Fall in Chicago: Oktoberfest, Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches, Recipes and More

Updated Sept. 17, 2018

Chunky sweaters, crunchy leaves and pumpkin spice — who’s ready for fall in Chicago? We are! Here are all the ingredients for festive fall fun all season long.

Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Chicago

Raise a stein and celebrate the largest festival in the world — right here in Chicago!

Hofbräuhaus Chicago Oktoberfest

Apple Orchards, Pumpkin Patches and Fall Fun

Temperatures are falling, but outdoor fun is just starting to heat up.

Apple Orchards, Pumpkin Patches and Fall Fun

30 of the Best Things to Do in Chicago This September

Fall’s arrival in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs brings a plethora of can’t-miss events, from theater and comedy to music and museum exhibits.

30 of the Best Things to Do in Chicago This September (Leon Bridges)

5 Books to Add to Your Fall Reading List

Printer’s Row bookstore Sandmeyer’s suggests five noteworthy reads for fall.

5 Must-Read Books to Add to Your Fall Reading List

17 Can’t-Miss Fall Plays and Musicals in Chicago and the North Shore

We’re turning the spotlight on the hottest plays and musicals coming to Chicago and the North Shore this fall.

Can't-Miss Fall Plays and Musicals: "Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine"

8 Showstopping Chili Recipes for Your Next Tailgate

Whether red, white, or green, these chili recipes are all spice-laden, piping-hot, soul-satisfying dishes that go great with a big hunk of fresh cornbread — and are easily transportable for tailgating.

8 Mouthwatering Chili Recipes for Your Next Tailgate

1 Can of Pumpkin, 10 Ways to Use It

Instead of focusing on pumpkin’s commonplace preparations — pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, and pumpkin spice lattes — we thought we’d show off its more versatile side as an ingredient.

Recipes: 1 Can of Pumpkin, 10 Ways to Use It

8 Soup Recipes You Will Make Again and Again

Here are some of our favorite soups, the ones we simply cannot do without, as the days get shorter and the temperature drops.

8 Soup Recipes You Will Make Again and Again

 

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Anna-Carlson

Anna Carlson writes the weekly 5 Things to Do column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of Glenbrook South High School and the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

 

 

Brooke McDonaldEditor in Chief of Make It Better, Brooke McDonald is a Chicago native and Northwestern University grad who spent a decade away from home working for O, The Oprah Magazine and Shape magazine in NYC, and getting her master’s degree in English literature and working in book publishing in London. Back home in Chicago, she’s outnumbered by her husband and two boys, and the four of them are certifiable Disney and Star Wars fanatics. Other obsessions include Charles Dickens, wine and authentic Neapolitan pizza. Her favorite cause to support is Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.