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The best things to do in the fall in Chicago

Fall brings colorful leaves, lots of pumpkin and some of the richest cultural offerings of the year. Here's your guide to autumn in Chicago.

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/erikccooper

It's been one hell of a summer, but there's nothing like fall in Chicago. Come September, the city's cultural offerings awaken from a sun-soaked hibernation and start delivering meatier, thought-provoking fare. It's time for you to wake up, too: There are new restaurants to try, art and theater shows to see, concerts to attend and more this fall.

Things to do this fall

Where to go apple picking near Chicago
Kids

Where to go apple picking near Chicago

Apple picking near Chicago is plentiful at these easy-to-reach farms

Get lost at these corn mazes near Chicago
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Get lost at these corn mazes near Chicago

Venture out of the city for some quintessential fall fun 

The best places to see fall foliage
Things to do

The best places to see fall foliage

Grab your camera and take in the vibrant reds and yellows before it's too late

Pumpkin patches near Chicago
Kids

Pumpkin patches near Chicago

Pick out the pefect pumpkin in time for Halloween at these pumpkin patches 

Five new Chicago restaurants and bars to get excited about this fall
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Five new Chicago restaurants and bars to get excited about this fall

Chicago's dining scene is showing no sign of slowing down

8 talks you need to see at Chicago Ideas Week 2017
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8 talks you need to see at Chicago Ideas Week 2017

This weeklong series tickles our brains in unexpected ways every year

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jill Soloway and more added to the Chicago Humanities Festival lineup
News

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jill Soloway and more added to the Chicago Humanities Festival lineup

Revolving around the theme of “belief,” the festival lineup leans toward political figures

11 reasons to be pumped for fall in Chicago
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11 reasons to be pumped for fall in Chicago

Why every true Chicagoan looks forward to fall

Month-by-month calendars

September
Things to do

September

October
Things to do

October

November
Things to do

November

December
Things to do

December

Fall events and holidays

Riot Fest
Music

Riot Fest

Go all-out at this weekend of rock, metal and punk

Oktoberfest events in Chicago
Things to do

Oktoberfest events in Chicago

Throw on your lederhosen and grab a stein

Halloween in Chicago
Things to do

Halloween in Chicago

The can't-miss events, costumes and Chicago traditions

Thanksgiving in Chicago
Things to do

Thanksgiving in Chicago

Turkey trots, restaurant feats and one big ol' parade

Chicago Bears guide

Where to watch the Bears
Bars

Where to watch the Bears

The very best spots in Chicago to spend your Sundays cheering on the Bears

17 new dishes to eat at Soldier Field, ranked from worst to best
Restaurants

17 new dishes to eat at Soldier Field, ranked from worst to best

Our ranking of 17 Soldier Field dishes, from pastrami to sausage sliders

23 things you'll never hear a Bears fan say
Sports and fitness

23 things you'll never hear a Bears fan say

But yes, you fans really do say "Da Bears"

The weirdest Bears stuff we could find on etsy
Shopping

The weirdest Bears stuff we could find on etsy

Bless you, Etsy crafters, for making these bizarre fan tchotchkes

See the complete Chicago Bears guide

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