Load the family in the car for the Dinosaur Adventure Drive-Thru, which features 80 life-sized dinos to gawk at. Photo courtesy of Dinosaur Adventure
Load the family in the car for the Dinosaur Adventure Drive-Thru, which features 80 life-sized dinos to gawk at. Photo courtesy of Dinosaur Adventure

Best Things To Do in Chicago in September With Kids: Dinos, Outdoor Movies, Festivals

September is a great month to enjoy some street festivals, movies in the park, or other outdoor events in Chicago as we finally get a slight dip in temperatures. It's also the season for back-to-school, apple picking, and taking a hike with the kids.

We've rounded up the top things to do in Chicago this weekend, as well as more upcoming September events. If you've got a dinosaur fan on your hands, consider a jaunt to the western suburbs where prehistoric reptile fans can enjoy some animatronic fun at the Brookfield Zoo or DuPage County Fairgrounds. There are also outdoor movies, fall festivals, and mini trains to see in September.

Chicago families can always find more fun things to do with kids on our Event Calendar, which is coming back from the brink of near coronavirus-induced extinction. Still looking for fall classes for kids? Head over to our online Back to School Fair, or check out these virtual options.


Fullersburg Woods
3609 Spring Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Brookfield Zoo
8400 31st Street
Brookfield, IL 60513

95th Street Plaza
3109 Cedar Glade Drive
Naperville , IL 60564

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

Wheaton VFW 2164
0N731 Papworth Street
Wheaton, IL 60187

Naper Settlement
523 S. Webster St.
Naperville, IL 60540

Knoch Knolls Park
336 Knoch Knolls Road
Naperville , IL 60565

Lombard Commons
433 E. St. Charles Road
Lombard , IL 60148

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

Church Street Brewing
1480 Industrial Drive Unit C
Itasca, IL 60143

DuPage County Fairgrounds
2015 Manchester Road
Wheaton , IL 60187

Altgeld Park
515 S. Washtenaw Ave.
Chicago , IL 60612

South Cook Street & East Station Street
South Cook Street & East Station Street
Barrington, IL 60010

Haymarket Pub & Brewery
737 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60661

Northerly Island
1521 S. Linn White Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

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

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022

Veterans Memorial Park
2820 E. 98th St.
Chicago , IL 60617

ChiTown Futbol
2343 S. Throop St
Chicago, IL 60608

McKinley Park
2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609

The Forge: Lemont Quarries
1001 Main Street
Lemont, IL 60439

All Seasons Orchard
14510 IL Route 176
Woodstock, IL 60098

Royal Oak Farm Orchard
15908 Hebron Road
Harvard, IL 60033

Homestead Orchard
11802 Charles Rd
Woodstock, IL 60098

Prairie Sky Orchard
4914 N. Union Road
Union, IL 60180

Stade's Farm and Market
3709 Miller Road
McHenry, IL 60051

Lang's Orchard
17411 Secor Road
Woodstock, IL 60098

Jonamac Orchard
19412 Shabbona Road
Malta, IL 60150

Kuipers Family Farm
1N318 Watson Road
Maple Park, IL 60151

Honey Hill Orchard
11783 Waterman Rd.
Waterman , IL 60556

Keller's Farmstand
2500 Johnson Road
Oswego, IL 60543

County Line Orchard
200 S. County Line Road
Hobart, IN 46342

Apple Holler
5006 South Sylvania Avenue
Sturtevant, WI 53177

Heinz Orchard
1050 Crest Road
Green Oaks, IL 60048

Apple Barn Orchard and Winery
W6384 Sugar Creek Rd.
Elkhorn, WI 53121

Morton Arboretum
4100 IL Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532

Fullersburg Woods
3609 Spring Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Cantigny Park
1s151 Winfield Road
Wheaton , IL 60189

Waterfall Glen
Lemont Road and 91st Street
Lemont, IL 60439

Knoch Knolls Park
336 Knoch Knolls Road
Naperville , IL 60565

Herrick Lake Forest Preserve
3S580 Naperville Rd,
Wheaton, IL 60189

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center
9800 Willow Springs Road
Willow Springs, IL 60480

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
30239 S. State Route 53
Wilmington, IL 60481

Lake Katherine Nature Center
7402 Lake Katherine Drive
Palos Heights, IL

Busse Woods
225 N Arlington Heights Rd
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

North Branch Trail (south trailhead)
Cicero Avenue and Foster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60630

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022

Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park
McCormick Boulevard and Church Street
Skokie , IL 60076

North Park Village Nature Center
5801 N. Pulaski Rd.
Chicago, IL 60646

Chicago Fireboat Tour
111 N. Lakeshore Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Wendella Sightseeing Co.
400 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Chicago Architecture Center
111 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Spirit Cruises
600 E. Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Tall Ship Windy
600 E. Grand Avenue
Chicago , IL 60611

Shoreline Sightseeing
401 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Seadog Cruises
600 E. Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Chicago's First Lady
112 E. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

Paddlewheel Cruises
8 North Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174

Naperville Paddleboat Quarry
400 S. Eagle Street
Naperville , IL 60540
Breakfast with the Animals
Lincoln Park Zoo - 10:00 AM Pick
What the Fluff? Festival
- various times Pick
Dinosaur Adventure Drive-Thru
DuPage County Fairgrounds - various times Pick
Model Railway Garden
Chicago Botanic Garden - various times Pick
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