Go for a hayride, pick a pumpkin, or get lost in a corn maze at area farms, such as Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm. Photo courtesy the farm
Go for a hayride, pick a pumpkin, or get lost in a corn maze at area farms, such as Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm. Photo courtesy the farm

25 Fall Activities and Day Trips for Chicago Kids

Whether you're a pumpkin-spice pusher or an apple aficionado, the fall season certainly brings out the fun family activities in Chicago. This year seems to be no exception. A number of top Chicago attractions are finding safe ways to reopen for fall fun, including drive-in and drive-through events, outdoor dining, and reserved time slot events. 

We've put together a list of 25 fun things to do in Chicago this fall with your family, from pumpkin patches to great hiking trails.

Please check each venue's website before leaving home to ensure you've booked any necessary reservations and are able to comply with its social distancing and other safety rules that might be in place.

1. See a movie at a pop-up drive-in or in the park. Seat Geek Stadium in Bridgeview, ChiTown Futbol in Pilsen, Lincoln Yards in Lincoln Park  Burr Ridge Village Center , and Sears Center in Hoffman Estates  are hosting pop-up events throughout the fall.

2. Go apple picking at one of our 14 favorite orchards. 

3. Take a hike on these kid-friendly trails near Chicago.


Travel back in time with Dinos Everywhere at the Brookfield Zoo. Photo courtesy of the zoo

4. Visit some prehistoric animals at Dinosaur Adventure Drive-Thru at DuPage County Fairgrounds or at Dinos Everywhere at Brookfield Zoo.

5. Enjoy a corn maze, spooky or tame. 

6. Meet your favorite villain by reserving a spot at the Royal Trick or Treat in Bartlett (October 23).

7. Stroll by some scarecrows at the Morton Arboretum or in St. Charles


The Lincoln Park Zoo gets all decked out for the season during its Fall Fest. Photo courtesy of the zoo

8. Go on a pumpkin walk, visit a pumpkin patch, or eat some fall themed treat at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Fall Fest.

9. Run a socially distant 5K or kids race at the Morton Arboretum or Lisle Community Park

10. Try for a hole in one with a mini golf course near Chicago.


Visit the Bahai House of Worship at Open House Chicago. Photo courtesy of the event

11. Check out some of Chicago’s unique architecture at Open House Chicago, kicking off October 16.

12. View works of art at the Lakeview East Festival of the ArtsKilbourn Park Art Walk, LaGrange’s West End Art Festival, or Warrenville’s Art on the Prairie

13. Dine out on North Broadway Avenue or North Sheffield with more than 30 restaurants offering seating on closedstreets in the Lakeview neighborhood. 

14. Catch fish at a derby in Villa Park or Lombard, or help stock fish ponds in Roselle or Bloomingdale. 


Go pumpkin picking, take a hayride, or get lost in a corn maze at farms in the Chicago area. Photo courtesy of Keller's Farmstand

15. Pick your own pumpkin right out of the pumpkin patch at these Chicago-area farms.

16. Find your new favorite food truck at Cantigny Park.

17. Listen to a story outside at Fox Valley Mall or along Lake Michigan in Highland Park.

18. Enjoy some adventure and a concert at The Forge at Lemont Quarries Adventure Park on select Saturday nights.

19. Get some sweets at Donut Fest Chicago Suburbs (Sept. 27) or the Chicago Dessert Fest (Sept. 19) 


Trains, trains, trains-always a big hit! Visit the Model Railway Garden at Chicago Botanic Garden. Photo courtesy of the garden

20. Choo choo! See some tiny trains at the Model Railway Garden at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

21. Celebrate Grandparents Day at Warrenville’s Sundae Funday, Lyman Woods’ Grandparents Day Adventure, or Geneva’s Peck Farm

22. Run, bike and swim in a kids’ triathlon in Oak Brook or Oswego 

23. Camp out as a family on your own or at events in Naperville or Woodridge.


Measure yourself against a dinosaur bone at the Field Museum. Photo courtesy of the museum

24. Explore some of Chicago’s reopened museums including the Field Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Science and Industry, and Museum of Contemporary Art.

25. Take a walk or bike ride along the Chicago Riverwalk, The Lakefront Trail, or the the 606.

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
Museum of Science and Industry - 9:30 AM Pick
ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo - 4:00 PM Pick
Art on the Mart
Merchandise Mart - 7:00 PM Pick
Chicago Thanksgiving Parade
State Street - 8:00 AM
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