Fall in Chicago is spectacular: between the crackling sound of yellow, orange and red leaves on the streets, the sweet, crisp taste of honeycrisp apples, and the cool, refreshing breeze that gives Chicago its “windy city” reputation, it’s a season that brings both tourists and locals, alike, outside for some play and exploration.
Whether it’s frequenting Chicago’s diverse, highly-rated restaurants, or heading to a museum or park for a day of family fun, there’s no shortage of incredible things to do in the great outdoors. So, grab your best pair of walking shoes, a camera and a positive attitude, and gear up for a fabulous fall day in this exciting city. Exploring on foot and ditching the car can feel liberating! Here are 5 things to do in Chicago this fall.
Shop Til’ You Drop
Who doesn’t like shopping? Walking around Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue is the perfect location for fresh boutiques, luxury brands, department stores and classic staples to fulfill your heart’s true shopping desires. If you are staying at a hotel, check with the concierge to see if there are shopping packages offered, where you’ll have access to a fabulous, shopping-focused weekend!
Head To Navy Pier
There’s no way to not have fun when spending a day at Navy Pier. Between riding the Ferris Wheel, dining in delicious eateries, visiting the Family Pavilion Stage for live entertainment, or setting up an outdoors picnic, boasting tuna salad sandwiches, pumpkin pie, apple cider, and any other fall goodies you can find, there’s an endless list of exciting activities that can easily fill a few hours in the day.
Enjoy The Lakefront Trail
The Lakefront Trail is breathtaking in the fall. A happy, peaceful place for runners, joggers, cyclists and dog-walkers, it’s filled with beautiful trees, colorful leaves, parks and sporting areas, and architectural masterpieces that inspire people to get moving and enjoy the fresh air. Plus, connecting with nature is great for your health and happiness!
Go Apple Picking
What’s even better than heading to the grocery store for a bag of apples? Picking them yourself! Apples are in season for fall, and there’s no better time to head to a nearby orchard outside Chicago to customize your own bag of delicious varieties. The whole family will have a blast apple picking, and it’ll make for a healthy snack when out on the town.
See Blue Man Group
Spend an evening with live entertainment from the Blue Man Group, which is performing in Chicago throughout the fall. Tickets are on sale now, at the Briar Street Theatre, and this is surely a performance to score seats for. Between technological innovation, creative ideas, comedy and musical numbers, there’s plenty of fun to be shared with close family and friends.