Chicago Living

Fall Activities Close to Chicago

The fast-approaching autumn offers a plethora of activities for Chicagoans trying to squeeze as much outdoor time in as they can before winter arrives. Here are some of our favorite things to do around Chicago this fall:

Go to (and Tailgate at) a Bears Game – with the kickoff of the season, hardcore fans begin to line up well before games to share drinks and prepare for the festivities. Drop by Soldier Field (1410 Museum Campus Dr.) well before the game and make some friends.

Visit a Pumpkin Patch – pumpkin picking is one the fall’s staples, and while there aren’t any options close to the city’s center, For those on the North Side, Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm (40 W. Higgins Rd., South Barington) isn’t too far, and for Southsiders, Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm (13341 W. 151st St., Homer Glen) is a great option. Both offer other activities as well, such as hayrides and corn mazes.

Watch the Leaves Change – you can obviously do this anywhere, but going to a place where trees are prominent will enhance the experience. The Chicago Botanical Gardens (1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe) and Morton’s Arboretum (4100 Lincoln Ave., Lisle) both offer stunning landscapes that change noticeably from week to week in the autumn.

Apple Orchard Picking – what could be more fun than going to the orchard as a family and getting to walk away with bags full of fresh, delicious apples? The All Seasons Orchard (14510 Rt. 176, Woodstock) is only an hour drive from Chicago, and will even give you a wagon ride into the orchard.

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