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Fall 2017 is here and we invite you to enjoy all that west suburban Chicago has to offer. From pumpkin patches galore and apple picking hot spots, to unique outdoor events and not-to-miss shopping excursions–you'll love the variety of things to do. Be sure to check back for our updated guide from week to week as we add fun spots, autumn events and more! Happy Fall. We hope you enjoy every minute of it.
AURORA • Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm Weekends In October – Pumpkin Weekends bring the spectacular fall season to life with autumn festivities amid the dazzling fall colors each weekend in October (plus Columbus Day) – 11 days in all. Carousel rides, hay wagon rides, pony rides, paddle boats, Adventure Playground (with zip line), Little Farmer’s Junction (6Y & under) and tours on the “Pumpkin Train” are part of each weekend’s festivities, along with historic museums and interactive farm animal areas. More highlights include Pumpkin Princess appearances, professional pumpkin carvers, world’s tallest scarecrow, trick-or-treating and pony parade with costumed horses. Enjoy seasonal craft-making, harvest decor and pumpkin stories galore! Special events and guests every weekend. It’s all the best of autumn in one place! 11am-4pm. Admission $7. Tickets at www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org or at the door. www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org
IF YOU GO…
When: Weekends in October & Columbus Day • 11am-4pm each day
Where: Blackberry Farm, 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora
Admission: $7 per person. Buy online at
DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLE Fall Events + Halloween Hop! From candy to clothes, to books and games and places for Mom & Dad too, Downtown Naperville has it all! Come be in the mix and enjoy over 100 shops, 50 restaurants, spas, fitness and health and beauty too. Don’t miss the annual Halloween Hop, downtown trick or treating and trolley rides on Sunday, October 29 from 10am – 12-noon. Fall into Fashion, Family and Fun in Downtown Naperville! www.downtownnaperville.com
GLEN ELLYN Pumpkin Flotilla Fest Creatively carved, lit gourds will be set afloat on Sunday, October 22. Before the Pumpkin Flotilla at dusk, enjoy live music from Jeanie B! and the Jelly Beans, activities and games throughout the park, a pumpkin carving demonstration, trackless train rides, and bounce houses. This free event, presented by the Glen Ellyn Park District, begins at 4pm at Lake Ellyn Park. New this year, take a canoe ride at the event!
GLEN ELLYN Zumbathon October 14 – Zumbathon Work out, do a little dance, burn a bunch of calories and raise money for Susan G. Komen, a nonprofit charitable organization involved in cancer research, education, screening and treatment. The two-hour Zumbathon begins at 12:15pm on October 14 at Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center. This Glen Ellyn Park District fundraising event is free; there is a $10 minimum donation suggested. Participants will receive a pink giveaway. All ages are welcome!
NAPERVILLE NJWC Shop & Give Ladies Night Out November 9 • Marriott Naperville Naperville Junior Woman’s Club is celebrating 50 years in the community. Join them at their 8th annual "Shop & Give" Ladies Night Out at the Chicago Marriott Naperville on Thursday, November 9th from 6:30-10pm Tickets are only $30 per guest or $45 for VIP! The night includes live entertainment, spa moments, shopping, raffles, signature cocktails, appetizers, goodie bags, and more. This event supports Bridge Communities. www.facebook.com/events/918493791631839/
ST. CHARLES Hickory Knolls Discovery Center Whether one calls him Sasquatch or Bigfoot, the legendary, mythical ape-man that roams the woods lives on in the hearts of true believers and on YouTube videos everywhere. Could there be one right in your own backyard? Bring your whole family out to Hickory Knolls on Saturday, October 14 from 5:30-7pm to find out for yourself. Fee is $10/person. Ages 3 & under - free. Call for group rates. Remember flashlights. Dress for the weather.
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center 3795 Campton Hills Road, St. Charles • (630) 513-4399 www.stcnature.org
WHEATON 15% Off Public Canvas Events at The Sipping Muse Enjoy a fun time this fall and winter at this paint and sip studio in Wheaton. The Sipping Muse is a creative arts & BYOB studio where FUN is your Muse! Receive 15% off towards Public Canvas Events with code GLANCER15OFF. Valid through 12/31/2017, some restrictions apply.
The Sipping Muse, A Paint & Sip Studio 122 N. Hale St., Wheaton (630) 949-8565 • www.thesippingmuse.com
NAPERVILLE DuPage Children’s Museum Fall Festival • Oct 28-29 A trip to DuPage Children’s Museum can take you from “Ah?” to “AHA!” Visitors discover their world through hands-on exhibits inspiring creativity, curiosity, and problem solving. Build, wonder, discover, think, play, and more – the possibilities are endless. Don’t miss the always-popular Fall Festival taking place Saturday, October 28 – Sunday, October 29. Come in your costume and join us in celebrating the season!
www.dupagechildrens.org (630) 637-8000