Pumpkins that run the gamut, freshly picked apples begging for your bite, crisp walks in the jack-o-lantern-lit woods, what more could you want from a midwest fall weekend? Looks like the mild temps are sticking around for a wee bit, so we’re keeping you outdoors . . . with a few exceptions. Read on for our Editor’s picks on making your way around town this weekend.
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IN THE CITY
Giggle So Hard You Cry at Storytown Improv
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create an unpredictable story. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same. Sat. Event details.
Go Wild 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.
Bite Into the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Apple Fest
Apples stand as everyone’s favorite fall fruit, and this festival celebrates them all, from Akanes to Zestas. Dozens of vendors will be selling apples in all shapes and forms and there is also a kid zone full of activities and live music. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
Have Big-Top Fun at Midnight Circus in the Parks
Chicago’s offbeat and totally entertaining circus takes its act on the road, performing in parks in all corners of the city. The troupe does high-wire acts, juggling, clowning and acrobatics. It’s all for a good cause: The tour raises money to improve public parks and playgrounds. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Have a Parent’s Night Out, Courtesy of The Laboratory
From invisibility cloaks to The Invisible Man to friendly ghosts. . . is invisibility really possible? While parents get their own night out, kids partake in a pizza dinner and unique hands-on projects to explore the thrilling science of invisibility. Sat. Event details.
IN THE ‘BURBS
Fill Your Day with Smiles at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest
Pack a full day’s worth of fun that goes well beyond the pumpkin patch with rides, mega slides and pumpkins, of course. Come hungry and gobble up a freshly baked apple cider donut. Mmmm. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Get Your Halloween Fix with Trick or Trees
Break out the costumes and play tricky games, fashion fall crafts and plant a tree seed to take home as an eco treat. Small paintable pumpkins will be available for purchase to extend the crafty fun. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
Take a Hike with Your Pal Jack O’Lantern
Have a hoot while you explore the night life of owls, bats and spiders while taking a jack-o-lantern-lit hike throughout Morton Arboretum’s wooded grounds. You’ll also decorate pumpkins and roast marshmallows over a crackling fire. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
Create Memories at Shades of Autumn Festival
Take a little drive for more than 25 family friendly attractions at the Shades of Autumn Festival. You’ll find the traditional hayrides, pumpkin picking and petting zoo. But, the little ones will be wowed by the pumpkin cannon, hamster track, semi-truck slide, trikes for tikes, scrumptious apple cider donuts and so much more. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
Start ‘Em Early with Baby DJ School
Drop in for an interactive sing-a-long for your littlest music lovers that turns music education into a dance party, while honing their fine motor, ocular, language, social and, perhaps most importantly, their digital DJing those funky beat skills. Fri. Event details.
Don’t Miss Out on Parkway Bank Park’s Family Fest
Parkway Bank Park is back with their Family Fall Fest! Families can enjoy live music, bounce houses, face painting, balloon sculpting, a magician, pumpkin painting and petting zoo. Sat. 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.
— Maria Chambers
. . . and check out our Events calendar for even more suggestions.