Best Fall Festivals in Chicago for Kids and Families

Apple Fest in Lincoln Square, photo courtesy of Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce.
Apple Fest in Lincoln Square, photo courtesy of Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce.

Fall harvest season brings a host of family-friendly festivals in Chicago—many of them FREE. From neighborhood festivals honoring Chicago's diverse communities, like Lincoln Square Ravenswood Apple Fest or Andersonville Homecoming, to kid-friendly festivals in Chicago that dig deep into our thriving food and art scenes, like the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts or Chicago Food Truck Festival, there's a celebration happening every weekend from now 'til 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 book-reading, pumpkin-peeping, and harvest celebrating to do, too...oh, and a little thing called Halloween.

Bookmark this long list of the best fall festivals in Chicago to do with kids. And get your calendar and your favorite fall sweater ready!

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Naperville Central High School

Andersonville Commerical District

The Morton Arboretum
Movies on the Lawn at Oakbrook Center
Oakbrook Center - 7:00 PM Pick
Art on the Mart
Merchandise Mart - 8:30 PM Pick
Grant Park Music Festival
Jay Pritzker Pavilion - various times Pick
Grant Park Music Festival
Harris Theater at Millennium Park - various times Pick
Summer Fireworks at Navy Pier
Navy Pier - various times Pick
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