The best things to do in the fall in Chicago

Fall in Chicago brings colorful leaves, lots of pumpkin and some of the richest cultural offerings of the year

Fall in Chicago
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Colorful leaves and dropping temperatures might be the most noticable things about fall in Chicago, but the season is also a great time to enjoy some of the city's best offerings. If you like throwing on a sweater and spending time outside, you can plan a day trip to a nearby pumpkin patch or apple orchard. Fall is also one of the best times for concerts in Chicago, when artists who skipped the summer festival circuit show up at some of the city's best music venues. Plus, once Halloween arrives, the holiday season is just around the corner. Celebrate the season with our guide to fall in Chicago.

Things to do this fall

Where to see the best fall foliage in Chicago
Things to do

Where to see the best fall foliage in Chicago

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

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
Kids

Get lost at these corn mazes near Chicago

Venture out of the city for some quintessential fall fun 

Pumpkin patches near Chicago
Kids

Pumpkin patches near Chicago

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

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John Kerry and Amber Tamblyn top the Chicago Ideas Week lineup

Find out who will be taking the stage at the annual festival of ideas

An outdoor pop-up bar inside a corn maze is coming to Chicago
News

An outdoor pop-up bar inside a corn maze is coming to Chicago

Drink cider and get lost at this outdoor pop-up

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

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

The best Chicago beer festivals
Bars

The best Chicago beer festivals

Where to sample craft beers, ciders and more

Fall concerts

September concert calendar
Music

September concert calendar

Billy Joel, Childish Gambino, Hyde Park Jazz Fest and more

October concert calendar
Music

October concert calendar

Elton John, Fleetwood Mac and Gorillaz and more

November concert calendar
Music

November concert calendar

Kamasi Washington, Dirty Projectors, Red Bull Music Festival and more

December concert calendar
Music

December concert calendar

Thom Yorke, Travis Scott, Kurt Vile and more

Chicago Bears guide

Where to watch the Bears
Bars

Where to watch the Bears

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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

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