Ring in the fall with great events in Chicagoland

Things slow down when school starts, but there’s still plenty of fall fun to be had. Check out these events for the month of September.

Storybook Cooks

Bring stories to life through the recipes featured in both old and new beloved tales. All recipes are provided. Please bring an apron. Feb. 13: Happy Valentine’s Day Mouse; March 13: The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day.


A day of chili, live music, a beer garden and fun for the whole family. This International Chili Society sanctioned, Home-style chili competition attracts competitors from throughout Chicagoland.

Misericordia Family Fest

Includes food, music, and other entertainment. Park at S&C Electric and take the free shuttle bus.

Ella Jenkins

Celebrate Chicagoan Ella Jenkins’ 93rd birthday and a new album, “Ella Jenkins & Friends Camp Songs.”

Annual Dolls Tea Party

An afternoon of crafts, refreshments and fun for girls and theirdolls. All girls in attendance receive one free raffle ticket for achance to win Caroline the new Historic American Girl Doll.

The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt

Go in search of art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Be prepared to track down flying owls, Hagrid-like giants, centaurs and unicorns like those you’d see in the Forbidden Forest, dragons that seem straight out of the Triwizard Tournament, and eerie figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor. May 14, June 18, Aug. 12.

Lincoln Square Apple Fest

Enjoy all things apple from pies to pizzas, apple themed games for kids in the Kids Zone.

Cornfest Family Fun Day

Celebrate the beginning of fall with an old-fashioned family picnic featuring burgers and hot dogs, roasted corn on the cob, homemade pies and taffy apples. Entertainment includes games, races and a fishing tournament for kids. Kids can use hammers, nails and paint to create a craft project in the giant woodpile.

Learnapalooza Logan Square

Family-friendly festival includes nearly 100 free workshops.Past classes have included everything from bee-keeping, dancing andjewelry-making to Hebrew, backgammon and web design. Course listsavailable online.


Annual fall festival featuring premiere music lineup featuring local and national artists, a microbrew, kids root beer garden and ethnic food offerings.

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