Welcome to October! The air is crisp, fall foliage in Chicago is about to reach its fiery zenith and it's officially spooky season: What more could you ask for? When you're not busy carving pumpkins and stomping on crunchy leaves this year, take advantage of the many drive-in movie theaters near Chicago, some of which are hosting film fests on everything from international cinema to horror and grindhouse. You can also celebrate Halloween at tons of creepy local attractions, like a path of lit-up jack-o'-lanterns at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Want to soak up some more time outdoors before temps really plummet? Hop in a car to check out the best pumpkin patches near Chicago, or plan out a walking tour of local architecture with the help of programming from the socially-distanced version of Open House Chicago. Bundle up in your favorite fall sweater and check out our guide to the best things to do in Chicago this October.
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