FALL GO GUIDE
Is fall fever heating up in your household? Fortunately, autumn days lend themselves perfectly to many fun activities to do. Jump in a pile of leaves. Pick apples at an orchard. Go for a tractor or hay ride. Plan your Halloween costume. Find the perfect pumpkin. Collect leaves. Create autumn art. Visit a zoo and a museum. Have a backyard bonfire.
Read on to discover ways to help make the fall season even better for yourself, the kids and seniors. Have an awesome autumn!
Celebrate Fall at Abbey Farms Pumpkin Daze and create memories for families and friends of all ages. Abbey Farms specializes in acre after acre of fun, outdoor activities that let you disconnect from the digital world. Explore Kane County’s largest corn maze, our weekend petting zoo, take a turn in a human hamster ball, relax on a hayride — or have fun on the megadrop slide, pedal go-carts or childrens’ ziplines. Parents might enjoy the weekend craft beer & wine tent, and everyone loves our fresh-made donuts available daily! Pick-a-pumpkin before leaving, or shop at our Farmstead Emporium. Join us Sept. 22 – Oct. 28! It’s a great day for family fun at Abbey Farms’ Pumpkin Daze! www.abbeyfamrs.org. Get coupon: Buy One Full-Price Pass, Get One For Only $5.00
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!
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 25, walk into your favorite children’s books in Storyland, featuring Peter Rabbit, The Snowy Day, Abuela, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and more! September and October offer our lightest traffic – come see for yourself why we’re The Place Where Awesome Lives! 2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview. 847-832-6600. kcmgc.org.
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 #339 Hwy E off I-94 (5006 S. Sylvania Ave. Sturtevant, WI 53177) Call (262) 884-7100, or visit www.appleholler.com, for further information.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Harvest some family fun at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Fall Fest! Enjoy ticketed attractions including a corn maze, corn pool, hay mountain, giant fun slide, Ferris wheel, and inflatable obstacle course. The autumn-themed activities also include animal chats, musical entertainment, a pumpkin patch, professional pumpkin carvers, and fall-themed enrichment for the animals! Open Fridays–Sundays, September 28–October 28, and Monday, October 8; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Fridays and Sundays, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Saturdays. www.lpzoo.org/fallfest
Join the Chicago Steel Hockey Team for fast-paced family fun at the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva and see the future stars of college and pro hockey! Enjoy exciting promotions and theme nights for all ages. Tickets start at just $10 and sit right on the glass for only $20. Plus, parking is always free! It’s affordable family fun September through May. Check out the full promotional schedule and purchase tickets at ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.
Vintage Illinois Wine Festival
On September 15 -16, 2018 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 celebrating Illinois’ Bicentennial. Last year we had over 6,000 guests attend this great event. While guests drink award-winning wine, live music, good food and celebrate in the company of friends, they are sure to have a good time. Visit www.vintageillinois.com or call 217-726-8518.
Santa’s Village Azoosment Park
The 2018 Season at Santa’s Village promises something for everyone! From the moment you pass through the front gates, it is apparent that Santa’s Village is a special place for creating memories. With 23 rides, attractions, animals, shows, games, and all your favorite fun foods your bound to have a magical time. From Picnics to Parties, toddlers to tweens, and thrill seekers to party goers … Santa’s Village is the perfect place for a day of play for your next family or group outing. Visit Santasvillagedundee.com for further details. Located at 601 E. Dundee Ave., East Dundee. Online Promo code SFFALL18
Konow’s Corn Maze
Family Fun is in season at Konow’s Corn Maze! Fall Fest kicks off September 16, so come by and spend a fun day with the family on our farm! Get lost in our world famous corn maze, play on the hay stacks, take a ride on our cow train, or just enjoy some of the seasonal beauty! Perfect for small children, our farm also features a petting zoo with lots of animals to interact with, as well as pony rides on the weekends. In addition to all the seasonal fun, be sure to check out our weekly live music selections, grab some lunch from our cafe, or shop in our general store! Plan a day with your family for games, rides, food and fun at Konow’s Corn Maze! www.konowscornmaze.com.
Fort Massac Encampment
Come to Metropolis, IL for the 45th Annual Fort Massac Encampment held at Fort Massac State Park, Illinois’ First State Park. This unique event is one of the largest in Illinois. There are military camps and demonstrations by authentically uniformed troops, merchants and crafts people in the fashion of the time, children’s activities, live music, and a tempting assortment of period authentic food. Experience History Come to Life, in The Park, October 20th & 21st in Metropolis, IL. www.metropolistourism/events/encampment.
63rd Park Forest Art Fair
One of Chicagoland’s treasures, the Park Forest Art Fair, will be held September 15 and 16 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. 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.
Naper Settlement is gearing up for Fall fun! Enjoy intergenerational family activities, Touch-A-Truck vehicles, and agriculture activities at Grandparents Day & Sweet Treat Sunday on September 9. Join us on September 16 for the inaugural Celebrate Naperville, with curator-led exhibit tours, food, and hands-on activities showcasing our diverse community. On October 5 & 6, come on out for live musical entertainment and traditional cuisine celebrating all things German during Oktoberfest. We’re calling all the monsters on October 19 & 20 for the spooktacular All Hallow’s Eve, featuring eerie entertainment and sensational scares! For more information, visit www.NaperSettlement.org.
7th Annual Haunted Halloween Flea Market
Sat., October 20th 3pm till Midnight. There will be 1000’s of FLEAS & TREASURES (CREEPY & OTHERWISE) for sale. Great family fun with live music, a costume ball, haunted hay-rides, ghoulish encounters and much more! Come in costume for more fun. Kids 12 & under are FREE! Du Page County Fairgrounds (County Farm & Manchester), Wheaton. For more info: 715-526-9769, www.zurkopromotions.com.
Scarecrow Fest, St. Charles, Illinois
The 33rd Annual St. Charles Scarecrow Fest takes place Oct. 5-7, 2018 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 Greater St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800)777-4373 www.ScarecrowFest.com.
Glow in the Park Lantern Walk
As night falls on September 16, the Glen Ellyn Park District will present an illuminated lantern parade to benefit Lurie Children’s. The parade will be preceded by free entertainment including live music from Tres Moustache, Ben’s Bubble Show, face painting, and an inflatable climbing wall from 5pm-7:15pm. Decorate a lantern at the event ($10 fee; limited quantities) or bring your own creation from home. Held at Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn. Learn more at www.gepark.org/glow.
24th Annual NATIVE AMERICAN POW WOW
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. September 22 and 23. Fun for the whole family! Visit www.harvestpowwow.com or call 708-257-4300.
Mountain View Adventure Center Haunted Hole-O-Ween
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 19–21 & 26–28. Mt. View Adventure Center. 847-391-5733. DPParks.org.
Mountain View Adventure Center, Des Plaines Park District
This challenging 18-hole mini golf course features a gold-rush mining town theme, with waterfalls, obstacles, and some rather interesting signposts. Step up to the plate in one of six Batting Cages, with a full range of softball and baseball pitches. Free Skate and BMX parks. Concessions and picnic shelter. A great place for parties and outings. 510 E. Algonquin Rd., Des Plaines, IL 847-391-5733 www.DPParks.org.
St. Charles Park District’s Three Family-Fun Events:
- 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. 23 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.
- Gone Squatchin – 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. 13 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 – The Salem Witch Trials have reached Primrose Farm and the witches are retaliating. On Friday & Saturday, October 12 & 13, 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.
Forest Preserve District of Kane County Campgounds
You can get away from it all without spending it all. Paul Wolff Campground in Elgin and Big Rock Campground in Big Rock offer with electric and water hook-ups for RV or tent camping. We also offer equestrian camp sites – where you can camp with your horses! You’ll enjoy miles of trails and other amenities in these forest preserve-based campgrounds. Sites range from $15 to $35 per day. Campgrounds are open through October. Call 630-444-1200 or visit www.kaneforest.com.
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, 2018 Super Mario Bros 35 Yr Anniversary 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 9/22 – 10/28! Opening Weekend (9/22-23) will also be the 4th 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. www.odysseyfunfarm.com.
Kuipers Family Farm
Visit the farm for apple picking (Sat, Sun & holidays 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 six hard ciders at The Bin Tasting Bar! Take a scenic ride around the farm on The Farmview Railroad! September 15th the pumpkin farm activities begin including Pig Races on the weekends, slide mountain, 5 acre corn maze, jumping pillow, rat rollers, barnyard ballgames, haunted barn and forest, petting zoo, hayrides and much, much more! www.kuipersfamilyfarm.com for more information.
The fall colors and redesigned gardens alone are a fine reason to visit family-friendly Cantigny in Wheaton. Even better, some of the park’s most beloved annual events are just ahead: Revolutionary War Reenactment (Sept. 8-9), Cantigny Car Show (Sept. 16) and Cantigny Fall Festival (Oct. 13). Sign up for the Cantigny 5K on Nov. 3, too! The gardens, renovated First Division Museum and special events are free admission with paid parking. Visit Cantigny.org for details and receive updates by texting PARK to 36000.
TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show
It’s HERE! Finally the largest show of the year is here! Find your individuality and style at the 123rd TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show coming to the Rosemont Convention Center from October 25th to October 28th. With 400 vendors in 650 booths, anyone can find exactly what they are looking for. Shop for jewelry of all kinds, fashion and clothing for every occasion, accessories to complement your wardrobe, beauty products to highlight your style, gifts for special occasions, and much more. Bring your friends, colleagues and family to the October 25th to October 28th Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show in Rosemont. Visit www.jfashow.com and make sure to register to attend today!
Haunted Forest, Oak Brook Park District
Friday & Saturday, October 12 & 13 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 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 12 and 13 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. 11 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. 12 or 13. 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.
Warrens Cranberry Festival
Warrens 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. September 28 to 30, 2018. Open 7 AM all 3 days. The largest band parade in Wisconsin is on Sunday at 2pm.
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 1st…don’t miss this great, free, family event for all ages! For those brave ones, walk and ride through our annual Haunted Forest Tour. New this year, we’re adding 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 www.westmontparks.org.
Fischer Farm Fall Events, Bensenville Park District
- Hands on Arts, a free family art festival will be from 12-5pm on Sun., Sept. 22 with visual arts to performing arts, literature to film, and local merchants selling a variety of goods. Includes live performances on two stages.
- Heritage Day is on Sat., Oct. 13 from 10am-4pm. A $6 wristband gets your child one pumpkin (13 and under while supplies last), pony rides, and unlimited access to the petting zoo. Ages 14 and up are complimentary. 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.