Move over, apples and pumpkins. There are some other fall fests in town, and they might not be quite what you’d expect.
Repurposing is all the rage nowadays, andRemix Chicago takes that to
heart. The recycled art fair is the height of creativity, and there
are some fun workshops so you can learn how to be your most
eco-friendly. Kids will love the Goldilocks-themed Storybus, chalk
drawing with The Big Draw Chicago and interactive activities with
Shedd Aquarium. Who said going green has to be boring? $5 gate
donation. 2200-2300 N. Milwaukee, Chicago. 773-433-8048,
Eclectic art fest held in the Logan Square neighborhood features art made from recycled and found materials. Plus, indie music acts, food and free educational workshops for adults and kids.
Get back to your roots at the Fox Valley Folk Music& Storytelling Festival. It includes workshops,
classes and performances by storytellers and folk musicians, plus
hourly activities and crafts for the kids. And if you stop by at
7:30 p.m. on Sunday, you can hear ghost stories and get a
jump-start on Halloween ($5). $15, $10 teens and seniors, free kids
12 and under. Island Park, Routes 25 and 38, Geneva. 630-897-3655,
Fox Valley Folk Music &Storytelling Festival
Festival features eight stage areas with performances of folk music and storytelling, plus workshops and kids’ activities. Plus a Barn Dance and Ghost Stories Sunday night.
When we think of fall, tacos aren’t the first thing that comesto mind. But at the Lakeview Fall Fiesta, they’re
definitely the stars of the show. The festival showcases the Windy
City’s finest, giving visitors a chance to vote for “Chicago’s Best
Taco.” There’s also a fine art fair, live music and activities for
kids. We’re thinking “Pin the Shell on the Taco.” $5. 3500 N.
Southport, Chicago. 773-868-3010, chicagoevents.com.
Lakeview Fall Fiesta
The taco gets the spotlight treatment at this fest in the heart of the Southport Corridor. In addition to tacos and music, features beer and taco pairings, Mexican wrestlers, a kids’ activity area and arts/crafts.
There’s not a chill in the air yet, but that doesn’t mean wecan’t enjoy a steamy bowl of chili. Fortunately, theDowners Grove Chilympics Chili Cook-Off brings
together competitors to see who can put together the best hearty
soup. Plus there’s music and other activities to keep the whole
family entertained. But have a light lunch, because you’ll want to
save room. Fishel Park, Grove Street, west of Main Street, Downers
Grove. 630-963-1300, dgparks.org.
Downers Grove Chilympics Chili Cook-Off
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.
Soldiers will give history lessons on camp life, military artillery and war time in the 1700s. Hundreds of reenactors from the Northwest Territory Alliance will assemble on the battlefield twice a day, firing cannons and muskets.
Enjoy all things apple from pies to pizzas, apple themed games for kids in the Kids Zone.
The 21st Annual Elim Dutch Festival will kick off with a pannenkoek “pancake” breakfast at 7:30 a.m. After breakfast, sample Dutch and American cuisine from vendors, browse the Dutch Village shops and colorful farmer’s market. There will also be entertainment. Proceeds from the festival, which is organized by Elim’s Women’s Services League, go to benefit the 900 children and adults with disabilities that Elim services daily.