It's never easy to say goodbye to summer. No more lazy days at the beach, no more diving into our local swimming pool. The kids are back in school and the days become busier than ever. Thankfully, fall is one of the best seasons in the city, offering hundreds of opportunity for family fun. Here are five things we're looking forward to this autumn in Chicago.
You don't have to leave the city to catch the amazing fall colors. Chicago's many parks put on quite a colorful show every Autumn. The Lincoln Park Zoo, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and North Park Village Nature Center are just three of many spots that promise plenty of trees dressed up in their Autumnal best.
Love the great outdoors? Love live theater? Theatre-Hikes combines the best of worlds with its off-the-beaten path performances, all held outdoors at some of the most scenic and interesting venues in Chicago. Instead of warming up a seat, theater-goers hike along pathways, where they encounter characters at stops along the way.
When you arrive at a Theatre-Hikes performance you are greeted a Hike Leader who will guide you down a short walk to the first scene of the show. You will sit for a bit and enjoy and then pick up your seats and walk to the next scene. Bring a blanket or a folding chair if you'd like; some venues are also open to hikers bringing along snacks and drinks.
This Fall, Theatre-Hikes presents Resurrected, a compilation of five famous Chicago scary tales - Resurrection Mary, Devil Baby of Hull House, Julia Petta, the Italian Bride and Francis Levy's Handprint. On Saturday and Sunday, September 27 & 28 at 1 p.m., the hike will explore Ravenswood Manor Park, just south of Francisco Brown Line stop. On October 25 & 26 at 8 p.m., the spooky hike will take place at the Pullman State Historic Site. For more info, visit Theatre-Hikes.org.
Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze at the Museum of Science and Industry
Patterns are everywhere ... if you know where to look! This fall, the Museum of Science and Industry welcomes a new permanent exhibit, Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze. Visitors will learn more about patterns that surround us, from the fractal branching found in places like the human body, to the underlying geometry of art and architecture. The exhibit's centerpiece is an 1,800-square-foot mirror maze, a sea of equilateral triangle chambers that repeat in a dizzying array of mirrors. The exhibit opens on October 8; entry is included in general museum admission, but will require a free, timed-entry ticket.
Fall Treats at Chicago's Farmers Markets
Chicago's farmers markets are wonderful year-round, but in the fall, there is no better place to stock up on harvest goodies. Our family enjoys shopping at the Logan Square and Green City markets most of all. We look forward to stocking up on apples, to transform into pies and lunchbox treats; cider, because nothing beats a cup of warm cup of apple cider on a chilly fall evening; and colorful pumpkins and squashes, for both baking and decorating.
Halloween in Chicago
Chicago is one of the best places in the world to celebrate Halloween, thanks to the many events and activities offered at our museums and cultural centers, as well as at our parks. Pumpkin patches, haunted houses, and costume parties make Halloween in Chicago a fun and spooky celebration!
Annie at the Cadillac Palace Theatre
The heart-warming tale of little orphan Annie is on tour and is coming to Cadillac Palace November 18 - 30 and we can't wait! Since its Broadway premier in 1977, Annie has delighted audiences worldwide with her positive outlook on life despite hardships. This brand new national tour features talented nine-year old actress Issie Swickle taking on the lead role. I know we'll be hearing the show's hit classics on repeat afterwards in our home, and I can't think of a better way to celebrate the end of autumn and usher in the holiday season. For tickets, visit broadwayinchicago.com/show/annie/