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Fall Go Guide 2020

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As we transition from summer into the cooler season of fall, we find ourselves shifting gears and coming back into more structured routines. For some people, this might mean planning daily activities around school, work, homework, meal times, exercise, time with friends and family, and personal down time for focused rejuvenation. We hope you make time to experience the awesome autumn events from businesses in this section who are doing their best for your safety and enjoyment!


Abbey Farms
Celebrate Fall at Abbey Farms Pumpkin Daze and create memories for families and friends of all ages. Abbey Farms offers safe fun on a huge farm with outdoor attractions that let you disconnect from the digital world. Explore Kane County’s largest corn maze, our weekend petting zoo, or relax on our expanded hayride. Enjoy the weekend craft beer & wine tent with live music, or the bakery and our fresh-made donuts! Pick out a pumpkin before leaving, and shop at our farm store for more fall flavors and decor. Join us Sept. 19 to Nov. 1. Visit for more details!

Apple Holler
Pick your own memories at Apple Holler orchard and family farm offering pick your own apples, pears, and pumpkins. Also, various food and drink items available for purchase at the walk-up windows of our outdoor Orchard Market and Café, cider donut drive thru and outdoor applewood grill. Visitors will enjoy four seasons of family fun! Apple Holler is located between Racine and Kenosha, WI, right off of I-94 at Exit 337, simply follow the signs to the FUN! (5006 S. Sylvania Ave. Sturtevant, WI 53177) Call (262) 884-7100 or visit for further information.

The Forge: Lemont Quarries
As an innovative leader in outdoor recreation, The Forge: Lemont Quarries is a state-of-the-art adventure park designed to deliver unique year-round outdoor activities for adventurers of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Set amidst a stunning natural landscape and featuring a versatile and wide-ranging mix of activities designed to Exhilarate, Educate, and Entertain, The Forge offers an escape to an unforgettable interactive green space while providing countless opportunities for guests of all ages to experience elevated outdoor adventure 365 days a year. Learn more at

Richardson Adventure Farm
The Richardson Adventure Farm in Spring Grove, IL offers a variety of experiences for all ages.  Sure, we have the “world’s largest, most intricate” corn maze, but we have so much more!  Train & Carousel Rides, Slides & Pedal Carts, Pig Races & Petting Zoo, Fresh Donuts & Kettle Corn, Pumpkins, Picnic Area & Campfires, 700’ Zip Line, and Plenty Of Wide Open Spaces! Thursdays through Sundays from September 12th to November 8th plus Columbus Day.  Activities that the whole family can enjoy! .

Whether you’re planning your next date night, work outing or family gathering, WhirlyBall Naperville has you covered for non-stop fun! Choose from a variety of activities including WhirlyBall, LaserTag, HyperBowling and bowling. Enjoy delicious food, craft beer and signature cocktails at The Pivot Room, open for lunch and dinner daily. Reserve your space today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800

Naper Settlement
Naper Settlement’s beautiful 13-acre campus provides a one-of-a-kind learning experience for all ages! From guided tours to the Women: Waves of Change exhibit, there is plenty to see and do at Naper Settlement this fall. Museum admission is $5 per person, and Naper Settlement members, Naperville residents, and children under 4 are free. Visit for more details.

Primrose Farm
St. Charles Park District
Primrose Farm is the place to be for Halloween-themed adventures. Autumn hayrides are back in a modified version to experience a 30-minute ride along the corn fields through the 100 plus acres of farmland. After the ride, make yummy s’mores over a blazing fire. Many time slots are available on Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 2-24. Fees are based on group rates of 8-12 people or 13+ people. Advance registration is required. Purchase tickets:

Escape the Barn
St. Charles Park District
While on the farm, add Escape the Barn to your night. Modeled after “escape room” venues, this popular event is back to challenge those who dare to solve the mystery. Groups of 3-8 people, at least 11 years old, will be “locked” into the dairy barn for 45 minutes to solve a series of interactive challenges to find the culprit behind the crimes. Advance registration is required. Purchase tickets:

Last Straw Fall Event
Westmont Park District
Look no further than the Westmont Park District for bales of fall fun! Our Last Straw Fall Event kicks it off on October 4…don’t miss this great, free, family event for all ages! For those brave ones, walk & ride through our Haunted Forest Tour on Oct. 17.  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. **updates to these events will be posted at**

Lyman Woods Nature Programs
Downers Grove Park District
Nature programs at Lyman Woods offer outdoor adventures to explorers of all ages! While socially distancing and getting some fresh air, kids can enjoy programs such as outdoor cooking, fort building, campouts, gardening, scavenger hunts and more. For adults, Lyman Woods offers beekeeping workshops, gardening classes and handmade nature craft programs. Looking for a unique date night? Join our Wild Nights Out for Adults featuring a nighttime hike, smore’s and a campfire. 901 31st Street, Downers Grove. 630.963.9388. Learn more and register at

Autumn at Cantigny Park
Check for the park’s current event schedule, which includes in-person and online opportunities. The beautiful gardens and most areas of the park are now open following a multi-year renovation project. The all-new Rock Garden and Fountain Garden are especially popular, along with the farm-themed playground and picnic area. Text PARK to 36000 to receive updates. Parking is just $5 seven days a week, and FREE on the first Wednesday of the month.

Odyssey Fun Farm
Odyssey Fun World in Tinley Park presents Odyssey Fun Farm, just down the street! Amazing attractions include the 2020 “Mamba Out” Kobe Tribute Corn Maize, Containment ‘Z’ Shooting Gallery, corn cannons, petting zoo, hayrides, rope maze and so much more. Fun for the whole family! The Farm will be open for FUN from 10am – 6pm starting 9/26 – 10/31! Located at 18900 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park. 708-429-3800.

Kuipers Farm
Kuipers Family Farm – 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! Starting September 19th over 30 farm-themed activities open at the Pumpkin Farm. FREE PUMPKIN with a paid admission! Exclusions apply. While supplies last. for more information.

Village of Lemont
. . .Zip On In, Your Adventure Awaits!
“Biggest. Tallest. Longest. Largest.”  That’s what you’ll hear about Lemont these days, now home to the Forge: Lemont Quarries Adventure Park. Nestled within nature, activities at The Forge include aerial challenge courses, 1,000 foot ziplines, mountain biking, rappelling, kids courses and more. Follow up your adventure with a visit to Downtown Lemont and experience our hand-crafted charm. Settled in 1836, locally quarried limestone buildings, historic canal, and a skyline of steeples provide a picturesque setting.  Enjoy the many restaurants, boutiques, and the very popular Pollyanna Brewery, all a trail’s stroll from The Forge. Our mix of dining, shops, outdoor fun, and events keep people coming back to Lemont.  Visit for all the latest.

Lincoln Park Zoo
Fall into the season, and the wonderful world of animals, at Lincoln Park Zoo. Stroll the one-way trail and cherish the sights and smells of autumn without the crowds—the perfect setting to learn about wildlife while keeping your family safe. Along the way, sip festive drinks, enjoy seasonal treats, and browse the Gift Shop!  To book your free visit, head to

Arlington Heights is Open for Business
The Village of Arlington Heights is open for business, offering an abundance of opportunities to shop, dine, and play! Discover our unique Downtown ambiance with some of the most unique and eclectic boutique stores in the Chicago suburbs.  Live music, theater, and comedy are all showcased at the intimate Metropolis Performing Arts Centre.  And savor Chicagoland’s best outdoor dining atmosphere with Arlington Alfresco!  Your table awaits you now through November 2 with over 30 Downtown restaurants and eateries, and over 100 more throughout the community.  For more great experiences, visit

“Camp Local” with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County!
Looking for a fun staycation? Family campsites are available in two Kane County forest preserves. Paul Wolff Campground in Elgin and Big Rock Campground in Big Rock offer tent and RV camping with electric and water hook-ups. Plus, hike, fish and more. Sites range from $15 to $35 per day.  Campgrounds are open through the last Sunday in October. Call 630-444-1200 or visit for info.

Staycation and Dine Naperville
Soon, the leaves will begin to change, and the weather will be a bit cooler; however, fall is a great time to visit Naperville. With so many indoor and outdoor attractions, Naperville is perfect for a warm or cool fall day. Stay in one of Naperville’s 17 wonderful hotels, and when it’s time to eat, check out the over 300 restaurants in our city. For additional information, head to and

Taste Local Flavors in Ottawa, IL
Local foods, flavor and flair! Indulge as we celebrate local, September 5 – 13th, with farmers and restaurateurs alike! Each location is offering special dishes made with local produce, meat, dairy, and honey from our area farmers. Try a dish or two at multiple locations throughout Ottawa, and expand your flavor profile. Outdoor dining and carry outs are available. Participating locations: Burger and Sushi House, Iniga Pizzeria Napoletana, Lone Buffalo, and Pine Hills. Visit for more information or call the Ottawa Visitors Center at 815-257-6807.

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