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Fall GO! Guide…

(Updated for this week…10/14 to 10/20)

Fall Fun for Everyone in Downtown Aurora!
Aurora Downtown welcomes you this fall with free events for everyone to enjoy. Join us each month at First Fridays, a night of art, music, and more throughout downtown Aurora. Visit Sugar Skull City from October 15 to November 7 and enjoy Day of the Dead activities. Stop by and see Santa at the Gazebo from 1 to 3 p.m. the first three Saturdays in December. Enjoy family-friendly events all year-round in downtown Aurora. Follow us on Facebook at Aurora Downtown. www.auroradowntown.org

Autumn Drive
The 33rd Annual Autumn Drive is a Fall Festival for the whole family. On October 15-17, 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. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/autumndrive

Richardson Farm
Richardson Farm in Spring Grove, IL is celebrating the Adventure Farm’s 20th Anniversary – 20 Years of A-MAZE-ING Farm Fun!  The farm offers a variety of activities and experiences for all ages.  Sure, we have the world’s largest and most intricate corn maze, but we have so much more to experience!  Train & Carousel Rides, Slides & Pedal Carts, Pig Races & a Petting Zoo, Fresh Donuts & Kettle Corn, Pumpkins galore, a Picnic Area with Campfires, a 700’ Zip Line, and more! Open Thursdays through Sundays from September 11th to November 7th plus Columbus Day.  Visit www.RichardsonFarm.com. Come visit our farm and be part of celebrating two decades of family fun and traditions!

Mid-Continent Railway Museum  LAST FALL WEEKEND TO RIDE TRAIN!
All aboard! Located near Wisconsin Dells, Mid-Continent Railway Museum welcomes visitors for a 55-minute ride aboard antique passenger train cars and to explore the museum’s railyard filled with dozens of beautifully restored trains from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Open Saturdays and Sundays thru Oct. 17. Autumn Color trains, Pumpkin trains, and other special events offered. Info at www.MidContinent.org or call 800-930-1385. E8948 Museum Rd., North Freedom, WI.

Westmont Park District’s Fall Fun
For those brave ones, walk and ride through our annual Haunted Forest Tour.  We are once again offering The Pumpkin Flotilla; families can carve a jack-o-lantern that will float on the Diane Main Park Pond.  Little ghouls and goblins can attend our annual Spooktacular Fun Night with games, costume parade and more on October 29. For more info call 630-963-5252 or visit www.westmontparks.org

Sonny Acres Farm
Fall & Spooky Season is upon us! Sonny Acres Farm is open for their annual Fall Festival (through October 31). Fun for all ages, the fest offers the chance to pick the perfect pumpkin, eat, drink and enjoy the various new amusement rides, haunted experiences, train and pony rides, a giant jumping pillow among much more! Located at 29W310 North Avenue, West Chicago, IL. 630-231-3859. For a full lineup of events, hours and activities, visit www.sonnyacres.com.

Kuipers Family Farm
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!  Over 30 farm-themed activities open at the Pumpkin Farm. FREE PUMPKIN with a paid admission! Exclusions apply. While supplies last.  www.YouPickFun.com for more information.

Oktoberfest and All Hallows Eve
at Naper Settlement
Traditional German cuisine and beer will be overflowing at Naper Settlement’s Oktoberfest! Celebrate fall inside a giant heated tent with German cuisine, live polka and rock music, themed contests, and local and traditional Oktoberfest beer varieties. During the day on Saturday, an expanded children’s area will have activities for the whole family! Naper Settlement transforms into a site for the eerie and bizarre at All Hallows Eve! Get ready to experience frightening attractions, spooky exhibits, and spine-chilling performances.  523 S Webster St, Naperville. www. napersettlement.org

Apple Holler
Pick your own memories at Apple Holler orchard, family farm and bakery café while enjoying 78 acres of fresh air & wide-open spaces! Various food and drink options available for purchase at the Apple Holler Bakery Café and outdoor applewood grill. Four seasons of family fun for visitors to enjoy all year long! Apple Holler is located between Racine and Kenosha, 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.

Shop, Dine, and Play in Arlington Heights!
The Village of Arlington Heights is open for business, offering an abundance of ways to shop, dine, and play! Discover our one-of-a-kind Downtown ambiance with some of the most unique and eclectic 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 atmosphere with Arlington Alfresco, concluding with live music, great eats, and family fun at Harmony Fest on October 1 and 2!  For more great experiences, visit www.DiscoverArlington.com.

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens
Savage Gardens
Explore the captivating real and imaginary world of carnivorous plants! The display features dozens of species, including Venus flytraps, pitcher plants, trumpet plants, butterworts, sundews, and more. Get a close-up view of these amazingly adapted plants while immersing yourself in this unique world, and experience larger-than-life interactive sculptures that will give you a “bug’s eye” view of these unique flora. Exhibit runs through November 7. Regular admission rates apply. Pre-purchase admission tickets prior to visiting encouraged. Reduced rates apply for children, youth, seniors, and veterans. Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. 2nd St., Rockford, IL. Call 815-987-8858 or visit www.nicholasconservatory.com/savagegardens for details.

Village of Lemont
You can’t fake real, and you don’t have to when you have the most picturesque terrain in Chicago and the best outdoor activities in the Midwest. Our downtown eateries, taverns, and shops are nestled into our hills and housed in original limestone buildings stamped with the names of families who have been here for generations. In these buildings, you’ll find local makers who took a leap to create one-of-a-kind food, shops, and adventures. We’re continuing this legacy of hustle into the future by investing in recreation, transit-oriented development, and state of the art waterfront parks. No matter where you find yourself in Downtown, you’ll always experience Lemont Real. YOU CAN’T FAKE REAL. Learn more at www.lemontdowntown.com.

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 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 Halloween, visit KellersFarmstand.com for more.

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/

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 abbeyfarms.org for more!

Whether you’re planning your next date night, work outing or family gathering, WhirlyBall Naperville has you covered for non-stop fun! In addition to WhirlyBall, there’s eight bowling lanes, a four-lane bowling suite, HyperBowling and a multilevel laser tag area. 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! www.WHIRLYBALL.com/NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800

The Forge: Lemont Quarries
The Forge: Lemont Quarries is a first-of-its-kind adventure park designed to deliver unique year-round outdoor activities. From ropes courses, ziplines, and climbing walls, to mountain biking, hiking trails, and adventurous dining options, The Forge: Lemont Quarries has something to Exhilarate, Educate, and Entertain adventurers of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Located near beautiful downtown Lemont, The Forge offers an outdoor experience unlike anything else. Head to www.forgeparks.com for more information.

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 on September 17th, Topic: Preparing your pond for fall and winter. Darien. October 15th,  Topic: Bonzai.Chandlers, Schaumburg. Visit our web site www.mpks.org for more information.

Fests and More Fall Fun…

(Updated for this week…10/14 to 10/20)

  • Autumn Drive – 10/15-17. Progressive festival with barnyards, farmhouse doors and studios open to the public. Garage and antique sales. Woodstock to Marengo. autumndrive.net.
  • Fall Fest – 10/15-17. Fall Fest parade, great food and music, arts and crafts, kids’ activities and classic car show. Sister Bay, WI. sisterbay.com.
  • Fall Fest – 10/16. Safety Town trick-or-treating, photo ops, fall games. The Depot at Wild Meadows Trace, Elmhurst. epd.org.
  • Escape the Mansion – 10/16. 1-9pm. Stephen Persinger Rec. Center. Use the clues to escape the haunted mansion before time runs out. $10R/$15NR. Geneva. genevaparks.org.
  • The Great Pumpkin Hunt – 10/16-17. Grab a list of clues and head to the forest to find the Great Pumpkin. Red Oak Nature Center, Aurora. foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.
  • Flea Market Frenzy – 10/17. 9am-4pm. Find hidden treasures among the antiques, furniture, tools, jewelry, video games and more. Skokie. skokieparks.org

Upcoming Fests…

  • STEM Fest – Saturday, Oct. 23, 10 A.M. – 4 P.M. Free family fun celebrating science, technology, engineering and math. Science demo shows, hands-on activities, expert speakers. Explore robots, weather balloons, VR technology and more! Northern Illinois University, DeKalb Campus.  www.Go.niu.edu/STEMFest

EXTRA!   Halloween Happenings

On Stage

(Updated for this week…10/14 to 10/20)

Overshadowed Theatrical Productions   FINAL WEEKEND!
Twelve Angry Men & Women
September 16 – October 16
It is 1959 and 12 jurors have been led into a jury room of a New York City court of law. They are given final instructions about determining the verdict in a murder case whose defendant faces the death penalty if found guilty. The defendant, a young man, is accused of killing his father; and, after a preliminary vote, all but one of the jurors presume he is guilty. They heatedly discuss the known facts of the case; and little by little the personalities, opinions, and biases of each juror become evident. Will this last juror obstinately stand his ground or can the others convince him otherwise. This production will be performed on alternate weekends as either Twelve Angry Women or Twelve Angry Men. Why two casts? Is it different to tell the same story if presented by one or the other? For tickets call the box office at 630-634-2100 or visit www.overshadowed.org. Overshadowed Theatrical Productions is at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois.

Rialto Square Theatre
Opening in 1926, it was originally designed and operated as a vaudeville movie palace, but it now houses musicals, plays, concerts, standup comedy, educational programs and more. The Rialto box office hours are 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and before shows.  For more information, call us at (815) 726-6600. For a complete listing of events in addition to the most current updates and to purchase tickets, please go to www.rialtosquare.com. The historic Rialto Square Theatre is located at 102 N. Chicago St. in downtown Joliet.

  • Hairball – 10.15
  • Friends! The Musical Parody – 10.19
  • Gary Levox: One on One Live – 10.21
  • Gary Allen – 11.4
  • Brian Culbertson, featuring Marcus Anderson – 11.17
  • MasterChef Live! – 11.19
  • My Name is NOT Mom – 12.9
  • “Home for the Holidays” at the Rialto  go to rialtosquare.com


The James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts
Since 1997, the JLC has hosted a wide array of quality, high caliber professional events and concerts, along with CLC music, dance and theatre department performances and productions. Single tickets for the JLC’s Professional Events in the Mainstage are on sale now. Tickets available at the JLC Box Office or by phone (847) 543-2300. Masks required. The fall 2021 season features:

  • Switchback. Sun., Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack perform traditional Celtic music and Americana songs.
  • The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass. Fri., Nov.12 at 8 p.m. A diverse, dream team of virtuoso musicians break the barriers between musical genres.
  • Ruth Page’s The Nutcracker. Sat., Dec.18 at 1 and 5 p.m. The quintessential holiday classic returns in this iconic and magical full-length staging.

The James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts reopens for its 25th Anniversary Season! Located at 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake, IL.  www.clcillinois.edu/tickets

Fine and Performing Arts Center at Moraine Valley Community College
“World-Class Entertainment”
Moraine Valley Community College’s Fine and Performing Arts Center, offers performances for everyone, with reasonable ticket prices and free parking. Enjoy world-class entertainment at our beautiful venue, without the hassle of driving downtown. This season’s lineup includes dance ensembles, an illusionist, the incomparable Ben Vereen, Jim Witter, multicultural performers, The Second City comedy troupe, cabaret, concerts by our instrumental ensembles and chorale, Theater Department productions and more. In our 600-seat Dorothy Menker Theater and the intimate John and Angeline Oremus Theater, every seat is a good one. Memberships are available. Many ticket prices include discounts for active military and veterans, as well as free options for any student with an ID. See our website for details. If you have never been to our center, we invite you to join us this season and prepare to be amazed! View the complete season at www.morainevalley.edu/fpac. Fine and Performing Arts Center at Moraine Valley Community College is at 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills

  • Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen – 10.16


Fitness Events…

(Updated for this week…10/14 to 10/20)


  • Light the Night Walk. Oak Brook. lightthenight.org
  • Scarecrow Scramble Nighttime 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Race. Lisle. lislepartnersforparks.org
  • Country Soul Half Marathon and 10K. Chicago. allcommunityevents.com/countrysolerun
  • Race to Cure Sarcoma. Rolling Meadows. p2p.onecause.com/chicago


  • Run with the Nuns 5K Run/Walk. Lemont. runwiththenuns.org
  • Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon and 5K Run. Naperville. runnaperville.com
  • JJC Foundation 5K Run and Walk. Joliet. Runsignup.com
  • Light the Night Walk. Glenview. lightthenight.org
  • VIRTUAL Walk for Wishes. illinois.wish.org
  • Run, Walk & Roll 5K/1Mile. Geneva. p2p.onecause.com/rwrgeneva
  • LUNG FORCE Walk. Wheaton. LUNGFORCEWalk.org/Chicagoland

Upcoming Fitness Events…

  • Healthy Driven FRAIDYCAT 5K GHOST RUN 8K & MEOW MILE – Sun., 10/24 – 9 A.M. approximate start in Downtown Oswego. 630-554-3505. info@oswegochamber.org. www.FRAIDYCAT5K.com
  • Moraine Valley Community College Health, Fitness and Recreation CenterHalloween 5K Run/Walk at 9 AM. Kid’s Dash Race at 10:15 AM. Sat., 10/30. USATF-IL certified. Family activities included! Palos Hills. www.morainevalley.edu/fitrec

Chicagoland Events…

(Updated for this week…10/14 to 10/20)


  • FAMILY Campfire Nights – 9/2, 9/9, and 10/14. An evening of zoo animals, night hikes, self-guided activities and s’mores. Lincoln Park Zoo 6:30 – 9 PM lpzoo.org/events
  • SHOP Recycled Art Sale – 10/14 – 23 Highland Park. Donations collected throughout the year are for sale in the style of a Parisian Flea Market. The Art Center, Highland Park. Theartcenterhp.com


  • FAMILY Elmhurst Art Museum – From 10/9 – 1/2/22Artistic, playable mini golf course. The Back 9. Make Tee times online. Elmhurst. elmhurstartmuseum.org/golf.
  • FAMILY Dinos Everywhere – Daily. Amazing life-like animatronics located throughout the park. Brookfield Zoo. Schedule visit at czs.org/dinoseverywhere.
  • OUTDOOR Walking Plays – Weekends through Oct. 31. Walk a 1.5-mile hike as actors perform “A Haunting in Sherwood Forest”. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. morton.org.
  • SHOP Recycled Art Sale – 10/14 – 23 Highland Park. Donations collected throughout the year are for sale in the style of a Parisian Flea Market. The Art Center, Highland Park. Theartcenterhp.com
  • EXHIBIT Train Saturdays – 9/18, 10/16 and 10/30. The HO Gauge Model Train features a detailed layout that covers 2,000 feet of track and highlights some of DuPage County’s railroads and landmarks. 1:30 – 3:30 PM. DuPage County Historical Museum. Wheaton. dupagemuseum.org
  • FAMILY Car Cruise Night – 9/2, 9/9, 9/16. Classic cars, food trucks, music and family fun! 5 – 8 PM. Konow’s. Homer Glen. konowscornmaze.com.
  • FAMILY Elmhurst Art Museum – From 10/9 – 1/2/22Artistic, playable mini golf course. The Back 9. Make Tee times online. Elmhurst. elmhurstartmuseum.org/golf.
  • HEALTH Lupus Support Group – Saturdays, 11 AM – 12:30 PM. Group meetings begin with education, sharing, then time to meet individually. Elmhurst.  Edward-Elmhurst Health. Lupusil.org
  • SHOP Recycled Art Sale – 10/14 – 23 Highland Park. Donations collected throughout the year are for sale in the style of a Parisian Flea Market. The Art Center, Highland Park. Theartcenterhp.com
  • TOUR Old Joliet Prison “Historical Tour” – 1.5 hour walking tour of the Old Joliet Prison. All tours are outdoors only for 2021. This tour talks about the general history of the prison from when it was first opened in 1858 to present day. Ages 10+. Joliet. jolietmuseum.org.


  • FAMILY Elmhurst Art Museum – From 10/9 – 1/2/22Artistic, playable mini golf course. The Back 9. Make Tee times online. Elmhurst. elmhurstartmuseum.org/golf.
  • SHOP Recycled Art Sale – 10/14 – 23 Highland Park. Donations collected throughout the year are for sale in the style of a Parisian Flea Market. The Art Center, Highland Park. Theartcenterhp.com


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