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Art on Harrison

Oak Park, Ill.


Fall into the Arts at Art on Harrison in the Oak Park Arts district. Special events in the 21 galleries, shops and restaurants. Includes art, music, food, dance and hands-on demonstrations for the whole family.


When: 6-10 p.m. Oct 16; noon-8 p.m. Oct. 17
Cost: Free


Batavia, Ill.


Featuring trick-or-treating, Mothers' Club Parade, pumpkin roll, contests and games.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns

Glencoe, Ill.

Take either the "friendly" or "spooky" path to activities in the Regenstein Center and McGinley Pavilion. Experience family-friendly thrills and chills, including two stages of entertainment, fortune telling, face painting, a spooky snack shack, and a ride on the "Howlin' Express." As night falls, walk through the Model Railroad Garden, decorated in ghastly lights and running special ghost trains.

When: 5:30-9 p.m. Oct. 24, 4-7:30 p.m. Oct. 25
Cost: $19, $14 members in advance, free kids 2 and under

Windy City Ski and Snowboard Show

Schaumburg, Ill.

Features prizes and lift ticket giveaways. Meet the top manufacturer reps in the industry and top local retailers selling new snow gear. Pro skiers and snowboarderswill make an appearance, including Grete Elliassen, and there will be a movie premiere. Guests receive lift ticket vouchers to Boyne and Indian Head Resort with paid admission to show.

When: 3-10 p.m. Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m Oct. 23
Cost: $12, free kids 12 and under; free parking

Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago, Ill.


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

The Halloween Gathering Festival and Parade

Chicago, Ill.


This powerful event gathers Chicago’s vast and diverse creative communities for an afternoon festival culminating with a magical nighttime parade. Features world-renowned institutions including the Field Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as unique local organizations like Louder Than a Bomb, Silent Theatre Company, and guilds of artists in assorted fields.

When: 2-5 p.m. (festival); 6-8 p.m. (parade)
Cost: Free

Falloween Fest

Chicago, Ill.


Celebrate all things autumn with pumpkin carving, doggie, child and grownup costume contests, plus seasonal food and beverage offerings. The family fun kicks off with a story time hosted by Open Books at 3 p.m. followed by the kiddies costume party. At 4:30 p.m., the backyard will be filled with pups for the dog costume contest. As the sun goes down, pumpkins will be lit for the grown-ups' costume contest at 10 p.m.

When: 3 p.m.-midnight
Cost: Free

Fall Festival of Fun

Burr Ridge, Ill.


Enjoy a festival full of fall activities, including a hayride around the Village Green, an inflatable corn maze, face painting, stilt walkers, music and to trick-or-treat at select stores. Non-candy items will be available for kids with food allergies; visit the information table to get your teal wrist band or sticker.

When: 2-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Locktoberfest Weekends

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


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

Harvest Celebration

Angelic Organics Learning Center & Farm | Caledonia, Ill.

Enjoy the bounty of harvest time as well sample some of what is left in the fields and orchard. Make some apple sauce, plus create some harvest celebration traditions.

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $20

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