yourself from the mess at home and let Beatrix host your pumpkin carving! Sat. 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