Have you finally wrapped your mind around the fact that it’s October? Good, because we’re getting close to being halfway through! Take a break from stocking the closets with cold-weather gear to enjoy all the fun happenings. From staying cozy indoors at The FRIENDS Experience to chilling at home watching a 3D chalk artist work his magic, read on to find the best of the best for slaying the weekend.

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

Tune In To Be Virtually Amazed by a 3D Chalk Artist
Acclaimed 3D chalk artist Nate Baranowski will create table-top chalk art featuring a meal or product form a Howard Street business. Fri. Event details

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.

Attend a Fest All About Scarecrows
Scarecrows will be spread around downtown St. Charles in a way that encourages social distancing, but allows kids to peep at a seasonal favorite! 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.

Stock the Pantry at 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 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. Event details

Captain Your Own Course on an 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

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