Best of September: Top Things To Do in Chicago With Kids

Long Grove Apple Fest photo courtesy of Enjoy Illinois
Long Grove Apple Fest photo courtesy of Enjoy Illinois

We're headed back to school but there are still plenty of fun things to do in Chicago with kids in September. The last of the summer street festivals are wrapping up on Labor Day weekend, so go check out Taste of Polonia or Naperville's Last FlingOr, embrace the feeling of fall with Printers Row Lit Fest, Septemberfest in Bloomingdale, or Oktoberfest in Lakeview.

Athletic families might enjoy a chance to Bike the Drive at the annual event that shuts down DuSable Lake Shore Drive and has been moved from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day weekend. Nostalgia-loving families may enjoy the Throwback Music Fest in , or a Soap Box Derby in Naperville.

Looking for classes to satisfy the interests of kids after school? Our Class Guide has lots of ideas for kids with all kinds of fun hobbies. And don't forget, there's always plenty to see and do, both in-person and virtually, in our family-friendly activity calendar

Read on to see the best events for kids in Chicago in September 2022...

Places featured in this article:


Naperville Central High School

State Street from Madison to Lake

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

Lake Shore Drive

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion & Great Lawn

Lake Ellyn Park & Boathouse

St. George Greek Orthodox Church

Hanover Park Community Center

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion & Great Lawn

Lombard Historical Society

Apple Barn Orchard and Winery

Herrick Lake Forest Preserve

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

North Branch Trail (south trailhead)

North Park Village Nature Center

Scooters Frozen Custard

Richard's Super Premium Ice Cream
Midnight Circus in the Parks
Chicago Parks - various times Pick
Free Days at the Field Museum
Field Museum - 9:00 AM
Free Tuesdays at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art - 10:00 AM
Community Playgroup
Irish American Heritage Center - 10:00 AM
Rewired Pizza Cafe Family Fun Night
Rewired Pizza Cafe - 4:00 PM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides