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Lincoln Square Apple Fest

Chicago, Ill.

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Enjoy all things apple from pies to pizzas, apple themed games for kids in the Kids Zone.

When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Free

St. Benedict's Oktoberfest

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Enjoy authentic oom-pah bands, Spaten bier and specialty cuisine under a tented hall. Plus, carnival midway rides, activities and games, the “520 Pool,” a pumpkin patch and much more.

When: Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2016. See website for schedule.
Cost: Free; cost for food and rides

Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

The autumnal festival feature a corn maze, hay mountain, a giant 60 ft. burlap sack slide on the zoo’s Main Mall and hay wagon rides throughout Farm-in-the-Zoo. Plus, a pumpkin carver, Ferris wheel, inflatable courses and rides, educational activities and live entertainment. Pumpkins will be available for sale at the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo pumpkin patch daily throughout October.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 2-4, 9-12 and 16-18
Cost: Free

Beverly Art Walk

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Features works by more than 150 area artists and artisans displayed in over 50 businesses and organizations across the neighborhood. Also includes artist studio tours, live music, dance, puppetry, art demonstrations, children’s activities, food trucks, an artisan craft fair and public art. Free trolleys will be available to guide visitors.

When: Noon-7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Locktoberfest Weekends

Lockwood Park Trailside Equestrian Centre & Children's Farm | Rockford, Ill.

FREE  

Activities include Pick Your Pumpkin for $5, carnival rides, corn maze, storytime hayrides, pony ring rides, pumpkin themed games and activities, scavenger hunt, seasonal food favorites, and more.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free; some activities require fees

Stars, Stories, and S'more

Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Enjoy a cool night at Kilbourn Park sitting around the fire, eating s'mores, story telling and gazing at the stars. Adler Planetarium will bring out their scopes and lead a star-gazing activity.

When: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Military Through the Ages

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.

FREE  

A timeline reenactment featuring a wide span of military encampments throughout history, ranging from ancient Rome through Operation Desert Storm. Visitors will learn first-hand how soldiers lived and fought during different eras and see the progression of weapons, clothing and technology over time. The encampments, in chronological order, will facilitate self-guided walking tours, with living-history actors available to interpret and answer questions.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free, $5 parking

Heritage Day at Churchville Schoolhouse & Fischer Farm

Elmhurst History Museum | Bensenville, Ill.

FREE  

The Churchville Schoolhouse is open to the public for classes with the school marm, old-fashioned games, vintage crafts, and fun sure to engage the young and young at heart. Conrad Fischer Singers perform numbers from yesteryear at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Lemonade and light refreshments are provided.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Play ’N 90 Workshop

Goodman Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

An interactive family program for kids and parents/guardians to fashion a theatrical creation together—in only 90 minutes. Led by Chicago-based actor, artist and educator Paul Whitehouse and teaching artists, participants work as a team to imagine a setting, characters, costumes and storyline, and perform their creation for their fellow participants.

When: 9 a.m. Aug. 20; Sept. 10 and 24; Oct. 8 and 22
Cost: Free; reservations required

Indoor Musical Picnic

Mundelein Park & Recreation District | Mundelein, Ill.

FREE  

Experienced performers communicate positive messages through interactive and imaginative songs showcasing live music and instruments. Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket and lunch if they’d like. A light snack will be provided.

When: 11 a.m.-noon. Oct. 1, 22; Nov. 10; Dec. 3
Cost: Free
 
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