\r\nNow that it’s October, we’re in full swing with fall’s seasonal foods, beautiful leaves, and cool, crisp breeze. And, there’s no shortage of fun things to do around Chicago to stay active and spirited. From intellectually stimulating events to more family-fun, weekend activities, there’s lots of variety to choose from in October. Here are 5 ways to embrace the fall season and take advantage of all that the bustling, busy city of Chicago has to offer.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nPartake in Chicago Ideas Week\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nIf you’re looking for a major brain-boost, head to Chicago Ideas Week taking place October 15th to the 21nd. Here, you can choose from various talks, labs, and conversations, where you can listen to and learn from leading figures in the entrepreneurial world and get your hands dirty by participating in a few labs, for direct experience and knowledge. Be sure to get tickets to reserve your spot.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nRun or Watch the Chicago Marathon\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nThere’s nothing quite like watching thousands of people run through the streets of Chicago—the constant sound of pounding of feet hitting the pavement and cheering from the sidelines. This year, the Chicago marathon takes place on October 7th, and thanks to easy transportation in Chicago, you can wave to friends and family at several of the 26-mile marks.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nHead to A Beer Tasting\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nSure, this one might be “adults only,” but there’s no reason to not have a Friday night out, sipping on beers and ciders and some festive, fall bites. At Half Acre's Far and Away on October 13th, there will be a weekend of enjoyment and alignment among brewers and makers from outside Illinois, within the abundant creative energy Chicago has to offer. And, you’ll be drinking in support of the Intonation Music Workshop, so all that beer is going to a good cause!\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nGet A Scare at Lincoln Park Zoo\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nFor any thriller, or Halloween buff—but also kid-friendly—Spooky Zoo taking place October 27th is sure to spice up your Halloween traditions this year. Lincoln Park Zoo’s five-week Fall Fest features lots of highlights for friends and families. Some include - ferris wheel rides, animal activities, a corn maze, pumpkin carving and many more fun and engaging activities for children and families. As one of the zoo’s most visible community events each year, Spooky Zoo at Fall Fest is always well-loved and well-attended!\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nTake A Segway Tour\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nOctober is a great month to explore Chicago, take in its fine, colorful autumn leaves, and get some fresh air, as the chilling breeze isn’t too cold, just yet. And, during October, you’ll want to spend as much time outside with family on the weekends as possible. (For a few more ideas, we’ve got you covered.) Plus, if you happen to be taking a tour over Halloween, feel free to dress up in costumes for some added family fun!\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nTo explore Chicago, come visit us at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile!