Enjoy Fall with these Great Chicago Events in October

This post was updated on October 8, 2018, with new information on October 2018 events.

Autumn is officially here. Chicago is a great place to be this time of year. While the summer neighborhood festivals have come and gone, there are many great fall events to enjoy. Below are some great events coming up in October.

Lincoln Park Zoo Fall Fest

Lincoln Park Fall Fest logoThe Lincoln Park Zoo’s Fall Fest is a great way to enjoy the fall season. The family-friendly event includes a corn maze, hay mountain, hay rides, a ferris wheel, pumpkin garden, an edible garden and more.

The Fall Fest also includes a pumpkin patch, where you can purchase a pumpkin to take home.

The Fall Fest runs through October 28, 2018. It is open from 10 am – 5 pm on Fridays and Sundays and from 10 am – 8 pm on Saturdays. Admission is free, but you do need to purchase tickets for certain activities. Learn more at www.lpzoo.org/fall-fest.

Andersonville Sweetish Stroll

Experience the sweeter side of Andersonville with a crawl that gives you permission to eat your dessert before your dinner. This event features two routes and 20 participating locations. It’s a great way to enjoy the Andersonville neighborhood while satisfying your sweet tooth.

The Andersonville Sweetish Stroll is Sunday October 28, from 2-5 pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at nightout.com/events/2018-andersonville-sweetish-stroll/tickets.

Open House Chicago

The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago (OHC) is the city’s annual architecture festival. Chicago’s most iconic and unique architectural treasures are open to the public for one weekend. You can explore mansions, sacred spaces, theaters, private clubs, hotels, and other places. It’s your chance to check out places in Chicago that are rarely, if ever, open to the public.

Wirtz Realty’s commercial building, 333 N Michigan Avenue, is part of the Open House Chicago festival. Find out more about the historic building at openhousechicago.org/sites/site/333-n-michigan-ave/.

Open House Chicago is October 13-14. Admission is free and registration is not required. Learn more at their web site: openhousechicago.org.

Clark Street Spooktacular 2018

Participating businesses from Armitage to Diversey, and on the south side of Diversey from Orchard to Lakeview, open their doors to trick-or-treaters from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m on Sunday, October 28. After trick-or-treating, there will be a costume contest at HopCat, 2577 N Clark. Clark Street Spooktacular is free and family-friendly.