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!
Head to Skid Row at Paramount Theatre
Step into the whimsical and carnivorous world of Little Shop of Horrors at the Paramount Theatre, where laughter, romance, and a Venus flytrap named Audrey II take center stage. This iconic musical comedy follows the life of Seymour, a lovable flower shop assistant, as he discovers a man-eating plant with a taste for blood and fame. With infectious tunes, toe-tapping rhythms, and a dash of dark humor, this production promises a night of hilarious and heartfelt thrills.
Date: Runs through October 15
Time: Varies by day
Location: Paramount Theatre, 23 E Galena Blvd, Aurora
More info: paramountaurora.com
Prost to Oktoberfest
Get ready for a festive weekend with traditional German cuisine, a variety of beers, and lively music. Friday night will echo with Oompah tunes, while Saturday offers pop-polka, country, and hip-hop beats. Enjoy family-friendly lawn games, professional pumpkin carving, and even a stein holding contest. Don your lederhosen and immerse yourself in this lively German festival!
Date: October 6-7
Time: Fri 5-10PM, Sat 3-10PM
Location: Naper Settlement, 523 S Webster St, Naperville
More info: napersettlement.org
Enjoy Spooky Season in Lombard
Join the Lombard Historical Society and the Lombard Park District for an enchanting evening at Lombard’s oldest cemetery for Tales and Tombstones. You’ll be led on a candlelit journey through the resting place of residents from over a century ago. Listen to intriguing tales of their lives, filled with the bizarre, admirable, and sometimes ridiculous, remarkably resonating with contemporary experiences.
Date: October 6-7
Time: Starting at 6PM at 15min intervals
Location: Lombard Cemetary, South Main St at Washington Blvd, Lombard
More info: lombardparks.com
Ready, Set, RUN!
The world-famous Bank of America Chicago Marathon is this Sunday! Follow the race route to watch some of the best runners in the world (and maybe a few of your friends and neighbors) pass through the city streets. Enjoy our beautiful downtown while supporting the runners with loud cheers, a sign, and some high-fives.
Date: October 8
Time: Starts at 7:30AM
Cost: Free to watch!
Location: Grant Park, 337 E Randolph, Downtown Chicago
More info: chicagomarathon.com
Rock Out and Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Indigenous Peoples’ Day Chicago is an annual artistic and cultural event that shines a spotlight on Native American musicians while advocating for the official recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Chicago. This event is a testament to the artistic and cultural pride within Chicago’s Native American and Indigenous communities, fostering a legacy for generations to come.
Date: October 8-9
Location: Chop Shop, 2033 W North Ave, Wicker Park
More info: skypeopleentertainment.com
Raise Your Glass at Lincoln Park Wine Fest
Indulge in a weekend of wine, music, and merriment at the Lincoln Park Wine Fest! This annual event invites oenophiles to savor a curated selection of wines from around the world while enjoying live music, gourmet bites, and fun activities. Whether you’re a seasoned wine lover or simply looking for a delightful way to spend a day outdoors, the Lincoln Park Wine Fest offers the perfect blend of flavors and entertainment.
Date: October 6-8
Time: Fri 5-10PM, Sat 11AM-10PM, Sun 11AM-7PM
Location: 1001 W Wrightwood Ave, Lincoln Park
More info: chicagoevents.com
Get Your Game Face on at Extra Life
Step into an immersive world at the Extra Life Chicago Gaming Convention, where players and enthusiasts unite for a weekend of epic adventures and camaraderie, benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. From tabletop classics to cutting-edge video games, attendees can engage in exciting tournaments, discover the latest releases, and connect with fellow gamers while raising money for a great cause.
Date: October 7
Location: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, 225 E Chicago Ave, The Loop
More info: helpmakemiracles.org
Brews with a View at Chicago Beer Fest
Raise your glass and savor the vibrant flavors of the Windy City at the Chicago Beer Fest! This annual celebration of craft brewing brings together beer enthusiasts from near and far to experience a diverse selection of brews. Attendees can sample an array of craft beers from both local and national breweries, all while enjoying live music and delicious food offerings.
Date: October 7
Location: The Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr
More info: thechicagobeerfestival.com