8 Things to do in the City & Western Suburbs: September 22

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!

Harmony Beyond Borders at Wheaton College

Head to Wheaton College to see the National Chorus of Korea as part of their Artist Series. Hailing from South Korea, this world-renowned ensemble brings the rich heritage and harmonious voices of their nation. The National Chorus of Korea’s performance offers a captivating blend of traditional Korean melodies and contemporary choral masterpieces that transcend language and borders.

Date: September 22 
Time: 7:30PM 
Cost: $33+ 
Location: Wheaton College, 500 College Ave, Wheaton 
More info: wheaton.edu

Outdoor Fun in Wheaton

Embrace the spirit of autumn with your little ones at the Fall Celebration Play Date! Dive into the wonders of nature with free time outdoors in the play patch. After they get their wiggles out, a provided picnic lunch will round out the morning’s activity. Come and revel in the magic of the season with your community!

Date: September 22 
Time: 10-11:30AM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Lincoln Marsh- Prairie Patch Play Area, 1000 W Lincoln Ave, Wheaton 
More info: lincolnmarsh.org

Sláinte to the Naperville Irish Fest

Get ready to don your green attire and tap into the rich heritage of Ireland at the Naperville Irish Fest! This vibrant celebration of Irish culture promises a day of lively music, traditional dance, and mouthwatering Irish cuisine. With activities for all ages and a genuine Irish spirit in the air, the Naperville Irish Fest is a fun cultural experience that leaves everyone feeling a little bit Irish for the day!

Date: September 22-23 
Time: Fri 3:30-8:30PM, Sat 12:30-8:30pm 
Cost: $10 
Location: Naperville Central Park, 104 E Benton Ave, Naperville 
More info: wsirish.org

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 
Cost: Free 
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 
Cost: Free 
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 
Cost: Free 
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 
Time: 4-8PM 
Cost: $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 
Cost: $70+ 
Location: Various Locations in Downtown Chicago 
More info: chicagogourmet.org


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