Fall is one of the most wonderful times to live in Chicago - not only is there beautiful scenery as the leaves change, there are plenty of special events, festivals, and big games to follow. Football, hockey, and basketball are starting and baseball playoff season is heating up!
Current residents and visitors and can start by checking out Choose Chicago's calendar, where you can see what is happening each day of September and beyond.
There are Halloween celebrations for all ages, from Lincoln Park Zoo's "Boo! At The Zoo" to adults-only Halloween parties. The Haunted River tour can be a great neutral ground - it is a bit horrific, but not too much for most kids (and still fun for adults!). The greater Chicagoland area is home to plenty of other haunted houses, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and other seasonal activities as well. And you can't forget trick or treating - many neighborhoods (including Lakeshore East) have special events for kids and parents alike.
The Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, and Bulls seasons are also in full swing. Whether you attend a game in person or choose to watch them play at one of our city's many sports bars (all of which are full of passionate fans), you're bound to have a good time. You don't even have to be a local fan to enjoy the atmosphere, but it does help.
For the more culturally inclined, the Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago Artists Month, and Chicago Ideas Week (amongst many other niche events) occur during the fall as well. And of course, there are also plenty of special programs happening at the Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and many of the city's smaller niche museums and cultural centers.
And it is never too early to plan ahead for Thanksgiving. With some of the city's most established and desirable restaurants serving the classic fare, along with trendier options from Chicago's more contemporary spots, there is something for everyone if you don't want to cook at home. Avid chefs are also in for a treat - the city's farmer's marketers and many grocery stores have plenty of fall produce, turkeys, and other amazing local Midwest food. You just need to plan ahead!
How do you plan to enjoy autumn in Chicago?
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