What Should We Do This Columbus Day Weekend? Chicago, IL October 11th – 14th 2019


Looking for things to do in Chicagoland to celebrate Columbus Day weekend?
Here are over 40 family-friendly events happening in Chicagoland this weekend!

 

 

Family Friendly Events in Chicagoland This Weekend:

 

Major Ongoing Events for Columbus Day Weekend

 

Lincoln Park Zoo Fall Fest

  • FRIDAY-SUNDAYS SEPTEMBER 27–OCTOBER 27 AND
    MONDAY OCTOBER 14
    10 A.M.-5 P.M.
  • “This free, family-friendly celebration injects the heart of Chicago with a little harvest fun each year from September–October. This year’s festival features ticketed attractions throughout the zoo, including a Ferris wheel, corn maze, corn pool, fun slide, inflatable obstacle course, and more. Guests can also enjoy animal chats, musical entertainment, a pumpkin patch, professional pumpkin carvers, and fall-themed enrichment for the animals!”

Worlds Largest Corn Maze now open at Richardson Farm

  • September 7th – November 3rd; Thursday – Sunday
  • “The Richardson Farm offers a huge variety of on-farm experiences: Our activities include a 700 foot long zip line, Orbiting, and the “world’s largest”, most intricately designed corn maze along with activities for all ages.”
  • The maze is Apollo themed this year!

Keller’s Farmstand Fall Festivities

  • Oswego
  • “Looking for family fun and creating new fall traditions? Our Saturday & Sunday Fall Festivities include a 10-acre Alice in Wonderland themed corn maze (including 3 observation decks), wagon rides, farm animals, pedal tractors, grain tables, kids play area with pirate ship, castle, and more! Want to pick apples? Buy an apple bag in our apple barn and head to the orchard! Pick a pumpkin off the vine in our large pumpkin patch or choose one from our pre-picked patch. Don’t leave without trying our delicious, homemade APPLE CIDER DONUTS, fudge, and kettle corn. They’re hard to resist! Our concession stand serves hot dogs, brats, hot pretzels, and other treats. There’s lots to experience here at the Keller Farm in Oswego!”

Fall Festival at Randall Oaks Zoo (Sept 21 – Oct 27th)

  • “Let us help you with that fall activity checklist all season long! Come enjoy our Fall Festival at Randall Oaks Zoo! The zoo will be decked out in fall decorations, and there will be several fall activities around the zoo. It’s the perfect way to celebrate a fall day! Don’t forget to purchase your pumpkin during your visit. Regular admission applies.”
  • Fall Festival | Sept. 21-Oct. 27 | 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Didier Farms Pumpkinfest (Sept 21st – Oct 31st)

  • Celebrate Fall with us! Hayrides, corn maze, kiddie rides, pumpkins, and so much more!
    16679 W. Aptakisic Rd.
    Lincolnshire, IL 60069

Stade’s Farm Festival – Farmtractions Theme Park

  • “We have eight farmtastic weekends of fun planned for you, your family, and your friends! Join us Saturdays and Sundays only (our Market is open every day) during September, and Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in October.
  • During the Fall Festival at Stade’s, you can also; pick fresh apples, take a hayride to the pumpkin patch and choose the perfect pumpkin, enjoy a bonfire/hayride private party, (previously set by emailing stadesfarmmarket@gmail.com) shop in our Market, enjoy delicious seasonal foods and our famous Apple Cider Donuts!”
  • McHenry, IL

The Morton Arboretum Scarecrow Trail

  • Daily in October
  • Meadow Lake Trail
  • “Admire creations from local scout troops and vote for your favorite scarecrow.”

Trick or Trees at The Morton Arboretum

  • October weekends: 11 AM – 4 PM in the Children’s Garden
  • “Play tricky games, fashion fun fall crafts and plant a tree seed to take home as your treat. Small pumpkins to paint will also be available for purchase. Costumes encouraged.”

Morton Arboretum Walking Play

  • THE SHERLOCK SCANDAL – Revised Title
    October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27
    3:00 p.m. showtime*
    REVISED: A new time-period twisted take on the beloved Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tales! Based on Scandal in Bohemia’ The Sherlock Scandal unfolds as a PR scandal arises when it is discovered that Holmes and Watson are not met. While they escape the public eye, they find themselves involved in solving a blackmail scandal with a notorious rock star and his pious fiance. With the help of Inspector Lestrade, they work the mystery and tell the tale of their own interesting past. Please note that this performance is for ages 10+. The performance includes mature content, mild violence and mentions of death. Hike is roughly one mile in distance.”

Pumpkin Fest Cosley Zoo

  • October 1st – 31st
  • Daily, 9 AM- 5 PM
  • “Come out to Cosley Zoo this fall and enjoy the colors of the season, see the animals, and pick out your pumpkin! Pumpkins, gourds, apples, cider, corn stalks, and straw bales are all available for purchase. Children’s rides will also be available, weather permitting.”

Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up

  • October 3rd – November 3rd
  • Monday – Friday: 4 – 10 pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays: 11 am – 10 pm
  • Goose Island: 1265 West Le Moyne Street
  • “Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up is Chicago’s only 100% outdoor fall experience with the city’s largest Corn Maze, 4 Full-Service Bars, Axe Throwing, Gypsy Caravans, Music, Carnival Games, Food Trucks and Fun Instagrammable moments.”

Pier Pumpkin Lights

  • October 1st – November 2nd
  • Navy Pier
  • “Explore a variety of pumpkin pop-up installations throughout the Pier and enjoy fabulous fall deals at the first-ever Pier Pumpkin Lights, a month-long seasonal celebration. From jack o’lantern towers to light displays, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination will be decked out for fall.”

Moonlight Hayrides at Primrose Farm in St. Charles

  • October 4-5th, 11th-12th, 18th – 19th
  • “Enjoy an evening of old-fashioned farm fun by the light of the moon. Cruise around the fields of Primrose Farm at the height of the fall harvest on a 30 minute tractor-drawn wagon ride. Gather ’round a bonfire for a marshmallow roast, hot chocolate and hot cider.”

The Glow: A Pumpkin Wonderland

  • Sensory Garden Playground, Lisle
  • Select Nights October 3rd – October 27th
  • “Taking place at Sensory Garden Playground, Jack’s Pumpkin Glow, will allow for family and friends to take a leisurely walk and marvel at thousands of intricately-carved pumpkins. As jack o’lanterns illuminate the park for an unforgettable evening, make sure to grab a few photos and some seasonal snacks. Don’t forget to check out our master carver’s as they demonstrate their artistry or to pick up a gourd at the pumpkin patch. There is something everyone will enjoy at this truly magnificent fall spectacular.”

Goebbert’s Fall Light Show

  • October 4th – November 3rd
  • Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch – Pingree Grove
  • “Experience the magic of more than 1.5 million lights illuminating acres of farmland at Goebbert’s Fall Light Show. You’ll encounter dazzling displays as you drive through our farm in the comfort of your own vehicle. The 1 mile route will impress and amaze you! We’ve created new structures, added new designs, switched up the music and extended the light show! When purchasing your tickets, the light show is $5 per person with a maximum of $20 per vehicle.”

Blackberry Farm Pumpkin Weekends

  • Blackberry Farm: 100 S Barnes Rd, Aurora
  • “Enjoy family-friendly fall festivities at Blackberry Farm! Enjoy the park donned in seasonal decor, ride on a hay wagon, listen to seasonal stories, create fall crafts, decorate a pumpkin for $3, play in our corn crib, ride the famous Blackberry Farm rides: train, carousel, ponies and much more! Each weekend will feature additional activities, so each week is a new experience!
    Saturdays and Sundays in October and Columbus Day 11am-4pm. Admission is just $7- everything is included, except pumpkin decorating, which is $3. Tickets are needed for ages 2 & up.”
  • On October 12th, there will be face painting from 11:30 – 3:30

The Great Pumpkin Patch at Chase Park

  • October 12th – 30th
  • Chase Park: 4701 N. Ashland Ave
  • “Chase Park’s pumpkin patch is back!!!! This family friendly attraction is one the north side’s favorite seasonal pastimes. Grab a cup of hot cocoa as you roam through the bright orange rows of pumpkins hunting for the very best one for carving. Large or small, we’ve got you covered. Kid’s and adults alike are invited to climb the hay mountain, explore the corn maze and play in our famous corn pits and bouncys!”

Boo! At the Zoo

  • “Little ghosts and goblins of all ages are sure to have a howlin’ good time! Our not-so-scary and fun-filled event has something for the entire family to enjoy!”
  • Check out the fun schedule of activities before you go!
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Saturdays and Sundays, October 12 to 27, 2019
  • Saturday, October 12
    11:00 a.m. in Great Bear Wildnerness
    Pumpkins to the Grizzly Bears
    Pumpkins to the Polar Bears
  • Sunday, October 13
    10:15 a.m. in Tropic World
    Pumpkins to the Orangutans and Gorillas

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

  • September 28 – October 27, 2019
    Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 AM and 2 PM
  • Performances take place at The Station in the Pritzker Family Studio Theatre: 100 S. Racine Ave
  • “Based on the beautifully-crafted work of Eric Carle comes a bold new spectacle featuring 75 larger-than-life puppets. Featuring the tales of Brown Bear, Brown BearThe Very Lonely FireflyTen Little Rubber Ducks, and of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar – this new show captures the magic of Carle’s world.”

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

  • October 5th – November 3rd
  • Hide and Shriek: Spot spooktacular scenes in MINILAND
  • Meet & Eek: Meet a LEGO Character and get the ultimate selfie
  • Brick or Treating: Collect free LEGO pieces to build your own Halloween LEGO creation to take home
  • Spooky, kooky scavenger hunt: Find all the pumpkins our Master Model Builder has hidden around the attraction!

Midnight Circus

  • Jefferson Park: 4822 North Long Ave.
  • Saturday, October 12th at 2pm and 5pm
    Sunday, October 13th at 2pm and 5pm
  • “Midnight Circus in the Parks is an eclectic ensemble of artists with a shared vision that live performance has the power to engage and inspire our audience, our community, and our world. We bring world‐class contemporary circus performances to communities throughout Chicago and raise money for Chicago parks with the proceeds.”

Ace Comic Con

  • Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont
  • October 11th- 13th
  • Celebrity guests, 60+ top comic writers and artists, 100+ vendors and exhibitors, cos play, gaming, kids con, and more!

Autumn on the Fox Art and Craft Show

  • Pottawatomie Park on the Fox River, St. Charles
  • October 1th – 13th beginning at 10 a.m
  • “All items are handmade by the exhibiting artist. There are over 100 crafters. There is a large variety of jewelry, metal art, stained glass, photography, primitive wood, as well as whimsical folk art. Many crafters have fall décor including floral, scarecrows, iron sculpture, painted pumpkins and carved gourds. There are food products, including soup and dip mixes, caramel apples, a variety of chocolates, baked goods, honey products and BBQ items.”

St. Charles Scarecrow Festival

  • October 11th – 13th
  • Friday & Saturday- 10am-9pm; Sunday- 10am-5pm
  • Main Festival Site – Lincoln Park: 450 W. Main St.
    FREE Remote Shuttle Parking Lot – Pheasant Run Resort: 4051 E. Main St.
  • “For 34 years, the Scarecrow Festival has been a staple in St. Charles, Illinois. Come enjoy over 100 handmade & mechanical scarecrow displays. You can make your own scarecrow, shop at the arts & crafts show, enjoy live music & spin on a carnival ride.”

Glass Pumpkin Patch – Morton Arboretum

  • Exhibition: Wednesday and Thursday -10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:59 p.m.
      Browse the artwork and meet the artists.
  • Demonstrations:Wednesday through Friday – 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      Watch artists turn bits of glass into treasures.
  • Sale:Friday -1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      Let the shopping begin! Purchase your favorites—until they run out!
  • Shop hand-blown glass pumpkins and designs made exclusively for this annual event. Plus, meet the artists and watch demonstrations.

 

The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival

  • Downtown Highwood
  • October 11th – 13th
  • “The 10th Annual Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival returns this October 11-13, 2019 to once again attempt to break a world record of most pumpkins carved and lit at once and officially kick off Fall festival season with family. And IT’S OUR 10TH YEAR!The fest will host: all you can carve pumpkins with the opportunity to be a part of a record-breaking attempt, trick or treating, costume contests, pony rides, petting zoo, carnival rides, kids crafts, FOUR stages jam-packed with live music, food, and beverage vendors, a Superhero 5K Pumpkin Run/Walk and Make-A-Wish child that lost his battle with cancer in 2013 and much more. Join Highwood as it transforms into nightly grand pumpkin wall light displays coupled with community camaraderie, raising money to grant wishes for Make-A-Wish Illinois!”

Lake Geneva Oktoberfest

  • Downtown Lake Geneva
  • October 12th & 13th
  • “Join us at Lake Geneva’s Oktoberfest, celebrated in downtown Lake Geneva. We welcome back many of our favorites from the event – Brats, Cider Donuts, pony rides, bounce houses, our Oktoberfest beer tent, craft fair and FREE pumpkin giveaway!”

Sesame Street Live

  • October 11th – 13th
  • Rosemont Theatre

 

FRIDAY

 

 

10:30 AM: Miss Jamie from the Farm

  • Mariano’s Wheaton: 625 S. Main Street
  • “FREE 30 minute music show best suited for 3/4 year olds but 0-2 and 5-8 will have a great time, too! We meet in the cafe, usually, and snacks are occasionally provided. Space is limited, so please be mindful of carts and strollers.”

3:00 PM: Miss Jamie from the Farm

  • Mariano’s Skokie: 3358 West Toughy Ave
  • “FREE 30 minute music show best suited for 3/4 year olds but 0-2 and 5-8 will have a great time, too! We meet in the cafe, usually, and snacks are occasionally provided. Space is limited, so please be mindful of carts and strollers.”

4:00 PM: Freaky Fun Friday

  • Hidden Oaks Nature Center – Bolingbrook
  • “All ages welcome! Connect with nature by meeting exciting critters and searching for the beast that lives in the Hidden Oaks woods! Don’t miss the family-friendly crafts, activities, monster hunt, and s’mores around the fire. This is the perfect opportunity to take your Halloween costume for a test drive!”

5:30 PM: Halloween Hoot n’ Howl

  • Trailside Museum: 738 Thatcher Ave, River Forest
  • Children 10 and under, and their parents, are invited to this FREE, fun event!
  • Activities will include: Live Music, Pumpkin Painting, Live Native Animals, Spooky Stories, Bonfire, S’mores & Hot Chocolate, Telescope Star Viewing, Night Safari Flashlight Hike, Animal Food Preparation,  Taxidermy, Boo Bingo, and Activities with Nature Cat from PBS Kids.

6:00 PM: Bloomingdale Park District Fall Fest

  • Circle Park: 163 Fairfield Way
  • “Gather family and friends and enjoy an evening full of fun, fall festivities 6 to 8 p.m., October 11 at Circle Park. The first 100 children ages 12 and under to pre-register receive a FREE giveaway the day of the event.”

6:00 PM: Peppa Pig Live

  • Rialto Square Theatre, Joliet

6:30 PM: Oak Brook Haunted Forest

  • Oak Brook Park District
  • 1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook
  • “Since 2003, the Oak Brook Park District has transformed the pathways of Central Park and led thousands of innocent spectators through the most haunted corners of Oak Brook. The Haunted Forest event will once again feature a spectacularly spooky 10,000+ square foot haunted maze along with several new festive features. Parental discretion is advised for thrill seekers under 10 as music, light, fog, strobe lights and creepy characters will all be in close proximity in the maze. For those looking for a lighter dose of Halloween hijinks, Haunted Forest also features a pumpkin patch, face painting, fireside storytelling, candy in the haystack, a craft corner, and tractor pulled hayrides. Concessions will be available onsite for purchase.”

 

SATURDAY

 

 9:00 AM: Be My Neighbor Day with Daniel Tiger

  • Join WTTW, The Fred Rogers Company, PNC Bank and the Garfield Park Conservatory in welcoming Daniel Tiger and his friend, Katerina Kittycat for Be My Neighbor Day! A fun filled FREE GRRR-ific event for kids and families to get out, meet Daniel and Katerina, and participate in hands-on activities to bring out the good neighbor in all of us. The special day focuses on the importance of neighborhoods, what children can learn from their community, and how basic values, like kindness and forgiveness can make a difference in life.
  • Garfield Park Conservatory

10:00 AM: Cantigny Fall Fest

  • Parade Field, 10 – 4
  • “Autumn is here! It’s time to celebrate Mother Nature’s most beautiful season.
    Celebrate at Cantigny with harvest-time fun for all ages!”

10:00 AM: Elmhurst Part District Fall Fest

  • Wild Meadows Trace Park: 351 E. Vallette Street
  • “Bring the family to Wild Meadows Trace for Safety Town trick-or-treating, inflatable corn maze obstacle course, inflatable circus train for the little ones, family photo opportunities, fall games, face painting, balloon twister, food trucks and more! This event is free to the public.”

10:00 AM: Elgin Fire Station #2 Open House

  • Park across the street at 777 Big Timer Road
  • “Enjoy a free family-friendly day of Fire Department demonstrations, Antique Fire Engine rides, refreshments, children’s games, and more throughout the day.”

10:00 AM & 10:45 AM: Chicago Sinfonietta Brass Trio at DCM

  • DuPage Children’s Museum
  • “Introduce children to the arts in a family-friendly setting with a Tiny Great Performance™ at the Museum! A Brass Trio ensemble, comprised of musicians from Chicago Sinfonietta, will perform for visitors. Enjoy 20-minute performances at 10:00 and 10:45 a.m.”

11:00 AM: Fall Festival at Palatine Stables

  • Palatine Stables: 1510 W. Northwest Hwy, Palatine
  • “Relish the autumn season at the annual Fall Festival at Palatine Stables in Palatine. Come on out for lots of fall family fun including pony rides, a petting zoo, wagon rides, scarecrow decorating, riding demonstrations, craft vendors and business fair booths, bounce houses, pumpkin sales, concessions, live entertainment, and more! While admission and parking are free, there are fees for some activities and items.”

11:00 AM: Barrington Scarecrow Festival

  • 200 S. Hough St., Barrington
  • FREE Family Fun for All Ages!
    * Pumpkin Decorating
    * Pony Rides & Scarecrow Building
    * Face painting & Balloon Sculpting
    * Fun by Bob the DJ & Family Games
  • **RAIN LOCATION AT HOUGH STREET SCHOOL**

11:00 AM: Princesses and Villains Halloween Party

  • Stratford Square Mall
  • Join the princesses and some villains for a Halloween Party hosted by Princess Fairy Tale Parties and Events.

12:00 PM: Harvest Fest at Fischer Farm

  • Fischer Farm: 16W680 Grand Ave, Bensenville
  • “Celebrate Fall at Fischer Farm! There will be inflatables, a petting zoo, pony rides, craft sale, pumpkin painting, hay rides, live entertainment, a beer garden, food, and much more!”

12:00 PM & 4:00 PM: Peppa Pig Live

  • Chicago Theatre

1:00 PM: How A Spider Spins It’s Web

  • Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm, Schaumburg
  • “Spiders are very busy spinning their webs. Come join us while we enjoy a book, a short hike and a craft centered around our eight-legged friends. “

2:00 PM: Chicago Campfire Festival

  • Chase Park: 4701 N. Ashland Ave
  • “The fields of Chase Park transform into a whimsical early autumn spectacular adorned with real campfires, marshmallow roasting, professional ghost stories, live music, treats, eats and more. Bring blankets and picnic baskets for a night of wholesome fun and adventure.”

4:00 PM: Scarecrow Scramble 5K Run/Walk

  • Community Park: 1925 Ohio St, Lisle
  • “Go the distance for families in need! Register today and run or walk to help us provide recreation scholarships to low-income families who do not have the means to participate in recreation activities and the Lisle Teens with Character Program. This event is a USATF certified race winding through slightly hilly paths of Lisle Community Park lit gently by luminaria for safety. It is more than a race, it is a family event with concessions, hayrides, costume contest, face painting, bonfire and more!”

5:30 PM: Blackberry Farm Halloween Hayride

  • Blackberry Farm in Aurora
  • Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume and join us for a Halloween Hayride and costume contest. Take a scenic hayride around Lake Gregory, enjoy family activities, and make s’mores at the campfire. This is a great program for families to enjoy together. Each person attending must be registered and children must be accompanied by an adult.

6:30 PM: Oak Brook Haunted Forest

  • Oak Brook Park District
  • 1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook
  • “Since 2003, the Oak Brook Park District has transformed the pathways of Central Park and led thousands of innocent spectators through the most haunted corners of Oak Brook. The Haunted Forest event will once again feature a spectacularly spooky 10,000+ square foot haunted maze along with several new festive features. Parental discretion is advised for thrill seekers under 10 as music, light, fog, strobe lights and creepy characters will all be in close proximity in the maze. For those looking for a lighter dose of Halloween hijinks, Haunted Forest also features a pumpkin patch, face painting, fireside storytelling, candy in the haystack, a craft corner, and tractor pulled hayrides. Concessions will be available onsite for purchase.”

7:00 PM: Batavia’s Haunted Quarry

  • Hall Quarry Beach: 400 S Water, Batavia
  • “The ghosts are coming out to play at the Quarry! Join us for a good scare. Evil lurks at the Quarry! Enter if you dare. Summer is over, the leaves are brown, and evil lurks, throughout this haunted town. The water has been drained, the guards have gone away, and the scary ghosts, have come out to play. If you’re up for a good scare, twisted and bloody, enter if you dare, escape if you’re lucky.
    *Not suitable for kids under 10 years”

 

SUNDAY

 

9:30 AM: DIY Decorative Pumpkins

  • Brewpoint Coffee Workshop and Roastery: 617 N York Rd, Elmhurst
  • “In this class your child will design their very own decorative pumpkin, personalized with their name!” (If you do not register in advance, your pumpkin will not be personalized.)

10:00 AM: Sukkot Family Activities

  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • “Celebrate the Jewish harvest holiday Sukkot! Families are invited to help decorate the branch-covered sukkah, which will be on display at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden through the holiday week. These activities are provided by the JCC Chicago and North Shore Congregation Israel”

11:00 AM: Spooky Pooch Parade

  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • “For two very special hours only, dogs are allowed in the Chicago Botanic Garden. Cleverly costumed canines march the parade route to celebrate Halloween. Spectators are invited to line the parade route for a barking good time. Note: Viewing the dog parade is free. If you are bringing a dog, however, you must purchase paid registration for your dog, whether or not you enter the parade and costume contest.”

11:00 AM: Fall Festival at Danada

  • Danada Equestrian Center: 3S507 Naperville Rd, Wheaton
  • “Join a celebration of the horse and the season at the Forest Preserve District’s biggest event of the year, Fall Festival at Danada on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Enjoy a parade of breeds, continuous equestrian performances, hayrides, pony rides, face painting, grooming demonstrations, displays, food and more. Activities ongoing. All ages. Free admission and parking; fees for some activities.”

12:00 PM: Beat Kitchen Concerts For Kids

  • Trolls Sing-A-Long
  • 2100 W. Belmont

12:00 PM: Elmhurst Fire Department Open House

  • 601 S. York Street, Elmhurst
  • “Join the Elmhurst Fire Department as we celebrate National Fire Prevention Week. Learn more about fire prevention and safety techniques through a series of educational demonstrations and activities.”

1:00 PM: Fall Foliage Kayak Tour

  • Busse Woods Main Pool Boat Launch, Elk Grove Village
  • “Want to view fall’s foliage from a new persective? Our relaxing, leaf peeping kayak tour is a fun way to enjoy the brilliant colors of autumn reflecting off the water.”
  • Minimum age to participate is 10

2:00 PM: Dusek’s Blocktoberfest

  • Thalia Hall: 1807 S. Allport St.
  • “Join us for our 5th Annual Blocktoberfest on Sunday, October 13! From 2pm until 11pm, we are celebrating Dusek’s anniversary and our community with a full day of local music, beer from Ballast Point: Chicago, STOLEN Spirits drinks, Topo Chico USA for non-drinkers. Bring the whole family to this FREE, family-friendly event.”

7:00 PM: Geometry of Light – Farnsworth House

  • Farnsworth House: 14520 River Road, Plano
  • “Geometry of Light will be a night installation and intervention on the land surrounding the iconic Farnsworth House, designed by Mies van der Rohe and completed in 1951. Since opening to the public in 2004, the house has been interpreted as the weekend home of Chicago research physician Dr. Edith Farnsworth, but the history of the site and remnants of earlier land use have not been revealed or interpreted. This outdoor intervention will reveal underlying geometries that relate the world-renowned house to its river floodplain site, topography, and key trees that no longer exist. In concert with the projected light and patterns, a custom-designed sound piece by Oriol Tarragó is integral to this experience. Developed in direct response to the site, this auditory component uses the pitch of the space to create a tonal reading. Together, these elements provide a new interpretation of the Farnsworth House and its extraordinary location.”
  • Saturday night has already sold out, purchase tickets before Sunday sells out as well!

 

MONDAY

 

9:00 AM: Adler Planetarium Free Days

  • October 14th – 16th Illinois Residents get in free!

10:00 AM: Sugar Grove Pumpkin Farm

  • Sugar Grove Pumpkin Farm: 4S041 Merrill Rd, Sugar Grove
  • “We’re typically closed on Monday’s. However, we will be hosting special holiday hours for our guests and their holiday weekend traditions/plans! Monday, October 14th- 10am-6pm!! Come out!!”

10:00 AM: Stade’s Shades of Autumn Fall Festival

  • Stade’s Farmtractions Theme Park is open for Columbus Day!

10:00 AM: Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo

  • “For Wildlife. For All. For Fall! Dive into the wonderful world of autumn, from picking the perfect pumpkin to clambering up a hay mountain, with Lincoln Park Zoo’s fifth annual Fall Fest. This free, family-friendly celebration injects the heart of Chicago with a little harvest fun each year from September–October. This year’s festival features ticketed attractions throughout the zoo, including a Ferris wheel, corn maze, corn pool, fun slide, inflatable obstacle course, and more. Guests can also enjoy animal chats, musical entertainment, a pumpkin patch, professional pumpkin carvers, and fall-themed enrichment for the animals.”
  • Open on Columbus Day!

12:00 PM: Not So Scary Hayride

  • Dellwood Park, Lockport
  • “Come enjoy this fun Halloween hayride with the Lockport Township Park District! Perfect for kids who don’t like to be scared!”
    -Friendly characters
    -Hayrides and fun games
    -Facepainting
    -Music and more!
    -Costumes are encouraged
  • Tickets must be purchased in advance!

 


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