A Little Time and a Keyboard: Weekend Windup {Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs September 16-18, 2022}

Weekend Windup {Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs September 16-18, 2022}

Thursday, September 15, 2022


Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs September 16-18, 2022

Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs September 16-18, 2022

A lovely weekend is ahead with plenty of fun activities! We are in the transition period between seasons which is an exciting time with a nice mix of fun. Here are my picks in the Chicago suburbs this weekend:


Ongoing Flourish: The Garden at 50, Chicago Botanic Garden celebrates 50 years, look for special art installations and yellow plants threaded throughout the garden, check for special pop-up events

Butterflies and Blooms, Chicago Botanic, admission includes this fun seasonal event

May 21 - September 17 Butterfly House, Geneva, open 9AM-5PM Mon-Sat, 12PM-4PM Sun, recommended donation $2 pp and $6 per family

June 1 - October 31 Alebrijes: Creatures of a Dream World, Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Alebrijes are Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures, learn about the artists, go on a scavenger hunt for all 48 pieces and more, parking is $10 per car

Through November 6 Delicate Forces, Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, Rockford, 7 large scale art displays created with dichroic materials crafting kaleidoscope, admission fees apply 

Ongoing depending on blooms Sunflower Festival, Von Bergen's Country Market, Hebron, check out the sunflower maze, purchase tickets online -- check online for availability on flower status

September 10-October 30 Richardson World's Largest Corn Maze, Spring Grove, currently also has sunflower fields

Apple Orchards

Ongoing through October  Royal Oak Farm, Harvard, apple picking, apple tree maze, activities,  country kitchen

Ongoing through October Kuipers Farm, Maple Park, UPick apples, opening day August 27

Ongoing through October Stade's Farm, McHenry, UPick Apples starting August 26

Ongoing through October, All Seasons Apple Orchard, Woodstock, also has a corn maze

Pumpkin Festivals

September 17 through October 30 Pumpkin Daze, Abbey Farms, Aurora

Friday, September 16

September 16-19 Oktoberfest, Palatine, German bands, German food, beer, Family Day Saturday 10AM-3:30PM with a variety of activities

September 16-17 Oktoberfest, Elk Grove Village, kids activities Saturday 3PM-7PM, parade 2PM Saturday

September 16, 17, 18 Fall Fest, Des Plaines

September 16-17 Oktoberfest, The Lot, Highland Park

Saturday, September 17

September 17-18 Riverwalk Fine Art Fair, Naperville

September 17 Brushwood Family Fest, Brushwood Center, Ryerson, Deerfield, 10AM-2PM, family friendly interactive activities involving art and nature

September 17 Smithsonian Museum Day -- there are a few local museums on the list for free admission

September 17 Autumn Fair, Peck Farm, Geneva, 11AM-3PM, fall activities, hayrides, birds of prey presentation, pumpkin painting and more, free admission and minimal fee for certain activities, pumpkins are $5

September 17-18 Lisle Depot Days, Museums at Station Park, Lisle, 12PM-5PM, pioneer demos, pony rides, Civil War reenactors, antique tractors, petting farm, live demos and more, free

September 17 Family Day: Workshop Led by Sentrock, Elmhurst Art Museum, 1PM-4PM, create artwork inspired by Hispanic culture led by exhibiting artist Sentrock, free for kids, admission fees apply for adults

September 17 Annual Block Party, Lake Forest, 5PM-8:30PM

Sunday, September 18

September 18 Northbrook Shermerfest, Village Green Park, 12PM-4PM, antique cars, open museum, live music, Chalk Up Northbrook and more, free

September 18 Barrington Hills Fall Festival, 12PM-4PM, mini therapy, live music, yoga, magic, hayrides and more

September 18 Inspired Elgin, Civic Plaza, 1PM-5PM, pop up performances, food trucks, art activities, concert in Hemmens Cultural Center, concert is free but you must reserve tickets, event is free

September 18 Woodchuck Wander, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 1PM, join for a walk and learn what woodchucks are up to during this busy season, free

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