Fall in Chicago is often all too brief, that just means you should take advantage as much as you can! Here are a few of SpotHero’s favorite fall activities to help make this time of year special.
Open House Chicago
Dates: October 15-16
Details: Every year, the Chicago Architecture Center partners with significant architectural sites for this festival celebrating architectural advancement and ingenuity. Explore landmarks in more than 20 neighborhoods with self-guided tours, in-person talks, and virtual events to learn about the cultural and architectural significance of the city we live in. Click here to learn more.
Chicago International Film Festival
Dates: October 12-23
Price: Varies depending on the event, in-person tickets start at $17 for members, $20 for nonmembers. Full details here.
Details: The 58th annual Chicago International Film Festival is back with screenings of short and feature films from around the world, tributes to significant filmmakers, special presentations, and appearances from filmmakers and film executives. If you’re not up for attending in-person, you don’t need to miss out: many films are also available to stream during the festival! You can click here for tickets and event details.
Night of 1000 Jack-O-Lanterns
Dates: October 12-16 & 19-23
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden
Price: Tickets start at $13 for members, full details here.
Details: Explore the Chicago Botanic Gardens after dark as more than 1000 professionally carved pumpkins light up the night. Some pumpkins are as large as 150 pounds! Visitors can also enjoy live demonstrations and entertainment, with festive food and drink available for purchase. Click here to learn more.
Explore Chicago Museums
Dates: Varies depending on the venue
Location: Various museums across Chicago
Price: Varies, click here to learn more about free museum days!
Details: If cooler weather is driving you indoors, then spend some time exploring Chicago’s many museums. Whether you’re learning something new or revisiting an old favorite, you won’t regret time spent in a cultural touchstone. Looking to watch your spending? Many Chicago museums offer free admission on select days! You can find a full list of dates from participating locations here.
Root for your team or dance like nobody’s watching at the United Center
Dates: the United Center offers events year-round!
Location: United Center, 1901 W Madison St.
Price: Varies depending on event
Details: Fall sports and events are here! Head out to the United Center for one of their many events. With basketball, hockey, numerous performers and other events on offer, there is truly something for everyone. You can see a full list of upcoming events here, and don’t forget to reserve parking in advance!
Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo
Dates: September 30-October 30
Location: Lincoln Park Zoo
Price: Free, special event tickets are available for a fee. Full details here.
Details: Celebrate fall with the eighth annual Fall Fest! This month-long family-friendly fall celebration has free live entertainment, a pumpkin patch, live pumpkin carving demonstrations, and festive food! Tickets are also available for special events, such as a harvest maze, ferris wheel, and more! You can find full details and sign up for updates here.
Visit a new place
Have your sights set on a destination outside Chicago? Don’t worry, we won’t hold it against you. If you’re flying out of town, just remember to reserve your airport parking spot in advance:
Book Parking Near O’Hare
Book Parking Near Midway