A Little Time and a Keyboard: 10 Favorite Fall Experiences in the Chicago Suburbs in 2020

10 Favorite Fall Experiences in the Chicago Suburbs in 2020

Monday, September 21, 2020

10 Favorite Fall Experiences in the Chicago Suburbs in 2020

 10 Favorite Fall Experiences in the Chicago Suburbs in 2020

Crisp air, edges of leaves turning bright colors, chipmunks and squirrels scavenging for winter nuts, cool nights calling for the blaze of bonfires -- fall is here! While fall will look slightly different this year as we continue to navigate the pandemic, plenty of fun is our there to be had! I have put together 10 of my favorites for fall this year! Enjoy! **Please adhere to COVID protocols to keep us all safe!**

Richardson Corn Maze -- Did you know that the Chicago area is home to the World's Largest Corn Maze? We certainly are! One of our favorite corn mazes is Richardson's Corn Maze which is the World's Largest and features a new theme each year. This year's maze celebrates Earth Day's 50th Anniversary.  This year's maze is open September 12-November 8. Don't forget the apple cider donuts! 

Shades of Autumn Festival --  This year, Stade's Shades of Autumn Festival will look a little different. While the play area will not be open, families will still be able to pick apples and pumpkins! Please check website for information and u-pick dates.

Pumpkin Daze -- Abbey Farms in Aurora hosts family fun on the farm during Pumpkin Daze each year. Abbey Farms delights with a corn maze, pumpkin picking, a rope maze and much more. Take a peek at the live music on the farm options as well! Please check website for more information on COVID protocols. Pumpkin Daze runs through November 1. Don't forget to snag some apple cider donuts!

Party for the Preserves Forest Preserves of Cook County --  Party for the Preserves is an annual celebration highlighting our fantastic forest preserves! The day features guided hikes, animal encounters, self-guided tours, opportunities to clean the preserves, scavenger hunts and more at a variety of Cook County Forest Preserves. Please check website for more information. Some programs will require registration.

Johnny Appleseed Festival -- Each fall, Crystal Lake celebrates Johnny Appleseed! This year's event has been pared down due to COVID. However, you can still have fun enjoying the scarecrows from the scarecrow contest through September 26th.

Scarecrow Trail -- Stroll around Meadow Lake at Morton Arboretum enjoying scarecrow creations crafted by local organizations. We have been pretty impressed by the creativity of each year's contributions. The trail is included in admission BUT you must reserve timed entry, so head over to the website to reserve your time. The event runs October 1 - November 1.

Scarecrow Fest -- Scarecrow Fest has been celebrating the harvest in St. Charles for 35 years! Businesses and organizations decorate scarecrows for a village-wide contest every year creating quite the assemblage of unique and sometimes spooky scarecrows!  The event will be slightly different this year with scarecrows well spread out. Check out Beer in a Box which will feature selections from all 6 of St. Charles' breweries! This year's fest is October 9-11.

Carol Stream Halloween Decorating Contest -- The Carol Stream Halloween Decorating Contest is one of our favorites fall events! The village puts together a map that you can easily follow. Nominations will be submitted by October 23. Some of the displays are truly incredible!

Night of 1,000 Jack O Lanterns --  For ten evenings this year, Chicago Botanic Garden will be ablaze with the lights of 1,000 sweet, spooky and totally creative jack-o-lanterns. This year's event is October 14-18 and 21-25. **Event sold out for the season.**

Fall Color Walks -- I can tell you from experience that the Forest Preserves of Cook County have some of the most stunning fall colors that I have seen! This fall, enjoy a Fall Color Walk at one of our local preserves! You will need to register, so take a peek at the calendar ahead. I enjoyed a Fall Color Walk at River Trail Nature Center a few years ago and learned a lot. 

10 Favorite Fall Experiences in the Chicago Suburbs in 2020

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