A Little Time and a Keyboard: Weekend Windup {Fabulous Fall Fun in the Chicago Suburbs October 7-9, 2022}

Weekend Windup {Fabulous Fall Fun in the Chicago Suburbs October 7-9, 2022}

Thursday, October 6, 2022

 Fabulous Fall Fun in the Chicago Suburbs October 7-9, 2022

Fabulous Fall Fun in the Chicago Suburbs October 7-9, 2022

Fall is here and there is a heap of fun to be had! Here are my picks for family fun 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 event

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

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

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 7

October 7-9 The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival, hundreds of jack-o-lanterns  crafted by the community will light up Highwood, family fun activities, carnival, live music and more, skeletons on display

October 7-9 Scarecrow Weekend, St. Charles, St. Charles will be decorated with scarecrows crafted by businesses, families, organizations and more, artisan market, professional pumpkin carver, family fun and so much more

October 7-8 Mount Prospect Fall Festival/Oktoberfest, family fun Saturday 1PM-4PM including trick-or-treat line

Saturday, October 8

October 8 Fall Fest, Cantigny Park, Wheaton, 10AM-4PM, hay rides, live entertainment, crafts (fees apply), live music, vendor market, plant sales and more, $5 parking per car

October 8 Arlington Heights Historical Museum Tour, 10:30AM or 2:30PM, one hour tour of the five buildings on the campus, $3 children, $5 adults

October 8 Autumn Harvest, North School Park, Arlington Heights, 11AM-3PM, free crafts, pumpkin painting, petting zoo, build a scarecrow and more, free

October 8-9 Fall Festival, Danada Equestrian Center, Wheaton, 11AM-5PM, equestrian performances, kids activities, barn tours and more, free admission but small fees for some activities

October 8 Northbrook Autumn Fest, Meadowhill Park, 2PM-5PM, pumpkin decorating, bonfire, s'mores, live music, pumpkin chuckin' and more, free

October 8 DIY Scarecrow Fest, Long Grove, 12PM-4PM, Brother's Field, $10 per scarecrow, scarecrow materials, must bring clothes and accessories, sign up for time

October 8 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 8 MDM Fall Festival and Pumpkin Carving Contest, Evanston, 2PM-6PM, live entertainment, pumpkin carving, s'mores

October 8 Roselle Founder's Day Festival, 2PM-7PM, live music, fireworks, zipline, wine and beer garden, pumpkin decorating, airbrush tattoos and more

Sunday, October 9

October 9 Fall Nature Walk, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 10:30AM or 1:30PM, free but must register

October 9 Downtown Evanston Fall Festival, 1PM-5PM, maker's market, crafts, live entertainment, craft beer and food, and more

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