Head to the Morton Arboretum for a trip around Europe at the Passport Europe Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22. Photo courtesy of the arboretum
Head to the Morton Arboretum for a trip around Europe at the Passport Europe Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22. Photo courtesy of the arboretum

Best Fall Festivals for Chicago Families

Fall harvest season brings a host of family-friendly street fairs, and festivals to Chicago—many of them FREE. From neighborhood fests honoring Chicago's diverse communities, like Pilsen's Mexican Independence Day Parade or the Ukrainian Village Festival, to festivals that dig deep into Chicago's thriving food and art scenes, like the World Dumpling Fest or Andersonville Arts Week, there's a celebration happening every weekend from now till Thanksgiving, with fun things for kids and families to do at each. Even Oktoberfest celebrations in Chicago, which might make you think of boozy crowds, make room for families with kids' zones and activities. And because it's fall, there's lots of apple crunching, pumpkin-peeping, and harvest celebrating to do, too...oh, and a little thing called Halloween.

Bookmark this list, which we'll update all season long with the best of fall for Chicago kids. And get your calendar and your favorite fall sweater ready!


Downtown Winfield
Church and Beecher Streets
Winfield , IL 60190

Downtown Elmhurst
York Street between First and Second
Elmhurst , IL 60126

Tinley Park Oktoberfest
18001 S. 80th Avenue
Tinley Park, IL 60477

Proksa Park
3001 S. Wisconsin Ave.
Berwyn, IL 60402

Altenheim
7824 Madison Avenue
Forest Park, IL 60305

Barrie Park
1011 S. Lombard
Oak Park , IL 60304

Ukranian Village
2200 block of W. Superior St. between Oakley Blvd. and Leavitt St.
Chicago, IL 60612

Division St. between Damen Ave. & Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Auburn-Gresham
79th Street between Racine and Loomis
Chicago, IL 60620

Downtown Downers Grove
Main Street between Curtiss and Maple
Downers Grove , IL 60515

Stone Avenue Train Station
701 W. Burlington Avenue
LaGrange, IL 60525

Graue Mill & Museum
3800 York Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523

McAninch Art Center
425 Fawell Boulevard
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St. Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd Floor South
Chicago, IL 60602

Pilsen
18th St. & Newberry Ave. to Wolcott
Chicago, IL 60608

Ravenswood
Ravenswood Ave. and Leland Along Ravenswood between Irving Park Rd. and Leland
Chicago, IL 60613

Lakeview East
Broadway & Hawthorne Broadway from Belmont to Hawthorne
Chicago, IL 60657

57th Street between Woodlawn and Kimbark
Chicago, IL

Andersonville Commerical District
N Clark St. & W. Winona St.
Chicago, IL 60640

Downtown Oak Park
Marion Street between Lake Street and North Boulevard
Oak Park, IL 60301

Oak Brook Park District
1450 Forest Gate Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Morton Arboretum
4100 IL Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532

Saint Paul's Woods
6594 Oakton St.
Morton Grove, IL 60053

Daley Plaza
50 W Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602

Little Bean Cafe
1809 W. Webster Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

St. Alphonsus Church
4129 W. Wellington Ave. Corner of Southport, Lincoln and Wellington
Chicago, IL 60657

Polk Brothers Park
600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Lincoln Ave. & Lawrence Ave. Lincoln Ave. between Lawrence and Eastwood
Chicago, IL 60625

Skinner Park
1331 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Brookfield Zoo
8400 31st Street
Brookfield, IL 60513

State St. from Wacker to Van Buren
Chicago, IL 60605

Chicago Botanical Gardens
1000 Lake Cook Rd.
Glencoe, IL 60022

Instituto Cervantes
31 West Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60654

State and Lake
Chicago, IL

Trickster Art Gallery
190 South Roselle
Schaumburg, IL 60193

Chicago Architecture Center
111 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Facets
1517 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

Instituto Cervantes
31 West Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60654

401 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Navy Pier Festival Halls A + B
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611