Fall in Chicago

Fall is a beautiful season here in Chicago, when trees are painted by bright brushstrokes and the final hot days hit us with warm, sunny weather before the big chills set in. There is so much to see and do in the fall in Chicago. Celebrate this rich harvest season by taking part in one (or all) of the following six must-do activities for fall.

Celebrate Children's Books at the 57th Street Book Fair

On September 22, your favorite childhood storybook characters will descend upon 57th Street in the south side neighborhood of Hyde Park, home of the University of Chicago and former home of our nation's president. What started as a back-to-school celebration over 26 years ago is now a festival that celebrates the joy of reading. Local booksellers and community organizations sponsor book giveaways, author signings, a parade of storybook characters and more. 

Shop for Fall Goodies at a Farmer's Market

Farmer's Market

Chicago is lucky to have a number of farmer's markets, offering fresh fruits and veggies galore. In the fall, stock up on colorful (and tasty!) pumpkins and gourds, local apples, ciders and even fresh-baked apple pies. The Green City Market and the Logan Square Farmer's Market are our family favorites. 

Learn More About Sustainable Living and Urban Farming at the Garfield Park Conservatory Harvest Day Celebration

On Saturday, September 7, learn how to keep bees, care for city goats, collect eggs from home-grown chickens, make compost and more at this activity-filled celebration of the harvest. Your family will feel like you've stepped into the country as you set off on a horse-drawn carriage ride, swap recipes, and make corn husk crafts. 

Check Out a New Museum Exhibit

Museum of Science & Industry

There are so many family-friendly exhibits opening this upcoming autumn. 

Meet the Shedd Aquarium's Newest Stars...Dogs!

Locally rescued dogs are the stars of the Shedd's newest aquatic show, One World. Animal interactions with trainers and videos will highlight the Shedd's rescue work and the parallels between caring for marine animals and canines.

Pack a Picnic and Enjoy the Fall Colors in a Chicago Park

Picnic on the River

Experience the beauty of the trees as they change into their autumn best at a Chicago park. Lincoln Park is the perfect spot to spread out a blanket and enjoy an outdoor meal since you can tie in a visit to the free zoo. But everywhere you go in Chicago, there is a park waiting to host your next picnic."

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