Fall is a season of transition. Our senses lead us to embrace the outdoors. A visually pleasing palate colors. The taste of pumpkin spice. The sound of crunching leaves. The smell of wood smoke. From apple picking to zip-lining, we’ve compiled this epic bucket list of fall activities you can get into. Turns out summer hasn’t completely cornered the market on family road trips.

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Sonny Acres Farm
You best be-leaf we’re open for Fall activities! Sonny Acres iconic family-friendly festival begins September 17th for a limited time through October 31st. FALL in love with our non-stop family fun fit for all ages. Pick the perfect pumpkin, enjoy a variety of amusements and attractions including everything from our Wacky Worm Roller Coaster to a ride around the farm on the Sonny Express Train, take fun to new heights on our giant jumping pillow, get baaack to nature and feed the farm animals, enjoy great food at our outdoor grill and much more! MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR CHICAGO’S BEST HAUNTED EXPERIENCE – HAUNTED BARN AND HAUNTED WAGON RIDE OPEN SEPTEMBER 30th! Located at 29W310 North Ave., West Chicago, IL. www.sonnyacres.com  (630) 231-3859
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Hayride of Horror and the Curse of the Bayou
The Lockport Township Park District presents the Hayride of Horror and Curse of the Bayou every Fri. and Sat. starting Sept. 30 until Oct. 29 from 7pm-10pm (last ticket sold at 10pm) at Dellwood Park, 199 E. Woods Dr. in Lockport. Tickets can be purchased at www.lockportpark.org and fees are as follows: one attraction: $15 per person; $25 both attractions: $35 speed pass to both attractions. Group discounts and private rentals are available. Both events are sponsored by CITGO. Lockport. For more info., visit www.lockportpark.org or call 815-838-1183.
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Richardson Adventure Farm
Richardson Farm in Spring Grove, IL is the place to go for A-MAZE-ING Farm Fun!  This year, the farm is celebrating 60 years of Bond… James Bond.  Wander through the 28-acre corn maze locating each checkpoint just the way Bond would do.  After you have completed your mission, take a ride on Richardson Railroad, a spin around the Carousel, race your family or friends down a slide or around the Pedal Cart track, and cheer for the victor at our Pig Races.  Pumpkins galore, a Picnic Area with Campfires, a 700’ Zip Line — The farm offers a variety of activities and experiences for all ages!

This year, admission also allows September guests to stroll through our Fields of gorgeous Sunflowers. After a long day of adventure, there is nothing better than grabbing a fresh donut or bag of farm popped kettle corn. Open Thursdays through Sundays from Sept. 10th to Oct. 31st plus Columbus Day. Come visit the farm for an unforgettable experience!  Visit www.RichardsonFarm.com for more information.
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Experience 1 Day in LEMONT in 4 Different Ways
Time Out Magazine voted Lemont one of the best day trips from Chicago. We’d love to have you stay awhile, but if you only have a day, we’ve put together four itineraries for friends, families, and adventurers alike. These itineraries allow you to design your trip based on your interests–with recommendations for the best places to explore, shop, and dine. Visit www.lemontdowntown.com/1day-4ways to plan your trip!
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“A River Thru History – The Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous” 
Welcome to “A River Thru History – The Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous”. The Rendezvous will be held on September 10 and 11, 2022 – from 10am to 5pm (4pm on Sunday) at the Columbia Woods Forest Preserve in Willow Springs, Illinois. Parking at nearby UPS facility 7811 Willow Springs Road, Hodgkins IL. A River Thru History is an early American party with all the trimmings! Join this festive gathering of fur trappers, settlers, craftsmen, and entertainers along the banks of the Des Plaines River. ARiverThruHistory.com
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Ottawa, IL – Pick Us!
Nestled along the Illinois and Fox River, lies the best kept secret of the Midwest. Lush plantings and butterfly gardens line the streets filled with boutique shops and modern eateries. Stand in the shadows of Honest Abe and the Little Giant then learn the fine art of blown glass and craft brewing. Renowned architecture, massive murals, live music and theater bring culture to life in this historic canal town. Join us throughout the year! Ottawa Visitors Center – 1028 LaSalle St – Ottawa, IL. www.pickusottawail.com 815.434.2737
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Monster Mash in Bensenville
Get in the Halloween spirit at the Bensenville Park District’s Monster Mash! Take a trip through the Halloween-themed activity walk through the Deer Grove Leisure Center and into the gym where kids of all ages will enjoy FREE family activities, including carnival games, live animals, inflatable bounce houses and much more! 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, October 29. Deer Grove Leisure Center. 1000 W. Wood St., Bensenville. www.BvilleParks.org
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Apple Holler
Pick your own memories at Apple Holler orchard, family farm and wedding venue while enjoying 78 acres of fresh air & wide-open spaces! Enjoy great comfort food touched by the magic of apples at the Red Barn Restaurant and Bakery Café. Four seasons of family fun for visitors to enjoy all year long! Apple Holler is the ideal rustic wedding venue located between Chicago and Milwaukee, WI, right off of I-94 at Exit 337, simply follow the signs to the FUN! (5006 S. Sylvania Ave. Sturtevant, WI 53177) Call (262) 884-7100 or visit www.appleholler.com for further information.
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Arlington Heights: Your Fall Destination for Shopping, Dining, and Entertainment!
The Village of Arlington Heights is your home for Chicagoland’s best shopping, dining, and entertainment! Discover our one-of-a-kind Downtown ambiance with some of the most unique boutique stores in the Chicago suburbs. Live music, theater, and comedy are all showcased at the intimate Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. And savor Chicagoland’s best outdoor dining experience with Arlington Alfresco, concluding with live music, great eats, and family fun at Harmony Fest and the Taste of Arlington Heights on September 30 and October 1!  For more great experiences, visit www.DiscoverArlington.com.
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Volo Museum
For over 62 years, the world-famous Volo Museum’s 45 exhibits and 10,000 mechanical marvels guarantee to have something rare and amazing for everyone. Spend the day with hundreds of rotating classic cars, modern muscle cars and Hollywood vehicles, Jurassic Gardens indoor dinosaur experience, a hand-carved 1928 carousel hall, ice cream parlor, military museum, Disney display and massive Antique mall. Open daily 10a to 5p. Visit www.volofun.com for more information. 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo, IL.
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Keller’s Farmstand
Keller’s Farmstand is a local day trip that everyone will enjoy! Come any day for apple picking at one of Chicago’s largest orchards or pick a pumpkin in our HUGE pumpkin patch. On weekends, explore our eight-acre corn maze, bring the kids to our Farmland playground, enjoy storytelling with a mime artist, and see the horses and animals. Our Farmstand is open daily with unique foods and homemade donuts on weekends! It’s safe outdoor fun for the whole family! Open through October 30. Tickets at www.KellersFall.com.
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Fall Fun for Everyone in Downtown Aurora!
Aurora Downtown welcomes you this fall with free events for everyone to enjoy. Join us at First Fridays, a night of art, music, and more throughout downtown Aurora. Visit Sugar Skull City from October 15 to November 6 and enjoy Day of the Dead activities. Trick or Treat at downtown businesses from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 29. Enjoy family-friendly events all year-round in downtown Aurora. Follow us on Facebook at Aurora Downtown. www.auroradowntown.org .
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Celebrate Fall in Naperville
Indulge with your favorite dish this fall at one of our 300 restaurants throughout Naperville! There’s nothing better than fall in Naperville, so why not make it better by swinging by one of our restaurants? You can always find a place that will appeal to your taste buds. Find more restaurants and information at www.DineNaperville.com.
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Naper Settlement
Fall is the perfect time to visit Naper Settlement with a variety of special events for visitors of all ages including Octoberfest (September 30-October 1), All Hallows Eve (October 14-15), Howlin’ at the Moon (21+ event, October 21-22),  Trick or Treat at Naper Settlement (October 30), and more! For more information, visit www.NaperSettlement.org/Events.
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Visit Kenosha
Fall in love with Kenosha, WI during the autumn season. Enjoy the crisp air at as you hike through county parks, take a swing at one of our many golf courses, or roll along a lakefront bike path. Savor the tastes and style of boutique shops, spend an evening at the theatre or comedy club, and ride a pedal tavern or electric streetcar for a tour of the downtown area. Plan your getaway at www.VisitKenosha.com.
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DuPage Event Center and Fairgrounds
The DuPage Event Center and Fairgrounds is “The Place Where Community Gathers”. For the past 68 years a wide variety of events have called us home. From Train Shows, Toy Shows, Civil War Show, Craft Shows, Quilt Shows and many more. We also support many area non-profit events that have a positive impact on our community. We continue to look for new activities to bring to the grounds, and welcome you to join us. Find upcoming events at www.dupagecountyfair.org.
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Harvest of the Acorn Moon Festival
Celebrate autumn’s arrival at this family-friendly festival featuring: Pumpkin Painting, Mule-drawn Hayrides, Games, Nature Crafts, Guided Hikes, Folk Music, Refreshments. Sunday, Sept. 25, Noon – 3 p.m.  Admission is FREE; nominal fee for crafts and refreshments. No registration required. Oakhurst Forest Preserve, 1680 Fifth Ave., Aurora. www.kaneforest.com.
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Autumn on Parade
Folks will be “Fallin’ for Oregon” on October 1st and 2nd during the 51st celebration of this FREE family friendly event! From our Fun Zone, Food Court, and 5K to Crafters Market, Auto Classic, and Antique Tractors, there’s activity and options for all!

Check out our 21 and older Beer Garden on Saturday only. Our Harvest Time Parade steps off at 1 p.m. on Sunday! Full schedule and details at www.autumnonparade.com.
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Siegel’s Cottonwood Pumpkin Farm.
A day of “affordable fun on the farm.” Come “Harvest Family Memories” starting Sept. 24th – Halloween. Admission includes 40+ UNLIMITED attractions for all ages to enjoy with plenty of meals and treats to eat. Wagon rides, farm animals, giant slide, trains, corn mazes, ziplines, play area and so much more. Grandparents FREE Monday – Friday with paid grandchild.  17250 Weber Rd. Lockport. 800-304-FARM. Check out events and more at www.ourpumpkinfarm.com.
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Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm
Enjoy family-friendly fall festivities at Blackberry Farm! Weekends in October & Columbus Day 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission includes all rides and attractions ,pumpkins can be purchased for an additional cost. Check the Blackberry Farm website or Facebook page for a detailed schedule of events. All ticket sales are final. 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora. www.blackberryfarm.info.
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Kuipers Family Farm
Season begins August 27th with our Sunflower Festival.  Visit the orchard for apple picking (Saturday, Sunday & holidays. Check website for weekday picking) and fresh apple cider doughnuts, home-baked pies, fudge, farm-pressed apple cider and hand-spun caramel apples from The Orchard Shop and Bakery. Sample our hard ciders & fruit wines at The Bin Tasting Bar! Take a scenic ride around the farm on The Farmview Railroad! September 17th over 30 farm-themed activities open at the Pumpkin Farm. FREE PUMPKIN with a paid admission in October! Exclusions apply.  Save $ and buy tickets online.  www.YouPickFun.com for more information.
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Curtis Orchard
Curtis Orchard in Champaign offers fun for everyone through December 23.  Activities include apple and pumpkin picking, kids and toddler play areas, farm kittens, goats, and mazes.  September and October weekends bring rack wagon rides, pony rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, inflatables and air cannons. Eat lunch in our café, visit our bakery and then shop our beautiful country store. You’ll find local gifts, specialty foods, cider and preserves to take home. www. curtisorchard.com.
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LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago
Stepping into LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago is like you’ve just jumped into the biggest box of LEGO bricks ever! With over 3 million LEGO bricks under one roof and 2 stories of EPIC LEGO play, what will you discover? To see what else we have to offer, check out www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/chicago/ ! Be sure to buy tickets online to guarantee your entry. Located at 601 N. Martingale Road, STE 130 Schaumburg, IL 60173.
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Abbey Farms
Create fall memories at Abbey Farms’ Pumpkin Daze! Abbey Farms offers safe fun for all ages on a huge farm with outdoor attractions that let you disconnect from the digital world. Explore Kane County’s largest corn maze, our weekend petting zoo, the Emporium Cafe, or our half-mile hayride. Enjoy the weekend craft beer & wine tent with live music, and take home some pumpkins or donuts! Located at 2855 Hart Rd., Aurora, IL. Visit www.abbeyfarms.org for more!
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Odyssey Fun Farm
Odyssey Fun World in Tinley Park presents Odyssey Fun Farm, just down the street! Amazing attractions include the  Corn Maize, Containment ‘Z’ Shooting Gallery, corn cannons, petting zoo, hayrides, rope maze and so much more. Fun for the whole family! The Farm will be open for FUN from 10am – 6pm starting Sept. 24 – Oct. 30! www.odysseyfunfarm.com Located at 18900 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park. 708-429-3800.
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Westmont Park District’s Fall Fun
Look no further than the Westmont Park District for bales of fall fun! Our Last Straw Fall Event kicks it off on Oct. 2… don’t miss this great, free, family event for all ages! For the brave ones, walk and ride through our Haunted Forest on Oct. 22. Little ghouls and goblins can attend our annual Spooktacular Fun Night for trick-or-treating, games, and more on Oct. 31. For more info call 630-963-5252 or visit www.westmontparks.org .
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Downers Grove Park District  Autumn Events
Enjoy a day out with your pup at Fishel Park on Sept. 10. Explore the allegedly haunted Downers Grove Museum and Main Street Cemetery on Oct. 7 at Specters and Spirits. Children ages 3- 9 are welcomed to kick off Halloween by learning some dance moves at the Monster Mash Dance Party on Oct. 29. Trick-or-Treat at the Downers Grove Museum on Oct. 31. For more information, visit www.dgparks.org.
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Autumn Drive
The 34th Annual Autumn Drive is a Fall Festival for the whole family. On October 14-16, from 9 am to 5 pm, in Rural Woodstock/ Marengo in McHenry County, Illinois, the country colors come alive and our neighborhood turns into an eclectic collection of talents. With a leisurely country drive from homes to farms you can discover: antiques, art, crafts, pumpkin patches, apple picking, corn mazes, food, music, and even garage sales and barn sales. For many more details, maps, and stories check out our web site at www.autumndrive.net. And Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/autumndrive.
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Park Forest Art Fair
One of Chicagoland’s treasures, the Park Forest Art Fair, will be held September 17 and 18 from 10 until 5, on the Village Green and along Main Street.  The fair features artists exhibiting in a variety of media from painting, printmaking and photography to sculpture, woodworking, glass, fabric art and jewelry. The fair is family friendly and features a “kids’ art alley” offering several crafts projects, drawing and a face painter. Of special interest to young people, some of the artists will be demonstrating their art techniques during the fair.  This includes a sculptor who works in stone and a doll maker. On Saturday, the Village hosts a music fair. For additional information www.tallgrassarts.org or call the Tall Grass Gallery at 708-748-3377.
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TOM’s Farm Market
TOM’s Farm Market is a fun day for everyone! During October, you can pick your own pumpkins from our fields and take a walk through our 6-acre corn maze. Spend some time enjoying our petting zoo, bouncy pillow, pedal tractors and other activities.  Our market is open every day with homemade soups, desserts & everyone’s favorite…Apple Cider donuts! We are open from March thru December, but October has all the extras, so visit www.TomsFarmMarket.com to learn more.
NEW DATE for Moonlight Corn Maze is October 15th (Rain date: Oct. 22)
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Primrose Farm Frolic
Experience farm life! Explore restored farm buildings, visit with farm animals, stroll through 100+ acres of historic and modern rural landscapes and climb up on a vintage tractor near the fruit orchard. Exciting and educational activities await you in the farmyard! Drop-in programs offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, featuring hand-milking a Jersey cow, gathering eggs from the chicken coop, grooming a draft horse or feeding the animals. Sign up at www.primrosefarm.org/animal-adventures/.
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 Autumn Fest!
The Oak Brook Park District invites you to this year’s Autumn Fest! Saturday, Sept 17th. This free, family-friendly event will start with kid entertainment from the Hinsdale School of Rock Band from 2-3:30pm, juggler, face painter, carnival games, arts & crafts, hayrides, and more! Nashville Electric Band will be on stage performing from 3:30-5pm. All the while there will be food, beer, and wine available for purchase. www.obparks.org/special-events/autumn-fest.
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Midwest Pond & Koi Society
The Midwest Pond & Koi Society, MPKS, are families with a common hobby: koi ponds, garden ponds, koi keeping, and plants. MPKS members range from the novice to experienced water gardener. The club has monthly meetings with topics about plants, ponds, and fish. Other activities include; auctions, road trips, and a pond tour. You do not have to be a member to attend a meeting. Visit our web site www.mpks.org for more information.
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Warrens Cranberry Festival
Warrens Cranberry Festival marks the 49th celebration! Sept. 23 – 25.  Located 8 miles northwest of Tomah off Interstate 94 West to Exit #135 in central Wisconsin’s “Heart of Cranberry Country”. The Festival is perhaps best known for its shopping of over 800 arts and crafts booths (unusual works of art), 300 flea & antique booths (primitives, pottery and antiques), 100 farm market booths (fresh fall produce) and 100 food vendors that make for a three-mile shopping extravaganza! Free a guided tour to see a cranberry marsh on Friday & Saturday and Sunday morning. Sunday the parade is at 1pm. Visit us at  www.cranfest.com.
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Kidzmax
Kidzmax is Chicago’s newest one-stop shop for quality, recycled products your kids and teens will love to wear year-round. At kidzmax.com, you’ll find an amazing selection of clothing, outerwear, footwear, equipment, and much more, at up to 80% of retail prices. Original tags are on over 80% of the products, and the prices can’t be beat. Go to www.kidzmax.com today, and see why Chicago moms have given kidzmax.com a 4.9-star Google rating.
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WhirlyBall – Naperville
Whether you’re celebrating a loved-ones birthday, a team-building event, or a holiday party, WhirlyBall Naperville has you covered for non-stop fun! In addition to WhirlyBall, there’s a multi-level LaserTag arena, eight bowling lanes, a four-lane VIP private bowling suite, and HyperBowling. Offering a relaxed yet elevated dining experience featuring fresh takes on classic American fare, an expansive collection of 24 rotating craft beer selections, and refreshing signature cocktails. Reserve your space today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800, WhirlyBall.com/Naperville
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Fleetwood Roller Rink – Summit
Fleetwood Roller Rink (established 1957) is a family-owned business. Our venue hosts public skating, birthday parties (our specialty) privates and fundraisers. We promote family fun for all ages plus for “health sake, roller skate” Come visit us and join in our fun.  Instruction available every Saturday at 1 pm   Check for our ongoing specials and public skating times. Located at 7231 West Archer Ave., Summit. 708-458-0300. www.fleetwoodrollerrink.com
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Midwest SOARRING Foundation
26th Annual Harvest Pow Wow
All welcome! Nov. 12 and 13, 2022. Come experience Native American culture at its finest. Listen to the sound of our drum and watch our Native dancers dressed in beautiful regalia. Our Pow Wow offers unique Native themed vendors with something for everyone. Come listen to Native flute playing, story- telling, try flint-knapping and other family friendly activities. DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton. Purchase discounted tickets at www.harvestpowwow.com/tickets.html.
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