Embrace the crisp fall days with exciting activities that’ll make your autumn glow. From checking out charming boutiques to savoring pumpkin spice treats at seasonal festivals, there is so much to see and enjoy. Venture into fall foliage trails and local landmarks to infuse a dash of adventure into your autumn plans. Don’t miss out on these activities scheduled for this weekend to fully savor the changing leaves!
Get Jazz-y at Hyde Park Jazz Fest
The Hyde Park Jazz Fest is a celebration of music and culture, that brings together world-class jazz artists and local talent for a weekend of soul-stirring performances. Beyond the music, attendees can enjoy delicious local cuisine, explore artisanal crafts, and revel in the atmosphere that makes Hyde Park Jazz Fest an early fall highlight.
Date: September 23-24
Time: Sat 1PM-12AM, Sun 1PM-7PM
Location: Hyde Park, Woodlawn Ave and Midway Plaisance
More info: starevents.com
Celebrate the City with Chicago Live!
The Chicago Live! Show at Navy Pier is a spectacle that captures the energy of the Windy City like nothing else. From world-class musicians and talented performers to amazing visual displays, the show weaves together a narrative that pays homage to the city’s diverse heritage. Audiences are treated to a breathtaking journey through the heart of Chicago, leaving them with a deep appreciation for the city’s enduring charm.
Date: September 23-24
Time: Sat 12-9PM, Sun 12-6PM
Location: Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave
More info: navypier.org
The 312 Block Party is Back at Goose Island
Named after the city’s iconic area code, the 312 Block Party transforms city streets with music, food, and artistry. Featuring an eclectic lineup of local and nationally acclaimed musicians, culinary delights from the city’s renowned food scene, and an array of visual and interactive displays, the 312 Block Party promises fun for everyone in your group.
Date: September 22-23
Time: Fri 5-10PM, Sat 4-10PM
Location: Goose Island Brewery, 1800 W Fulton St
More info: gooseisland.com
See the Magic of the Water Lantern Festival
The Water Lantern Festival is a magical gathering that lights up the night with hope and unity. Participants gather by the water’s edge in Humboldt Park with a lantern that can be personalized with a message. Beyond the mesmerizing visuals, this festival fosters a sense of connection as attendees celebrate life’s special moments, both big and small.
Date: September 23
Location: Humboldt Park, 1400 N Humboldt Dr
More info: waterlanternfestival.com
Bon Appetit at Chicago Gourmet
Chicago Gourmet 2023 is the premier food and wine festival in our city where top chefs, sommeliers, and artisans converge to showcase their culinary artistry. From gourmet tastings and expert wine pairings to engaging cooking demonstrations and immersive food experiences, this event offers a journey through the world of food and drink across the city. Whether you’re a dedicated foodie or a casual enthusiast, this event is not-to-be-missed!
Date: September 22-24
Time: Varies by Event
Location: Various Locations in Downtown Chicago
More info: chicagogourmet.org