Pumpkin Spice Latte season is upon us, and there will (hopefully) be a crisp breeze in the air coming soon. With the holiday season coming up, the city of Chicago will be bustling with activities ranging from the Chicago Marathon to the Chicago Oktoberfest. Besides great scheduled events like these two- there’s also pumpkin patches to visit along with apples to pick. The opportunities are endless in and around the city, but here are some of the events we’re most looking forward to this fall:

  • The Bank of America Chicago Marathon will be held on October 8th while runners make the trek of 26.2 miles throughout various parts of the city. It is definitely too late to sign up as a runner, but it is not too late to get out there and cheer on everyone participating. It’s an amazing opportunity for runners, family, and friends to get together and celebrate Chicago.

  • While we all wish, we could’ve shelled out the big dollars to attend Chicago Gourmet there is indeed a free festival going on until October 7th that includes food and alcohol. (Even though, yes, you will have to pay for food and beverage). This is Chi’s largest and longest annual Oktoberfest. Come out for some live music and a soft pretzel to enjoy September coming to an end and the month of October sweeping in with Halloween and the International Film Festival.
  • For the more artsy crowd, the Chicago International Film Festival is a pretty long running event from October 12th-26th, taking place at the AMC River East 21. Movie lovers from all over come to watch films from an assortment of 150 choices. These films are coming from over 60 countries, with genres ranging from documentary to comedy. So, if you’re looking for a more relaxed event with little to no socializing, this might be the weekend getaway for you.

  • I know many of us have probably taken a walk or two along the beautiful Riverwalk. Whether you’ve stopped inside to check out the City Winery, it is usually 9/10 times packed. Why not take advantage of this warm weather and go sit outside while enjoying a glass of wine and some good company.
  • Aside from scheduled events in the city, there are also many fun things you can go out and do on your own accord. The Lincoln Park zoo always has free admission, but this year is the zoo’s third annual Fall Fest. Starting September 29th, it will be going on every weekend throughout the month of October. They’ll be activities such as a hay mountain, fun slide, corn maze, and a Ferris wheel. A fun and free, family friendly event for families all around that want to get in the Fall spirit.

  • Finally, LUMA8 will be producing an “Arts in The Dark” parade on October 21st. Starting at 6 pm, this magical parade will be bringing together different artists in different fields from all around. It will of course be family friendly and include live music, food, and lots more. It will be the perfect way to celebrate Chicago as one of the most culturally diverse cities around.

Although it might not feel like Autumn yet, I have a feeling that soon enough the leaves will start changing and everyone will start getting into that Halloween spirit. The possibilities are endless when it comes to Chicago, all you have to do is step one foot outside your door.

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