Fall is the perfect time to visit Chicago – fewer crowds, colorful scenery and cooler temperatures make it a popular destination during the vibrant, autumn months.
Popular September events include the annual World Music Festival, the contemporary/modern art fair EXPO Chicago and the culinary showcase Chicago Gourmet in Millennium Park. In October, don’t miss the month-long celebration of Chicago’s creative scene Chicago Artist’s Month, the cinematic highlight of the year Chicago International Film Festival and the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
The city doesn’t stop during the winter months. There may be a chill in the air, but bundle up and head out into the snow-filled winter wonderland. From the stores on Michigan Avenue and the Loop theaters to the neighborhood restaurants and bars, the city buzzes with activity — and great deals. Holiday shopping sales, hotel offers and free events citywide make it a bargain destination.
Plan your trip in November around kid-friendly Chicago events like the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade and holiday festivities including the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, Daley Plaza Tree Lighting and Macy’s seasonal window displays.
Holiday traditions continue into December, with visits with Santa, ice skating in Millennium Park and caroling at Cloud Gate. Throughout the season, take in the colorful sights and bright lights at Lincoln Park Zoo and Brookfield Zoo, or check out Navy Pier’s indoor amusement park Winter WonderFest.
Every day is jam packed with things to see and do in Chicago — search our Events Calendar below to find out what’s in store during your specific dates or build your itinerary around the featured upcoming events above.