Do you love the start of fall? That change in the sunlight? The slight chill in the air? As we Chicagoans know, fall is one of those seasons that can be here one minute and gone the next, so we all understand the importance of getting the most out of this not-too-hot-but-not-too-cold time of the year. If you’re looking for ways to enjoy the fall season in Chicago, consider adding these items to your fall bucket list in 2020.
Eat and Drink All Things Pumpkin-y
Perhaps you like to stick with your basic PSL, but if you’re looking to branch out a little, there are plenty of amazing variations on the pumpkin-spice phenomenon at local Chicago spots. At Empanada Mama & The Pie Man, you can get a spiced pumpkin empanada or some spiced pumpkin pie. For pumpkin spice cake doughnuts, hit up Do-Rite Donuts.
Go for a Walk in the Woods as the Leaves Change
It’s not too cold yet to get out of the house and go for a walk in the crisp autumn air to enjoy the fall foliage! The best way to cross this activity off your fall bucket list is to take a stroll through LaBagh Woods in North Park and Winnemac Park in Lincoln Square. Other things to do in Chicago in the fall include traveling to the Garfield Park Conservatory, or Jackson Park in Woodlawn.
“Attend” the Chicago Horror Film Festival
Get into the spirit of the spooky season with an all-access pass to this year’s virtual version of the Chicago Horror Film Festival, which runs September 25-October 9. Curl up with a blanket and snacks, turn off the lights, and watch a whole selection of indie horror films during the fall in Chicago.
Enjoy Fall Activities at Lincoln Park Zoo
There is, understandably, no Fall Fest this year at Lincoln Park Zoo, but there will be a few fun experiences to celebrate the season; some returning favorite LPZ fall traditions include pumpkin carvers and a pumpkin patch. The zoo’s autumnal festivities will take place from October 1st through November 1st.
View the Best Parks and Fields to Play 16-Inch Softball
Looking to fill up your Chicago fall with some outdoor activities? Try these four parks in Chicago to play some 16-inch softball.
Watch the Chicago Bears
You may not be able to go to a game right now. On the other hand, an excellent way to include football festivities in your fall bucket list is to watch the games at your local bar or home. Order your favorite craft beer and enjoy the upcoming Bears game from your living room. Get your snacks and orange mask ready— it’s Sunday, my dudes.
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