Sunday is the first day of fall. So make like a tree and leave — the house, that is. There are tons of great happenings, from a food truck social to a neighborhood apple fest to the return of Baby Loves Disco. Where to begin? We’re about to show you.


West Town

Chicago Food Social
Think out of the lunchbox at this event for foodies big and small. There are food trucks, bites from local restaurants, chef demos and live music from Empty Bottle Presents. If we were you, we’d head straight for Tamale Spaceship, Beavers Coffee & Donuts, Big Star and Endgrain. The $5 admission fee goes to Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters, a non-profit striving to end hunger in America. Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Kendall College. $5. All ages. Event details.

Lincoln Square

Lincoln Square Apple Fest
Your first bite of fall happens at this neighborhood celebration that revolves around the season’s favorite fruit. Buy freshly baked apple pies, bushels of apples, hot apple cider and even apple pizza. There’s a Kid Zone with family activities and crafts, along with live musicians at Giddings Plaza. Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Baby Loves Disco
Put on your dance pants. The popular kiddie boogie returns with back-to-school-themed fun. Dance to DJ-spun music, have snacks, do crafts and pretend like it’s recess. Sun., 1:30-4 p.m. Lincoln Hall. $15/person; $50 for four. All ages. Event details.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic
The itty-bittiest of theatergoers (ages newborn to four years) will be enthralled with Emerald City Theatre Company’s first production for this impressionable age bracket. Billed as a “play with me play,” the show takes the classic nursery song and turns it into a hands-on performing arts experience. Crawling on stage is not only allowed, but encouraged. Through Jan. 5; show times vary. Emerald City Theatre’s Little Theatre. $14/person; $7 for children under 1. Ages 0-4. Event details

Hyde Park

South Side Preschool & Elementary School Fair
Learn the ABCs and 1-2-3′s of navigating South Side schools at this exhibitor showcase put on by Neighborhood Parents Network (NPN) and Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. It’s your chance to meet representatives from numerous schools (public and private), as well as enrichment programs and family-friendly businesses from all across the city. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. Free. All ages. Event details.

Oak Park

Not your everyday keg party, Oak Park’s annual fall festival rolls out a Kids’ Rootbeer Garden, flowing with root beer floats from Cold Stone Creamery. Littles can also participate in zucchini races (you make your own cars out of the vegetable) and do activities with the playful folks at Wonder Works Children’s Museum. Fri., 4-10 p.m.; Sat., noon-10 p.m. (Kids’ area is Sat. only, from noon-5 p.m.) Held at Marion St. & North Blvd. Free. All ages. Event details.


Laura Doherty Band
Drift on clouds of breezy folk-pop, thanks to local musician Laura Doherty and her band. Her gig kicks off the Kids Rock concert series at Evanston’s new concert hall, 27 Live. Sat., 10:30 a.m. $12. All ages. Event details.

What are you up to this weekend? Let us know in the Comments section below.

— Kelly Aiglon

Photo: Courtesy of Jody Grimaldi