Lace up your comfy shoes because we’re going to keep you on the move! Be dazzled by a traveling circus show, kick off Oktoberfest season, take a walk immersed in art and so much more. Read on for ideas to pack fun into your weekend.

photo: Oaktoberfest in Oak Park


Garfield Park

Go Green at Harvest Day
The autumn harvest is celebrated with a focus on the simple and sustainable steps that urban famers are taking as they keep bees, care for goats, make compost and harvest organic fruits and veggies to feed their families — in the heart of the city. Sat. Event details.


Strap on Your Aprons for a Family Cooking Class
Kids work side-by-side with their parents (or grandparents!) to make and then enjoy a delicious meal. It’s the perfect combo of a fun activity, hands-on cooking instruction, a delicious dinner and recipes so you can recreate the dishes at home. Sat. Event details.

Near East Side

Schedule a Dinner & a Cruise to Remember
Lawry’s The Prime Rib is teaming up with the Chicago Architecture Foundation for an unforgettable cruise down Chicago’s famous river. Experience the architectural highlights on both branches of the river and then enjoy a three-course meal of Lawry’s The Prime Rib classics. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Get Cultured at the 16th annual Ravenswood ArtWalk
Celebrate the intersection between arts and industry at the 16th annual Ravenswood ArtWalk (RAW), which showcases Ravenswood’s diverse and vibrant community of makers. New this year is a BLOOM street art installation by artist Dana Parisi, expanded indoor artist markets and a “Bike to RAW” music meet up and bike parade. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Wicker Park

Come One, Come All: 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  — this week’s venue is Wicker Park. 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.



Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America
Experience the delightful sights and sounds of miniature trains traversing high and low tunnels, across bridges and around buildings at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Model Railroad Garden. The exhibit features 18 garden-scale trains on 1,600 feet of track with vignettes of tiny people and animals that give it a storybook feel. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Enjoy Fall Festivities in Homewood
Homewood is getting geared up for their favorite fall time fest. From scrumptious cuisine prepared by local eateries to horse-drawn wagons, and pumpkin patches to pony rides, there’s something for the whole family to sink their teeth into. Sat. Event details.


Keep Coming Back For this Fall-Long Festival
Take a little drive for more than 25 family friendly attractions at the Shades of Autumn Festival. Of course you have the traditional hayrides, pumpkin picking and petting zoo, but, the little ones are also going to 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.

Oak Park

Have A Little Oktoberfest Fun at Oaktoberfest
Elevate the traditional Oktoberfest to the next level with Oaktoberfest. This two-day event offers live music, a Root Beer Garden, ninja obstacle course, zucchini car races, kid games and activities and food. Sat. Event details.


Get the Kids in on the Oktoberfest Fun at Hofbräuhaus Chicago
In a grand dining hall packed with communal tables, you can get excited about a rotating array of European musicians that play oompah music on stage (brace yourself for the chicken dance). There are also kids’ parades and games, and you might even see an aplhorn, a long horn used by Swiss mountain dwellers. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

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

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— Maria Chambers