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Autumn in the Park Festival

Palos Park, Ill.


Event includes a parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, a Chili and BBQ Rib Cook-Off, music, games and entertainment, including a sports cave and a kids' area with petting zoo, games, touch-a-truck, euro bungee and pony and hayrack rides (open 12:30-6 p.m.).

When: 5-10 p.m. Sept. 20, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 21
Cost: Varies; check website


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. Visit website for more information.

When: 4 p.m.-midnight Sept. 20; noon-midnight Sept. 21; noon-6 p.m. Sept. 22
Cost: Free

Autumn Fest

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.


Celebrate the bounty of the season with crafts, games, nature walks, a falconer show with live birds of prey, pony rides, hayrides, a campfire, live reptiles to touch and see up close, a pumpkin hunt and more. Food will be available for purchase. D

When: 4-7 p.m.
Cost: Free; $3 for select activities

Harvest Moon Hike

Lincoln Marsh Natural Area | Wheaton, Ill.

Discover the mysteries of nocturnal nature and the Harvest moon. Program concludes with marshmallows and a campfire. Children must be accopanied by a registered adult.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $12, $9 resident

Flying Squirrel Night Hike

Hickory Grove Conservation Area | Cary, Ill.

Find the answers to questions about flying squirrels while exploring the outdoors at night in search of the elusive flying squirrels.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Eco-Explorers: Campfire Cooking

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Impress your friends and family with a meal cooked over an open fire. Learn to cook a delicious entrée and a dessert. Recipes will be sent home.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $55 family of four; $45 resident family; $5 additional people

Storybook Cooks: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Bring stories to life through the recipes featured in both old and new beloved tales. All recipes are provided. Please bring an apron.

When: Noon-2 p.m.
Cost: $29, $19 resident

Sport Center Family Fun Night

Schaumburg Park District | Schaumburg, Ill.


In honor of Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play, the Sport Center offers a variety of structured, supervised sports, games and activities, including basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, preschool tot lot, soccer, T-ball, softball and gymnastic obstacle courses. Concessions available for purchase.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $5 family, free resident family

Circus in the Parks

Holstein Park | Chicago, Ill.

Circus In The Parks, featuring Chicago's Midnight Circus, a high-flying assortment of acrobats, aerialists, clowns, contortionists and even a dog tour six Chicago parks under a brand new purple and blue little big top. To purchase tickets visit

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 20; 2 and 5 p.m. Sept. 21; 1 and 4 p.m. Sept. 22
Cost: $5-$20

UniverSoul Circus

Washington Park | Chicago, Ill.

One-of-a-kind show features a cast of performers hand-selected from around the world. The cross-cultural spectacle incorporates pop and hip-hop music for a modern take on the traditional circus act. Performances include Caribbean dancers; Irina Markova's comedy dogs; contortionists; and teeterboard acrobatics. For more information, visit

When: Check website for schedule
Cost: $16-$35

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