A Guide to Some Fun Fall Events in Chicago and Its Suburbs

As the days grow shorter, the nights get colder, and the leaves begin to change to spectacular colors, you know autumn is taking hold in the Chicago area. 

If you have just moved to Chicago or will soon relocate from another state, you might be looking for some ways to enjoy the season. 

Whether you’re celebrating with the whole family or just a group of friends, there are lots of fall events in Chicago that are worth checking out. 

1. Make a Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

A visit to a pumpkin patch is an ideal way to kick off the fall season. 

Stock up on pumpkins to carve into Jack-o-Lanterns and grab some other fun, fall decor too. Many pumpkin patches feature seasonal treats also.

Enjoy Pumpkinfest at Didier Farms in Lincolnshire, IL. In addition to some of the best pumpkins and gourds around, they offer pony rides, hayrides, camel rides, and kiddie rides along with many other activities, a craft area, and even an animal land to explore,  all in beautiful Lake County, Illinois. Maybe even catch an entertaining pig race or play in their silly string asylum!

Or Checkout this year’s “Wild West Pumpkin Fest” in Sycamore, IL, October 23-27, 2019. This historic pumpkin festival includes a display and competition of thousands of decorated pumpkins, a carnival, arts and craft show, vendors, a house walk, pie-eating contest, and fun-fair. This popular traditional event is capped off with a 2 1/2 hour parade on Sunday afternoon.

From choosing pumpkins to navigating a haunted maze, to picking apples, Jonamac Orchard in Malta, IL has it all in the fall.  This 105-acre family-owned farm has over 20,000 apple trees and is committed to providing quality farm products, fun, and a memorable autumn experience for you and your family. So stop in, grab an apple cider donut, and enjoy the outdoors this fall.

3. See the Fall Foliage

When autumn arrives, the Chicago area comes alive with color. Experience the trees’ vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds all around the Chicago area.

Visit one of these local parks or gardens to see the fall magic in action! 

LaBagh Woods is located around the banks of the Chicago River’s North Branch. This diverse forest preserve is packed with more than 35 miles of spectacular trails. Take an afternoon hike and soak up the seasonal colors of the forest’s oaks, maples, and cottonwoods. 

October is the ideal time to stroll through the Chicago Botanic Garden to see the colorful perennials and fruit-bearing shrubs. View the splendor of the Japanese maples as their leaves turn red and, see the filigreed sumacs turn a remarkable mix of orange, green, and red.

Or, visit North Park Village Nature Center, a 58-acre nature preserve and education center on a former tree nursery. This Chicago Park District facility has lots for kids as well as adults with hands-on discovery tables and interactive displays. The woodlands provide vibrant foliage on a crisp fall day.

4. Tackle a Challenging Corn Maze

Get lost in the world’s largest corn maze at Richardson’s Adventure Farm in Spring Grove, IL.

The intricate corn maze offers almost 10 miles of trails through 28 acres of corn stalks. The attraction includes four smaller mazes interspersed with checkpoints to help you get to the finish line. 

Check out the 700-foot Zip Line and 50-foot tall observation tower while you’re there. Maybe you prefer a tamer option of a wagon ride, or check out some furry fun at Bunnyville, where dozens of fluffy rabbits hop wild.

Want to Know More About Fall Events in Chicago? 

There are many autumn events all across the Chicagoland area. These are only a few.

If you’re relocating from out of state, let us help with your move to the Chicago area. Contact us today.