Best Fall Fests in Chicago and the Suburbs

Savor the smells of falling leaves and the tastes of all things pumpkin and apple at some of our favorite fall festivals. 

Austin Harvest Fall Family Fest

When: Oct. 16, 23

Where: 423 North Laramie Avenue, Chicago

Enjoy fresh produce to go, live music, pumpkin decorating and more. Austin-based businesses The Lighthouse, Coffee and Two Sisters Catering will also participate in the fall festivities. Austin Harvest is a youth-led, open-air fresh-market that provides fresh produce to Austin neighborhood residents in the far west side of Chicago.

Fall Festival at The Promenade

When: Oct. 23

Where: The Promenade Bolingbrook, 631 E. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook

Check out food trucks, vendors, crafters, and artisans. Visit event website for restrictions and social distancing information.

Pumpkin Fest

When: Through Oct. 31

Where: Cosley Zoo, 1356 Gary Ave., Wheaton

Come out to Cosley Zoo this fall and enjoy the colors of the season, see the animals, and pick out your pumpkins. Pumpkins, gourds, apples, cider, corn stalks, and straw bales are all available for purchase.

Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up

When: Through Oct. 31

Where: 1467 N. Elston Ave., Chicago 

A larger than life, outdoor, multi-sensory adventure in the heart of Chicago. Spend an autumn night outside making memories while you get lost in Chicago’s largest corn maze, enjoy nighttime light displays and pick a pumpkin from the patch. Masks are required and visits are limited to 90 minutes. 

Fall at the Zoo

When: Through Nov. 1

Where: Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St., Chicago

Throughout October, visitors can enjoy fall at Lincoln Park Zoo including the beautiful pumpkin patch outside of the gift shop. Reserve your timed tickets in advance to ensure your spot. Take a Pumpkin Walk to see pumpkins carved by pros and amateurs (on Saturdays, see professionals work their trade), stop by the pumpkin patch outside of the gift shop to pick up your own gourd to take home and then marvel as the Bird’s Eye Bar & Grill is turned into Patch’s Pumpkin Bar & Grill Pop-up, with themed food and drinks.


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This article originally published on Sept. 4, 2019. It has been updated with the most recent information. 

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