Chicagoland Holiday Light Displays


 

Welcome to your go to guide for Holiday Light Displays in the Chicagoland area!

 

 

The holiday season is upon us and with so much uncertainty, many people are planning farther ahead for their

holiday plans and winter fun. Make sure to buy tickets and pre-register as soon as you can

before tickets and time slots sell out!

 

Let It Shine: Drive Thru Holiday Light Show

  • “Let It Shine is proud to present North Shore’s largest drive thru world of Christmas lights at Northbrook Court! Guests are invited to stay in their cars and immerse themselves in a wonderland of light displays that are synchronized to holiday classics. There’s no denying the holiday cheer as you cruise past dazzling archways, sparkling candy canes, glowing snowmen and more illuminated installations.”
  • Nov 15th – January 9th.
  • 1515 Lake Cook Rd., Northbrook
  • **** One (1) Ticket Per Vehicle ****. Tickets can be purchased online only

 

Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo

  • “Now in our 39th year, get ready to visit Chicagoland’s largest and longest-running lights festival featuring over a million twinkling LED lights!”
  • Friday through Sunday, November 27-29, Wednesday through Sunday, December 2-6, 9-13, 16-20, Saturday through Thursday, December 26-31
  • 3 – 9 PM
  • “New this year, guests of all ages can play the Game of Gnomes. Embark on a fun-filled scavenger hunt in search of 24 whimsical and enchanting themed gnomes, measuring 12 – 20 inches that will be located throughout the park.”

 

Six Flags Great America: Holiday In The Park Lights!

  • Select days November 27th – December 30th
  • 1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee
  • “The third season of Holiday In The Park returns November 27 as a re-imagined experience featuring over 3 million dazzling lights plus entertainment. While our world-class rides will not be open during Holiday In The Park Lights, we’ve planned some exciting holiday experiences you and your family will enjoy.”

    The Holiday In The Park Lights experience will include:

    • Over 3 million sparkling lights
    • Continuous twinkling holiday light displays throughout our property
    • Themed entertainment for open-air viewing
    • Special socially-distanced photo ops
    • Delicious holiday treats and other exciting surprises
  • “Pick up your s’mores kit and get ready to toast some marshmallows at one of our fire pits throughout the park for the merriest and meltiest treat this side of the North Pole!”

 

Jack Frost Winter Walk Pop-Up & Christmas Tree Farm 

  • Goose Island Chicago. 1467 N. Elston Ave
  • “Jack’s Winter Walk & Christmas Tree Farm Pop-Up is located on over 2 acres of land in the historic Goose Island. Pick a perfect Christmas Tree, grab a memorable Instagrammable moment, or just get out of the house and get some fresh air on a perfect midwinter evening, as you get lost in the largest, and only, evergreen forest in downtown Chicago. In accordance with Chicago’s Department of Health Safety standards wearing a mask is always required, visits are limited to 1.5 hours and there is no food & beverage available for purchase.”

 

Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum : Sold Out (With the possibility of additional time slots being added each Monday for the upcoming week)

  • “See trees in a different light at a reimagined Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum. Designed with your safety in mind, this year’s new driving experience (30–40 minutes long) features an unparalleled spectacle of color, light, and music you won’t experience anywhere else. You will be delighted to see returning favorites reenvisioned, including Symphony Woods, Woodland Wonder, and Crystal Promenade, and five newly designed sights displayed along a two-mile road among the Arboretum’s magnificent trees. Immerse yourself in a captivating tunnel of lights, an awe-inspiring magical woodland filled with dazzling color and starlike light, and a landscape filled with thousands of lights dancing to a musical soundtrack, all from the warmth of your car. 

    Also new this year, the exhibition will stay open later, until 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and it will be open on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas, in addition to New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, as in previous years.”

  • November 20th – January 3rd
  • Ticket prices are per car and must be purchased in advance.

 

Lightscape at the Chicago Botanic Garden: SOLD OUT

 

Lincoln Park Zoo Lights

  • “ZooLights will feature hundreds of luminous displays and incredible seasonal activities, all under the glow of millions of illuminated lights, plus reduced capacity admission to keep your family safe.”
  • November 21st – January 3rd
  • 4 – 10PM
  • Tickets will cost $5 / guest
  • Free Nights
    • November 24 and December 9, 17, 21, and 29
      While admission to ZooLights is paid, there will also by five free nights. These days will offer the same exciting holiday experience and tickets are still required, but they will be complimentary. These tickets will be released the Sunday prior to each date at 4 p.m.

Santas Rock N Lights

  • Grayslake, IL
  • Nov 20th – Jan 3rd
  • “Santa’s Rock N Lights is an animated drive-thru light show. You’re invited to experience the themed worlds of light including dinosaur world, over 700 feet of tunnels and a longer route.”

 

MSI: Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)

  • “It began in 1942 with a single tree. Today, the Museum’s beloved annual celebration features a four-story, floor-to-dome Grand Tree, surrounded by a forest of 40 trees and displays decorated by volunteers to represent the holiday traditions from cultures around the globe. It’s the one-of-a-kind experience that brings a whole world of holiday joy under one roof.

    Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light are open through Sunday, January 3, 2021.”

 

Goebbert’s 2020 Light Show

  • “Starting Friday November 20th, make it a family experience and drive thru while enjoying the sights and sounds of Christmas.”
    Tuesday- Thursday & Sunday: 5pm-10pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5pm-11pm
    Monday: closed
    You can purchase your tickets online or at the entrance of the light show.
  • GOEBBERT’S PUMPKIN PATCH & APPLE ORCHARD: 42W813 Reinking Rd, Pingree Grove, IL 60140
  • November 20th – January 3rd

 

All Aglow: Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens

  • November 28th – January 10th
  • 1354 N. 2nd St., Rockford
  • “Celebrate the holidays at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens! Come see sparkling holiday lights in the outdoor gardens, and beautiful floral displays inside the warm tropical Conservatory.”

 

Cosley Zoo Festival of Lights

  • November 27th – December 30th
  • Open 9A-9P daily, with the last entry time at 8:30P; Christmas lights come on at 3PM
  • 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton
  • Reserved tickets only, no walk up.
  • Trees, wreaths, greens, and garlands available for purchase

 

Holiday Lights in Lilacia Park

  • December 5th – January 3rd
  • “Join Lombard Park District’s annual lighting celebration in Lilacia Park! Charming holiday displays light up Lilacia Park with a magical array of animated light shows, decorated trees, a gingerbread house, and much more.”
  • 150 South Park Ave., Lombard

 

Naperlights

  • “Visitors can access the display from the Webster Street covered bridge, Main Street and Webster Street.  Strollers can enjoy the outdoors with public parking is available in the Water Street and Municipal Center parking decks. Lights on Water Street tress will be synced to music, as will the arch on the Foyo Plaza, making a drive-through experience for individuals preferring to stay in their cars.”
  • November 14th through the holiday season

 

LaSalle Celebration of Lights

  • “The Celebration of Lights season is finally here! Hours will be from 5 to 9 p.m. on weekdays and Sundays as well as from 5 to 10 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and the week of the Christmas holiday. The display is free to view but donations are welcomed in order to ensure the display can continue and grow into the future! Come see the brightest Celebration yet at Rotary Park!”
  • November 16th – New Years Day

 

Mooseheart Holiday Lights

  • “Join us for our 11th Annual Holiday Lights display, opening on Friday, November 27th and running 5:00PM-9:00PM nightly through Thursday, December 31st. Holiday Lights at Mooseheart is one of Chicagoland’s largest light displays! The lighted route is approximately 1.8 miles and has more than 80 lighted displays to view.”
  • 240 W James J Davis Dr, Mooseheart, IL

 

Aurora Festival of Lights

  • “One of the largest free outdoor drive-through holiday light displays in Northern Illinois, the Aurora Festival of Lights, returns for its 14th year in 2020 with even more dazzling displays that will delight both adults and children.”
  • Phillips Park, Aurora
  • Friday November 27th – December 27th. Monday through Thursday 5-9pm and Friday through Sunday 5-10pm

 

East Peoria Festival of Lights

  • The East Peoria Festival of Lights is so excited to announce that we are a 2020 contender for Season 8 of The Great Christmas Light Fight on ABC TV!!
  • “Welcome to the 36th annual East Peoria Festival of Lights, happening Thursday, November 26, 2020 through Sunday, January 3, 2021! The Parade of Lights will occur on Saturday, November 21. Marking 36 years of holiday cheer, the festival begins with the Parade of Lights and continues through the month of December with the Folepi’s Winter Wonderland drive-through display.”
  • The drive-through electric park is the Festival of Lights’ signature event! Folepi’s Winter Wonderland features the majority of the Parade of Lights floats and many other lighted displays including:Candy Cane Factory
    Lighted arches and circus animals
    Ski jumper display
    Prehistoric Land
    Space Land
    Western town
    And more!
    The Winter Wonderland entrance is off Springfield Road on Par 3 Lane. Tune your vehicle’s radio to 88.1 FM for holiday music to accompany your drive!

 

Shelbyville Festival of Lights

  • East North 9th Street, Shelbyville
  • November 20th – December 27th
  • “Come to Shelbyville and take a drive through Forest Park as it is lit up for the Holiday season. These lights are put in place each year by volunteers and new lights and themed areas are also added. Candy Cane lane is to honor loved ones. The Historical Chautauqua Building becomes a huge carousel. Come enjoy the Victorian Village, Santa’s Shop, the North Pole, Bethlehem, and others.  The lights have been changed to the new and brighter LEDs.”

 

Larsen Christmas Light Show

  • November 28th – December 30th
  • 42W891 Beith Rd, Campton Hills, IL 60119
  • Monday to Thursday: 5-10:00pm; Friday to Sunday: 5-10:00pm

 

Candy Cane Canyon Trail

  • 371 Canyon Trail, Carol Stream
  • The lights run 4:30 – 10:00 Sunday – Thursday and 4:30 – 11:00 Friday and Saturday, weather permitting through January 1st

 

Holiday Lights Trolley

  • Book your own private trolley for you and your family / friends. (Up to 16 people)
  • Enjoy a 75 min tour of the best residential lightings displays in Chicago
  • Holiday music, trivia, prizes, and goodie bags included.

 

 

Have a happy and safe holiday season! 


Unique Fall / Halloween Activities in Chicagoland


 

There is still plenty of time to explore the nearby apple orchards and pumpkin patches. Those are usually the first two categories we think of when we talk about the onset of fall in the midwest. And of course, Halloween!

 

 

But, here are some other ideas, to explore this October!

 

No need to drive up the East Coast, enjoy the changing of the leaves in your own state by biking, walking, or driving through the below locations!

 

 

Pumpkin Spice Lattes may be all the rage, but a trip to the city for a fall dessert at one of these amazing bakeries is more my speed!

 

  • Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits
    • Both locations are closed due to the pandemic except for preorder through their online pantry for contactless pickup in Logan Square
    • I’ve been eyeing the Frankenpie. A mash-up of three different pies: Pumpkin-Cheesecake, Apple Cider Custard, and Salted Miso Caramel Apple Pie. 2 slices of each makes the whole Franken-Pie!
  • Firecakes Donuts
    • Seasonal donuts include: Apple Cider & Pumpkin Crème Brûlée
    • No one will judge you if you make it a Donut Ice Cream Sandwich either. Consider it a prescription for 2020
  • First Slice Pie Cafe
    • Did you know that Food & Wine voted First Slice as one of America’s BEST apple pies?!
    • In addition, First Slice served more than 37,000 meals in 2007, and currently serves close to 4,000 meals each month to Chicago’s hungry, every month.
  • Floriole
    • Their thanksgiving menu is up and running for orders!
    • The Pumpkin Baby cake is to DIE for! It’s a pumpkin loaf dipped in Valrhona Orely’s blonde chocolate. You’ll thank me later.
  • Beatrix 
    • The Oh My! Caramel Pie will have your mouth watering and you ordering seconds.
  • Blue Sky Bakery & Cafe
    • “Blue Sky does more than create sweet and savory pastries made with the freshest, highest quality ingredients. As a nonprofit organization, we also raise the edible consciousness of our community by providing transitional employment to homeless and at-risk youth.”
    • Pumpkin pecan scone with a side of social justice please!
  • BomboBar
    • You are just going to drool over BomboBar’s fall menu! If the salted caramel hot chocolate and caramel apple cider wasn’t enough already, there’s the pumpkin pie marshmallow and apple caramel gelato to sweep you off your feet.
  • Brown Sugar Bakery
    • The most famous and tastiest caramel cake in Chicago! Don’t sleep on this amazing bakery.
  • Do-Rite Donuts
    • I’ll take my pumpkin spice in donut form thank you very much. With a Michigan apple fritter on the side. :p
  • DMK Burger Bar
    • Skip the campfire and head straight to DMK for a toasted marshmallow shake. Hard day monitoring the e-learning? Make it a boozy shake! 😉
  • Eli’s Ark
    • These adorable ice cream, creature creations will have you going “batty!”
    • Check out their halloween and thanksgiving themed characters!
  • Glazed And Confused
    • Filled caramel candy apple, pumpkin maple streussel… or preorder a spooky Halloween themed donut box, this eclectic donut shop has every fall flavor you need!
  • Goddess And The Baker
    • Trick or Treat yourself to a Pumpkin Apple Butter Latte before exploring the rest of their delicious menu!
  • Hoosier Mama Pie Company
    • The pie of the month is the Sour Cream Dutch Apple Pumpkin (does it get more fall than that?)
    • Make sure to order online for your Thanksgiving pie pick up orders!
  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
    • Known for the unique ice cream flavors you can be guaranteed for some fall-tastic picks here!
    • Be the most popular guest at your Friendsgiving by bringing a quart of the pumpkin cake roll & salty caramel.
  • Jo-Jo’s Shake Bar
    • Until November 1st, JoJo’s outdoor patio is converted into an adorable pumpkin patch! Pick out pumpkins, enjoy fall themed shakes and biggie hot chocolates, as well as their normal menu!
    • Don’t leave without the Pumpkin Patch Shake! Topped with a slice of pumpkin pie, taffy apple, roasted marshmallow, and reese’s pretzel.
    • Their pumpkin shaped domes are are available on a first come, first serve basis!
  • Katherine Anne Confections
    • Upgrade from your regular old chocolate with a creamy cup of Katherine Anne’s drinking chocolate!
    • The salted caramel will definitely be the right flavor for the season
  • Kilwins
    • There are multiple locations around Chicagoland but the Hyde Park location is African American owned and operated, so we like to support them whenever we can!
    • You will find yourself drooling over the caramel apples and chocolate confections but my absolute favorite flavor of ice cream from Kilwins is their Perfect Apple Pie flavor. I look forward to this returning to their menu every single fall!
  • Mindy’s Bakery
    • The famous Mindy Segal will be selling to go hot chocolate on the weekends!
    • Forget fall, I would drink this delectable cocoa in the heat of the summer if I could!
  • Molly’s Cupcakes
    • The fall / winter cupcake flavors are back in season and I am here for it!
    • Don’t miss out on the pumpkin spice, apple pie, pecan pie, and chocolate peppermint!
  • Pie, Pie My Darling
    • 100% Vegan sweets baked from scratch!
    • You can find their cakes by the slice (while supplies last) for delivery and pickup at Uptons Breakroom in West Town & The Handlebar in Wicker Park. The flavor changes every other week, so check their menus/ instagram for this week’s flavor.
    • E-mail to inquire about ordering a whole cake!
  • Pretty Cool Ice Cream
    • “Available a la carte, or as a boxed set, our Fall Harvest flavors are perfect for these blustery days. Whether this season brings out the pumpkin spice cravings, or finds you popping fistfuls of kettle corn we have a pop for you! Apple makes two appearances- spiced cider frozen into an ice pop is refreshing and comforting. But the star of the show is the Apple Cider Donut pop- made by blending real donuts into our ice cream before it gets a cinnamon sugar coating just like the pumpkin patch favorite!”
  • Sweet Mandy B’s
    • Their Pumpkin Whoopie Pies are BACK and we are so excited! If you can’t decide between these or the Apple Streussel pop tart, I would recommend just getting both. 🙂
  • XO Marshmallow
    • The World’s FIRST Marshmallow Café is right here in Chicago!
    • Their s’mores menu is fantastic! Plus, hot chocolate, marshmallow latte, pumpkin spice marshmallows, and more!
  • Xurro
    • The yummiest Churros with a creative spin!
    • I’ll take one S’more milkshake please! But just to hold me over until the Peppermint Christmas milkshake returns! 🙂

Are all the registration required Halloween events filled? Don’t fret! Check out these other Halloween ideas!

 

  • Fall at Lincoln Park Zoo
    • “Simply make your free reservation to visit the zoo this fall to stroll the one-way trail and cherish the fall ambiance without the crowds. This year, Lincoln Park Zoo will be adorned with carved pumpkins, corn husks, and hay bales—not to mention the crisp autumn breeze rustling orange and yellow leaves and fall temperatures favorable for outdoor animal viewing.Along the way, enjoy two new experiences—the Pumpkin Walk, a beautifully designed path through Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo (one $3 ticket required for entry), and Patch’s Pumpkin Bar & Grill, a fall-themed pop-up located at Bird’s Eye Bar & Grill. Plus, cherish the return of longtime festive favorites: live professional pumpkin carvers (Saturdays only, as part of the Pumpkin Walk), delicious festive snacks, and a pumpkin patch.”
  • Pumpkinpalooza Pumpkin Decorating Contest
    • October 17th – 30th
    • Calling all young creative souls! Decorate a pumpkin as one of your favorite book characters!
      The rules are simple:
      *Contest open to children ages 5-12
      *Pumpkins must be inspired by a book or a character from a book
      *Pumpkins, gourds can be real or fake
      *No carving
      *Paint, glue, or paste items on your pumpkins
      *Pumpkins must be submitted by 5p.m. on October 17, 2020
      *Include the name of the book/character that inspired your pumpkin and name and contact information of the pumpkin’s creator
      *Voting takes place in person at Red Hive Market in Batavia from October 18-October 30th
      *Top three vote getters receive a fabulous Pumpkinpalooza SWAG bag!
  • Chitown Movies Halloween Drive In
    • Oct. 26- Hocus Pocus
    • Oct. 27- Madilda
    • Oct. 28- Monsters, Inc.
    • Oct. 30- Matilda
    • Oct. 31- Monsters, Inc.
  • Replay’s Alley of Darkness Haunted Drive Through
    • Park and enjoy a short movie before 30 minutes of scares in a 360 degree show!
  • Goebbert’s Halloween Trick or Treat On The Farm
    • Pingree Grove
    • Saturday, October 31st 9AM – 6 PM
    • All the farm favorites will be open, wear your costumes!
    • This will be their first ever scavenger hunt, trick or treating day
    • You do need to buy tickets online before arriving but they are not sold out yet! It’s the same process for entering the pumpkin patch any other day / weekend
  • Goebbert’s Fall Light Show
    • You can experience a light show unlike any other. Turn on your radio, and drive thru the light show with your whole family.
    • $5 per person or if you have more that 4 people it is only $20 a car.
    • Cash or card is accepted. You can purchase tickets online or at the light show entrance.
    • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday:7pm-10pm; Friday & Saturday: 7pm-11pm
  • Buffalo Grove Halloween Light Show
    • 860 Woodhollow Lane
    • Tune your radio to 88.7 FM
    • 6:30 – 9 PM every night!
    • 2 week long nightly event
  • Boo-mingdale Halloween Drive- Through
    • Saturday, October 24th, 9-11:30 AM
    • 259 Springfield Drive, Bloomingdale
    • Drive through the Library, Village, Police and Fire Department parking lots and enjoy:
      – Themed guests, roving entertainment, DJ music
      – Display of the annual Trunk-or-Treat vehicles
      – Police and Fire Department exhibit of emergency and first responder vehicles on display
      – Children receive a small pumpkin gourd and a treat bag during the drive-thru experience (while supplies last)
  • St. Charles Gallery of Ghoulish Homes
    • Best viewed at dusk October 16th – 31st
    • Drive or walk by some of the spookiest houses in St. Charles!
  • Mack Manor Drive Through Display
    • 1066 Algonquin Road, Fox River Grove
    • Monday – Thursday 6-8:30
    • Friday & Saturday, 6-10pm
    • Sunday 4-9 pm, allowing for daylight viewing hours.
    • If you have small children that might be frightened, please turn on flashers to ensure monsters stay away. It is unknown- if and when – any of the undead shall make a visit.
    • Radio station 106.9 FM
    • No charge but accepting donations
  • The Cote’s Haunted Yard
    • 6907 Townsend Blvd, Plainfield, IL
    • Friday & Saturday only from 6 – 10 PM
    • No more appointments being taken but walk ups allowed. (Those with appointments get in first) 6:30 or 8:30 – 10 may be the best bet for walk ups
  • Museum of Science and Industry Boo Fest
    • “Two weeks of family-friendly science experiences will let you get into the Halloween spirit. Our limited capacity, timed-entry tickets and other protocols allow for plenty of space and comfort for a scary good time indoors. Explore a specially decorated exhibit with a “Scary Storage” look at the Museum’s curiosities, take part in physically distanced trick-or-treating, and examine the science of Halloween with pumpkin drops, slime, eyeballs and chilling laboratory sessions.”
  • Galewood’s Not So Spooky Halloween Parade
    • Thursday, October 29th
    • 5:15 – 6PM
    • Parade Route: Wabansia to Nashville, Nashville to Armitage, Armitage to Neva, Neva to Wabansia
    • Greet Halloween characters and get some candy
  • Terror In The Timbers
    • Camp Big Timber Elgin
    • “Think you’re safe behind a piece of glass and some metal? Think again. The dead have taken over the once innocent Camp Big Timber and are coming for the living…one car at a time. This one-of-a kind drive-thru scenic Halloween experience allows you to simply put your car in park, sit back and let the Terror begin.”
  • Highwood Skeleton Walk
    • Hundreds of skeletons have descended upon Highwood’s businesses! Go check it out!
  • La Grange Skeletober
    • “La Grange has plenty of spirit this month when dozens of friendly, life-sized skeletons lounge in front of local businesses for the season. This annual display is organized by the La Grange Business Association; each engaging skeleton is sponsored by a local business as a way of inviting visitors to explore La Grange.  Skeletober is sponsored by Chiro One. Get the walking map to all the skeletons.”
  • Glen Ellyn Scarecrow Row
    • Oct 21st – 31st
    • “Follow the Rows and Rows of 100+ Scarecrows lined up in Downtown Glen Ellyn at this FREE Family-Friendly and Socially Distant Outside Event!  Join the fun and see the handmade Scarecrows created by scout troops, community members, local businesses, & non-profits. Explore unique one-of-a-kind storefronts with their decorated windows and dine the fall menu at one of our many restaurants.”
  • Morton Arboretum Scarecrow Trail
    • Oct 1st – Nov 1st
    • Morton Arboretum requires timed entry ticket reservations in advance online
    • “Take a stroll around Meadow Lake to view scarecrows created by local scout troops and school groups. After your walk, vote for your favorite scarecrow online.”
  • Aurora Sugar Skull City
    • October 15th – November 15th
    • “The 30-day celebration honors the beloved Mexican cultural tradition of Day of the Dead, and coincides with events during First Fridays on November 6.”
    • “Downtown storefronts will be decorated with festive displays for the holiday. Local artists Pierre Lucero, Jose Sanchez, and Joseph Gagnepain painted storefronts along Broadway and Stolp Avenue. Sugar skull artwork submitted by two dozen local artists also will be displayed in downtown windows. Patrons will be invited to vote on the artwork and participate in photo contests on Aurora Downtown’s social media pages.”
    • “Patrons also will be encouraged to participate in a scavenger hunt to find two yellow sugar skull screen prints located in downtown windows, fill up at authentic Mexican bakeries and restaurants, and download coloring pages from the website.”
  • Homer Glen Heritage Park Scarecrow Display
    • October 10-31: Walk along Heritage Circle and View the creative scarecrow displays. Vote for your favorite! Three winners will be chosen.
    • Come out to Heritage Park (day or night) for bats, spiders, ghosts, and lights! The park will be decorated with all things spooky the month of October.
  • Fall at Brookfield Zoo
    • The dino’s are still stomping through the zoo as well as halloween decorations to take your fall selfies!
    • A great location to view fall leaves as well!
  • Naperville Halloween Lights Map
    • Utilize this map to go on a driving tour of festive Halloween houses in Naperville!
  • Naperville Halloween Celebrations
    • Sat & Sun, Oct 24th & 25th
    • Sat from 1-4 there will be a pop up pumpkin patch (free)
    • Sunday business trick or treat from 10 – noon
    • Plus much, much, more!
  • Fall Festival at the Promenade (Bolingbrook)
    • October 23rd – 25th
    • Artisans, crafts, fall food
    • Kids scavenger hunt on the 24th only

 

Did I miss anything? Comment with a unique fall activity you have enjoyed so far!

 


Chicagoland Pumpkin Patches


Fall is definitely NOT cancelled this year folks!

Between the apple orchards and these pumpkin patches,

there is fall fun to be had every weekend until November!

 

As I have stated before, when it comes to farms,

it is always a good idea to verify on their website and Facebook page

to confirm they are open for the day.

You are also going to want to confirm the forms of payments they take,

what COVID policies they  have in place,

and whether advance registration is required or not.

 

 

 

Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm

  • September 25th – November 1st
  • Homer Glen, IL
  • “Have you ever wondered where America’s #1 Pumpkin Farm is located? Visit and experience Bengtson Pumpkin Farm to see why so many families include this farm in their annual Fall traditions. Opening September 18th-20th 2020, then Sept. 25th everyday thru November 1, 2020 Fun for the whole family, over 50+ attractions, activities, and food. Unlimited Kiddie Rides included every day with admission.”

 

Bronkberry Farms

  • Plainfield
  • FREE ADMISSION, U – Pick pumpkin patch, hayrack rides for $3 pp, and more!
  • Fall Fest with Craft Fair: October 10th & 11th

 

Cody’s Farm

  • Marengo
  • Weekends in October enjoy free admission and parking, free hayrides to pick your own pumpkin (7$ any size in the field)
  • There is a free kids play area and a $6 wristband kids play area, food, fall decorations, and more!

 

Cosley Zoo Pumpkin Fest

  • October 1st – 31st
  • Wheaton, IL
  • Come out to Cosley Zoo this fall and enjoy the colors of the season, see the animals, and pick out your pumpkins! Pumpkins, gourds, apples, cider, corn stalks, and straw bales are all available for purchase.

    This event will follow Phase 4 guidelines of the restore Illinois Plan:

    • Capacity in the zoo is limited. All individuals will need a reserved ticket. Walk-up tickets will not be available.
    • You must enter at your reserved entry time. Early and late arrivals may not be able to be accommodated.
    • Face coverings are required for all zoo visitors over the age of two when at least 6ft. of distance cannot be maintained between non-household groups.

     

Dave’s Pumpkins

  • Huntley
  • Free parking and no admission fees
  •  “Daily free activities include, pumpkin bowling, min- broom corn maze and pedal tractors.  Donuts, and socially distanced Hay Rides ($3) are weekends only.”
  • “Locally owned family farm growing pumpkins and other melons. Hay rides every Saturday and Sunday in the fall. Cider and pumpkin donuts made fresh daily.”
  • All family activities have been modified to facilitate social distancing

 

Didier Farm

  • Lincolnshire
  • September 19th – October 31st
  • No hayrides will be running this year
  • Come see the Animal Land Zoo or Play in the Pumpkin Playland!
  • “We are well know for growing some of the most amazing pumpkins anywhere.  We have a huge selection of unusual pumpkins and gourds in an array of sizes and colors.  White, green, speckles and orange are all waiting to be made into your favorite Jack-O-Lanterns!”

 

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch

  • South Barrington & Pingree Grove, Hampshire
  • “Goebbert’s Fall Festival starts September 19th, 2020 and runs through Halloween. We are a great place for families to come and have a great fall day. Come enjoy the animals, watch a pig race, see our famous Pumpkin Eating Dinosaur, have some lunch and pick out a pumpkin. We have plenty of fun attractions for the whole family! Also make sure to stop by the Red Barn Cafe & Bakery for some tasty treats, including our famous Apple Cider Donuts and Pumpkin cookies. Masks are required to enter the farm and for all indoor buildings, attractions and specified areas (market, cafe, haunted house, pony ride, camel ride, wagon ride, jumping pillow, animal tents, giraffe stand, shadehouse and when maintaining social distance is not possible). Don’t delay; our festival is only 6 weeks long! Our farm is open daily until 6pm, but the last entry for the day is 5pm.”
  • ONLINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

 

Heap’s Giant Pumpkin Farm

  • Minooka
  • September 12th – October 31st
  • Hay rides and food on weekends and Columbus Day only
  • “Catch a hayride out to our 25-acre pumpkin patch full of 90 different varieties of pumpkins, gourds, and squash! Pick from traditional jack o’ lanterns, to white pumpkins of all sizes, bumpy pumpkins, green, red and multi-colored pumpkins, to name a few.”
  • Kids will enjoy the corn maze, soybean maze, milo’s castle playground, straw barn, and more!

 

Jack’s Pumpkin Pop Up

  • 1467 N. Elston Ave., Chicago (Goose Island)
  • Opens October 6th
  • “Although it won’t be the same as years past, we simply couldn’t resist offering something everyone needs right now, a fun place to buy your seasonable selections with Friends! Jack’s Pumpkin Patch Pop-Up is located on over 2 acres of land in the historic Goose Island. Pick a perfect pumpkin, grab a memorable Instagrammable fall moment, or just get out of the house and get some fresh air on a perfect Autumn evening, as you get lost in the largest, and only, cornfield in downtown Chicago. In accordance with Chicago’s Department of Health Safety standards, masking-wearing is always required, visits are limited to 1.5 hours and there is no food & beverage available for purchase. Outside food and drinks will not be permitted, just 100% outdoor fun in the heart of downtown Chicago!”

 

Konows Corn Maze

  • Homer Glen
  • “Konow’s Corn Maze in Homer Glen WILL BE OPENING this Saturday September 19! Rides, Games, Food, Fun, and our world-famous Corn Maze! We will be taking ALL necessary precautions to keep everyone safe during the current pandemic.”
  • “Konow’s offers 2 Mazes! One for the serious maze player who enjoys finding their way through approx. 3.4 miles of twists and turns and a smaller maze for those who want the excitement of walking through the tall corn or those with small children and only wish to walk a short distance (approx. 0.4 mile).”
  • CLOSED ON TUESDAYS

 

Kuiper’s Family Farm

  • Maple Park
  • “Fun is gown by the bushel at the Kuipers Family Farm. Create memories for your family to last a lifetime when you spend the day on our beautiful sprawling Midwest farm. Enjoy all of the fun, interesting, and educational feature, attractions, and rides. And of course, take your time scoping out the best spots for the biggest and best pumpkin picking in our expansive pumpkin patch.”
  • Also enjoy the corn maze, hay wagon rides, jumping pillow, petting zoo, tractor train, woodland walk, and more!

 

Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm

  • Lockport, IL
  • Opens September 26th. Farm is only open Fri – Sun
  • “You can find your way through the maze (or part of it), feed the goats and sheep,  see the farm animals , take a wagon ride to the UPick pumpkin field , find the queen bee in our observation hive, play in one of our 5 play areas, take a train ride, slide down the tallest slide in the Midwest, and much more!”

Sonny Acres Farm

  • West Chicago
  • Come pick your pumpkin grown right on their farm, enjoy the outdoor grill, petting / feeding zoo, and more!
  • The kids will have a blast in the kiddie koral complete with jumping pillow, bounce houses, sonny express train, and rides!

 

Stade’s Farm and Market

  • McHenry
  • “Our hayrides to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkins will begin at a new time from here on out, 9 am. They will continue to run until 5 pm. Any size pumpkin in the field is just $8. We offer hayrides on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as Fridays in October and Columbus Day.”
  • Shades of Autumn, Fall Family Festival: September 12th – November 1st
    • Pumpkin picking, apple picking, food, and fun!

 

Tom & Zach’s Pumpkin Patch

  • Lockport
  • “We are a small family farm with about 1 and 1/2 acres of pumpkins. There is no admission fee , you can walk through the field with your kids to find the perfect pumpkin.  We have wagons and cutters to cut the pumpkins off the stem.”
  • Pumpkins range in price from $1 to $5. We have white pumpkins. Small straw bales $4.50, large $7, Corn stalks $3
  • Cash only
  • “We are open 7 days a week from 8 am till dusk from now  until Halloween. We have set up props so you can take pictures with  your kids.”

 

Windy Acres Farm

  • Geneva, IL
  • Apple and Pumpkin Festival September 19th – October 31st
  • Jumping pillow, train, pony rides, corn maze, petting zoo, wagon rides, petting zoo, corn box, tangled web, zip line, and educational barn

 

Don’t forget about Apple Orchards! We have a guide for that too!

Chicagoland Apple Orchards


Those cooler temperatures mean fall is on the way and along with? Apple orchards, cider, apple donuts, pumpkin patches and more! Find an orchard from this round up and create memories to last a lifetime.


 

 


Chicagoland Apple Orchards


Those cooler temperatures mean fall is on the way and along with? Apple orchards, cider, apple donuts, pumpkin patches and more! Find an orchard from this round up and create memories to last a lifetime.


U-Pick Flower Farms Near Chicagoland


It’s not too late to take the iconic sunflower field photo or bring home a beautiful vase of flowers! Here is a round up of flower fields near Chicagoland!


Fall Raspberry Picking Near Chicago


Did you miss berry picking this summer? Don’t fret!
There are still quite a few farms in and near Illinois to pick raspberries
and with lots of other U-Pick options as well!


Illinois Berry Picking Farms


Summer and fall are a wonderful time to experience berry picking in Illinois and surrounding states. Enjoy the fresh air, and support local farms!


Chicagoland Water Fun


Looking for water play and beach time this summer? Here is your guide to what is, and isn’t, open in the Chicagoland area!


2020 Chicagoland Farmers Markets


Farmers Market season has begun again but with some restrictions. Get all of the information before you go!


Virtual Resources For Chicago Kids


This list of Chicago owned businesses have offered virtual classes and events to support Chicagoland kids and so we in turn can support them during this unprecedented time.