Chicago Fall Fun - Fall Events and Activities

Posted: September 24, 2020

There's plenty of Fall Fun to be found this year! All around Chicago, there are tons of great family-friendly events taking place including pumpkin patches, scarecrow walks, pumpkin fests and more. We've rounded up some of this Fall's best family fall fun. See our picks, and see a full listing on our Fall Fun calendar page!

Events will be following safety guidelines, so be prepared to social distance and wear your mask! Check with individual locations for specific policies. 

September 14 - October 30
Fall Fun at Dollinger Farm
Dollinger Family Farm, 7502 E. Hansel Rd., Channahon
Come and find your perfect pumpkin, plus a wide variety of gourds, squash, corn shocks, straw bales, mums and mini pumpkins. The playground offers oppportunities for kids to slide, jump, run, climb, sail in our Pirate Ship, conquer the Castle, hide in the Hobbit Hole, crawl through our tunnel or sit in a Tractor. Kids can also see a variety of animals in the farm, visit the Bee Barn, and climb into the corn bin or Tipi. Additional weekend activities include train rides and hay rack rides and face painting. All ages. 10am - 6:30pm. See web site for pricing.

September 18 - November 1
Fall Fun at Bengston's
Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm, 13341 West 151st Street, Homer Glen
Open Sept 18-20 and Sept 25-November 1. Enjoy fall fun with a relaxing Tractor pulled Hayrack ride, pumpkins of course, a completely animated Haunted Barn, a giggling animated Fun Barn, the "famous" action-packed Pig Races (running 10x a day on the 1/2 hour), a Petting & Feeding Zoo, 3 Acre Crazy Corn Maizey & Pony Rides. The 90' Mega Fun Slide included with admission. All ages. Weekdays 11am - 9pm; Sat 10am - 9pm; Sun 10am - 8pm. See web site for pricing.

September 19 - October 31
Didier Farms, 16678 W. Aptakisic Rd., Lincolnshire
From pumpkins to autumn time hayrides, we provide a taste of the farm that you cannot get anywhere else. Come see the Animal Land Zoo or feed the birds in the Parakeet Exhibit, Check out the Silly String Asylum. Then get on board for a tractor drawn hayride that travels down the dirt farm roads through the corn fields where the friendly scarecrows stand, and get lost in our Corn Maze with all of its twists and turns, and even dead ends. All ages. See web site for schedule and pricing.

September 26 - October 31
Odyssey Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze
Odyssey Fun World Tinley Park, 19111 S. Oak Park, Tinley Park
The Odyssey Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze is built on a 110 acre real farm. This year's 15 acre corn maze design is “MAMBA OUT,” a tribute to Kobe Bryant Tribute. Other activities include Giant Pillow Bouncy, Expanded Barnyard Zoo, corn cannons, a cow train, Duck Races, hay rides, and pony rides (weekends) and more! All ages. 10am - 6pm. Fees for some activities.

October 1 - 31
Fall Color Festival and Scarecrow Trail
Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle
The Fall Color Festival celebrates the most brilliant season at The Morton Arboretum. Take in 1,700 acres of seasonal splendor, as hundreds of thousands of trees from 40 countries blaze with fiery orange, warm gold, and vivid crimson. During October, reserve a timed-entry passes and walk the Scarecrow Trail, showcasing scarecrows created by local scout troops and school groups.

October 1-31
Pumpkin Fest
Cosley Zoo, 1356 Gary Ave., Wheaton
Come out to Cosley Zoo this fall and enjoy the colors of the season, see the animals, and pick out your pumpkin. Pumpkins, gourds, apples, cider, corn stalks, and straw bales are all available for purchase. During regular hours. Regular admission rates apply with fees for rides. Capacity in the zoo is limited. All individuals will need a reserved ticket. Walk-up tickets will not be available. All ages. Regular admission applies.

October 1 - November 1, Thur-Sun
Fall Fest
Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago
Make a free reservation to visit the zoo this fall to stroll the one-way trail and cherish the fall ambiance without the crowds. This year, Lincoln Park Zoo will be adorned with carved pumpkins, corn husks, and hay bales—not to mention the crisp autumn breeze rustling orange and yellow leaves and fall temperatures favorable for outdoor animal viewing. Experience the new Pumpkin Walk, a beautifully designed path through Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo (one $3 ticket required for entry), plus live professional pumpkin carvers on Saturdays. All ages. 10am - 5pm with reservation. FREE.

October 9-11
St. Charles Scarecrow Stroll
Downtown St. Charles, 450 W. Main Street, St. Charles
This year's Scarecrow Festival is now a stroll, with scarecrows positioned to encourage social distancing. Other events include a Drive-In Concert in partnership with the St. Charles Park District, a scavenger hunt throughout the downtown, a pumpkin carver who will be live streamed from a roped area, and a photography station in Lincoln Park. Kids can also enjoy Scarecrow in a Box, which provides materials to make a scarecrow at home, in place of the traditional “Make-Your-Own- Scarecrow” station. All ages. See web site for schedule.

October 24-25
Ghost Hunt
Kohl Children's Museum, 2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview
The Kohl Children's Museum Women's Board presents a safe and secure alternative to trick-or-treating this year with the first-ever Ghost Hunt in our outdoor haunted Habitat Park. Featuring One-way path through the 2-acre park; Timed entry for plenty of social distancing between families; 11 trick-or-treat stations; and more than a dozen ghostly friends hidden along the way. Costumes encouraged. All ages. 3-7pm. $15/child.