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Design Harvest Festival

Chicago, Ill.


Features contemporary and sustainable design, original live music, unique vendors, hay rides, and more. Family activities include a hay maze, face painting, scarecrow making, petting zoo (noon-4 p.m.) and more.

When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 20-21
Cost: Free

Farm Heritage Festival

Wauconda, Ill.

Features hundreds of tractors, cars, engines and other farm machinery. Daily highlights include a tractor parade, sheep herding demonstrations, live music, scarecrow making, wagon and barrel train rides, and a petting zoo.

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 20-21
Cost: $10, $5 kids 4-17 and seniors 55+, free kids 3 and under. Includes museum admission, rides and parking

Lakeview Fall Fiesta

Lakeview Taco Fest | Chicago, Ill.

The glorious taco gets the spotlight treatment at this fest in the heart of the Southport Corridor. In addition to tacos and music, features beer and taco pairings, Mexican wrestlers, a kids' activity area and arts/crafts.

When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 20, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 21
Cost: $5


Palatine, Ill.


Rotary Club of Palatine presents a festival featuring German food and beverages, authentic music, and activities for all. There are family activities on Saturday afternoon, including music, art and German language lessons. Visit website for more information.

When: 5 p.m.-midnight Sept. 19; noon-midnight Sept. 20; noon-6 p.m. Sept. 21
Cost: Free


Northbrook, Ill.


Community fall festival includes collectible and antique car show, children’s activities, hot dogs, soup and home-made sweets.

Cost: Free

Art In Your Eye

Batavia, Ill.


The festival features two art exhibits - The City Hall Exhibit and Student Legacy Exhibit - concerts, craft beer and wine tent, food, and live music and performances. Kids can visit the Picasso Tent or try chalkboard art on Saturday and Sunday.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Free

U.S. Parachute Association (USPA) National Skydiving Championships

Ottawa, Ill.


More than 500 top skydivers from around the country descending from Chicago’s skies as they perform extreme stunts and compete. Teams of up to 16 skydivers create geometric shapes, perform dramatic loops and spins in freefall, land on dime-sized dots and make belly- and back-to-earth, upright and head-down body formations.

When: Check website
Cost: Free

Military Weekend

Siegel's Cottonwood Pumpkin Farm | Crest Hill, Ill.


All military personnel, spouses and kids receive free admission with a valid military ID. Bring your cameras for special guest appearances by the characters from “Frozen” (1-3 p.m. Saturday) and Svengoolie (11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday).

Cost: Free

Happy Bee-Day!

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Celebrate the Children's Garden's birthday with a buzzing good time. Make a bee mask, meet a real beekeeper and check out some hives.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Family Honeybee Hikes

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Family-friendly hikes to discover the honeybees' favorite flowers and how honey is made. Plus, get an exclusive tour of the Arboretum's beehives and sample some honey.

When: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $6, $5 members

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