Things To Do
Fall GO Guide
Break out your favorite sweater and take in these fall festivities. From apple picking to fall festivals to Halloween attractions, there is so much to do and see this season for the whole family. Have an awesome autumn!
Kohl Children’s Museum
17 interactive hands-on exhibits to spark curiosity and inspire a love of learning for children ages birth to 8. Now through January 26, come explore the great outdoors with our interactive exhibit Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond, based on the hit PBS Kids TV show, and developed in partnership with Spiffy Pictures and WTTW! See for yourself why we’re The Place Where Awesome Lives! Located at 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, IL. For more information, call 847-832-6600 or visit www.kcmgc.org.
Mid-Continent Railway Museum
Take a ride back in time! Climb aboard for a 55-minute round-trip train ride in historic railcars. After the ride, explore the museum filled with restored trains from the late 1800s and early 1900s and browse the museum gift shop. Open weekends through October 20 + special events. For train schedules, special event info, and ticket prices call 800-930-1385 or visit www.midcontinent.org. E8948 Museum Road, North Freedom, WI 53951.
Goodwill is your HALLOWEEN HEADQUARTERS! Look no further than your nearest Goodwill Store to find that unique and creative Halloween outfit and accessories guaranteed to make you the hit of the party! Goodwill it is a DIY’s dream and the best part is no one will have exactly the same costume! Visit AmazingGoodwill.com for your own, personal amazing look! Trick or Treat never looked so good!
Boundless Adventures is more than just a zipline park! It’s an exciting new family-friendly aerial adventure park experience for thrill-seekers, adventurers, tree-climbers, zip-liners and outdoor enthusiasts that is now open in Wisconsin! With 120 obstacles, 20 ziplines and 9 courses with 4 different difficulty levels, there is something for everyone! 9800 160th Avenue, Bristol, Wisconsin. For more information or to reserve your spot today, please visit https://boundlessadventures.net/wi-park or call 262-924-8626.
Kuipers Family Farm
Kuipers Family Farm is 230 acres of Midwestern farm fun! Visit the orchard for apple picking (Sat, Sun & holidays only) and fresh apple cider doughnuts, home-baked pies, fudge, farm-pressed apple cider and hand-spun caramel apples from The Orchard Shop and Bakery. Sample our hard ciders & fruit wines at The Bin Tasting Bar! Take a scenic ride around the farm on The Farmview Railroad! September 21st over 30 farm-themed activities open at the Pumpkin Farm. New for 2019: FREE PUMPKIN with a paid admission! Exclusions apply. While supplies last. YouPickFun.com for more information.
Pick your own memories at Apple Holler orchard and family farm with a farm to table restaurant, bakery, gift shop, offering pick your own apples, pears, and pumpkins. Visitors will enjoy four seasons of family fun and activities including; orchard and farm tours, children’s shows, school field trips, hayrides, sleigh rides, barnyard animals and outdoor play areas. Apple Holler is located between Racine and Kenosha, WI, right off of I-94, simply follow the signs to the FUN! (5006 S. Sylvania Ave. Sturtevant, WI 53177) Call (262) 884-7100, or visit www.appleholler.com, for further information.
Celebrate Fall at Abbey Farms Pumpkin Daze and create memories for families and friends of all ages. Abbey Farms offers acres of fun, outdoor attractions that let you disconnect from the digital world. Explore Kane County’s largest corn maze, our weekend petting zoo, or relax on a hayride. Parents may enjoy the weekend craft beer & wine tent, while everyone loves our fresh-made donuts available daily! Pick out a pumpkin before leaving, and shop at our Farmstead Emporium for more fall flavors and decor. Join us Sept 21 – Oct 27. Visit abbeyfarms.org for more details!
TransWorld Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show
The TransWorld Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Shows’ largest show of the year is coming to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N River Road in Rosemont, IL on October 17-20, 2019. Shop for yourself, your family and friends, for the latest products for the Fall and all the Holidays! Find the best jewelry, fashion, accessories, gift, décor, beauty and gourmet items, at prices you can only find at a TransWorld’s JF&A Show. Get FREE gifts just for attending and buying at the show as well! KIDS DAY ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20TH. Kids aged 9-16 can attend with an accompanying adult. Register kids on-site only, a $5 fee applies and they will get a FREE gift! Also, visit the SUPER SIDEWALK SALE – a designated area on the show floor for even greater deals from our exhibitors! For complete details, visit our website at: www.jfashow.com to register.
Ottawa, IL – Pick Us!
Nestled along the Illinois and Fox River, lies the best kept secret of the Midwest. Lush plantings and butterfly gardens line the streets filled with boutique shops and modern eateries. Stand in the shadows of Honest Abe and the Little Giant then learn the fine art of blown glass and craft brewing. Renowned architecture, massive murals, live music and theater bring culture to life in this historic canal town. Join us throughout the year! Ottawa Visitors Center – 1028 LaSalle St – Ottawa, IL. pickusottawail.com 815.434.2737
Maxson’s Restaurant & Riverboat
Maxson’s Restaurant has been in business in Oregon, Illinois since 1952. Plan your visit now and enjoy the fall color season. It offer’s glass enclosed dining with stunning views of the Rock River. The Pride of Oregon Paddleboat takes guests on a scenic 15 mile round trip lunch and dinner cruises. Maxson’s can host events up to 260 people in the restaurant, 200 on the sprawling deck, and 149 on the Riverboat. Located at 1469 IL Rt. 2, Oregon, Illinois 61061. Perfect setting for a day trip or your next special event. For more information call 1-815-732-6761 or visit www.Maxsons.net.
Village of Lemont
Enjoy Our Scene!
No matter the season, breathtaking hills, valleys, quarries and canals frame Lemont, a quaint village just 25 miles southwest of Chicago. This unexpected sanctuary is an ideal place to live, visit and experience. As we approach fall, there’s no shortage of things to do in Lemont.
Lemont Farmers Market a/k/a #TuesdaysOnTalcott continues to run every Tuesday morning through the end of October. Lemont’s main event in October is our annual Halloween Hoedown on the last Saturday of the month, October 26. However, continuing a tradition started several years ago, Lemont celebrates Halloween all month long! Known collectively as “Lemontster Days,” we have events throughout the community for young and old alike with something for everyone throughout October. For details on Lemont’s Halloween Hoedown and all of the “Lemontster Days” events, visit www.lemont.il.us/LemontsterDays.
25th Annual NATIVE AMERICAN
“HARVEST POW WOW’
September 21 and 22, 2019. Enjoy dancing, drumming, cultural demonstrations, art & crafts, raffles, food, kids crafts, archery and flintknapping (making arrowheads). Visit the bird of prey exhibit with Deshka an American Bald Eagle, horse life exhibit with Lakota, a Golden Palomino, an Aztec dance performance, native flute music, and Andean pan flute performers. Fun for the whole family! Visit www.harvestpowwow.com or call 708-257-4300.
The Growing Place
Step Into the Gardens at The Growing Place to Find Yours. Fall is a great time to visit The Growing Place. Wander through over an acre of gardens for inspiration as you shop for trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals. The expert staff is happy to answer your questions and there are many family-friendly events this fall. Learn more at www.thegrowingplace.com. Two Locations – Naperville: 25w471 Plank Rd. Naperville, 60563, ph: 630.355.4000; Aurora: 2000 Montgomery Rd. Aurora, IL 60504, ph: 630.820.8088.
Odyssey Fun Farm
Odyssey Fun World in Tinley Park presents Odyssey Fun Farm, just down the street! Amazing attractions include the Dueling Zip-Lines, Containment ‘Z’ Shooting Gallery, 2019 “Corn Story 4” Corn Maize, petting zoo, corn box, hayrides, inflatable kids zone, pony rides and so much more. Fun for the whole family! The Farm will be open 7 days a week from 10am – 6pm starting 9/21 – 10/27! Opening Weekend (9/21-22) will also be the 5th Annual Midwest Wizard of Oz Fest featuring entertainment, guest speakers and all things OZ! See our ad for coupons and save! Located at 18900 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park. 708-429-3800.
Oak Brook Park District
Friday & Saturday, October 11 & 12 from 6:30-9:30pm (Last hayride is at 9pm). Each year, this unique fall festival offers Halloween fun for the entire family! Featuring a life-sized haunted maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, crafts and more, this event is available one weekend only! The Indoor/Outdoor event takes place on Fri. and Sat., October 11 and 12 from 6:30-9:30pm, Oak Brook’s Central Park, 1500 Forest Gate Road. This year’s haunted maze is over 10,000 square feet and twists its way into the forest. Maze preview night is on Thurs., Oct. 10 from 4-6pm. While the scary scenes will be in place, there won’t be any actors jumping out to throw maze-goers off track, making the feature more kid-friendly. For $5 participants will be able to walk through the maze as many times as they’d like Thursday night. There is no general admission charge for Haunted Forest on Oct. 11 or 12. Families may buy activity tickets for $1 each or 25 tickets for $20, and several of the family activities are free. For more information visit www.obparks.org/hauntedforest or call 630-990-4233.
Family-friendly Cantigny in Wheaton is the place for autumn fun! Some of the park’s most popular annual events include Revolutionary War Reenactment (Sept. 7-8), Cantigny Car Show (Sept. 15) and Cantigny Fall Festival (Oct. 12). Sign up for the Cantigny 5K on Nov. 2, too – go to signmeup.com/130199. The gardens, McCormick House, First Division Museum and special events are free admission with paid parking. Visit Cantigny.org for details and text PARK to 36000 to receive updates.
St. Charles, Illinois
The 34th Annual St. Charles Scarecrow Fest takes place Oct. 11-13, 2019 in downtown St. Charles. This family-friendly fall festival, famous for its unique scarecrow displays, features an array of activities for everyone to enjoy. The Fest continues to feature new attractions along with its signature events. Come see why St. Charles, Illinois Scarecrow Fest has once again been named one of the country’s “Top 22 Fall Festivals to celebrate the season” by Country Living. St. Charles Business Alliance (630)443-3967 www.ScarecrowFest.com.
Vintage IL Wine Festival
On September 21-22, 2019 in Matthiessen State Park in Oglesby, Illinois, Illinois Grape Growers & Vintner’s Alliance will host 25 + Illinois wineries and food vendors to celebrate Vintage Illinois Wine Festival. Last year we had over 8,000 guests attend this great event. You can drink award winning wine, listen to amazing live music and enjoy good food within a beautiful IL State park. For directions and tickets, please visit www.vintageillinois.com or call 217-726-8518
Willow the Witch
Provide a spooky twist to your next Halloween Party by inviting Willow to haunt with your guests. Willow provides an eerie – audience heart pumping story with music and sensory stimulation to entertain guests at your next private or public party/event. Many years of experience working with children and haunting in schools, park districts and private parties. A less – scary Willow is available upon request for very small children. Ghoulie Face painting also available. Contact Willow at 708-372-7125.
Mountain View Adventure Center
Join us on these spooky weekends, when the ghosts and ghouls of our old mining town come out to haunt those who dare to play on their mini-golf course. Kids in costume receive a special treat! Oct 18–20 & 25–27. Mt. View Adventure Center. 847-391-5733. DPParks.org.
International Houby Fest
October 3 – 6. Celebrating 50th Year Carnival, float filled parade, live music, food, crafts and more. Rich, cultural tradition. Parking Lot 34th St and Laramie Ave. The Towns of Cicero and Berwyn. www.cicerofestivals.com.
Westmont Park Dist.
Look no further than the Westmont Park District for bales of fall fun! Our Last Straw Fall Event kicks it off on October 6…don’t miss this great, free, family event for all ages! For those brave ones, walk and ride through our annual Haunted Forest Tour. We are once again offering The Pumpkin Flotilla; families can carve a jack-o-lantern that will float on the Diane Main Park Pond. Little ghouls and goblins can attend our annual Halloween Fun Fair with games, costume parade and show on October 31. For more info call 630-963-5252 or visit westmontparks.org.
Aurora Downtown welcomes you this fall with free events for everyone to enjoy. Join us each month at First Fridays, a night of free trolley rides, art shows, live music, and more throughout downtown Aurora. On November 1, enjoy Day of the Dead activities. On December 6, join us for the second annual Cocoa Crawl. Enjoy family-friendly events all year-round in downtown Aurora. Follow us on Facebook at Aurora Downtown. www.auroradowntown.org.
Naper Settlement is gearing up for Fall fun! Enjoy intergenerational family crafts and agriculture activities at Grandparents Day on September 8 and try your hand at the forge in Blacksmithing 101 on September 14 & 28. Join us on September 15 for Celebrate Naperville, with curator-led exhibit tours of Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation, food, music, dance, and art showcasing our diverse community. On October 4 & 5, come on out for live musical entertainment and traditional cuisine celebrating all things German during Oktoberfest. We’re calling all the monsters on October 18 & 19 for the spooktacular All Hallow’s Eve, featuring eerie entertainment and sensational scares! For more information, visit www.NaperSettlement.org.
St. Charles Park District
Primrose Farm Frolic
Hi-ho the dairy-o, it’s time for the annual Primrose Farm Frolic. This family event will be held on Sun., Sept. 22 from 11 am to 3pm. Activities include corn cannons, old-fashioned gaming, farming demonstrations, pumpkin painting, pony rides, hayrides and more. Admission is $6 for ages 3 and over and free for 2 and under. All activities are free. Food available for purchase. Primrose Farm, 5N726 Crane Road, St. Charles, IL 60174. 630-513-4370. primrosefarmpark.com.
Whether one calls him Sasquatch or Bigfoot, the legendary, mythical ape-man that roams the woods lives on in the hearts of true believers and on YouTube videos everywhere. Bring your whole family out to Hickory Knolls on Sat. Oct. 19 from 5:30-7pm to find out for yourself. Fee is $10/person. Ages 3 & under – free. Call for group rates. Remember flashlights. Dress for the weather.
Escape the Barn
Mysterious crimes are popping up at Primrose Farm. We need your help to find the culprit! On Friday & Saturday, October 11 & 12, it’s up to you and your teammates to Escape the Barn before it’s too late! The fee per person each night is $20 for residents and $30 for nonresidents, ages 11+. Sign up for a Moonlight Hayride and get $5 off your escape room ticket! Advanced registration is required at stcparks.org/register.
Turning Pointe Autism Foundation
Fourth Annual Naperville Pumpkin Race
On October 26th Turning Pointe Autism Foundation is hosting the Fourth Annual Naperville Pumpkin Race at Rotary Hill Park in Downtown Naperville. Racer registration begins at 12 PM and races start at 1 PM. Attendees can participate in the costume contest and pumpkin decorating contest, enjoy food trucks, face painting, a bubble master and more. The event is free to attend and kits can be purchased for $20 at www.turningpointeautismfoundation.org or by calling 630-570-7948.
64th Park Forest Art Fair
One of Chicagoland’s treasures, the Park Forest Art Fair, will be held September 21 and 22 from 10 until 5, on the Village Green. The fair features artists exhibiting in a variety of media from painting, printmaking and photography to sculpture, woodworking, glass and jewelry. This year, 23 artists will be participating for the first time. The fair is family friendly with “kids art alley” offering crafts projects and an art contest. On Saturday, the village hosts a music fest. On Sunday, folk artists “Patchouli” will perform. For info: http://www.tallgrassarts.org or call 708-748-3377
“Camp Local” with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County!
You can get away from it all — without spending it all. Family camp sites are available in two Kane County forest preserves. Paul Wolff Campground in Elgin and Big Rock Campground in Big Rock offer RV sites with electric and water hook-ups, as well as tent-only sites. Sites range from $12 to $35 per day. Campgrounds are open May through October. For more information, call 630-444-1200 or visit kaneforest.com.
The 32nd Annual Autumn Drive is a Fall Festival for the whole family. On October 18, 19, & 20, from 9 am to 5 pm, in Rural Woodstock/ Marengo in McHenry County, Illinois, the country colors come alive and our neighborhood turns into an eclectic collection of talents. With a leisurely country drive from homes to farms you can discover: antiques, art, crafts, pumpkin patches, apple picking, corn mazes, food, music, and even garage sales and barn sales. For many more details, maps, and stories check out our web site at www.autumndrive.net. And follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/autumndrive.
Glen Ellyn Park District
Moonlight Madness Mini Golf
One night only! Play a round of outdoor glow-in-the-dark golf at Holes & Knolls Miniature Golf Course on October 4th. All course lights will be turned off and players will be provided with glowing golf balls to use! This limited-edition golf experience will run from 8:00 p.m. – 11 p.m., with final entry on the course at 10:15 p.m. Just $8 per person (no registration required). Held at Holes & Knolls Miniature Golf, 845 Pershing Avenue, Glen Ellyn. www.gepark.org.
Main Event Entertainment
Main Event Entertainment Is the most FUN you can have under one roof! Enjoy multi-level laser tag, fun-filled bowling and an arcade gallery with 100+ arcade games! We are your event destination with packages for team building, corporate events and stress-free birthday parties. MAIN EVENT HOFFMAN ESTATES: 2575 Pratum Ave., Hoffman Estates, IL 60192. (847) 645-1111. MAIN EVENT WARRENVILLE: 28248 Diehl Road, Warrenville, IL 60555. (630) 393-9400. For more information, visit www.mainevent.com.
WhirlyBall Naperville is a two-story “eatertainment” complex. In addition to WhirlyBall, there’s eight bowling lanes, a four-lane bowling suite, HyperBowling and a multilevel laser tag area. WhirlyBall’s food will be powered by its restaurant, The Pivot Room. The Pivot Room’s relaxed dining experience featuring a fresh take on classic American fare, and an expansive rotating craft beer selection. Perfect for any corporate or social event, make your reservation today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800
Safari Land – Villa Park, IL
Safari Land is the ultimate, INDOOR amusement park, plus home of the largest year-round indoor roller coaster in Illinois. Open seven days a week, offering eight amusement rides, over 100 arcade games and 12 lanes of bowling. Ride wristband includes: Tilt-A-Whirl, Bumper Cars, Merry-Go-Round, Monkey Jump, Soft Play Area, Max Flight Simulator, Roller Coaster & Kiddie Go-Karts. Free parking and a perfect spot for birthday parties! For more information visit www.safarilandfun.com or call 630-530-4649.
Retail Monster and Horror Store
Oozing with creepy coolness, Ghoulish Mortals is Chicagoland’s immersive monster & horror retail store filled with fun, artist created art & products! Check out our website for a store video, and info on our customized parties for kids/teens/adults and of course our horrid happenings: classes, seminars, make & takes, b-movie nights, tabletop game nights, ¬¬artist/author signings, kids stories/crafts, themed photography, etc. Definitely like us on social media to always see what’s lurking at the store! 228 W. Main Street, Saint Charles, IL 60174. (Corner of 3rd St & Main (Rt 64) in Downtown STC, across from Rocket Fizz) 630-441-2920. www.ghoulishmortals.com.
Growing Cents of Style
Growing Cents of Style is a seasonal children’s consignment event offering boutique and designer clothing (newborn -size 16), shoes, accessories, baby gear and toys. We help shoppers find the children’s clothing they desire most at a fraction of the cost. Clean out those closets and become a seller! Consignor registration is now open!! Earn up to 80% of your sales. Visit www.growingcentsofstyle.com to learn more.
Warrens Cranberry Festival
Warrens Cranberry Festival marks the 47th celebration! Sept. 27 – 29. Located 8 miles northwest of Tomah off Interstate 94 West to Exit #135 in central Wisconsin’s “Heart of Cranberry Country”. “Making Memories Since 1973” the Festival is perhaps best known for its shopping of over 800 arts & crafts booths (unusual works of art), 300 flea & antique booths (primitives, pottery and antiques), 100 farm market booths (fresh fall produce) and 100 food vendors that make for a three-mile shopping extravaganza! Ride a guided tour bus and see a cranberry marsh on Friday & Saturday. www.cranfest.com.
Pumpkin Smash 2019 at Scarce!
Help keep Halloween Green by keeping pumpkins out of landfills. Bring your pumpkin on Saturday, November 2nd to Scarce in Glen Ellyn to be composted. www.scarce.org/pumpkins/.