After this weekend, Halloween will be in the rearview mirror, so this is no time for slowing down. Stay on the go headed into November with activities for the whole family. See an outdoor movie, experience fall at Lincoln Park Zoo, visit the dinos at Brookfield Zoo and—you’ll have to keeping reading to hear the rest! On your mark, get set. . . don’t stop moving!
photo: Chicago Children’s Theatre, Charles Osgood
Visit Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Drive-In Theatre: Beatrix Potter and Friends
Chicago’s largest progressional theater dedicated to kids and families turned its West Loop parking lot into an outdoor drive-in. Arrive by car or on foot and socially distance in a “pod” with blankets or folding chairs. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Trick-or-Treating a No-Go? Get Your Sugar Rush at a Local Shop
No reason to cancel Halloween altogether. Mix it up a bit and stock up on unique sweets to give your favorite kids. . . and yourself! Chicago’s candy shops offer something new and unique in both flavor and ambiance. Fri.-Sun. More details.
Catch the Fall Colors Before They’re Gone on a Colorful Stroll!
Let the sound of fall leaves underfoot be your soundtrack and take in the beauty of autumn’s symphony of color on a gorgeous family stroll. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Last Chance! Pick Them Before They’re Gone! 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
Use the vast open spaces to play a giant game of seek, looking for unusual creatures, each standing 15- to 20-feet-tall. Guardians of the forest, trying to make sense of the human world. Just like us! Fri.-Sun. More details.
Last Chance! 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.
Dine and Pumpkin Pick at Fish Bar
Fish Bar transformed their patio into a pumpkin patch where guests can dine and enjoy Fish Bar’s classics, along with picking up the perfect pumpkin to purchase and take home! Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Let Lincoln Park Zoo Show You Fall Fun
‘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.
Decorate For Halloween! 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.
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