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Dinos Downtown Wheaton​

Downtown Wheaton South Main Street & West Liberty Drive, Wheaton

Dinosaurs invade Downtown Wheaton! This BIG outdoor exhibit features 10 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs throughout Downtown Wheaton this September 25 through October 8, 2023. Enjoy dinosaur-themed specials, activities, and more from...

Free
Ongoing

Family Campout

Priory Park 7354 Division Street, River Forest

Join us for a GREEN overnight family camping experience for all ages! (One adult per family must attend). Camping equipment is not provided, you must bring your own tent and...

Free
Event Series Naperville Farmers Market

Naperville Farmers Market

5th Avenue Station Parking Lot 200 E. 5th Ave, Naperville

Enjoy a farm-to-table meal with a plethora of locally grown food. You'll also find an array products, performances and events, making this a great destination for the whole family!   ...

Free
Event Series Aurora Farmers Market

Aurora Farmers Market

Water Street Mall 13 Water St, Aurora

The Aurora Farmers Markets are headlined by fresh produce and fun! Now in our 111th season, we are excited to continue to provide our community access to our great vendors....

Free

Lake County Mothers of Twins Club Resale

Village of Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center 2007 N Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach

The Lake County Mothers of Twins Club proudly invites you to our annual Fall Children's Resale on 9/30/2023 at the Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center! Featuring gently used...

$2 – $2.50
Event Series Lisle French Market

Lisle French Market

Downtown Lisle IL

This community treasure features fresh produce, plants, flowers, bakery items and more.   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Farmer’s Markets.

Free

Fishing Derby

Heritage Park (Glendale Heights) 1736 Paul Avenue, Glendale Heights

Put on your bucket hat and grab your favorite lures, it’s time for the Fishing Derby! Register and see if you can catch the heaviest fish in your age bracket....

Brookfield Fine Art Festival

Kiwanis Park (Brookfield) 8200 Brookfield Ave, Brookfield

Meet Local Artists • Art for Kids • Craft Beer and Wine, and Food Trucks.    For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Art Festivals.

Free

Naperville Plays

Nichols Library 200 W. Jefferson Ave, Naperville

Kids can discover the wonder of play and innovation as they enjoy hands-on activities and on-site exhibits provided by Naper Settlement, DuPage Children’s Museum and Naperville Public Library.

Free
Event Series LEGO Train Show

LEGO Train Show

Downers Grove Public Library 1050 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove

Make sure to come out and see the Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club's huge LEGO display Sept 30th & Oct 1st! Watch as custom trains zoom around the display past...

Free

Firefly Family Theatre: Harvest Moon

Park Ridge Public Library 20 S Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge

We are thrilled to welcome back our friends from the Firefly Family Theatre as they perform their autumnal celebration using the beautifully handcrafted puppets! Tickets available at the Children's Services...

Free

Be Who You Are Book Parr-ty

Mount Prospect Public Library 10 S. Emerson, Mount Prospect

Come celebrate the things that make us special on Be Who You Are Day, created by beloved children’s author Todd Parr. We will get inspired by Todd’s stories and explore...

Free

Fall Fest

Terrace View Park (Oakbrook Terrace) 17W063 Hodges Road, Oakbrook Terrace

Bring the whole family and your friends for a day of fun! Plenty of activities and free entertainment for everyone. There will be crafts, games, inflatables, snacks, and much, much...

Free

Life in the Pond – The Science of Turtles

Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum 5700 College Road, Lisle

We will also have interactive science exploration tables from the Morton Arboretum and the DuPage Forest Preserve. This event is sponsored in part by a mini-grant from the Environmental Education...

Free

Public Safety Open House

Buffalo Grove Fire Department 1051 Highland Grove Drive, Buffalo Grove

Join your Buffalo Grove first responders at Fire Station 26 for the annual Public Safety Open House. Featuring live demos, games, photo ops, food trucks, meet and greets and more...

Free

Harvest Festival

Barrington Area Library 505 N Northwest Highway, Barrington

You really autumn know about our fall fest! Enjoy storytelling and light refreshments, paint a pumpkin, and join in seasonal crafts and activities for all ages.

Free

Day of Play

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Join us as we celebrate the worldwide day of play at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum. Celebrate with us and receive $5 family admission. Check out the entire museum and...

NIU STEM Fest

NIU Convocation Center 1525 W Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb

STEM Fest 2023 is Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We’ll be back on central campus, with STEM Fest activities in the Holmes Student Center, MLK...

Free

Friends Book Sale

Fountaindale Public Library 300 W Briarcliff Rd, Bolingbrook

Shop hundreds of gently used books, CDs, movies, audiobooks and more. Don't miss our Bag Sale all day on Sunday! Proceeds from the sale directly support Fountaindale programs and materials.

Free

LEGO Creations

Eola Road Branch 555 S Eola Road, Aurora

See custom displays of LEGOS, talk to the builders and be inspired to build your own creations at home! All ages. Drop in This is a great way to inspire...

Free

Day of Play

Batavia Depot Museum 155 Houston St, Batavia

Batavia Depot Museum joins Our World: Worldwide Day of Play by hosting a family-friendly event on September 30 focused on play. As a day dedicated to experiencing joyful learning through...

Free
Event Series Artisan Market

Artisan Market

Oakbrook Center 100 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook

The Oak Brook Artisan Market is returning to Oakbrook Center for two outdoor markets in 2023. Meet and shop the Midwest's finest artisans in fashion, food, home goods + art...

Free

Glam Your Fam

Woodfield Mall 5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg

The Saturation Room will capture the essence of the '90s against rad, dreamy backdrops making you feel like you’ve stepped into a time machine. Blue Bunny will also hand out...

Event Series Bartlett Oktoberfest

Bartlett Oktoberfest

Leiseberg Park 325 E. Devon Avenue, Bartlett

Join the fun on Friday, 9/29 and Saturday, 9/30, at another unforgettable Bartlett Oktoberfest in Leiseberg Park, 325 E Devon Avenue! Hosted by the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce, the...

Woodland Family Hike

The Morton Arboretum 4100 Illinois 53, Lisle

ADVANCE TICKETS RECOMMENDED Explore seasonal themes on guided, family-paced hikes through the Arboretum’s diverse tree collections. Participants will hone their observation skills as they discover how trees support humans, animals,...

$10 – $17

Let’s Play Lotería

Aurora Public Library - West Branch 233 S Constitution Drive, Aurora

Join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage month with a game of lotería! All ages are welcome. ¡Celebra el mes de la Herencia Hispana jugando lotería! Para toda la familia. Join...

Free

Lemont Fire District Open House

Lemont Fire Protection District 15900 New Avenue, Lemont

Meet your Lemont Professional Firefighters. Join us for a day of family fun at the firehouse. * Fire Trucks, Engines and Ambulances * Firefighter Paramedic demonstrations, displays and equipment. Check...

Free

Autumn Fest

Gouin Park 10016 Fullerton Avenue, Franklin Park

$15 Wristband for unlimited use or $1 per ticket per attraction. Trackless Train, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo lnflatables, Free pumpkin for each family, Car Show, Touch A Truck, Roasted Corn...

Harvest Fest

Fischer Farm 16W680 Grand Ave., Bensenville

Join the Bensenville Park District at Fischer Farm for its annual Harvest Fest, sponsored by Grand Subaru! Don't miss this one-day event with food, fun and live music for the...

Free

Harvest Fest

Heritage Park (Glendale Heights) 1736 Paul Avenue, Glendale Heights

Hay there! Come out to Heritage Park for a Harvest Fest that is fun for all ages. There is plenty more to do at the fest like enjoy the craft...

Community Powwow

Bunker Hill 6800 N Caldwell, Chicago

Join us to celebrate Native American culture while recognizing the theme “Every Child Matters.” Enjoy traditional Powwow, native food, and listen to stories of culture from the area. Attendees are...

Free

Paint and Take a Rain Barrel

Hidden Oaks Nature Center (Bolingbrook) 419 Trout Farm Road, Bolingbrook

Looking for a fun, family-friendly activity that helps save the planet? Join a naturalist and our special guests from The Conservation Foundation to celebrate World Rivers Day! Learn about water-conservation...

Free

Illinois Prairie Path Family Bike Ride

Prairie Path Park 565 S. Stewart Avenue, Glen Ellyn

Join us in celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Illinois Prairie Path with a family bike ride along a portion of the trail. The ride will be led by the...

Free
Event Series World of Flavors

World of Flavors

Geneva Commons 602 Commons Drive, Geneva

Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st for our World of Flavors Event happening at #GenevaCommons 🎉 Make sure to get ready for two days filled of fun! Guests will...

Free
Event Series Train Saturdays

Train Saturdays

DuPage County Historical Museum 102 E Wesley St, Wheaton

The HO Gauge Model Train is operated by the DuPage Society of Model Engineers on the third and fifth Saturday of each month. The model features a detailed layout that...

Free

Super Stolie ¡Guacamole!

Glen Ellyn Public Library 400 Duane Street, Glen Ellyn

In this Spanish-English bilingual show for the whole family, Super Stolie, a life-long musician and artist, performs music and tells stories in English and Spanish and includes lots of movement...

Free

School of Rock Instrument Petting Zoo

Elmhurst Public Library 125 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst

Join Elmhurst School of Rock staff to try out instruments on the Kids' Patio. Try your skills at electric guitar, drums, and more. Live in-person. No registration.

Free

T-Rexplorers Family Program

Wheaton Public Library 225 N Cross Street, Wheaton

Get excited about science and nature with a T-Rexplorers program! See dinosaur bones up close and get a glimpse of what it's like to go on a Paleontological dig with...

Free

Tarde de Cine: Encanto

Santori Library (Aurora) 101 S. River Street, Aurora

Ven a la biblioteca por la tarde para ver la película de Disney "Encanto". Come into the library for an afternoon viewing of the Disney movie, "Encanto." Ven a la...

Free

Family Bingo

Indian Trails Public Library - Main Branch 355 Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling

$5 Bingo card includes 10 games. Prizes are awarded for each winning game. Sponsored by the Foundation for The Indian Trails Public Library. All proceeds benefit the library. Registration is...

$5

Autumn Jubilee

Villa Park Historical Museum 220 S. Villa Avenue, Villa Park

This event is for the whole family. Join us for food, drinks, games, face painting, a creation station, and more...   For information on more events like this, check out...

Event Series Music on Grand

Music on Grand

3700 Block of Grand Boulevard 3700 Block of Grand Boulevard, Brookfield

Every last weekend of the month June through September, we close down our downtown business district on Grand Blvd. The bars and restaurants extend their outdoor seating area to allow...

Free

Bolingbrook Fall Fest

Bolingbrook Recreation and Aquatic Complex 200 S. Lindsey Lane, Bolingbrook

An afternoon of fun for the whole family. Live music, food vendors, family games and activities.   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Fall...

Free

Octoberfest

Central Athletic Complex 500 S Naperville Rd, Wheaton

This event is held in conjunction with the Light the Torch Night Run. Event Features pumpkin painting, food and beer garden, small rides, and live performances by Vest Dance Troupe,...

donations appreciated
Event Series Bluesmobile Cruise Nights

Bluesmobile Cruise Nights

Downtown Mount Prospect Northwest Highway and Main Street, Mount Prospect

Come view the coolest classic cars around at the west commuter parking lot (Northwest Hwy. and Main St.) on Saturdays from May 13 to September 30, 3 - 9 PM....

Free

Camping Without Limits

Camp Bullfrog Lake 9600 Wolf Road, Willow Springs

In partnership with Adaptive Adventures, join an overnight event geared for individuals with physical disabilities, their families and friends.

Free
Event Series Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Cypress Cove (Woodridge) Janes Court, Woodridge

Get your fill of German food, music and beer at the 4th annual Woodridge Oktoberfest! Details will be available in late summer 2023.   For information on more events like...

Free
Event Series Taste of Elmwood Park

Taste of Elmwood Park

Central Park (Elmwood Park) 2430 N 75th Avenue, Elmwood Park

Live entertainment, Elmwood Park's finest restaurants, the Taste lounge cocktail bar featuring local DJ's, beer and wine, kids games and rides.    For information on more events like this, check...

Free

Light the Torch Night Run

Central Athletic Complex 500 S Naperville Rd, Wheaton

Race through luminary lanes at the 10th Annual Light the Torch 5K Night Run! This chip-timed 5K run/walk is a unique race through downtown Wheaton after sunset. Come decked out!...

$35

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