Things To Do in Chicago this Weekend with Kids: Mexican Independence, Book Fest

Midnight Circus in the Parks brings the circus to the people. Photo courtesy of Midnight Circus in the Parks
Things To Do in Chicago with Kids September 14-15

The kids are back in school at last, and there's a lot (more) to celebrate this weekend for Chicago families, plenty of it FREE. Festivals and parades in honor of Mexican Independence Day come to Pilsen and Aurora, and the harvest moon is celebrated with traditional Chinese mooncakes and lanterns at the Mid-Autumn Festival. It's also the 150th anniversary of the landmark Chicago Water Tower this weekend, which means a fun neighborhood festival on the Mag Mile. Plus, the World Music Festival kicks off with an all-ages pan-Latin concert lineup on Saturday.

Lakeview East and Ravenswood both host neighborhood art fairs this weekend, and there are fall festivals in Orland Park and Carol Stream. Kids can touch trucks or touch turtles, roast marshmallows at a harvest bonfire, rock out to The Beatles, or meet Elsa and Anna at a special screening of Frozen. And at the 23rd annual Children's Book Fair in Hyde Park, your whole fam can pick up some new page-turners for fall.

Believe it or not, those are just the highlights—see more ideas for this weekend below, and keep an eye on our event calendar and ever-growing lists of Fall Festivals and Free Things To Do this Fall in Chicago. And don't forget that apple picking season is full swing: Pick a pretty peck at these apple orchards near Chicago.