Pumpkins that run the gamut, freshly picked apples begging for your bite, crisp walks through Lincoln Park Zoo, what more could you want from a midwest fall weekend? Read on for our Editor’s picks on making your way around town this weekend.
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.
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. More 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. More details.
Visit Green City Outdoor Market
Shop local and sustainable at Green City Market’s outdoor market in Lincoln Park and West Loop. Sat. Event details.
Have a Virtual Gab Session with a Dino!
Learn about the largest-known dinosaur, Field Museum’s Maximo, and chat with him. He will literally answer back! Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Play 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. Event details.
Captain Your Own Electric Boat
Chicago has been gifted a gorgeous summer that’s been boating perfection. While there are several tour companies that narrate a memorable trip along our waterways, sometimes you want to steer the course yourself. More details.
Traverse Chicago on a Scavenger Hunt
Intro your kids to some of Chicago’s hometown coolness and iconic locations using our Chicago-themed scavenger hunt as your guide. 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.
Take Your Train Fanatics to Chicago Botanic Garden!
Experience the delightful sights and sounds of miniature trains traversing high and low tunnels, across bridges and around buildings at the Model Railroad Garden. Fri.-Sun. Event 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. Event 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.
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