As the weather cools, fall festivals dot the landscape

Pumpkins and scarecrows. Hot chili and cold beer. These are all wonderful components of autumn.

Fortunately, plenty of more fall fun awaits at area festivals. Here’s a list of some of the fests across Chicagoland ready to entertain the masses this season. Always check the websites for up-to-the-minute information and scheduling changes before heading out.

Autumn Fest and Chili Cook Off: Sept. 26, North Riverside Village Commons, 2401 S. Des Plaines Ave., Riverside. Visit Northriverside-il.org/dnr.

Antioch’s Fall Wine Walk: Sept. 26, downtown Main Street, Antioch. Antioch. Visit il.gov/specialevents.cfm#wine.

Oktoberfest Chicago: Sept. 26-28, St. Alphonsus Church, corner of Lincoln, Southport and Wellington, Chicago. Visit Oktoberfestchicago.org.

Chicago Gourmet: Sept. 26-28, Millennium Park, Chicago. Visit Chicagogourmet.org.

Huntley Fall Festival: Sept. 26-28 at Deicke Park, 12015 Mill St., Huntley. Visit Huntleyfallfest.com.

Chinese Cultural Festival: Sept. 27, Whitney Young Magnet High School, 211 S. Laflin, Chicago. Visit Confuciusinstituteinchicago.com.

Downers Grove Chilympics Chili Cook-Off: Sept. 27, Fishel Park, downtown Downers Grove. Visit Dgparks.org.

Handmade Specialties Fall Crafter’s Market: Sept. 27, Cultural and Civic Center, 2007 Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach. Visit Handmadespecialties.com/ShowList.html.

Autumn Family Fun Fest: Sept. 27, Normantown Equestrian Center, 12151 S. Normantown Rd., Plainfield. Visit Plfdparks.org.

War of 1812 Re-Enactment: Sept. 27-28. Oak Fest Fairgrounds, 157th and Lorel Avenue, Oak Forest. Visit Oak-forest.org.

Lisle Ale Fest: Sept. 27, Corner of Burlington and Main, Lisle. Visit Lislealefest.com.

Harvest Moon Festival: Sept. 27-28, Riverfront Park, 301 E. Hydraulic St., Yorkville. Visit Harvestmoonfestival.roguebarristerrecords.com.

Edgewater Fall Art Fair: Sept. 27-28, Granville Avenue between Broadway and Kenmore, Chicago. Visit Edgewaterartists.com.

Hyde Park Jazz Festival: Sept. 27-28, 1130 Midway Plaisance, Chicago. Visit hydeparkjazzfestival.org

Randolph Street Market Festival: Sept. 27-28, 1350 W. Randolph, Chicago. Visit Randolphstreetmarket.com.

Lyon Farm Fall Fest: Sept. 28-29. Lyon Farm and Village, 7935 Illinois 71, Yorkville. Visit Kchs.co/wordpress.

County Folk Art Festival: Sept. 26-28, Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Visit Artoftheheartlandinc.com.

St. Mary’s Parish Octoberfest: Sept. 27, St. Mary Church, 19515 S. 115th Ave., Mokena. Visit Stmarymokena.org.

Fall Fun Fest: Sept. 28, Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn, 5100 Museum Drive, Oak Lawn. Visit cmoaklawn.org.

Pumpkin Fest: Oct. 1-31, Cosley Zoo, 1356 N Gary Ave.,Wheaton. Visit Cosleyzoo.org.

Fall Color Festival: Weekends in October, Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 83, Lisle. Visit Mortonarb.org.

Pumpkin Weekends: Weekends in October, plus Columbus Day, Blackberry Farm, 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora. Visit Foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.

Great Chicago Fire Festival presented by Redmoon: Oct. 3-4, Chicago River and citywide, Chicago. Visit Cityofchicago.org.

The Great Pumpkin Party: Oct. 4, Centennial Park, 15600 W. Ave., Orland Park. Visit orland-park.il.us.

Gurnee Fall Fest: Oct. 4, Viking Park, 4374 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee. Visit Gurneeparkdistrict.com/special-events#wwdp

Ribfest: Oct. 4, Village Green, Center and Scranton Ave., Lake Bluff. Visit Lakebluff.org.

Fall Festival: Oct. 4, County Park, 11 West Plum St., South Elgin. Visit Southelgin.com.

Drink It In Craft Beer>> Festival: Oct. 4, Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 83, Lisle. Visit Mortonarb.org.

Harvest Days: Oct. 5, Garfield Farm, 3N016 Garfield Road, St. Charles. Visit Garfieldfarm.org.

Barn Burnin’ Chili Cook-Off: Oct. 5, Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich. Visit Lakezurich.org/98/Park-Recreation

Fox Lake Family Fall Fest: Oct. 5, Lakefront Park, 71 Nippersink Blvd., Fox Lake. Visit Foxlake.org.

Mundelein’s PumpkinFest: Oct. 10, Southwest corner of Park St. and Seymour Ave. Visit Mundeleincommunityconnection.org

St. Charles Scarecrow Festival: Oct. 10-12, Routes 64 and 31, St. Charles. Visit Scarecrowfest.com.

Autumn on the Fox Art and Craft Show: Oct. 10-12, Pottawatomie Park, 8 North Ave., St. Charles. Visit Artoftheheartlandinc.com.

Autumn Harvest Festival: Oct. 11, Heritage Hill Historical Park, 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest. Visit Lakeforestca.gov.

Lake Zurich’s Craft Beer Fest: Oct. 11, Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich. Visit Lakezurich.org.

Randall Oaks Fall Festival: Oct. 11, Randall Oaks Barnyard Zoo, 1180 N. Randall Rd., West Dundee. Visit Dtpd.org.

Hoover Forest Preserve Fall Festival: Oct. 11. Hoover Forest Preserve, 11285 Fox Rd., Yorkville. Visit www.co.kendall.il.us/forest-preserve/forest-preserves/hoover.

Cantigny Fall Festival: Oct. 11, Cantigny Park, 1 S. 151 Winfield Road, Wheaton.Visit Cantigny.org.

Ale Harvest Craft Beer Fest: Oct. 11, Ty Warner Park, 700 Blackhawk Drive, Westmont. Visit Aleharvestfest.com.

Fall Harvest Fest at Robichaux: Oct. 11, Robichaux Park, 9247 S. Eggleston AAve., Chicago. Visit Chicagoparkdistrict.com.

Woodland Pumpkin Hunt: Oct. 12, Irons Oaks, 20000 Western Ave., OlympiaFieldsVisit Ironsoaks.com.

Fall Bulb Festival: Oct. 11-12, Chicago Botanic Garden. Visit Chicagobotanic.org.

Italian Food and Wine Festival: Oct. 14-16, Eataly Chicago, 43 E. Ohio, Chicago.Visit Foodwinefestival.it.

Pumpkin Festival: Oct. 18, Sgt. Means Park, 20712 Western Ave., Olympia Fields. Visit Olympiafieldsparkdistrict.org.

Fall Fest at Sauganash Festivals: Oct. 18, Sauganash Park, 5861 N. Kostner, Chicago. Visit Chicagoparkdistrict.com.

Pumpkin Fest in Libertyville: Oct. 19, Cook Park, downtown Libertyville. Visit Libertyvillejuniors.org.

Soup’s On: Oct. 19, Naperville Central High School, 440 Aurora Ave., Naperville. Visit Soupsonrotary.com.

Harvest Festival at NPV: Oct. 19, North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski, Chicago. Visit Chicagoparkdistrict.com.

Pumpkin Fest: Oct. 23, Central Park Aquatic Ball Fields, 250 Library Lane, Grayslake. Visit Glpd.com/grayslake-park-district-event/7th-annual-pumpkin-fest.

Vernon Hills Fall Fest: Oct. 24, Sullivan Community Center, 635 Aspen Dr., Vernon Hills. Visit Vhparkdistrict.org.

Green Festival: Oct. 24-26, NNavy Pier, 600 E. Grand, Chicago. Visit Greenfestivals.org.

Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival: Oct. 31, Genesee Theatre, 302 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. Visit Waukeganpl.org/Storytelling-Festival.

Haunted Grove and Harvest Festival: Oct. 31, Country Club Hills Pavilion, 4116 W. 183rd St., Country Club Hills. Visit Countryclubhills.org.

Danada Fall Festival: Oct. 12, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Danada Equestrian Center, 3s507 Naperville Road, Wheaton. Visit dupageforest.org.

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