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Your Complete Guide to Fall in Chicagoland.

Happy Official Fall! The Midwest may take a lotta heat for our horrible winters but nothing beats the Fall in these parts. Crisp air, delicious food, football, sweaters, honey crisp apples, boots, windows open...need I go on?

Perhaps you're a veteran or maybe you're a Midwestern virgin...either way, I've rounded up our favorite activities to do with family and friends this time of year. I recommend them all, I've done them all and I'll continue these traditions for as long as my children will let me hold their hand. Enjoy!

  1. Oktoberfest at the Hofbrauhaus in Rosemont
  2. Goebbert's Fall Festival: definitely bring the kids!
  3. Apple picking at County Line Orchard
  4. Pumpkinfest at Didier Farms
  5. High School Football: anywhere!
  6. Visit the Statesville Haunted Prison in Joliet: bring extra underwear!
  7. Eat Zullo's apple cider donuts at Green City Market
  8. Visit The Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest: they are trying to break the record for the most carved jack-o-lanterns!
  9. Visit Fright Fest at Great America: it looks a lot scarier than I remember!
  10. Take in the Fall foliage in Lake Geneva: we recommend a stay at Grand Geneva
  11. Jumping in leaves: FREE!
  12. Cheer on the runners at The Chicago Marathon
  13. Autumn Brews at the Botanic Garden
  14. Indulge in Bacon + Beer at Soldier Field
  15. Boo at the Zoo: bring a wagon for the kiddos and dress 'em up!
  16. Bake a pie
  17. Andersonville Dessert Crawl
  18. Attend the Really Big Halloween Party at Navy Pier
  19. Go to a Bear's Game

Happy Fall friends!