What to Do in Chicago During Fall

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Apple cider, bright leaves, cooler weather, Halloween- fall is almost here! And this year, our favorite part of the season may or may not be all of the great events happening in Chicago. Looking for a date night? Head to Harvest HopDown in Millennium Park on October 5. Want a taste of local Chicago food? The West Town Food Truck Social on October 5 is the place to be. Need a kid-friendly event in the Windy City? Take your little ones trick-or-treating at Lincoln Park Zoo on October 27! More details below.


Harvest HopDown in Millennium Park  

If you’re looking to improve your craft beer tasting skills, then head to the HopDown Beer Festival on Friday October 5, from 5-8 p.m.! This beer tasting event is located in Chicago’s Millennium Park at the Park Grill. Throughout the event, take your complimentary tasting glass to each station and try over 25 of the finest breweries in Chicago. And make sure to keep track of your favorite brew- it might win the title of Harvest HopDown winner! Along with great sips, there will also be plenty of Oktoberfest food stations offering up bites to eat. Tickets include unlimited beer tastings and cost as low as $25.


Hotel Near Millennium Park 

Once you’ve had your fill of craft brews, you’ll need a place to stay in Chicago! And if you’re in need of a hotel near Millennium Park, look no further than the Majestic Hotel. Its comfortable charm and delightful atmosphere will make you feel right at home in the Windy City.


West Town Food Truck Social

After tasting beer from over 25 breweries, snack n’ stroll through West Town. Foodies beware: this Food Truck Social might cause mouth watering and over-indulging! With 15+ truck vendors showcasing their own specialties, the choices are endless! Snack on everything from lobster rolls to empanadas, donuts to pierogis. And as you munch on treats, check out their sister event, the 2018 West Town Art Walk.  Both will take place on October 5 at Noble & Chicago Avenue and continue on October 6. Although it’s free to enter the Food Truck Social, you might want to check out the $20 Sampler Ticket if you’re interested in saving a little money. It includes 6 sample-sized portions from food trucks. Outside of this sampler ticket, you’re also able to purchase items from the trucks’ regular menus.


Hotel Near West Town Food Truck Social

Snacking takes on a whole new meaning when it involves Chicago food trucks. So why not head to City Suites Hotel and rest afterwards? This sleek boutique hotel is a great place to relax after a full day of indulging the best eats. And the best part? It’s near the West Town Food Truck Social!


Spooky Zoo at Lincoln Park Zoo

What if we told you there’s a way for your kids to enjoy all the fun of trick-or-treating, without worrying about the dangers that Chicago might pose? If you’re thinking, “tell me more,” here it is: Spooky Zoo at Lincoln Park Zoo. On Saturday, October 27 the zoo will transform into a fall-filled spooky terrain perfect for your little trick-or-treaters. The event attracts more than 30,000 children annually and this year, Spooky Zoo is held in conjunction with their weekend Fall Fest. Expect ferris wheel rides, animal activities, a corn maze, pumpkin carving and more. All the details can be found on the official Lincoln Park Zoo website.


Hotel Near Lincoln Park Zoo

Knowing you’ll have costume prep before and candy eating after, it might be a good idea to find a hotel near Lincoln Park Zoo! Consider staying at the Willows Hotel. With a beautiful Lakeview neighborhood location, this boutique hotel is right near the zoo. Its amenities and great accommodations offer the perfect place for your little ones (and their parents) to rest!

Don’t miss out on all of the fun fall things happening in Chicago this year! Whether you’re looking for a food festival or kid-friendly event, Chicago’s got you covered. Plan your visit and make sure to stay at one of the fantastic recommended hotels above.



Willows Hotel
The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL 60657. 888.779.1904.

Majestic Hotel
This hotel has lots of charm with its comfortable, delightful atmosphere of an upscale English manor, amidst the energetic city life of the bustling Lakeview neighborhood. 528 West Brompton, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3499

City Suites Hotel
A sleek, retro property characterized by its unique Art Deco style. 933 West Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3400.