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

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

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

One of America’s Top 10 Towns for Fall Colors is 90 Minutes From Chicago

With fall colors bursting into full bloom, it’s a fantastic time to enjoy a quick escape to this close-to-home destination.

Lake Geneva hot air balloon

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

Elegant Autumn Décor for Your Home and Yard

It’s time to say goodbye to summer, but you can get into the spirit of fall by decorating your home with some seasonal panache.

autumn decor: Mariani Landscape


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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.