It might be getting cooler outside, but things are only starting to heat up around Chicago’s North Shore. Fall is filled with festivals, seasonal events, shopping deals, performances and more fun that we look forward to all year long. Mark these dates on your calendar — there’s a fall favorite for everyone in the family.
Sept. 23-25: 32nd Annual American Craft Exposition
One of the best fine craft shows in the U.S. will take place at Chicago Botanic Garden this fall and feature more than 140 artists showing work in 12 media, including ceramics, furniture, glass, paper and wood. Best of all, the event raises funds for research at NorthShore University HealthSystem. A preview party will take place Sept. 22.
Sept. 24: Northwestern vs. Nebraska
What’s fall without football? Northwestern begins conference play against Nebraska at Ryan Field. Cheer on the Wildcats before they head out on the road for their first two games in October.
Opens Sept. 25: Women Hold Up Half the Sky
The Illinois Holocaust Museum’s latest exhibit highlights women around the world and the work being done to reach full equality. Exhibition-related events will take place throughout the fall, including Teen Program: Beyoutiful Strength (Oct. 9), Pfeffer Family Forum: Women in the Holocaust (Nov. 2), and various performances, films and panel discussions. Find a complete schedule here.
Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Evanston Art and Big Fork Festival
The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of festival season. Keep the festival fun going in downtown Evanston at this event highlighting art, live music, local restaurants and more.
Oct. 2: Folk Fest at The Grove
Take a step back in time right in your own backyard as The Grove hosts interpreters who will reenact local history. This Folk Fest will also feature folk music, square dancing, hayrides, food, shopping and an exotic animal show with snakes, foxes, a sloth and more.
Oct. 16: Evanston Oktoberfest
For the second year in a row, local breweries and restaurants like Smylie Brothers Brewing Co., Sketchbook Brewing Company, Temperance Beer and Peckish Pig will come together to celebrate Oktoberfest with beer tastings and tasty food.
Oct. 20-23: Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns
The Chicago Botanic Garden is one of the places to be this fall. In addition to Harvest Weekend (Sept. 17-18), Fall Bulb Festival (Oct. 7-9), Autumn Brews: Seasonal Beer Tasting in the Garden (Oct. 13), Spooky Pooch Parade (Oct. 29) and Trains, Tricks & Treats (Oct. 29-30), the Garden will be illuminated by 1,000 jack-o’-lanterns during this brand new event. Guests can meet characters throughout the grounds, visit the Model Railroad Garden, and enjoy seasonal treats like apple doughnuts and cider.
Oct. 28: 101st Annual Haunted House
This Winnetka Community House tradition returns for its 101st year of spooky fun. If you’re looking for a milder maze, visit during the day for the Not So Scary Haunted House.
Nov. 4-6: Antiques + Modernism Winnetka Show
This nationally recognized show is the perfect place to find unique furniture, home decor, art, clothes and jewelry. This year, Antiques + Modernism will welcome Alexa Hampton, India Hicks and Michael Del Piero for breakfast, lunch and brunch events, respectively. See the show first during the preview party Nov. 3.
Find a complete list of fall events on Chicago’s North Shore this season here. But, there’s even more happening this season. Fall, with all of its changing colors, is the perfect time to visit these local attractions (including the Baha’i House of Worship, Grosse Point Lighthouse, The Grove National Historic Landmark and Northwestern University). You can also find local hotel deals (perfect for a fall staycation), Northwestern’s complete football schedule, local farmers markets (for all of your fall cravings) and upcoming shows and performances. Chicago’s North Shore has everything you’ll need to make the most of the season.