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Fall GO! Guide…

(Updated for this week…9/16 to 9/22)

Park Forest Art Fair
One of Chicagoland’s treasures, the Park Forest Art Fair, will be held September 18 and 19 from 10 until 5, on the Village Green. The fair features artists exhibiting in a variety of media from painting, printmaking and photography to sculpture, woodworking, glass and jewelry. This year, 19 artists will be participating for the first time. The fair is family friendly with “kids art alley” offering crafts projects and an art contest. On Saturday, the village hosts a music fest. On Sunday, folk artists “Patchouli” will perform. For info: www.tallgrassarts.org or call 708-748-3377

St. Charles Park District’s Farm Frolic
Don’t miss this year’s old-fashioned farmyard fun on Sept. 18 from 10am-3pm. All ages are welcome to celebrate the harvest season with pumpkin painting, pony rides, petting zoo, straw maze, tractor-drawn wagon rides, historic demonstrations, such as rope making, candle dipping, blacksmithing, corn shelling and more! Primrose Farm is located at 5N726 Crane Road in St. Charles, IL. Refreshments available for purchase. $10/person. Advance tickets sales: www.primrosefarm.org

Oak Brook Park District’s Autumn Fest
Save the date for Autumn Fest on September 18th from 2-5pm at 1500 Forest Gate Road! This free, family-friendly event will start with kid entertainment from 2-3:30pm with a DJ, Juggler, face painter, carnival games, arts & crafts, hayrides, and more! Feel Good Party Band will be on stage performing from 3:30-5pm. All the while there will be food, beer, and wine available for purchase. For more information visit www.obparks.org/special-events/autumn-fest

Sonny Acres Farm
Fall & Spooky Season is upon us! Sonny Acres Farm is open for their annual Fall Festival (September 18-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
Season begins August 28th 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 18th 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.

Oakhurst Forest Preserve
Join the Forest Preserve District of Kane County for a grand reopening celebration of Oakhurst Forest Preserve! The ribbon-cutting with take place on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome! Afterwards, enjoy our fall festival, “Harvest of the Acorn Moon,” from 12-3 p.m. We’ll have pumpkin painting, mule-drawn hay rides, outdoor games, nature crafts, folk music, guided hikes, and refreshments. Admission is free! There’s a nominal fee for crafts and refreshments. Oakhurst Forest Preserve is located at 1680 Fifth Ave., Aurora, IL 60504. For more information on both of these events, call 630-232-5980 or visit www.kaneforest.com.

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.

Harmony Fest, Downtown Arlington Heights
Save the date for Harmony Fest in downtown Arlington Heights, Oct. 1 & 2! Enjoy 50 vendors, amazing eats, and popular bands at this end of summer event that also marks the conclusion of Arlington Alfresco. https://www.facebook.com/events/1206869366485671/?active_tab=discussion

Scarecrow Fest in St. Charles, Illinois
The 36th Annual St. Charles Scarecrow Fest takes place Oct. 8-10, 2021 in downtown St. Charles. This family-friendly fall festival, famous for its unique scarecrow displays, features an array of activities for everyone to enjoy. The Fest continues to feature new attractions along with its signature events.  Come see why St. Charles, Illinois Scarecrow Fest has once again been named one of the country’s “Top 22 Fall Festivals to celebrate the season” by Country Living. St. Charles Business Alliance (630)443-3967 www.ScarecrowFest.com

Warrens Cranberry Festival
Warrens Cranberry Festival marks the 48th celebration! Sept. 24 – 26.  Located 8 miles northwest of Tomah off Interstate 94 West to Exit #135 in central Wisconsin’s “Heart of Cranberry Country”. “Making Memories Since 1973” the Festival is perhaps best known for its shopping of over 800 arts & 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. www.cranfest.com

Bensenville Park District’s Harvest Fest
Harvest Fest, on September 25 from 10:30am-6pm at Fischer Farm in Bensenville, is a family fun event which will feature live music, food, games, a petting zoo and all sorts of other Autumn activates. This event is sure to be one you and your family will not want to miss; tickets are only $10 per person. Visit www.BvilleParks.org for more info.

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
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.

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.

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.

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

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/

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

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!

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 October 3…don’t miss this great, free, family event for all ages! 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

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.

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

Fests and More Fall Fun…

(Updated for this week…9/16 to 9/22)

Tinley Park Oktoberfest – September 17-19. Authentic German Food, Domestic, Oktoberfest and Craft Beers, Carnival, Live Entertainment, and more! 108001 S, 80th Avenue, Tinley Park www.tinleychamber.org.

  • Oktoberfest – 9/17-19. Downtown Ottawa Hosted by Tangled Roots Brewing Co with an Ooompah band. Fun for the whole family. Ottawa. pickusottawail.com.
  • Fall Fest – 9/17-19. Carnival, free concerts, KidZone, Food, Free admission. DesPlaines. fallfestdesplaines.com
  • Pollyanna Oktoberfest – 9/18. Pollyanna beer, and live music all day, $10. Food for purchase from Weber Grill and Forgefire Adventure Dining. The Forge: Lemont Quarries. forgeparks.com
  • Autumn Fair – 9/18. 11am-3pm. Peck Farm Park. Crafts, games, hayrides, music, Free, Tickets purchased for pony rides, petting zoo and pumpkins. Geneva. genevaparks.org.
  • Farm Frolic – 9/18. 10am-3pm. All ages. Petting zoo, wagon rides, pumpkin patch, straw maze and games. St. Charles. primrosefarm.org.
  • Artfest – 9/18-19. Juried artists. Live music. Food. 10am-5pm. Michigan Ave., Chicago. amdurproductions.com.
  • Depot Days – 9/18-19. 12-5pm. Straw bale maze, wagon rides, gift shop, Vintage Automobiles. Lisle. Villageoflisle.org.
  • Goebbert’s Fall Festival – Mid-September-10/31. Pumpkin eating dinosaur, games, animals, duck derby, haunted house. South Barrington. goebbertsgardencenter.com/fall-festival.html.
  • Kuipers Pumpkin Farm Festival – 9/18-10/31. Hay rides, autumn treats, corn maze, pig races, Big Rig Pumpkin and a jumping pillow. Maple Park. kuipersfamilyfarm.com.
  • Autumn Fest. 9/8 – 2-5 PM. Kids activities, food vendors, DJ, carnival games. Oak Brook. obparks.org.
  • Riverwalk Fine Art Fair – 9/18-19. Outdoor juried art exhibition along the DuPage River. 10 AM-5PM. Naperville. napervilleartleague.com
  • Vintage Illinois Wine Festival – 9/18-19. More than 25 wineries, plus music and food. 11am-6pm Sat; 11-5pm Sun. Carey Memorial Park, Utica. vintageillinois.com.
  • FALLAPALOOZA – 9/19. Live music, petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables and airbrush tattoos. 1-5 PM. Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, wheelingparkdistrict.com
  • Windy Acres Farm – 9/19-10/31. Family fun, food, music, Grand Slam playground with zipline. Geneva. windyacresfarmstand.com.
  • Didier Farms Pumpkin Fest – 9/19-10/31. Mini Zoo, corn maze, farm stand, pig races,. Lincolnshire. didierfarms.com.

On Stage

(Updated for this week…9/16 to 9/22)

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. To celebrate and usher in this special season, the JLC will host an Open House on Sat., Sept. 18, 12-4:30 p.m. Single tickets for the JLC’s Professional Events in the Mainstage go on sale this same day. Tickets available at the JLC Box Office or by phone (847) 543-2300. Masks required. The fall 2021 season features:

  • Colin Mochrie’s HYPROV: Improv under Hypnosis. Fri., Oct.8 at 7:30 p.m. A unique comedy experience crafted from the audience’s uninhibited unconscious.
  • 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

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.

  • Napoleon Dynamite – 9.24
  • Melissa Etheridge – 10.6
  • 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


Overshadowed Theatrical Productions
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.

Fitness Events…

(Updated for this week…9/16 to 9/22)


  • Western Springs Tower Trot 10K, 5K, & Fun Run. Western Springs. wsprings.com/towertrot
  • Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk. Rockford and St. Charles. act.alz.org
  • Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk. St. Charles. act.alz.org
  • 4th Annual CrossTrail Classic 5K. Bolingbrook. bolingbrookparks.org
  • Fox Valley Kids’ Marathon 1.2-Mile Race. St. Charles. fvkids26.com
  • Clearbrook 5K Run/1 Mile Walk. Arlington Heights. clearbrook.org
  • NAMIWalks. Chicago. namiwalks.org
  • PAWS Chicago 5K. Chicago. pawschicago.org/5k
  • BT5K Your Way. Chicago. abta.org/get-involved/bt5k


  • Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk. Naperville. act.alz.org
  • Fox Valley Marathon, Half Marathon and 20-Mile Race. St. Charles. fv26.com
  • North Shore Century. Between Chicago and Wisconsin. evanstonbikeclub.org

Upcoming Fitness Events…

  • Hops for Hope 5K Beer Run/Walk – Saturday 10/2 at 12 pm. 5K run/walk w/local craft breweries and Party in the Park, USATF certified, Benefits Project Mobility, Mount Saint Mary Park, St. Charles. 630-464-2991 (direct line). www.hopsforhope5k.com
  • Montgomery 5K and 10K River Run – Sat., 10/2 – Pre-Race Registration Starts 7:30 AM. Race Starts at 9 AM. Portion of Proceeds to Montgomery VFW Post #7452, Montgomery Foundation and Rotary Club. Village of Montgomery, 200 North River Street. 630-466-6700. Montgomery 5K and 10K River Run. Montgomery. raceroster.com/events/2021/40232/montgomery-river-run
  • Rotary Run Charity Classic – Hinsdale’s 27th Annual Fun Family Race. A Run for Health. Sun. 10/3 at 8AM at The Community House, 8th and Madison, Hinsdale. 3K, 5K, and 10K Run / 3K and 5K Walk, Walk ‘N Roll & Mutt Strut. CARA certified. Benefits local and global charities. www.rotaryruncharityclassic.com
  • 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…9/16 to 9/22)


  • GARDENING Victory Garden –  Visit Naper Settlement every Thursday in September for programs on gardening, food preservation, and open-hearth cooking demonstrations located in the Victory Garden. Naperville. NaperSettlement.org
  • GARDENING Online Bulb Sale – 9/9 – 25. The annual Bulb Festival will be exclusively online this year. Shop from over 225 varieties of bulbs for curbside pickup in October Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe. chicagobotanic.org/bulb.
  • GARDENING Plant Giveaway – Wed – Sun through 09/30. Stop by the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden to pot up a featured plant seedling or seed to grow at home. 11 AM – 4 PM. Chicago Botanic, Glencoe. Chicagobotanic.org.


  • ADULTS Craft Brews at the Zoo –Craft beers featuring local and regional craft beer offerings, souvenir tasting glass, food, music and lawn games. 6 – 10 PM. Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago. lpzoo.org/events.
  • FAMILY Night at the Movies – Watch ‘Tom & Jerry’ outdoors on a big screen at Rotary Hill, 443 Aurora Ave. 7:15 PM.  Naperville. napervilleparks.org.
  • FAMILY Glow in the Garden at Nicholas Conservatory. Wear anything that glows for end of summer activities and paper lanterns. Rockford. Nicholasconservatory.com/glow-in-the-garden.
  • FUNDRAISER Golf for Goodness – Golf outing followed by a buffet dinner, awards and raffle. Benefits Lazarus House. Prairie Landing Golf Club, West Chicago. lazarushouse.net.
  • FUNDRAISER Rockin’ for the Pantry – The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry invites the community for an evening of fun and music featuring the bands of Glen Ellyn’s School of Rock. 6 – 9 PM. Faith Lutheran Church, Glen Ellyn. For tickets: GlenEllynFoodPantry.org.
  • ART Aurora Public Art Gallery – Thru 9/25. “Accelerating Inspiration: Art from Fermilab.” Highlights the connections between Art and Science. Third Floor Gallery. Aurora. aurora.il.us
  • EDUCATION Kohl’s Children’s Museum Mobile Learning – Travelling lab van to reach children in Lake County targeting locations where children are more at-risk due to lack of resources. Kcmgc.org
  • EXHIBIT Carnivorous Plants– Through 11/7. Learn about these unique plants and experience interactive sculptures. Nicholas Conservatory in Rockford Park District. Pre-purchase tickets for timed entry
  • EXHIBIT Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art – Museum is closed on Mondays and holidays. Explore the eternal beauty of Fossils, Mosaics, Gemstones and more. Oak Brook. lizzadromuseum.org.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • ADULTS Craft Brews at the Zoo – Craft beers featuring local and regional craft beer offerings, souvenir tasting glass, food, music and lawn games. 6 – 10 PM. Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago. lpzoo.org/events.
  • ART Park Forest Art Fair – Variety of media from painting, photography, sculpture, woodworking. Downtown Park Forest on Main St. between Western Ave. and Orchard Dr. 10 AM – 5 PM. Park Forest. tallgrassarts.org
  • ART Artfest Michigan Ave – Juried artists in a variety of mediums. Live music. Food. 10 AM – 5 PM. Michigan Ave., Chicago. amdurproductions.com.
  • ART Riverwalk Fine Art Fair – Outdoor juried art exhibition along the DuPage River. 10 AM – 5PM. Naperville. napervilleartleague.com
  • FAMILY Let’s Go Loco – Discover the fun of trains and do fun train activities. 12 – 5PM. Bensenville Railroad Museum, Bensenville. Bville.org
  • FAMILY Jurassic Fest – A dino-packed afternoon of Jurassic inspired games, crafts, inflatables, and more. 1:30 – 3 PM. Vaughan Athletic Center, Aurora. Register Foxvalleyparkdistrict.org
  • FAMILY Smithsonian Museum Day – Self-Guided Tour – Up to 2 Free Admissions per ticket – Free Admission 10 AM to 5 PM. Tickets can be downloaded at: smithsonianmag.com/museumday.
  • FUNDRAISER Evergreen Gala – Wine and dine around the lake, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, demonstrations and more. 5:30 – 10 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. mortonarb.org
  • MOVIE Family Movie Night – Grab your snacks, chairs and blankets for a free outdoor showing of ‘Lego Movie.’ Millennium Park in Lindenhurst. lindenhurstparks.org.
  • OUTDOORS Here We Go, A-Fossilling – Learn about different types of fossils and hunt for them in the park’s limestone areas. 1 – 3 PM. Atwood Park, Rockford. atwoodpark.org.
  • 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
  • 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


  • ART Riverwalk Fine Art Fair – Outdoor juried art exhibition along the DuPage River. 10 AM – 5PM. Naperville. napervilleartleague.com
  • ART Park Forest Art Fair – Variety of media from painting, photography, sculpture, woodworking. Downtown Park Forest on Main St. between Western Ave. and Orchard Dr. 10 AM – 5 PM. Park Forest. tallgrassarts.org
  • ART Artfest Michigan Ave – Juried artists in a variety of mediums. Live music. Food. 10 AM – 5 PM. Michigan Ave., Chicago. amdurproductions.com.
  • FAMILY Car Show – Vintage cars, entertainment and food trucks. South Parking lot at Cantigny, 10 AM – 3 PM. Cantigny, Wheaton. Cantigny.org
  • SHOP Flea Market Frenzy – 9/19. 9am-4pm. Find hidden treasures among the antiques, furniture, tools, jewelry, video games. Skokie. skokieparks.org.
  • SHOP Jewelry and Accessories Show – Multi-vendor jewelry and accessories show featuring hand-crafted items. 10 AM – 4 PM Visitors’ Center at Cantigny., Wheaton. Cantigny.org
  • VIRTUAL LaGrange Home and History Tour – View 4 beautiful homes and the historic La Grange Theater from your own home. La Grange. Lagrangehistory.org/events/3087


  • FUNDRAISER – Golftoberfest – Golf outing fundraiser to benefit Tri City Family Services. 8:00 AM. Prairie Landing Golf Club. West Chicago. tricityfamilyservices.org.


  • ADULTS Swing Dance – 1940s swing dance lessons from Arthur Murray Dance Studio. 1:30-2:30 PM. Naper Settlement, Naperville. NaperSettlement.org.


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