Our favorite things about a Chicago fall

It’s officially fall, and before you know it, the August heat will be just a distant memory. To usher in the new season, here are our favorite things about Chicago in the fall.

Sure, Jay Cutler led NFL quarterbacks in interceptions last year, but that’s the best part about a new season. We’re all just one Sunday away from redemption. And with the Bears off to a 3-0 start, we might just believe this year. Check out our Game Day Gallery and submit your photos!

Bears Football


Kids in costumes. Here at Chicago Parent, we’ve been lucky enough to be guest judges for Brookfield Zoo’s “Boo! at the Zoo” parade the past few years, and it’s always an exercise in cute overload.

Halloween Parades


Where else can you literally measure fun by the bushel? There’s something about a clear, crisp Midwestern fall day that makes us want to load up the kids, pack some sweaters and hit the road. Find our favorite apple orchards and pumpkin patches here.

U-Pick orchards


From reader Alice Wilson Hoekstra: “I love taking walks with the kids to see how many different colored leaves we can find. it is fun to discover the different color combinations on each of the leaves.”

Leaf-peeping (and keeping!)


We love our kids, but early sunsets mean earlier bedtimes, and who can’t get behind a little extra alone time? From reader Valerie Kelly: “My son goes to bed on hour earlier because it gets dark earlier! Bonus – he still stays in bed until 8am because it gets light out later in the morning!”

Daylight Savings Time





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