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WEEKEND+ for Thursday 10/10 to Wednesday 10/16


St. Charles Scarecrow Fest | Cantigny Fall Festival | Escape the Barn |Oak Brook Park District Haunted Forest |Sesame Street LIVE | “RENT 20th Anniversary Tour” Rialto Square Theatre Fairs and Festivals | This Weekend’s Best Day Trips | Fitness/Race Events | Greater Chicago Events | Halloween Happenings | Active Kids Zone |  Party Place | Dining Guide  | This Week’s Sponsors … See below.

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Fall Fairs and Festivals…

St. Charles Scarecrow Fest – Oct. 11-13. Fri-Sat 10 AM- 9 PM; Sun 10 AM- 5 PM. Scarecrow contest, Carnival Arts & Craft Show. Live Entertainment. St. Charles, Illinois. 630-443-3967.

Cantigny Fall Festival – Oct. 10 – 12. Fall craft show, music, hayrides, hot cider and hot chocolate, sweet treats. Cantigny Park, Wheaton.

  • Glass Pumpkin Patch – 10/9-13. Annual exhibit of blown glass artwork with demos and sales. Morton Arboretum, Lisle.
  • The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival – 10/11-13. Trick or treating, costume contests, pumpkin parade, carnival rides, hay rides, pony rides, petting zoo. Downtown Highwood.
  • Art and Craft Show – 10/11-13. 170 Artisans displaying jewelry, metal art, stained glass. St. Charles.
  • Fall Festival/Oktoberfest – 10/11-12. Pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treat candy line, hayrides, music, Authentic German food and beer. Mount Prospect.
  • Fall Festival – 10/12. Pony rides, petting zoo, wagon rides, make and take crafts, riding demo, pumpkin sales, craft vendors, kids’ zone with bounce houses, food and drink. Palatine.
  • Harvest Fest – 10/12. Petting zoo, pony rides, art and craft sale, candle dipping, pumpkin painting, blue grass band. Bensenville.
  • Burgoo Festival 10/12-13 The Burgoo Festival is an annual village street party featuring flea marketers, craftsmen, musicians, and other entertainment. Over 350 vendors. Utica.

Upcoming Fairs and Festivals…

  • Lemont’s Annual Halloween Hoedown – Saturday, October 26, 2019, 1 pm to 4 pm. Free Event! Costume Contest & Parade, Hay Wagon Rides, Trick Or Treating & More! Historic Downtown Lemont. 630-243-2700.

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This Weekend’s “Best Day Trips…”

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

Oak Brook Park District
Haunted Forest
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 or call 630-990-4233.

Cantigny Park
Family-friendly Cantigny in Wheaton is the place for autumn fun! Some of the park’s most popular annual events include Cantigny Fall Festival (Oct. 12). Sign up for the Cantigny 5K on Nov. 2, too – go to The gardens, McCormick House, First Division Museum and special events are free admission with paid parking. Visit for details and text PARK to 36000 to receive updates.

Scarecrow Fest
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

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

Mid-Continent Railway Museum    -CLOSES NEST WEEKEND
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 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 for your own, personal amazing look! Trick or Treat never looked so good!

Boundless Adventures
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 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!  New for 2019: FREE PUMPKIN with a paid admission! Exclusions apply. While supplies last. for more information.

Apple Holler
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, for further information.

Abbey Farms
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 Now thru Oct 27. Visit for more details!

TransWorld Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show    -NEXT WEEKEND
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: 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. 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

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

*Garlic Art Fest – October 12. Cooking demos, local artists, garlic samples planting tips, music and more!
(Held at the Aurora location. See address below.)

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 now thru 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.

Willow the Witch
Provide a spooky twist to your next Halloween Party by inviting “Willow the Witch” 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
Haunted Hole-O-Ween                          -NEXT WEEKEND
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.

Gone Squatchin       -NEXT WEEKEND
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.

“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

Autumn Drive -NEXT WEEKEND
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 And follow us on Facebook at

Ghoulish Mortals
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.

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 to learn more.

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

WhirlyBall Naperville
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 or call 630-530-4649.


Sesame Street LIVE
October 11 – 13, 2019          –THIS WEEKEND! TICKETS AVAILABLE
When magician extraordinaire Justin visits Sesame Street to put on a magic show for the whole neighborhood, Along the way, Elmo and Abby, joined by their friends Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Grover, Rosita and Count von Count, discover many magical moments in everyday life. Rosemont Theatre,5400 North River Rd., Rosemont.

Rialto Square Theatre
See our lineup of great shows!        –TICKETS AVAILABLE

The historic Rialto Square Theatre is located at 102 N. Chicago St. in downtown Joliet. Opening  in 1926, it was originally designed and operated as a vaudeville movie palace, but it now houses musicals, plays, concerts, standup comedy, educational programs and more.

  • RENT 20th Anniversary Tour – Oct 10
  • Peppa Pig’s Adventure – Oct 11
  • Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group – Oct 13
  • Abracadabra Live On Tour! – Oct 14

The Rialto box office hours are 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and before shows.  For more information, call us at (815) 726-6600. For a complete listing of events and to purchase tickets, please go to

Broadway In Chicago
November 15 to January 5       –
Emerald City Theatre’s beloved production of Corduroy returns to Chicago just in time for the holidays! In this sweet adaptation of Don Freeman’s classic book, a small bear’s quest for a missing button leads to the friendship of a lifetime. Tailored for young imaginations, this playful adventure will delight ages three and up! For tickets and additional information visit

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Fitness / Race Events …


  • Run with the Nuns 5K Run/Walk. Lemont.
  • This Runs for Jack 5K Run/Walk. Glen Ellyn.
  • Light the Night Fundraising Walk. Glenview.
  • Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon and 5K Run. Naperville.
  • Red Eye 5K Run. Joliet.
  • NEDA Walk. Chicago.
  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Upcoming Fitness/Races Events…

  • Moraine Valley Community College Health, Fitness, & Recreation Center – Halloween 5K Run/Walk Children’s 1K Race.  USATF-IL certified. Family activities included.. Sat. 10/26 at 9 AM.

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This Week’s Greater Chicago Events…


  • ADULTS Knitting Club – BYOP (Bring Your Own Project) and join us for stitching, music, and conversation. Open to all with basic to advanced knitting knowledge. Some pattern ideas and needles available. Wheaton.
  •  FAMILY Pizza & Movie Night – Grab your blanket & pillow and join us in the gym for pizza & a movie at PARC! Plainfield.
  • THEATRE Addams Family Musical – Friday, Saturdays (8 PM) and Sundays (2 PM), September 27-October 20th. Raue Center for Arts. Crystal Lake.


  • FAMILY Health and Wellness Day – Free! Kids will enjoy inflatables, open gym and hands-on activities. Each family will receive a complimentary tote to collect all their goodies. 10 AM – 2 PM. Downers Grove.
  • FAMILY Garlic and Art Fest – Every year our Garlic Fest grows and this year we’re adding some of our favorite local artists, farmers, cooking demos, and more to the garlic mix. The Growing Place. Aurora.
  • FAMILY Fall Crafts – Fall favorites include falling leaves, orange pumpkins and warm sweaters. Bartlett Nature Center. All supplies will be provided. Ages 8+. Bartlett.
  • THEATRE Addams Family Musical – Friday, Saturdays (8 PM) and Sundays (2 PM), September 27-October 20th. Raue Center for Arts. Crystal Lake.
  • TOURS Millennium Carillon – Saturdays (10 AM to 4 PM) and Sundays (Noon to 6 PM) through October 27th. Tours are available for $3 for ages 5 and older.  Millennium Carillon, Naperville.


  • FAMILY The Great Midwest Train Show – This is the world’s largest monthly train show with an average of 180 exhibitors at each show featuring trains of all scales and gauges. DuPage County Fairgrounds. Wheaton.
  • FAMILY Geocaching – Investigate and identify plants, animals, and enjoy family fun in our woodland environment. Learn to use a GPS (global positioning system). Highland Park.
  • TOURS Millennium Carillon – Saturdays (10 AM to 4 PM) and Sundays (Noon to 6 PM) through October 27th. Tours are available for $3 for ages 5 and older.  Millennium Carillon, Naperville.
  • FAMILY McCormick House – Past, Present, Future – 9/15 to 1/12/20. Elmhurst Art Museum will exhibit a full 1950s domestic representation of its Mies van der Rohe McCormick House Tours Sundays 1 PM and 3 PM. Elmhurst
  • FAMILY Power of Children: Making a Difference – 9/6-10/13. The exhibit explores the lives of three children from different eras whose lives teach us about overcoming obstacles to make a positive change in the world:  Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White. Elmhurst History Museum.
  •  EXHIBIT Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation. 8/8 through 10/13. A Smithsonian traveling exhibit, “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation” explores the contributions of Indian immigrants and Indian Americans to the country. Naper Settlement. Naperville.


  • PARADE Columbus Day –The Columbus Day Parade has over 150 units – bands, floats and marchers. Parade steps-off at 1 PM in Chicago on State St. from Lake St. to Van Buren.
  • FAMILY Family Day Workshop: Anthropomorphic Masks. Children and parents are invited to create their own anthropomorphic animal masks inspired by Robert Lostutter. Elmhurst History Museum.
  • FAMILY Scarecrow Display and Contest – Contest 10/14. Display 10/14-11/8. This contest is open to all organizations, civic groups, clubs, businesses and scout troops. Applications available through 10/4. Prizes will be available in different categories, and scarecrows will be displayed along the trails at Lyman Woods. Downers Grove.


  • FAMILY Candy Bar Bingo – Bring the whole family out for a fun night of various bingo games and sweet treats. Pre-registration. Kids 7+. Bartlett.

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Halloween Happenings

Read our picks for the best Halloween events happening in and around the Chicago suburbs.

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10 Halloween Games + Party Places

Party Places featuring: Main Event EntertainmentWhirlyBall NapervilleGhoulish Mortals, Safari Land – Villa Park

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Benefits of Extracurricular Activities + Active Kids Zone

Active Kids Zone Featuring: Rock n’ Kids, Christ Church, Great Lakes Volleyball Center, Model Act Studios, Bel Canto Music Academy

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Golf Links and Tips

Golf Links and Tip Featuring: Golf Center Des Plaines 

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Dining Guide

Dining Guide featuring:Rosebuds, Catch 35, Mon Ami Gabi, VinoTHAI, Chuck’s Southern Comfort Cage

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