Have you rocked September so far? This is your last chance before welcoming October with a bang at events full of fall fun! From apples to corn mazes and a soccer match to an ice show, read on to find our Editor’s fail-proof picks for loving the family life this weekend.

photo: Lincoln Park Zoo



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.


Giggle Overload 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 a different story every week. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same. Sat. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Opening Weekend: Fall Fest at LPZ
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.

Museum Campus

Give Adler Planetarium a Go After Dark
Cancel the sitter and make it a family night out at Adler After Dark: Family Edition. You’ll get full access to museum exhibits, unlimited sky shows, telescope viewing and live entertainment as well as a kiddie cocktail bar, hands-on experiments and special character visits. Fri. Event details.



Support the Men in Red at a Chicago Fire Home Game
Root for your hometown soccer team against LAFC. But, first, pregame at FireFest with an inflatable soccer field, soccer pool (billiards in soccer format), a speedshot competition and street soccer games. Sat. 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.


See an Insta-Classic Like Never Before at Disney on Ice Presents Frozen
For one night, be a part of Anna’s adventure to find her sister, Queen Elsa, whose ice powers trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter (sounds like a Chicago winter). Experience magic at every turn and create memories to last a lifetime at the show worth melting for. Fri.-Sun. 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.

Fall in Love with Autumn

(1) Take your sweets apple picking and bake the first pie of the season.

(2) Check every single one of these Harvest Festivals off your list.

(3) Take a colorful stroll or hike before the temperatures take a dip.

(4) Get lost and found in a corn maze for hours.


(5) Swing by one of these pumpkin farms and get a jump start on fall decorating.

— Maria Chambers

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. . . and check out our Events calendar for even more suggestions.