FALL GO GUIDE
It may be fall, but thanks to our mild weather we can still enjoy the outdoors. The fall issue is chock full of family-fun activities to help you get into the spirit. Visit one, or visit all and be sure to take stock in the abundance of the autumn season.
Fall Style Weekend & Wine Walk 2017 – Sept 29, 30 & Oct 1
Ladies of all ages will be heading to Downtown Naperville for a full weekend of fashion, food & fun – celebrating style and the colors of the season for Downtown Naperville’s Fall Style Weekend on September 29, 30 & October 1! Events and great fall sales take place all weekend. Don’t miss the Brunch/Fall Fashion Show on Saturday, September 30, at 10am, at Sullivan’s Steakhouse featuring incredible fall fashions from downtown shops. (Reservations limited; call (630) 305-0230). Also, on Sunday, October 1, 12noon – 5pm, attend the Downtown Naperville Fall Wine Walk benefiting Arranmore Arts! Tickets are required by age-appropriate attendees. Come sip and shop. Don’t miss this popular style weekend! Visit www.downtownnaperville.com for more information.
Halloween Hop & Downtown Trick or Treat Fun – Sunday, Oct 29
Gobs and gobs of fun for costumed kids and their parents at Downtown Naperville’s annual Trick or Treating event from 10am – 12noon, (while supplies last) on Sunday, October 29. Visit www.downtownnaperville.com for more information.
Funtopia Adventure Park in Glenview combines sports and fun offering numerous activities for children and adults of all ages. With more than 40 different Fun Walls, a challenging Rope Course, an ultra-realistic Caving System and a Jungle Gym that dazzles the imagination of the youngest participants, we guarantee fun for everyone. Funtopia is also an excellent venue for birthday parties, team building, corporate events and any kind of group outing. Located at 2050 Tower Dr., Glenview. 224-432-5435. www.funtopiaworld.com/glenview for more information.
Warren’s Cranberry Festival marks the 45th celebration in 2017!!! 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. The largest band parade in Wisconsin is on Sunday at 2pm.
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, peaches, 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 at exit 337 off I-94 (5006 S. Sylvania Ave. Sturtevant, WI 53177) Call (262) 884-7100, or visit www.appleholler.com, for further information.
Kohl Children’s Museum
Seventeen interactive hands-on exhibits to spark curiosity and inspire a love of learning for children ages birth to 8. Starting September 27, test your design and construction skills in our Build It! exhibit. Recreate famous Chicago skyline sights, test the strength of your buildings on our earthquake table, and dive into our large blue Imagination Playground blocks to build whatever you can imagine! Autumn is our quietest traffic season, and the best time to see for yourself why we’re The Place Where Awesome Lives! kcmgc.org Located at 2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview. 847-832-6600.
Lombard Town Centre
Spooktacular Fall Festival
On Saturday, October 14th, Lombard Town Centre presents the 12th Annual Spooktacular Fall Festival from 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Trick-or-treating starts at 11:00 a.m.) on St. Charles and Park Avenue in downtown Lombard. Fun for all ages, the festival features live entertainment (including Boogers, Run Forrest Run and Hairbanger’s Ball), games, pumpkin decorating, Arts & Crafts and plenty of tasty fall fare! Wristband price for all games and activities: $5/adult, children free. lombardtowncentre.org or 630-620-8063. THE SPOOKTACULAR FALL FESTIVAL HAS BEEN CANCELED AND WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.
Donley’s Wild West Town
Providing Family Fun since 1974! Wild West Town is the perfect fall destination for families with children ages 3-12. Moms, Dads and Grandparents are sure to have fun too! Fall into family fun panning for gold, shooting slingshots, pony rides, the ultimate live action packed Wild West Stunt show and so much more! All rides and attractions are included with admission! We look forward to your visit and can’t wait to show you our town! Union, IL. Visit www.wildwesttown.com or call 815-923-9000 for more information.
Abbey Farms specializes in creating an environment for everyone to make their own fun outdoors. Returning activities are one of Kane County’s largest corn mazes, with the addition of two lookout towers this year. Other activities include a more powerful corn cannon, the tractor tire mountain, hayrides with a new course, weekend petting zoo and pick-your-own pumpkins. Located in Aurora, this family-friendly farm and seasonal store features ol’ fashioned farm fun and is open from Saturday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 29. Be sure to check out our theme weekends at www.abbeyfarms.org!
Bring your family out to our 105 acre site for a day of fall fun this harvest season! Pick your own apples from our 20,000 trees, or get lost in our 10 acre corn maze. The kids will love our Pumpkin Patch, Barnyard play area, Petting Zoo, Apple Train, Apple Cannons, Jumping Pillow and more. Visit our Country Store and Bakery for apple donuts, caramel apples, pies, kettle corn. Visit our new Cider House for fresh pressed apple cider, and for the adults, enjoy wine and hard cider tastings! Jonamac Orchard, your family’s fall tradition! For upcoming events and more information, visit our website at www.JonamacOrchard.com or check out our Facebook Page!
Kuipers Family Farm
Visit the farm for apple picking (Sat & Sun only) and the aroma of fresh apple cider doughnuts, home-baked pies, fudge, pasteurized apple cider and hand-spun caramel apples from The Orchard Shop and Bakery. Taste our three hard ciders at The Bin Tasting Bar! Take a scenic ride around the farm on The Farmview Railroad! September 16th the pumpkin farm activities begin including Pig Races on the weekends. New for 2017: get behind the wheel of our Big Rig Pumpkin Hauler or slide out of the trailer on one of the many slides and climbing features its pulling! Visit www.kuipersfamilyfarm.com for more information.
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. 24 from 11 am to 3pm. Activities include corn cannons, old-fashioned gaming, farming demonstrations, pumpkin painting, pony rides, hayrides and more. Admission is $8 for ages 12 and over, $4 for ages 2-11 and free for 1 and under. All activities are free. Food available for purchase. Primrose Farm, 5N726 Crane Road, St. Charles, IL 60174. 630-513-4370. primrosefarmpark.com for more information.
St. Charles Park District
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. 14 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. stcnature.org for more information.
St. Charles Park District
The Great Scarecrow Search.
FUN for the whole family on Oct. 21 from 10am-4pm and Oct. 22 from 12-4pm! Start at Hickory Knolls then take a self-guided scavenger hunt to follow the clues along a nature trail. Upon completion of the puzzle, earn a prize! Fee per child, ages 1+, is $5 for residents and $8 for nonresidents. Adults are free. Advance registration required. Dress for the weather. Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, 3795 Campton Hills Road, St. Charles, IL 60175. 630-513-4399. stcnature.org for more information.
Lombard Park District
Celebrate the fall season with the Lombard Park District’s first annual Fall Fest 5K and 1-mile Monster Dash! This Halloween-themed race for all ages will feature a 5K route, beginning at Lombard Common, and winding through the streets of Lombard, and a 1-Mile Monster Dash for children 12 and under. Costumes are encouraged, as there will be a contest at the end of the race. Visit Lombardparks.com for more information or call 630-620-7322.
Oak Brook Park District
Each year, this unique fall festival offers Halloween fun for the entire family! Featuring a life-sized ADA accessible 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 13 and 14 from 6:30-9:30pm, Oak Brook’s Central Park, 1450 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. 12 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 admission charge for Haunted Forest on Oct. 13 or 14. Families may buy activity tickets for $1 each or 25 for $20, and several of the family activities are free. For more information visit www.obparks.org/hauntedforest or call 630-990-4233.
First Division Museum
Experience the all-new First Division Museum, now open Tuesday-Sunday after a 10-month renovation. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm. Upcoming events: Revolutionary War Reenactment (Sept. 9-10), Cantigny Car Show (Sept. 17) and Cantigny Fall Festival (Oct. 14). Sign up for the Cantigny 5K on Nov. 4, too! Cantigny’s gardens, museums and most special events are free admission. Parking is $5 per car ($10 weekends in September). For updates, text PARK to 36000. 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. www.cantigny.org for more information.
Mid-Continent Railway Museum
Take a step back in time! Climb aboard for a 55-minute round-trip train ride in historic railcars. Browse the museum filled with dozens of restored railcars and steam locomotives from the late 1800s and early 1900s and museum gift shop inside an 1894 depot. Open weekends through October 15. Upcoming events include: onboard dining trains (multiple dates), Vintage Rail Car Tours (Sept. 23-24), Autumn Color Weekend (Oct. 6-7-8), Pumpkin Special (Oct. 14-15), and Santa Express (Nov. 25-26). For more information, call 800-930-1385 or visit www.midcontinent.org Mid-Continent Railway Museum, E8948 Museum Road, North Freedom, WI 53951.
Bensenville Park District
Fischer Farm Fall Events
Hands on Arts, a free family art festival will be from 12-6pm on Sun., Sept.r 23 with visual arts to performing arts, literature to film, and local merchants selling a variety of goods. Includes live performances on two stages. Breakfast at the Farm is on Sat., Oct. 3 from 9-11am. Enjoy a good hearty country breakfast and following there will be a presentation examining the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. $14 includes the lecture, tour, and breakfast. Fischer Farm is located at 16W680 Grand Avenue and is a facility of Bensenville Park District. For more information, visit www.bensenvilleparkdistrict.org or call 630-834-3152.
St. Charles, Illinois
The 32nd Annual St. Charles Scarecrow Fest takes place Oct. 6-8, 2017 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 20 Fall Festivals” by CountryLiving.com and one of “The Most Awesome Autumn Fests in the Country” by Red Tricycle! See it, do it, live it! Greater St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800) 777-4373 www.ScarecrowFest.com for more information.
Downers Grove Park District
Celebrate fall with a day of fun for the entire family at the Downers Grove Park District Harvest Fest! Saturday, Sept. 30, 10 am to 7 pm . The day will kick off at 8:30 am with the DG 5&8 Miler—a scenic race through Downers Grove. Enjoy live entertainment, the Pumpkin Patch Children’s Area, chili cookoff, a bags tournament and pie-eating contest. Good eats, beer, wine and cider will be available for purchase including our very own Lyman Honey Wheat Ale crafted by Alter Brewing Company. Fishel Park, Downers Grove. www.dgparks.org for more information.
Little Sikhs Festival
A Celebration of Sikh Cultural Awareness & Diversity through the Eyes of Children. Saturday, September 23rd from 2 – 5 pm at Bartlett Nature Center, 2054 W. Sterns Rd. Bartlett. (Archery, Animal Show, Art Activities, Interactive Games, Face Painting, Tabla & Dhol Music, Kids Fashion Show, Food, Prizes and more). Open to everyone! Bring your neighbors & friends too!! $5 per person. Children 3 & under are free. LittleSikhsFestival.com for more information.
TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show
Want in on Chicagolands’ best kept shopping secret? Don’t miss TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show coming to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL on October 12-15, 2017. Shop for your yourself or for your store, and buy products for every occasion to take home with you. You will find jewelry, fashion, accessories, gift, beauty, home décor, gourmet foods, housewares, and more, from 400 leading wholesalers, distributors, manufacturers and resellers from around the world. A day at TransWorld’s JF&A Show adds up to a great time with great deals you won’t find in any mall – plus you will receive FREE giveaways and gifts just for attending and buying. Celebrate the upcoming Halloween holiday and come dressed in your favorite Halloween garb. You may receive a swag bag for your creativity. This is your special invitation to visit the October JF&A Show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. For complete details, visit our website at: www.jfashow.com to register.
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 20–22 & 27–29. See our ad on page 16 and save $2. Mt. View Adventure Center. 847-391-5733. DPParks.org for more information.
Westmont Park District
Last Straw Fall Event
Look no further than the Westmont Park District for bales of fall fun! Our Last Straw Fall Event kicks it off on October 1st…don’t miss this great, free, family event for all ages! Webs, Wings & Goopy Things is a creepy, messy, goopy Halloween science class for 4-8 year olds. For those brave ones, walk and ride through our Haunted Forest, “Paranormal Prison.” 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 www.westmontparks.org for more information.
Enjoy intergenerational activities, traditional German fun and Halloween thrills at Naper Settlement this Fall! Join us for Grandparents Weekend on Sept. 9 & 10 for a weekend of family activities and games, plus an antique tractor display. Oktoberfest pairs live entertainment with German cuisine on Oct. 6-8, with family-friendly activities on Saturday. Don’t miss eerie entertainment and must-see fun at All Hallows Eve on Oct. 20 and 21. For more info, visit www.napersettlement.org for more information.
Odyssey Fun Farm
Odyssey Fun World in Tinley Park presents Odyssey Fun Farm, just down the street! Special attractions include the Dueling Zip-Lines, Zombie Safari Hayride, 2017 DC Super Hero’s Themed Corn Maize, petting zoo, pig races, 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 9/23 – 10/29! We will also be open 7pm – 11pm on Fri/Sat for the Zombie Safari Hayride! See our ad for coupons and save! Located at 18900 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park. 708-429-3800. www.odysseyfunfarm.com for more information.
Fox Valley Park District
Historic Blackberry Farm celebrates the pioneer days of the 1800s, bringing yesteryear to life amid a beautiful setting of modern amenities and attractions. The multi-level adventure playground will delight the kids with its network of climbing decks, slides, ropes and catwalk-style bridges connecting an array of playhouses – and a zip line. Admission includes unlimited rides on the steam-engine replica train, hay wagon, carousel, ponies and pedal tractor course. Visit the farm animals and learn about pioneer life. Open Fri., Sat. and Sun. in Sept.; weekends only in Oct.. Hours: Sept. – Fridays and Labor Day 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Saturdays 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. (weekends only): 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., both days. Admission: $8, $7 kids and seniors; $5 resident, $4.50 resident kids and seniors; free kids under 2. 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora. (630) 892-1550. foxvalleyparkdistrict.org for more information.