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U.S. Parachute Association (USPA) National Wingsuit Flying Championships

United States Parachute Association’s (USPA) National Wingsuit Flying Championships | Rochelle, Ill.


Nearly 100 of the country’s top wingsuit flyers vie for the chance to be the first-ever U.S. National Wingsuit Flying Champion. In wingsuit skydiving, jumpers wear technologically advanced suits that are specially designed to increase their horizontal glide across the ground, allowing them to soar like birds through the sky. From sunrise to sunset each day, sports fans and spectators can catch the adrenaline-pumping action in the air and on the ground. Between jumps, visitors can experience the rush of competition firsthand and hang with the pros as they prepare for their skydives. And they can enjoy Chicagoland’s Flight Deck Bar & Grill, a first-class dining experience, while watching all the wingsuiting action.

When: Check website
Cost: Free

Autumn Harvest Festival

Schaumburg, Ill.

Step back in time and watch history come to life at both the Heritage Farm and Merkle Cabin. Hands-on demonstrations of frontier-era and 1880s farm life including cider pressing, blacksmithing, grain threshing and much more is available to see and do. Available throughout the day will be kid's craft activities, 19th century games and live string music on two stages. Grilled food, taffy apples, roasted ears of corn and cold beverages will be available for purchase.

When: noon-5 p.m.
Cost: $20 family (max 6 people), $5 person, kids 3 and under free.

Grove Fest

Glenview, Ill.


Featuring live folk music, square dancing, hayrides and pioneer craft demonstrations. There will also be storytelling for kids throughout the day.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $4, $1 kids under 12

St. Benedict's Oktoberfest

Chicago, Ill.


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: 3-10 p.m. Oct. 2; 1-10 p.m. Oct. 3; 1-9 p.m. Oct. 4
Cost: Free; cost for food and rides

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

Harvest Days

Garfield Farm Museum | Campton Hills, Ill.

Join museum volunteers in this celebration of the season. Continuous demonstrations of farm and household skills, 19th century music, and food.

When: 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $6, $3 kids

Fall Family Adventure

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Learn to use a GPS to find hidden clues along the trails, shoot a bow and arrow, build shelters in the woods, or work together to build a fire. End the afternoon with a cookout–grills provided.

When: 3-7 p.m.
Cost: $12

Flying Squirrel Night Hike

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Do flying squirrels actually fly? What do they eat, and where do they live? Find the answers to these questions and more while exploring the outdoors at night in search of the elusive flying squirrels.

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

Folk Fest

The Grove | Glenview, Ill.

Come to see costumed interpreters reliving local history and stay to celebrate autumn with square dancing and hayrides. Dine in the outdoor dining hall and complete your meal with a visit to the pie tent. Plus, enjoy a Native American flute circle.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $4, $1 kids 12 and under

Flying and “Fall”-ing

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Participants can design and build models of “flying machines” and parachutes out of household materials and test them in a vertical wind tunnel.

When: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission

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