No plans for the weekend yet? Don’t fret, we have you covered! Chill with the kiddos on a low-key hike, 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 letting the good times roll.

photo: Lincoln Park Zoo



Celebrate Filipino American History Month with Bubbles Academy
Have fun with other Chicagoland families for a joyful celebration including Filipino food, craft-making, storytime by families in the community, and Filipino cultural performances. Sun. Event details

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.

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

West Town

Listen to a Storytime with Drag Queens
Make storytime lots of fun with Muffy Fishbasket and her Good Time Gals, reading some of their favorite children’s stories. As a bonus, proceeds from the event support promoting education in schools for LGBTQIA+ youth. 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


See Pumpkins in an All-New Light at 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, staged along a festive, paved pathway. Fri.-Sun. Event details


Get the Kids in on the Oktoberfest Fun at Hofbräuhaus
In a grand dining hall packed with communal tables, European musicians play oompah music on stage (brace yourself for the chicken dance) and families can participate in parades and games. 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.

— Maria Chambers


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