Best Things to Do with Kids This Fall in Chicagoland

Seasons constantly change, but there’s something special about fall in Chicagoland. It’s more than the pumpkin spice lattes and leaves changing color — autumn also offers so many ideas for family fun!

We’ve rounded up the best things to do with kids in Chicagoland this fall. Find your favorite fall activities below, including pumpkin patches, Halloween festivities and more. Also, with your kids back to school, have fun learning outside by going on a family field trip.

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Don’t let a chilly day stop you from heading outdoors and enjoying what Chicagoland has to offer this fall. There are so many local attractions offering fall festivals, apple picking and other fall-tastic activities to enjoy. You can even make time for a quick family road trip to take in more autumn beauty in new places. Get more ideas with these stories:

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Where to Go Apple Picking Near Chicago

It's time to teach kids where apples really come from.

4 Fall Wagon Rides for Every Type of Family

Hop on one of these wagon rides this fall.

Where to Go Kayaking in Chicagoland with Kids

Escape in the tranquility of nature by riding a kayak.

10 Fall Books for Kids to Celebrate the Season

Fall for these children's books.

6 Horseback Riding Trails in Chicagoland for Kids

Saddle up at one of these stables.



When we think of fall, Halloween instantly comes to mind especially when the spooky season rolls around. You can find spooky events and activities in our Halloween family guide. From there, explore other holiday guides including Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Thanksgiving, Diwali, and Veterans Day.

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With kids back to school, the learning doesn’t have to stop when they leave the classroom. Chicago and the suburbs offer so many options to enjoy a fun day of learning. Plan a future family field trip, whether that be exploring a new museum exhibit, catching a kid-friendly theater performance or spending some time with animals.