\r\nNow that it’s October, we’re in full swing with fall’s\r\nseasonal foods, beautiful leaves, and cool, crisp breeze. And, there’s no\r\nshortage of fun\r\nthings to do around Chicago to stay active and spirited. From\r\nintellectually stimulating events to more family-fun, weekend activities, there’s\r\nlots of variety to choose from in October. Here are 5 ways to embrace the fall\r\nseason and take advantage of all that the bustling, busy city of Chicago has to\r\noffer.\r\n \r\nPartake In Chicago Ideas Week\r\n \r\nIf you’re looking for a major brain-boost, head to Chicago Ideas\r\nWeek taking place October 16th to the 22nd. Here, you can choose from various talks,\r\nlabs, and conversations, where you can listen to and learn from leading figures\r\nin the entrepreneurial world and get your hands dirty by participating in a few\r\nlabs, for direct experience and knowledge. Be sure to get tickets to reserve\r\nyour spot.\r\n \r\nRun Or Watch The Chicago Marathon\r\n \r\nThere’s nothing quite like watching thousands of people run\r\nthrough the streets of Chicago—the constant sound of pounding of feet hitting\r\nthe pavement and cheering from the sidelines. This year, the\r\nChicago marathon takes place on October 8th, and thanks to easy\r\ntransportation in Chicago, you can wave to friends and family at several of the\r\n26-mile marks.\r\n \r\nHead To A Beer Tasting\r\n \r\nSure, this one might be “adults only,” but there’s no reason\r\nto not have a Friday night out, sipping on beers and ciders and some festive,\r\nfall bites. At Festiv-ale in\r\nChicago, on October 20th, local breweries will create crafted\r\ndrinks to go with a selected food pairings from local vendors. And, you’ll be drinking\r\nin support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, so all that booze is going to a\r\ngood cause!\r\n \r\nGet A Scare At Fright Flicks At Navy Pier\r\n \r\nFor any thriller, scary movie buff—but also kid-friendly—Navy Pier’s Fright Flicks events\r\ntaking place October 21st and October 28th are sure to\r\nspice up your Halloween traditions this year. With back-to-back movies each\r\nday, families can gather around, munch on some popcorn, and get ready to\r\nscream. Movies include: Monsters, Inc., Ghostbusters (2016), Monster House, and\r\nBeetlejuice.\r\n \r\nTake A Segway Tour\r\n \r\nOctober is a great month to explore Chicago, take in its\r\nfine, colorful autumn leaves, and get some fresh air, as the chilling breeze\r\nisn’t too cold, just yet. And, during October, you’ll want to spend as much time outside with family\r\non the weekends as possible. (For a\r\nfew more ideas, we’ve got you covered.) Plus, if you happen to be taking a\r\ntour over Halloween, feel free to dress up in costumes for some added family\r\nfun!\r\n \r\nTo explore Chicago, come visit us at the Fairfield\r\nInn & Suites Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile!