No plans for the weekend yet? Don’t fret, we have you covered! Plan a date night or chill with the kiddos and make the most of a free day at a favorite museum, 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: Morton Arboretum’s Origami in the Garden 


Lincoln Park

Go Wild for a Zoo Fall Fest
Usher in the harvest season with your animal friends at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Fall Fest, a celebration complete with rides, activities and entertainment. An a-maize-ing corn maze, Ferris wheel, two corn pools, hay mountain, a giant burlap sack slide and hay wagon rides round out the extravaganza. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Museum Campus

Take Advantage of Free Admission Day at The Field Museum
Illinois residents enjoy a free day at The Field Museum with valid proof of residency. Ticketed exhibitions and 3D films are also available at a special price. Sun. Event details.

While You’re at it . . . Make it a Prehistoric Weekend at The Field Museum
Field is always the place to go when you want to gawk at real dinosaur fossils, but now you can see what it would’ve been like to walk among these breathtaking creatures. You’ll get closer than ever before with the interactive Jurassic World: The Exhibition. Fri-Sun. Event details.

Navy Pier

Eric Carle Brightens Chicago Children’s Museum
Chicago Children’s Museum newest exhibit, Very Eric Carle, introduces, reacquaints and inspires visitors to the work of renowned author and illustrator, Eric Carle. Fri.-Sun. Event details.



Have a Little Fun at Boo! at the Zoo
Stir up Halloween fun in the company of lions, tigers and bears, oh my! Animal lovers of every age are invited to drop in for haunted hayrides, pumpkin craving demos, a creepy cowboy carousel, special zoo chats, a costume parade and contest, and more. Sat. Event details.

Glen Ellyn

See Jeanie B! at a Can’t-Miss Pumpkin Flotilla
Jeanie B! promises to get your toes tappin’ and your hands clappin’ with her mix of kindie-style folk, country and rock. Carve a pumpkin, add a candle to its core and plan on setting it a’sail on the beautiful lake for a kid-friendly Halloween spectacle like no other. Sun. Event details.


Last Chance to Bring the Kids into the Fold with Origami in the Garden
A stunning tower of white cranes ascending skyward. A glorious winged horse. A life boat suspended by bronze oars. Sounds like a dreamlike fantasy, but we can assure you it’s quite real. Origami in the Garden, is inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding and it’s reams of wholesome fun. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Keep Coming Back For this Fall-Long Festival
Take a wee drive for more than 25 attractions at the Shades of Autumn Festival. You have the traditional hayrides, pumpkin picking and petting zoo, but the littles will be wowed by the famous pumpkin cannon, hamster track, semi-truck slide, trikes for tikes, scrumptious apple cider donuts and so much more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Be Mesmerized by Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic
Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the comical duo of Donald and Goofy invite you to join them and 25 of their closest friends as they surprise and captivate at every single turn of the knob. In this show, you hold the key to unlocking the endless possibilities of your imagination. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Tackle Fall Like It’s Done in the Wild, Wild West
Don your best cowboy boots and get ready for an autumn Wild West adventure via Donley’s Wild West Town, a family themed park with loads of things to see and do. Pan for faux gold, take a vintage canoe ride and see a show. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

For more ideas on how to spend this weekend, check out our Family Events Calendar

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— Maria Chambers