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.

And if you’re looking for more fall ideas, be sure to follow us on Instagram and share your own family photos with us by using our community hashtag, #ShareChicagoParent. Happy fall!




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:

Where to Go Apple Picking Near Chicago

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

Fall Books for Kids to Celebrate the Season

Read children's books about pumpkins, apples, football and more.

Family-Friendly Fall Getaways Worth the Drive from Chicago

These fun vacay spots makes us so excited for fall.

Where to Go Kayaking in Chicagoland with Kids

Escape in the tranquility of nature by riding a kayak.

Where to See Fall Colors in and Around Chicago

Take a drive and snap some photos of this beautiful fall foliage this Autumn.

Best Fall Fests in Chicago and the Suburbs

Celebrate the season with these great festivals for kids.

Best Corn Mazes for Families in Chicagoland

Test your knowledge at one of these corn mazes in Chicagoland.

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.

Nature Centers for Chicago Kids to Enjoy a Breath of Fresh Air

Nature centers are a family’s best friend.

New Chicagoland Museum Exhibits to Check Out

Legos, underwater creatures and more!

Family Theater Shows Not to Miss in Chicagoland

Enjoy the theater scene in Chicago!

Chicagoland Museums Families Should Visit At Least Once

There are so many fascinating exhibitions for kids of all ages.

Unique Animal Experiences Your Kids Will Go Wild For

Explore the animal kingdom with these amazing encounters.