A Little Time and a Keyboard: Weekend Wind Up {Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs October 14-16, 2022}

Weekend Wind Up {Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs October 14-16, 2022}

Thursday, October 13, 2022


Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs October 14-16, 2022

Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs October 14-16, 2022

This weekend, there is plenty of fall fun to be had! Here are my picks:

15 Favorite Chicago Suburban Preserves for Fall Hikes


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 

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

October 1-31 Pumpkin Festival, Cosley Zoo, Wheaton, come visit the animals and see the zoo all decorated for fall, thousands of pumpkins will be scattered on the zoo lawn, pumpkins, apples, corn stalks and more will be for purchase, regular admission fees apply, please reserve timed entry

Through October 31 Carol Stream Halloween Decorating Contest

Through October 31 Elk Grove Village Halloween Decorating Contest

October 15 - November 6 Sugar Skull City, Aurora, downtown storefronts will be decorated by local artists, scavenger hunt

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

September 10-October 30 Richardson World's Largest Corn Maze, Spring Grove

Ongoing through October 30 Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm, Homer Glen

Ongoing through October 30 Pumpkin Fest at Didier Farms, Lincolnshire

Ongoing through October Stade's Farm, McHenry, Fall Festival

Friday, October 14

October 14-16 Autumn Drive, McHenry County, visit local farms and support local vendors while enjoying a fall drive

October 14-16 Glass Pumpkin Patch and Sale, Morton Arboretum, glass demos as well, part of regular admission, timed entry required so reserve online

October 14-15 All Hallow's Eve, Naper Settlement, Naperville, 6:30PM-10PM, werewolves, witches and monsters have escaped and are wandering the settlement, outdoor activities, designed for families with kids 16 and under, $20 pp, purchase tix online

Chicago Suburban Hiking Locations

Saturday, October 15

October 15-16 Open House Chicago, two-day event that provides amazing free behind-the-scenes access to over 150 significant structures in Chicago, Evanston and Oak Park

October 15 Lumber Jack 'N Jill Fest, Bartlett Community Center, Bartlett, 12PM-4:30PM, folklore of Paul Bunyan, Babe the Blue Ox and more, axe throwing, cornhole, caber toss, and more

October 15 Ghost Story Train, Fox River Trolley Museum, South Elgin, ride a spooky train to a haunted forest, listen to ghost stories around a fire, $16.50, purchase tickets online

October 15-16 Make Glass Pumpkins, Patterson Glass, Mundelein, $45 small, $75 large, $95 blown, please reserve space

Sunday, October 16

October 16 Fall Festival, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 10AM-3PM, beekeeping demos, storytelling, pumpkin painting and more, free admission but some small fees for some activities, parking at nearby location with shuttles to event

October 16 Fall Habitat Hike, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 1PM, take a hike with a naturalist through Crabtree's three habitats

October 16 Touch-a-Tank, Illinois Holocaust Museum, 1PM, must reserve a spot, free family event

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