Enjoy Fall with these Great Chicago Events in October

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 from 10 am – 5 pm, Fridays–Sundays, October 2–4, 9–11 and 16–18, and Monday, October 12. Admission is free, but you do need to purchase tickets for certain activities. Learn more at www.lpzoo.org/events/calendar/fall-fest.

Andersonville Dessert Crawl

Andersonville Dessert CrawlThink of the Andersonville Dessert Crawl as trick or treating for adults. Participants pick up their dessert crawl “passport” at the Swedish American Museum, then proceed to about 20 neighborhood restaurants and shops for dessert tastings. It’s a great way to enjoy the Andersonville neighborhood while satisfying your sweet tooth.

The Andersonville Dessert Crawl is a zero-waste event too. Each restaurant will be given compostable servingware. There will be compost stations outside of each location.

The Andersonville Dessert Crawl is Sunday October 25, from 2-5 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased at www.andersonville.org/events/dessert-crawl.

Open House Chicago

Open House ChicagoThe 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.

Open House Chicago is October 17-18. Admission is free and registration is not required. Learn more at their web site: openhousechicago.org.