Summer is an incredible time to be in Chicago, but the fun doesn't stop when the calendar hits September 22. There is always something exciting to do in the Windy City, and fall is no exception. The temperatures start to drop, the leaves begin to turn, the days get a little shorter, and some of the city's favorite events come out to play. If you're looking for things to do in the fall in Chicago, here you go!

Fall Events In Chicago

Siegel's Cottonwood Farm - pumpkin patch, corn maze, zombie ride, and more

Corn Mazes and Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkins are popping up everywhere. Sure, you could pick one up at a big-box store, but there's something distinctly comforting about going to an all-out pumpkin festival. Throw in some hayrides and corn mazes and you've got fall, Midwest-style. Find a Chicago pumpkin patch

 

Open House Chicago 2017 - Chicago Fall events

Open House Chicago

Hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Open House Chicago is a free event that gives you an inside look into over 150 buildings. Step inside the Chicago Board of Trade's gigantic vault, visit the private Cliff Dwellers club and see elegant courtrooms and breathtaking views from inside the Richard J. Daley Center. Nearly all of the sites are open to the public during this event, but CAF members have exclusive access to some of them. Visit openhousechicago.org

 

Chicago Humanities Festival 2018 - GRAPH!C

Chicago Humanities Festival

Since 1989 the Chicago Humanities Festival has supported the cultural community in Chicago. Multiple events explore an overriding theme, and 2018's is "The Year of GRAPH!C." Featured speakers last year included former Vice President Al Gore, Alan Alda, Samantha Power, Ron Chernow, and Jill Soloway. Visit chicagohumanities.org

 

Chicago Marathon

Chicago Marathon

The Chicago Marathon is one of the biggest events of the year. It attracts runners from all over the world because of its flat course and because it's so well organized. Another selling point is that it travels through 29 Chicago neighborhoods, each one with a different character. Whether you're a spectator or a participant, the Chicago Marathon is not to be missed.

 

Halloween in Chicago

Halloween

Halloween in Chicago is a holiday for kids of all ages. In Chicago, Halloween isn't just one night - it's an entire month of festivities, from Lake Michigan cruises (photo courtesy of Entertainment Cruises) to huge costume bashes. Find Halloween events in Chicago.

 

Naper Settlement Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Oompapa!  Break out your lederhosen and dirndls, because Chicago is all about Oktoberfest. The city celebrates its German heritage through October with neighborhood festivals and block parties. Check out this year's Oktoberfest celebfrations

 

54th Chicago Film Festival

Chicago International Film Festival

Explore the world through cinema at this annual event that highlights the best movies and films from Brazil, Iran, Senegal, and beyond, providing an alternative to commercial Hollywood movies.  October 10 - 21 More information

 

Chicago Ideas Week

Photo: Chicago Ideas Week Facebook

Chicago Ideas Week

With more than 30,000 attendees and 250+ speakers, there are a lot of ideas that come out of this annual series of events. Topics range from hip hop to entrepreneurship to the Middle East and are examined through talks, conversations, and interactive labs. Tickets to most events are $15 to keep them accessible and affordable for a broad number of people. October 15 - 21 More Information

 

Día de los Muertos Xicágo

Dia de los Muertos Xicago

Finally, one of the most vibrant fall events in Chicago is the Dia de los Muertos festival in Pilsen. Find out more about the Day of the Dead festivities from our friend Leigh Wilson at Campfires and Concierges.


There is always an assortment of things to do in Chicago, and fall has some of the best activities of the year. For more fun fall events, follow us on Twitter and join our Chicago Facebook group.