8 Things to do in the City & Western Suburbs: September 29

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!

Sip and Stroll at the Morton Arboretum

Celebrate the season at The Morton Arboretum’s Fall Color Wine Tasting event. Enjoy a variety of wines in the midst of the stunning autumn scenery. It’s the perfect way to unwind and savor the beauty of fall while exploring different wines. Whether you’re a wine enthusiast or simply looking for a relaxing outdoor experience, join us for this delightful event.

Date: September 28 
Time: 5PM 
Cost: $60+ 
Location: The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle 
More info: mortonarb.org

Celebrate Downers Grove at Alter Fest 2023

Don’t miss Alter Fest 2023 in Downers Grove! This year’s festival promises an incredible weekend of family-friendly fun, live music, delicious food, and a vibrant marketplace. From thrilling rides and games to a great lineup of musical performances, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Dive into mouthwatering cuisine, browse unique crafts, and create lasting memories with friends and neighbors!

Date: September 30 
Time: 5-10PM 
Cost: $35 
Location: Alter Brewing Company, 2300 Wisconsin Ave, Downers Grove 
More info: eventbrite.com

Puppy Power at Paws on the Parkway

Get ready for a tail-wagging good time at Paws on the Parkway in Naperville! This delightful gathering is a celebration of all things furry and fun, where pet owners and animal lovers can enjoy a day of four-legged festivities. With pet-friendly vendors, fun activities, and adoption opportunities, there’s something for pets and their humans alike.

Date: September 30 
Time: 12-4PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: CityGate Centre, Ferry Rd and CityGate Ln, Naperville 
More info: citygatecentre.com

Get Wild at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Fall Fest

Step into a world of autumn enchantment at the Lincoln Park Zoo Fall Fest! You’ll find many fun seasonal activities, including pumpkin patches, hayrides, animal encounters, and a marketplace filled with treats and crafts. Whether you’re admiring the animal exhibits or enjoying the crisp air while sipping on warm apple cider, the Lincoln Park Zoo Fall Fest promises a memorable, autumnal experience!

Date: Opens September 29 
Time: 10AM-5PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Lincoln Park Zoo, 2234 N Cannon Dr 
More info: lpzoo.org

A Night at the Theatre at Congo Square

Welcome to Matteson, the captivating play produced by Congo Square Theatre and written by Inda Craig-Galvan, invites audiences on a poignant and thought-provoking journey into the heart of a suburban community facing profound challenges and transformation. With a blend of humor, heartache, and hope, this play is a gripping theatrical experience that beautifully captures the essence of community.

Date: Runs through October 1 
Time: 2PM and 7PM 
Cost: $45+ 
Location: Abbott Hall Wirtz Theatre, 710 N DuSable Lake Shore Dr 
More info: congosquaretheatre.org

Enjoy the Wares at the Englewood Village Market

The Englewood Village Market offers an array of local flavors, artisanal crafts, and live music. With a range of vendors showcasing everything from fresh produce to handmade treasures, it’s a true celebration of the neighborhood. Come stroll the vibrant stalls, savor delicious bites and enjoy the fall weather!

Date: September 30 
Time: 10AM-2PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Englewood Village Plaza, 58th and Halsted St 
More info: eventbrite.com

Get into Spooky Season with A Walking Tour

Explore some of Chicago’s dark history with Haunted by Our Dark Side: Death, Depravity, and Dark Tourism. Discover the true stories behind Chicago’s most notorious figures and explore the origins of ghost stories and hauntings in the city. You’ll visit eerie interiors and places that bear witness to Chicago’s haunting past, from the Haymarket Affair to the Iroquois Fire, during the two-hour walking tour. Step into the shadows and join this spine-tingling journey through Chicago’s dark side.

Date: Every Saturday 
Time: 2:30PM 
Cost: $25+ 
Location: Starting at the Drake Hotel, 140 E Walton Pl 
More info: insidechicagowalkingtours.com

Bear Down with Harry’s Tavern

Kick off your Bears game in style with the Park, Tailgate, and Sail event at Harry’s Tavern at Navy Pier. Reserve a spot to enjoy a specialty tailgate menu, discounted parking for the game, and free water taxi tickets to get to and from Soldier Field in style. Enjoy your morning before the game with all fun and no fuss!

Date: October 1 
Time: Various times before the football game 
Cost: $20+ 
Location: Harry’s Tavern at Navy Pier, 700 E Grand 
More info: harrycarays.com


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