5 Fall Things to Do in Chicago

by Jessica Galván

Fall has swiftly blown into Chicago trickling down a colorful rug of leaves on our sidewalks. This is easily my favorite season. It prepares me for the end of the year, hearing the crunchy leaves beneath my feet as I walk the city streets, wearing a cozy sweater and my favorite warm drink in hand. While fall may be different for many, it is still possible to enjoy this season. Here are some ideas to get out and experience fall!

1. Football Frenzy

Nothing announces fall quite like the start of the NFL games. Many of us have missed watching sports so gather your family on Sundays after church to see your favorite team play. Feeling inspired after watching a great game? Gather some friends and family for a friendly game of flag football (no tackling required)!

2. Support a Museum

On the particularly chilly days when the kids need a break and want to stretch their legs, plan a trip to one of our city’s great museums. The museum industry has been particularly hit hard yet there are still ways to visit while on a budget. Currently, the Art Institute, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago History Museum, The Field Museum, and Museum of Science and Industry are open to visitors and offer discounts or free days. Be sure to check their websites and plan your visit ahead of time as most museums have safety protocols and require reservations.

3. Jump in Some Leaves

Living in the city can often make this activity difficult but all it requires is a bit of forethought. Head to your local forest preserve or park, gather some leaves into a giant pile and just dive in! Bonus points if you bring your own rake for maximum pile height.

4. Go Pumpkin Picking

Always a fun family tradition, pumpkin picking is still happening this year! Escape the city to a local pumpkin farm for fall favorites like tractor rides, corn mazes, and maybe grab what is left of the season’s apple donuts. Again, be sure to check websites or call ahead to know any of restrictions.

5. A Sunset Walk

As the days get shorter, we like to take advantage of an earlier sunset by walking around our neighborhood. There’s nothing quite like greeting our neighbors under a majestic painted sky. As you walk and enjoy the fall foliage, reflect on this scripture from God's Word.

“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” – Genesis 8:22

What are a few of your favorite fall activities to do?