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activities, advice and resources for the chicago suburban family ADVERTISING AND GENERAL INFORMATION: Office: (630) 863-7183 | Fax: (866) 779-4320 Suburban Family Magazine P.O. Box 1266, Westmont, IL 60559 contents 4 suburban family | September/October 2022 contents
Kimberly blaKer rebecca Hastings cHeryl maguire EVENTS EDITOR gina Hayes PUBLISHER Jim Wolf CO-EDITORS sue Wolf Jim Wolf ART DIRECTION tim Devine cory ottenWess ADVERTISING sue Wolf laura Zolper CIRCULATION lou fracassi out & about 6 Outdoorsy Family Adventures Fall GO Guide Fests & More Fall Fun Halloween Happenings Golf Links & Tips On Stage celebrate! 38 Give a Fall Facelift to Outdoor Enter taining Party Places family wellness 42 Expert Medical Advice about Going Back to School Jump-Start Success at School with Wellness at Home education central 46 An Honest Letter from the Teacher Education Resource fitness first 50 Fall Fitness Fitness Events active kids 53 Safety in Youth Sports Active Kids Zone great events 54 #1 family events calendar dining out 57 Superb romantic and family places to dine out!

Summer may be seen as the outdoor season, but autumn also offers lots of opportunities for outdoor fun. Try some of these family activities, and fill yours and your kids’ senses with delight.

Enjoy a color tour. National parks and for ests are the places to be in the fall. Contact your nearest National Park, and find out when fall colors will be at their peak and recom mended routes for picturesque views.

Host a campfire cookout. If outdoor fires are permitted in your area, have the kids round up neighborhood friends for a cookout. Hot dogs, hot chocolate, marshmallows, and s’mores are a traditional way to top off the season. Have every one take turns telling stories around the fire. If you have little ones, check-out library books with autumn themes to read to the youngsters.

Attend a football game. Gather your blan kets and head to the stadium. High school, col lege, and pro football games are great fun for kids and parents alike. Take along a bag of pop corn and thermos of hot cocoa, then snuggle up and get ready to cheer on your team.

Visit an apple orchard. Take your kids ap ple picking, and top off the day with cider and doughnuts, a hayride, and end-of-the-year picnic.

Make a scarecrow. What’s fall without a scarecrow on your porch? It is easy to make. Just buy a couple of bails of straw, then have each family member gather some old clothes and hats. Stuff it using string to tie off the hands, feet, and head.

Walk in the woods. As flies and mosqui toes retreat, it’s the perfect time of year for a

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walk in the woods. Look for animals scurry ing about gathering for the long, cold months ahead, and don’t forget your binoculars. Con tact state and local parks for wooded trails near you.

Leaf fun. Do you remember diving into the crisp fall leaves when you were a kid? Grab some rakes, and have your youngsters pitch in. Pile up the leaves to jump in, build a fort, and even have a leaf fight.

Find a festival. Apple, pumpkin, fall harvest, and many more festivals are found this time of year featuring food, arts and crafts, kids’ games, pony and wagon rides, and more. Visit your local event’s website online to see what’s coming up.

Bird migration watch As fall fills the air, many birds begin to head south. Contact State and National parks or your Department of Natural Resources for recommended birding locations as well as bird festivals.

Shift through a cornfield maze. Kids delight in finding their way through cornfield mazes. To find a maze near you, visit www. Also, watch the en tertainment section of your newspaper.

Plant perennials and bulbs . Let your kids try out their green thumbs. After all, fall is the time of year to plant perennials and flower bulbs. Let your kids choose some plants from the gardening store, and allow them to help design the garden. A handpainted rock or two adds color until the

stand in your front yard. Find an orchard where pumpkins are cheap, then have your kids purchase a small stock to sell for a high er price. Hot cocoa, baked pumpkin seeds, or doughnuts are profitable additions.

Horseback rides. Head to the stables and enjoy the fall colors on horseback. For horse rental listings by state visit, or look in the yellow pages under ‘stables.’

Make a bird feeder or house . Kids will enjoy the carpentry experience and marvel at watching birds make use of the kids’ cre ations. Kits are available in hobby stores and online for making bird feeders. To make one from scratch, visit your library and check out a book on how to build a birdhouse, or find

Come check out our at the DuPage Event Center & Fairgrounds …Thanks for all your support this year! For more information on upcoming events, or to book your own event - please visit our website: 9/30-10/2 Chicago Civil War & Military Show9/24 Wheaton Illinois Haunted Halloween Flea Market 202210/29 DuPage Comic Con9/10 ...and more! E-Mail: Of ce Hours: Mon–Fri 8am 4pm 2015 Manchester Road Wheaton, IL 60187 Phone: 630-668-6636 Fax: 630-668-6681 upcoming events


Fall is a season of transition. Our senses lead us to em brace the outdoors. A visu ally pleasing palate colors. The taste of pumpkin spice. The sound of crunching leaves. The smell of woodsmoke. From apple picking to zip-lining, we’ve compiled this epic bucket list of fall activities you can get into. Turns out summer hasn’t completely cornered the market on family road trips.

Sonny Acres Farm

You best be-leaf we’re open for Fall activi ties! Sonny Acres iconic family-friendly festi val begins September 17th for a limited time through October 31st. FALL in love with our non-stop family fun fit for all ages. Pick the per fect pumpkin, enjoy a variety of amusements and attractions including everything from our Wacky Worm Roller Coaster to a ride around the farm on the Sonny Express Train, take fun to new heights on our giant jumping pil low, get baaack to nature and feed the farm animals, enjoy great food at our outdoor grill and much more! MARK YOUR CALENDARS

FOR CHICAGO’S BEST HAUNTED EXPERI ENCE - HAUNTED BARN AND HAUNTED WAGON RIDE OPEN SEPTEMBER 30th! Lo cated at 29W310 North Ave., West Chicago, IL. (630) 231-3859 [See our ad on the Back Cover.]

Hayride of Horror and the Curse of the Bayou

The Lockport Township Park District presents the Hayride of Horror and Curse of the Bayou every Fri. and Sat. starting Sept. 30 until Oct. 29 from 7pm-10pm (last ticket sold at 10pm) at Dellwood Park, 199 E. Woods Dr. in Lock port. Tickets can be purchased at and fees are as follows: one attraction: $15 per person; $25 both attractions: $35 speed pass to both attractions. Group dis counts and private rentals are available. Both events are sponsored by CITGO. Lockport. For more info., visit or call 815-838-1183.

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Richardson Adventure Farm

Richardson Farm in Spring Grove, IL is the place to go for A-MAZE-ING Farm Fun!

This year, the farm is celebrating 60 years of Bond… James Bond. Wander through the 28-acre corn maze locating each checkpoint just the way Bond would do. After you have completed your mission, take a ride on Rich ardson Railroad, a spin around the Carousel, race your family or friends down a slide or around the Pedal Cart track, and cheer for the victor at our Pig Races. Pumpkins galore, a Picnic Area with Campfires, a 700’ Zip Line -- The farm offers a variety of activities and experiences for all ages!

This year, admission also allows September guests to stroll through our Fields of gor geous Sunflowers. After a long day of adven ture, there is nothing better than grabbing a fresh donut or bag of farm popped kettle corn. Open Thursdays through Sundays from Sept. 10th to Nov. 6th plus Columbus Day. Come visit the farm for an unforgettable ex perience! Visit for more information.

Experience 1 Day in Lemont 4 Ways Time Out Magazine voted Lemont one of the best day trips from Chicago. We’d love to have you stay awhile, but if you only have a day, we’ve put together four itineraries for

friends, families, and adventurers alike. These itineraries allow you to design your trip based on your interests–with recommendations for the best places to explore, shop, and dine.Visit to plan your trip!

Ottawa, IL - Pick Us!

Nestled along the Illinois and Fox River, lies the best kept secret of the Midwest. Lush plantings and butterfly gardens line the streets filled with boutique shops and modern eateries. Stand in the shadows of Honest Abe and the Little Giant then learn the fine art of blown glass and craft brew ing. Renowned architecture, massive murals, live music and theater bring culture to life in this historic canal town. Join us throughout the year! Ottawa Visitors Center - 1028 LaSalle St - Ottawa, IL. www.pickusottawail. com 815.434.2737

Apple Holler

Monster Mash in Bensenville

Get in the Halloween spirit at the Bensen ville Park District’s Monster Mash! Take a trip through the Halloween-themed activity walk through the Deer Grove Leisure Center and into the gym where kids of all ages will en joy FREE family activities, including carnival games, live animals, inflatable bounce houses and much more! 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Oc tober 29. Deer Grove Leisure Center 1000 W. Wood St., Bensenville.

Fall Fun at the Farm!

Pick your own memories at Apple Holler or chard, family farm and wedding venue while enjoying 78 acres of fresh air & wide-open spaces! Enjoy great comfort food touched by the magic of apples at the Red Barn Restau rant and Bakery Café. Four seasons of family fun for visitors to enjoy all year long! Apple Holler is the ideal rustic wedding venue locat ed between Chicago and Milwaukee, WI, right off of I-94 at Exit 337, simply follow the signs to the FUN! (5006 S. Sylvania Ave. Sturtevant, WI 53177) Call (262) 884-7100 or visit www. for further information. [See our ad on Page 7.]

Arlington Heights:Your Fall Destination for Shopping, Dining, and Entertainment!

The Village of Arlington Heights is your home for Chicagoland’s best shopping, dining, and entertainment! Discover our one-of-a-kind Downtown ambiance with some of the most unique boutique stores in the Chicago sub urbs. Live music, theater, and comedy are all showcased at the intimate Metropolis Per forming Arts Centre. And savor Chicagoland’s best outdoor dining experience with Arling ton Alfresco, concluding with live music, great eats, and family fun at Harmony Fest and the Taste of Arlington Heights on September 30 and October 1! For more great experiences, visit [See our ad on the Inside Back Cover.]

Volo Museum

For over 62 years, the world-famous Volo Museum’s 45 exhibits and 10,000 mechanical marvels guarantee to have something rare and amazing for everyone. Spend the day with hundreds of rotating classic cars, mod ern muscle cars and Hollywood vehicles, Ju rassic Gardens indoor dinosaur experience, a hand-carved 1928 carousel hall, ice cream parlor, military museum, Disney display and massive Antique mall. Open daily 10a to 5p. Visit for more informa tion. 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo, IL. [See our ad on the Inside Back Cover.]

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5N726 Crane Road • St. Charles, IL 60175 Purchase tickets: Autumn Hayrides Fridays & Saturdays • Sep 30-Oct 22 Start times: 5:30pm, 6:30pm or 7:30pm Cruise around the fields on a 30-minute tractor-drawn wagon ride. Group tickets include all the fixings to make s’mores over your own private fire. Individual tickets include a marshmallow roast over a shared fire. Ages 15 & under must be accompanied by a paying adult. All Ages • Individual Tickets: $12 per person Group Rates: $140 • 8-12 people | $240 • 13-20 people
Advance reservations required for all events. NEW! Pumpkin Patch Creations Saturdays • Oct 1-22 • 3:30-5pm Embark on a tractor-drawn wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to find your perfect pie pumpkin. Catch a ride back to the farmyard to the decoration station and create your own work of pumpkin art. Roast marshmallows around an open fire as a special treat Ages 15 & under must be accompanied by a paying adult. All Ages • $15 per person (Ages 1 & Under FREE)
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Keller’s Farmstand

Keller’s Farmstand is a local day trip that ev eryone will enjoy! Come any day for apple picking at one of Chicago’s largest orchards or pick a pumpkin in our HUGE pumpkin patch. On weekends, explore our eight-acre corn maze, bring the kids to our Farmland playground, enjoy storytelling with a mime artist, and see the horses and animals. Our Farmstand is open daily with unique foods and homemade donuts on weekends! It’s safe outdoor fun for the whole family! Open through October 30. Tickets at [See our ad on the Inside Front Cover.]

Visit Kenosha

Fall in love with Kenosha, WI during the au tumn season. Enjoy the crisp air at as you hike through county parks, take a swing at one of our many golf courses, or roll along a lakefront bike path. Savor the tastes and style of bou tique shops, spend an evening at the theatre or comedy club, and ride a pedal tavern or elec tric streetcar for a tour of the downtown area. Plan your getaway at

Celebrate Fall in Naperville

Indulge with your favorite dish this fall at one of our 300 restaurants throughout Naper ville! There’s nothing better than fall in Na perville, so why not make it better by swing ing by one of our restaurants? You can always

find a place that will appeal to your taste buds. Find more restaurants and information at

Naper Settlement

Fall is the perfect time to visit Naper Settle ment with a variety of special events for visi tors of all ages including Octoberfest (Septem ber 30-October 1), All Hallows Eve (October 14-15), Howlin’ at the Moon (21+ event, Octo ber 21-22), Trick or Treat at Naper Settlement (October 30), and more! For more informa tion, visit

Fall Fun for Everyone in Downtown Aurora!

Aurora Downtown welcomes you this fall with free events for everyone to enjoy. Join us at First Fridays, a night of art, music, and more throughout downtown Aurora. Visit Sugar Skull City from October 15 to November 6 and enjoy Day of the Dead activities. Trick or Treat at downtown businesses from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 29. Enjoy family-friendly events all year-round in downtown Aurora. Follow us on Facebook at Aurora Downtown. www.auroradowntown. org [See our ad on Page 3.]

DuPage Event Center and Fairgrounds

The DuPage Event Center and Fairgrounds is “The Place Where Community Gathers”. For

the past 68 years a wide variety of events have called us home. From Train Shows, Toy Shows, Civil War Show, Craft Shows, Quilt Shows and many more. We also support many area non-profit events that have a positive impact on our community. We continue to look for new activities to bring to the grounds, and welcome you to join us. Find upcoming events at

Harvest of the Acorn Moon Festival

Celebrate autumn’s arrival at this familyfriendly festival featuring: Pumpkin Painting, Mule-drawn Hayrides, Games, Nature Crafts, Guided Hikes, Folk Music, Refreshments. Sun day, Sept. 25, Noon – 3 p.m. Admission is FREE; nominal fee for crafts and refreshments. No registration required. Oakhurst Forest Preserve, 1680 Fifth Ave., Aurora.

Autumn on Parade

Folks will be “Fallin’ for Oregon” on October 1st and 2nd during the 51st celebration of this FREE family friendly event! From our Fun Zone, Food Court, and 5K to Crafters Mar ket, Auto Classic, and Antique Tractors, there’s activity and options for all!

Check out our 21 and older Beer Garden on Saturday only. Our Harvest Time Parade steps off at 1 p.m. on Sunday! Full schedule and de tails at

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Siegel’s Cottonwood Pumpkin Farm.

A day of “affordable fun on the farm.” Come “Harvest Family Memories” starting Sept 24th - Halloween. Admission includes 40+ UNLIMITED attractions for all ages to enjoy with plenty of meals and treats to eat. Wagon rides, farm animals, giant slide, trains, corn mazes, ziplines, play area and so much more. Grandparents FREE Monday - Friday with paid grandchild. 17250 Weber Rd. Lockport. 800304-FARM. Check out events and more at

Pumpkin Weekends

Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm

Enjoy family-friendly fall festivities at Black berry Farm! Weekends in October & Colum bus Day 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission includes all rides and attractions ,pumpkins can be purchased for an additional cost. Check the Blackberry Farm website or Facebook page for a detailed schedule of events. All ticket sales are final. 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora.

Kuipers Family Farm

Season begins August 27th with our Sunflow er Festival. Visit the orchard for apple picking (Saturday, Sunday & holidays. Check website for weekday picking) and fresh apple cider doughnuts, home-baked pies, fudge, farm-

pressed apple cider and hand-spun caramel apples from The Orchard Shop and Bakery. Sample our hard ciders & fruit wines at The Bin Tasting Bar! Take a scenic ride around the farm on The Farmview Railroad! September 17th over 30 farm-themed activities open at the Pumpkin Farm. FREE PUMPKIN with a paid admission in October! Exclusions apply. Save $ and buy tickets online. www.YouPick for more information.

Curtis Orchard

Curtis Orchard in Champaign offers fun for everyone from July 20 - December 23. Activities include apple and pumpkin pick ing, kids and toddler play areas, farm kittens, goats, and mazes. September and October weekends bring rack wagon rides, pony rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, inflatables and air cannons. Eat lunch in our café, visit our bakery and then shop our beautiful country store.You’ll find local gifts, specialty foods, ci der and preserves to take home. www. cur

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago

Stepping into LEGOLAND Discovery Cen ter Chicago is like you’ve just jumped into the biggest box of LEGO bricks ever! With over 3 million LEGO bricks under one roof and 2 stories of EPIC LEGO play, what will you discover? To see what else we have to offer, check out www.legolanddiscovery! Be sure to buy tickets online to guarantee your entry. Located at 601 N. Martingale Road, STE 130 Schaum burg, IL 60173.

Abbey Farms

Create fall memories at Abbey Farms’ Pump kin Daze! Abbey Farms offers safe fun for all ages on a huge farm with outdoor attractions that let you disconnect from the digital world. Explore Kane County’s largest corn maze, our weekend petting zoo, the Emporium Cafe, or our half-mile hayride. Enjoy the weekend craft beer & wine tent with live music, and take home some pumpkins or donuts! Located at 2855 Hart Rd., Aurora, IL. Visit www.abbey for more!

Odyssey Fun Farm

Odyssey Fun World in Tinley Park presents Odyssey Fun Farm, just down the street! Amazing attractions include the Corn Maize, Containment ‘Z’ Shooting Gallery, corn cannons, petting zoo, hayrides, rope maze and so much more. Fun for the whole family!

The Farm will be open for FUN from 10am – 6pm starting 9/24 - 10/30! www.odyssey Located at 18900 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park. 708-429-3800.

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Moonlight Corn Maze • TOM’S FARM MARKET • Fall on the Farm OCTOBER 1ST - OCTOBER 31ST • Apple Cider Donuts • 6 Acre Corn Maze • Petting Zoo • U-Pick Pumpkins • Bouncy Pillow • Pedal Tractors • And So Much More PURCHASE TICKETS ON OUR WEBSITE VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO PURCHASE TICKETS! WWW.TOMSFARMMARKET.COM SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22ND (RAIN DATE OCTOBER 29TH)

Explore paths, beaches, and parks that stretch for miles along Lake Michigan. Venture through a vibrant downtown filled with boutique shops, museums, historic sites, authentic streetcars, unique cafes and dining experiences, and so much more.

Wherever your interests lie, Kenosha offers FUN beyond the expected.


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Westmont Park District’s Fall Fun

Look no further than the Westmont Park District for bales of fall fun! Our Last Straw Fall Event kicks it off on Oct. 2… don’t miss this great, free, family event for all ages! For the brave ones, walk and ride through our Haunted Forest on Oct. 22. Little ghouls and goblins can attend our annual Spooktacular Fun Night for trick-or-treating, games, and more on Oct. 31. For more info call 630-9635252 or visit

Downers Grove Park District Autumn Events

Enjoy a day out with your pup at Fishel Park on Sept. 10. Explore the allegedly haunted Downers Grove Museum and Main Street Cemetery on Oct. 7 at Spec ters and Spirits. Children ages 3- 9 are welcomed to kick off Halloween by learning some dance moves at the Monster Mash Dance Party on Oct. 29. Trick-or-Treat at the Downers Grove Museum on Oct. 31. For more information, visit

Autumn Drive

The 34th Annual Autumn Drive is a Fall Fes tival for the whole family. On October 1416, from 9 am to 5 pm, in Rural Woodstock/ Marengo in McHenry County, Illinois, the

country colors come alive and our neigh borhood turns into an eclectic collection of talents. With a leisurely country drive from homes to farms you can discover: antiques, art, crafts, pumpkin patches, apple picking, corn mazes, food, music, and even garage sales and barn sales. For many more details, maps, and stories check out our web site at www. And Follow us on Facebook at

Park Forest Art Fair

One of Chicagoland’s treasures, the Park Forest Art Fair, will be held September 17 and 18 from 10 until 5, on the Village Green and along Main Street. The fair features artists exhibiting in a variety of media from painting, printmaking and photography to sculpture, woodworking, glass, fabric art and jewelry. The fair is family friendly and features a “kids’ art alley” offering several crafts projects, drawing and a face painter. Of spe cial interest to young people, some of the artists will be demonstrating their art techniques during the fair. This in cludes a sculptor who works in stone and a doll maker. On Saturday, the Village hosts a music fair. For additional information www. or call the Tall Grass Gal lery at 708-748-3377.

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Tall Grass Arts Association presents: Downtown Park Forest, IL On Main St. between Western Ave. & Orchard Dr. 708.748.3377
The 66th Annual Park Forest September 17 & 18, 2022 10:00am to 5:00pm
September/October 2022 suburban family | out & about 19 START A FAMILY TRADITION AT Country Store and Gift Shop • Local Specialty Food and Gifts • Bakery • Cafe for Lunch (Sept & Oct) Apple picking • Pumpkin picking • Corn Maze • Petting Zoo • Giant Slide • Obstacle Course Wicked Orchard Shootout • Jump Pad • Munchkin Land • Pony Rides • Tractor Tours • Homemade Pies ACTIVITIES HAVE LIMITED TIMES AND SEASONS Check website: 3902 S Duncan Rd, Champaign, IL 61822 | (217) 359-5565 TAKE INTERSTATE 57 SOUTHBOUND TO EXIT 232. GO EAST 1/2 MILE ON CURTIS ROAD TO DUNCAN ROAD, THEN SOUTH 1/2 MILE TO OUR ENTRANCE. Open July 20 - Dec 23 HARVEST OF THE ACORN MOON FESTIVAL Celebrate autumn’s arrival at this family-friendly festival. *Pumpkin Painting *Mule-drawn Hayrides *Games *Nature Crafts *Guided Hikes *Folk Music *Refreshments Sunday, Sept. 25 Noon - 3 p.m. Oakhurst Forest Preserve 1680 Fifth Ave., Aurora Admission is FREE; nominal fee for crafts and refreshments. No registration required. © Sir_Eagle / Adobe Stock

Midwest SOARRING Foundation

26th Annual Harvest Pow Wow

All welcome! Nov. 12 & 13, 2022. Come experience Native American culture at its finest. Listen to the sound of our drum and watch our Native dancers dressed in beautiful regalia. Our Pow Wow offers unique Native themed vendors with something for everyone. Come listen to Native flute playing, story- telling, try flintknapping and other family friendly activities. DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton. Purchase discounted tickets at www.

TOM’s Farm Market

TOM’s Farm Market is a fun day for everyone! During October, you can pick your own pumpkins from our fields and take a walk through our 6-acre corn maze. Spend some time enjoying our petting zoo, bouncy pillow, pedal tractors and other activities. Our market is open every day with homemade soups, desserts & every one’s favorite…Apple Cider donuts! We are open from March thru December, but October has all the extras, so visit www.TomsFarmMar to learn more.

Primrose Farm Frolic

Experience farm life! Explore restored farm buildings, visit with farm animals, stroll

through 100+ acres of historic and modern rural landscapes and climb up on a vintage tractor near the fruit orchard. Exciting and educational activities await you in the farm yard! Drop-in programs offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, fea turing hand-milking a Jersey cow, gather ing eggs from the chicken coop, grooming a draft horse or feeding the animals. Sign up at

Autumn Fest!

The Oak Brook Park District invites you to this year’s Autumn Fest! Sept 17th.This free, familyfriendly event will start with kid entertainment from the Hinsdale School of Rock Band from 2-3:30pm, juggler, face painter, carnival games, arts & crafts, hayrides, and more! Nashville Electric Band will be on stage performing from 3:30-5pm. All the while there will be food, beer, and wine available for purchase. www.obparks. org/special-events/autumn-fest

Midwest Pond & Koi Society

The Midwest Pond & Koi Society, MPKS, are families with a common hobby: koi ponds, garden ponds, koi keeping, and plants. MPKS members range from the novice to experi enced water gardener. The club has monthly meetings with topics about plants, ponds, and fish. Other activities include; auctions, road

trips, and a pond tour. You do not have to be a member to attend a meeting. Visit our web site for more information.

Warrens Cranberry Festival

Warrens Cranberry Festival marks the 49th celebration! Sept. 23 - 25. Located 8 miles northwest of Tomah off Interstate 94 West to Exit #135 in central Wisconsin’s “Heart of Cranberry Country”. The Festival is perhaps best known for its shopping of over 800 arts and crafts booths (unusual works of art), 300 flea & antique booths (primitives, pottery and antiques), 100 farm market booths (fresh fall produce) and 100 food vendors that make for a three-mile shopping extravaganza! Free a guided tour to see a cranberry marsh on Friday & Sat urday and Sunday morning. Sunday the parade is at 1pm.Visit us at


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Yorkville Hometown Days Festival – 9/1-4. Beecher Community Park. Carnival games, rides, more.

Buffalo Grove Days – 9/1-5. Buffalo Grove.

Septemberfest – 9/3- 5. Live entertainment, carnival, craft show, fun and more. Schaumburg. villageofscha

Wauconda Street Dance – 9/3. Live music on multiple stages, food, drink and dancing. Wauconda.

Maple Park Fun Fest – 9/3-5. Free. Softball, Beer Gar den, rock climbing wall, toilet bowl races, bike parade . Maple Park.

Irish Days – 9/4-6. Celebrate Irish culture with dance, food, music, folk bands, children’s activities. Long Grove.

Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival –9/3-5. Virtual bands, musicians, dancing, storytelling. Geneva.

St. Charles Jazz Festival – 9/8-11. Enjoy jazz

performances at 14 different venues over the weekend.

Aurora Water Lantern Festival – Floating lantern event at Rivers Edge Park. 4:30-9PM.

Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival – 9/9-11. Demonstrations, classes, raffle, silent auction, contests, Jefferson, WI.

Itasca Oktoberfest – 9/9-10. Enjoy German food, music and entertainment.

Downers Grove Fine Arts Festival – 9/10-11. Fine art, plus boutiques, cafes and a children’s art area. Downers Grove.

Fall Festival at Veteran’s Memorial Park – 9/10. 11AM-3PM. Giant pumpkins, family activities and entertainment

Stades Annual Arts and Crafts Show – 9/10-11. 10AM-4PM. Crafts, jewelry making, paintings and more. McHenry.

42nd Annual

Scandinavian Day Festival | 9/11 Scandinavian food, crafts, gifts and entertainment. 10AM-5PM. Vasa Park, along the Fox River.

Goebbert’s Fall Festival – 9/11-10/30. 9AM-6PM. Pumpkin eating dinosaur, games, animals, duck derby, haunted house. South Barrington. goebbertsgarden

Glow in the Park Lantern Walk – 9/11. 5-8PM. Food, face painting, balloon artist, live music followed by a paper lantern walk around the lake. Glen Ellyn. Brew at the Bridge – 9/14. Oswego’s annual craft beer festival at the scenic Fox River. 1-7PM. Oswego. Mexican Independence Day – 9/ 15 – 18. Carnival,

crafts, food, parade. Cicero Fairgrounds. thetownof

10th Annual Glendale Heights Oktoberfest | Sept. 15 - 25

Authentic German food, and beer, live entertainment daily, souvenirs, hats, and steins Free Parking. Camera Park, 101 E Fullerton, Glendale Heights

Johansen Farms Children’s Zoo and Fall Festival – Opens 9/15-10/31. Farm zoo, hayrides, and pumpkin patch. Bolingbrook.

Berwyn’s Oktoberfest – 9/16-17. Live music, inter national food court, beer garden.

Fall Fest Des Plaines | Sept. 16 - 18 9/16 (6-11pm), 9/17 (noon-11pm) and 9/18 (noon-7pm)

A Three-Day Family-Friendly Festival!

Great bands, carnival rides, food, fun family activities. FREE Admission. Lake Park, 2200 Lee St., Des Plaines

Oktoberfest – 9/16-18. Authentic German Food, carnival, vendor fair, and traditional music. Tinley Park Metra Station.

Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm and Fall Fest – 9/1610/31. Pumpkins, donuts, BBQ, hayrides, pumpkin chucker. Homer Glen. DesPlaines Fall Fest – 9/16-18. Carnival, free concerts, KidZone, Food, Free admission!

Taste of Egypt Festival | Sept. 17 & 18 Delicious Egyptian Food! Fun Activities for all Ages! Camel rides, petting zoo, jewelry, souvenirs & more! 15 W 455 79th St, Burr Ridge.

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Warrens Cranberry Festival 8 Miles North of Tomah Take I-94 West to Exit #135 Sept. 23–25, 2022 Friday & Saturday 7am–5pm Sunday 9am–5pm Parade - Sunday at 1pm Ph: 608-378-4200 Fx: 608-378-4250 • Cranfest Marsh Walking Tours Fri-Sun • 850 Arts & Craft booths all 3 days! • 80 Food Booths • 350 Antique & Flea Market booths all 3 days! • Follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, & Twitter
More info call Patti Salerno (708) 656-3600 Ext. 258 Oct 6-9 Fest opens Thursday Oct 6 Austin to 57th Ct. in the “L” Strip Houby Parade Sunday Oct 9 50th Ave. to 59th Ct. on Cermak President Larry Dominick and the Board of Trusties Town of Cicero Invite you to Festival Hours: Thursday: 5 – 10 PM Friday: 5 – 11 PM Saturday: Noon – 11 PM Sunday: Noon – 10 PM 2022

Bring Your Family & Friends to Beautiful Vasa Park!

Scandinavian Day Festival

Come enjoy Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian & Swedish Culture, Heritage, and Traditions at Beautiful 25-Acre Vasa Park, located along the Fox River


10 AM TO 5 PM

Enjoy a Late Summer Day with Traditional Food, Crafts, Games, Gifts & Entertainment Celebrating the Five Nordic Cultures and Heritage Free Parking * Adults $10 * Children 12 & Under FREE Rain or Shine – Park Hotline 847-695-6720

Presented by the Scandinavian Day Festival Committee at VASA PARK, 35W217 Route 31, South Elgin, Illinois 60177

7 Miles South of I-90 Northwest Tollway & 5 Miles North of IL Rt. 64 North Avenue Visit our Websites to Learn About This and Other Scandinavian Park Events at and

Autumn Fair – 9/17. 11AM-3PM. Crafts, games, hayrides, music, and fall activities. Free Admission. Peck Farm Park..

Autumn Fest – 9/17. Oak Brook. Family friendly festival with kids’ activities, music, food, carnival games and more! 2- 5 PM. obparks,org

Elmhurst Craft Beer Fest – 9/17. 1 6 PM. Elmhurst History Museum.

Kuipers Pumpkin Farm Festival – 9/17-10/30. Hay rides, autumn treats, corn maze, pig races, Big Rig Pumpkin and a jumping pillow. Maple Park.

Fiestas Patrias Festival– 9/17.- 18. Features tfood vendors, cultural activities, a free carnival, and entertainment. RiverEdge Park, Aurora. aurorafiestas

Fox Fall Fest | Sept. 18 9AM-3PM. Fun family filled day! Artisan Market, vendors, games and more! Downtown Oswego

Vintage Illinois Wine Festival – 9/18-19. More than 25 wineries, plus music and food. 11AM-6PM Sat; 11AM-5PM Sun. Utica. Barrington Hills Fall Festival – 9/18. 12-4PM. Live

music, games, entertainment and food. Riding Center. Barrington Hills.

Windy Acres Farm – 9/18-10/31. Family friendly with food, beer garden and live music. Didier Farms Pumpkin Fest – 9/19-10/31. Mini Zoo, corn maze, farm stand, pig races. Lincolnshire.

Fall Fest – 9/23-25. Entertainment, beer garden, food, a carnival and fireworks. Huntley. Aurora Greek Fest – 9/23-25. Celebration of Greek food and culture. St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church.

Oaktoberfest – 9/23-24. Free. Live music, deli cious fall foods, craft beers and a kids’ root beer garden. Oak Park.

Warrens Cranberry Festival – 9/23-25. 7AM5PM. Cranfest marsh, food booths, Arts and crafts and Flea Market. Parade Sunday at 1PM. Warrens,

51st Annual Autumn on Parade

The historic Ogle County Courthouse in downtown Oregon, Illinois provides the back-drop for this popular festival. Free entertainment and family-oriented events and activities are offered.

Arts & Crafts Farmers’ Market - Crafters and artisans offer an array of handmade, homegrown and collectible items including antiques and garden produce. Located on the Courthouse Square Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Harvest Time Parade - More than 100 units featuring Honored Guests, novelty acts, marching bands, Jesse White Tumblers and South Shore Drill team! Step off at 1 p.m.

Live Entertainment/Beer Garden - A variety of local, Chicagoland, and Nashville performers. Gated area. ID and entry fee required.

Antique Tractor Show, Auto Show, 5K, 60/40 Raffle, Olde English Faire, Food Court by Local Not-For-Profits, Petting Zoo, Fun Zone for kids... and more!


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Oct. 1-2, 2022
2022 Theme: Fallin’ for Oregon 51st Annual Oct. 1-2, 2022

Apple Fest – 9/23-25. Bushels of apple inspired treats, pie-eating contest, live music. Long Grove. longgrove. org/festivals/apple-fest

Keepataw Day Parade & Fun Fest – 9/24. Inflatables, Live Bands, Games, Food Vendors Beer Tent. Parade 1PM. Lemont.

Scarecrow Festival – 9/24. Downtown Ottawa. “Toddler Friendly” annual fest has something to offer every member of the family!

Johnny Appleseed Festival – 9/24. Live entertain ment, scarecrow decorating contest, Great Ball race. Crystal Lake.

Autumn Hayrides – 9/24-10/22. Cruise around the fields and make s’mores over your own private fire. St. Charles. Tickets at Navy Pier Chicago Live! – 9/24-25. Chicago’s top cultural organizations in back-to-back performances. Navy Pier. Chicago.

Polyanna Brewing Oktoberfest – 9/24. 12-11PM. Live music, food from Weber Grill, free shuttle buses. The Forge, Lemont Quarries.

Autumn Family Fun Fest – 9/24. 1-4PM. Hayrides, pumpkin launch, petting zoo and a prairie maze. Eaton Preserve. Plainfield. Oktoberfest – 9/24. Live polka music at the beer gar den from 11AM-5PM. Free with zoo general admission. Brookfield Zoo.

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Harvest of the Acorn Moon Festival | 9/25

Pumpkin painting, hayrides, crafts, hikes and folk music. Noon - 3PM. FREE. Oakhurst Forest Preserve, Aurora.

Autumn Opener Festival – 9/25. Pony rides, petting zoo, performers and games! Bring clothes to make a scarecrow. Castaldo Park, Woodridge.

Scarecrow Parade – 9/25. 1PM. Kid-friendly event with a scarecrow theme.

Harvest Fest | Sept. 30 - Oct 2 Fischer Farm, Bensenville Food & Drink. Family Fun. Animals. Live Music. Free Parking.

Oktoberfest at Naper Settlement – 9/30-10/1. Live music, German Beer Garden, German Cuisine, Family Activities. Naperville.

Harmony Fest – 9/30-10/1. Food & Local Business tents. Family fun and live music. Arlington Heights.

Oktoberfest – 9/30-10/2. Buffalo Creek Brewing hosts a Bavarian themed event. Lake Zurich. Buffalo

Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo – 9/30 - 10/30.

Celebrate the harvest season with family-friendly activities.


Fallin’ For Oregon – 10/1-2. Autumn on Parade includes 180 booths in Ogle County Courthouse Square. Home grown and handmade items with a Kids Fun Zone with pet ting zoo and inflatables. Oregon, IL

Pumpkin Patch Festival – 10/1. South Elgin. Family-friendly. Pumpkin Fest – 10/1-31. Farm animals and pumpkins! Children’s rides. Cosley Zoo, Wheaton.

Pumpkin Patch Creations – 10/1-22. 3:30-5PM. Tractordrawn wagon ride to the pumpkin patch and come back to the decoration station to create your work of art. Primrose Farms, St. Charles. Cody’s Farm Pumpkin Fest – 10/1-10/31, Weekends. 10AM-6PM. Corn maze, pumpkins, apple orchard, kids’ rides, food and more. Marengo. Autumn Hayrides – Fridays & Saturdays 10/1-23. Tractor-drawn wagon ride, bonfire & s’mores. Prim rose Farm, St. Charles. Register: Galena Oktoberfest – 10/1. 12-10PM. Food and beer, Polka lessons, Bean Bag tournament, bounce house.

Pumpkin Weekends – 10/1-10/22. 11AM-4PM. Pumpkin Bounce House, New features each weekend. Check web page for details. Buy tickets online, $8, Blackberry Farm, Aurora.

The Last Straw – 10/2. Scarecrows, pumpkins, pan for gold, hayrides, learn about life in the past. 124PM. The Gregg House Museum.

Autumn Harvest Festival – 10/2. 4PM. Experience the fall harvest in 19th century farm life demonstrations with crafts, games, music, food. Schaumburg.

International Houby Fest | Oct.6-10 Carnival, float filled parade, live music, food, crafts and more. Rich, cultural tradition. The Towns of Cicero and Berwyn

Bayfield Apple Festival – 10/7-9. Tour the orchards and wineries, peruse fine arts and crafts. Live music and carnival. Bayfield, WI.

Fall Festival and Bulb Sale – 10/7-9. Purchase bulbs shipped from Holland and enjoy family activities and Harvest Market at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe.

St. Charles Scarecrow Festival – 10/7-9. Children’s rides, fish fry, scarecrow sculpting, parade, bingo and more! St. Charles.

Smoketoberfest – 10/8. Downtown Ottawa. Inau gural Backyard BBQ Competition for backyard chefs with pig roast & live music.

Oktoberfest – 10/8. 3-8PM. Food, beer, music and entertainment. Wheeling.

Fall Festival at Palatine Stables – 10/8. 10:45AM3:45PM. Pony rides, petting zoo, pumpkin decorating and photo ops.

Bronkberry Farms Fall Fest - Oct.8-9. Hayrides, farm fun. 9AM-6PM FREE. Plainfield.

Boo at the Zoo – 10/8-23. Family Halloween celebration in the Zoo’s West Mall. Creepy Carousel, and the Craized Maize. Weekends. Brookfield.

Fall Fest – 10/8. DJ, entertainment, hayrides, arts, crafts, giant slide, s’mores and more. 6-8PM. Bloomingdale.

Cantigny Fall Festival – 10/8. Celebrate at Cantigny with harvest-time fun for all ages! Food and shopping, music, crafts, children’s book fair, inflatables and more! 10AM-4PM. Wheaton.

Burgoo Festival – 10/8-9. Street party featuring over 100 vendors, craftsmen, musicians. Utica. lasal

Founders Day Festival – 10/8. 2-7PM. 100 Birthday with zip line, rock climbing wall, bounce house, corn maze, beer garden and much more. Lake Park West Campus. Roselle.

Fall Fest – 10/8. 9AM-12PM. Safety Town trick-ortreating, photo ops, fall games and more. The Depot at Wild Meadows Trace, Elmhurst.

Glass Pumpkin Patch – 10/12–16. Features

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demos of the country’s top glassblowers and unique, handcrafted designs available for purchase. Morton Arboretum, Lisle.

Autumn Drive, Woodstock to Marengo – 10/1416. Progressive festival with barnyards, farmhouse doors and studios open to the public. Garage and antique sales.

Frankenstein’s Kiddie Carnival – 10/14. Wear Halloween costume and enjoy carnival games, crafts, popcorn PARCC Plainfield.

Fall Fest – 10/14-16. Fall Fest parade, great food and music, arts and crafts, kids’ activities and classic car show. WI.

STEM Fest | Sat. Oct. 15

Free family fun celebrating science, technology, engineering and math. Featuring drone flying, a Haunted Physics Lab, engaging stage presentations, science demo shows and more! 10AM – 4PM. Northern Illinois University, DeKalb Campus

Autumn Fair – 10/17. 11AM-3PM. Peck Farm Park. Food, petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkins and more. Geneva.

Caravan to Candyland – 10/19. Drive along the Hal loween themed path and stop at candy/prize stations

along the way. Prizes geared for ages 10 and under. St. Charles.

Pumpkin Swim – 10/21. Pumpkin hunt at the Family Aquatic Center, Oak Brook. Search for candy and prizes in the pool, with free swim after until 8:45PM. Gourds on Parade – Carve your pumpkin and drop off to the Pottawatomie Community Center by 10/21 for guests to view on a walk along the path. St. Charles.

Trail of Terror - 10/22. Wander the Haunted course trails among live ghouls and goblins. May not be suit able for young children. St. Charles.

Boonanza – 10/21. 4-7PM. Children 10 and under, pumpkin decorating, crafts, carnival games, and bal loonist. Howlin’ at the Moon – 10/21-22 5-10PM. 21yrs and older only – local bands, food trucks, fire dancers and curi osities. Naper Settlement, Naperville. Bolingbrook Fall Festival – 10/22-23. Crafters, mak ers, bakery goods, and other fall and Halloween related items. Bolingbrook. Sycamore Pumpkin Festival – 10/26-30. Decorated pumpkins, carnivals crafs, and parade. sycamorepump

Fall Fest – 10/28. 6-9PM. Costume contest, inflatables, games, crafts, petting zoo, wine and live music. Warren ville.

Halloween may be rooted in the scary, but these days, it of fers something for everyone. Read our picks for the best Halloween events happen ing in and around the Chi cago suburbs.

13th Floor Haunted House – 9/10-11/13. Select dates. One of the largest haunted house brands. Special features with Fright Club app. Melrose Park.

Teenie Weenie Pumpkins & Munchkins – 9/17. Celebrate the colorful time of year with treats, games, crafts and a hayride. 10AM-Noon. Carol Stream.

Hayride of Horror and the Curse of the Bayou – Open every Fri. and Sat. starting Sept. 30 until Oct. 29 from 7pm-10pm at Dellwood Park, Lockport.

Ghoulish Golf – 9/30-10/1. 4-9PM. Spooky surprises

await after a game of crazy golf. Family-friendly light scares possible. St. Charles.

Itasca Halloween Celebration – 10/1. 1-3PM. Pony rides, bounce house, games, pumpkin decorat ing and more!

Halloween Hayride – 10/2. 5-6:30PM. Hayride around Lake Gregory followed by activities and S’mores. Costume contest. Register. Blackberry Farm.

Howl-O-Ween – 10/5. 5-7PM. Bring your favorite dog for a spooky egg hunt, raffle, photos, and a goody bag for your dog. Fred. P. Hall Amphitheater. Palatine.

Halloween Hollow – 10/7-9. Yunker Park. Kids’ games, mummy wrap, pumpkin decorating, food concessions and beer. 12-5PM. Mokena.

Specters & Spirits – 10/7. Exploration of the haunted Downers Grove Museum for adults. Drinks around a bonfire before searching for signs of spirits with paranormal experts. 7PM. Downers Grove.

Great Pumpkin Giveaway – 10/8. 10-2PM. Pump kins, live animals, kids’ activities, flu shots and blood drive. The Compass Church, Three Rivers Campus, Plainfield.

Not So Scary Golf – 10/10. 11AM-6PM. Family friendly activities, new fire pit, music, mini golf and giveaways! Coyote Crossing Mini Golf. Carol Stream.

Night of 1000 Jack-o-Lanterns – 10/12-16 & 10/19-23. Over 1000 real pumpkins light up the night at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Halloween.

Chicago Ghost Tours – Ongoing through 10/31. Tour the historic haunts of Chicago. Both Bus and Foot Tours available. Times vary. Tickets.

Haunted Trail – 10/14. 6-7PM – Family Hour. 7-9:30PM Active Scaring. Hold on tight while you are guided through the 1/3 mile loop turned haunted ground! Ray Franzen Bird Sanctuary. Purchase tickets at trail, cash only.

Things that go Bump in the Night – 10/14. Fun

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Ride our Hayride of Horror through the heart of Dellwood Park while the spirits of the long forgotten welcome you home. Dark and mysterious forces will play with your imagination as our creatures inspire fear. Eerie movies will air on our 20 foot outdoor movie screen while you await your Hayride of Horror, and our bonfire will warm you while keeping the evil from incinerating your soul.

Line entertainment will keep you both terrified and delighted. Food and drinks are available for purchase.

Are you one of the brave souls to seek out the underground of Dellwood Park?

We dare you to attempt the Curse of the Bayou. This haunted attraction has been hidden in the canyons below the Hayride of Horror. The veil between the living and the dead has been lifted, and a powerful Voodoo Priestess has been called forth from her home in the swamps. She commands a legion of fiendish monsters to assist her so that she may stay in this realm, wreaking havoc. Do you carry the still beating heart she yearns for? You must navigate the treacherous maze to escape, or risk being her next victim.

The Curse of the Bayou is not recommended for young children. Parental guidance is suggested. This is a walking attraction with an uneven trail, tight corners, low ceilings, strobe lighting, fog and loud noises.

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and not frightening. Watch skits as you walk along the trail with costumed characters representing the critters of the forest. Includes campfire, snacks and songs. 6-8:15PM. Emily Oaks Nature Center, Skokie.

All Hallows Eve – 10/14-15.6:30-10PM. 13-acres of haunting creatures and screaming delights at Naper Settlement! Not recommended for children under 8.

A Nightmare at West Main – 10/14 and 10/21. 7-9PM. Haunted hike through the spooky trails. Ages 10+. Tickets. Batavia.

Sugar Skull City – 10/15. - 11/6. Celebrate the Day of the Dead . Downtown Aurora.

Trick-or-Treat Trail – 10/15. 12-1:30PM Ages 0-10 yrs. Children and parents enjoy walking the trail at the Ray Franzen Bird Sanctuary, receiving crafts and treats along the way. FREE!

Haunted Trail and Bonfire – 10/15. Bonfire, food, cider, games, wagon rides and a haunted trail.

Graveside Stories Cemetery Walk– 10/15 - 16. 2-5PM . St. Peter & St. Mary Cemeteries, 310 Alexan der St., Elmhurst. Reservations Required: elmhursthis

Haunted Forest Walk – 10/21-22. Wind your way through a haunted forest trail full of scary scenes, wicked creatures and evil spirits. Afternoon matinee suitable for children under 9. Fri: 6:30-9:30PM,

Sat: 1-3PM and 6:30-9:30PM. Hawthorne Woods. Woodridge.

Haunted Hayrides – 10/21-22. Spooky, fun-filled hayrides on the trail at Eaton Preserve. Plainfield.

Trick-or-Treat Tango – 10/21. 7-8:30PM. Dancing, crafts, games, candy and prizes! $10 Registration required.

Howlin’ at the Moon – 10/21-22. 21+ event. Come dressed in costume and enjoy performances, live music, local cuisine and beverages. Naper Settlement, Naperville.

Haunted Forest – 10/22. – Little Monsters, 3-6:30PM; Sheer Terror, 6:30-9:30PM. Sandra Smith Wood, Westmont.

Spooky Zoo – 10/22. Trick-or-Treating on zoo grounds. 10AM-While supplies last or 1PM. Lincoln Park Zoo.

Halloween Hayday – 10/22. 10AM-1PM. Stephen Persinger Rec. Center. Halloween egg hunt, costume contest, bounce house, hayrides, science activities. Registration recommended. Geneva.

Howl O’Ween Dog Parade - 10/22. Bring your dogs and dress-to-impress at Peck Farm Park’s FREE Howl O’ Ween Dog Parade! Geneva.

LEGO® Brick-or-Treat Monster Party - 10/2310/31. It’s non-stop fun, with spooky decorations, amazing LEGO® activities, and a screening of the EXCLUSIVE NEW LEGO® 4D Halloween movie. Schaum burg.

Batfest – 10/29. Halloween themed family event with trick-or-treating, pumpkin bowl, contests, BatArt, stories and games. Free. Batavia. Downtown

Monster Mash – 10/29. 11AM-2PM. Halloween themed walk-through Deer Grove Leisure Center. End ing with carnival games, bounce house, live critters and more! Bensenville.

Kooky Spooky Candy Trail – 10/29. 3-5PM. Trickor-treating along the candy trail at Oakton Park, while enjoying the roaming magician. Advanced ticket purchase. Skokie.

Haunted Halloween Flea Market – 10/29. Live music and ghoulish encounters and thousands of treasures for sale. 3PM– Midnight. DuPage County Fairgrounds. Wheaton.

Trick or Treat Trail – 10/29. Trick or Treat socially safe at Red Hawk Park. All participants must register for a designated time slot. Register. Red Hawk Park, Carol Stream.

Boo Bash! – 10/31. Children and families come in costume. We will read stories, make crafts and share a special treat. 10-11 AM. Cantigny, Wheaton.

Spooktacular Fun Night – 10/31. Geared for kids ages 2-10. Trick-or-Treat through the community center and stay for fun and games. 5-7PM. Westmont.

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Golf Links & Tips

The Preserve at Oak

Putting From Off the Green

There are many extra factors to consider when putting from off the green including turf length/condition, distance, slope, obstacles, and more. A lot of these tricky factors sim ply take practice to learn, but there are a few fundamentals to help you as you gain experience with this shot. First, use your regular putter grip. Regardless of the lie, you're still making a putting stroke, so use whatever grip you would use if you were on the green. Next, stand a little taller at address. This allows your arms to swing more freely and get an extra bit of momentum into the golf ball. It is also important to not hit down on the ball. Instead, set up with your hands even with or slightly behind the golf ball to add a touch of loft. This will help the ball avoid getting caught in the turf. Finally, as with all putts, make sure your backswing and follow through lengths match. For a longer putt, take the putter back a little further, but make sure your follow through travels the same distance. Keep these things in mind to help yourself nestle more putts up close from off the green!

Golf Center Des Plaines

Justin Bentley, PGA Professional

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353 N. River Road, Des Plaines

Hitting Into the Wind

Like many aspects of golf, there are multiple ways to approach hitting shots into the wind. One is to flight the ball on a pierc ing trajectory that cuts through the breeze nicely. Another, perhaps easier method to hitting solid wind-beaters, is pulling a longer club and swinging easy.

Because, when many golfers are faced with shots into the wind, their first instinct is often to hit the same club as they normally would and swing as hard as possible. However, that can add unwanted spin to the ball and more directional variability, meaning it immediately balloons up in the air and lands short and likely offline.

So, by taking one or two more clubs (a 5 or 6 iron, instead of a 7), moving the ball slightly farther back in your stance at address (the width of a ball or two) and main taining a smooth swing instead of going all out, both spin and launch will remain low and the shot will be less affected by the wind.

The simple point? Instead of swinging for the fences when it’s windy out, force yourself to pull a longer club and swing less than full to keep the ball below the breeze!

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Meadows 900 N. Wood Dale Rd., Addison Travis Cedzidlo, First Assistant Golf Professional 630-595-0071

Drury Lane, the ultimate entertainment destination.

For over 66 years, Drury Lane has delighted guests with spectacular live performances, delicious dining, convenient transportation, and dedicated group services. Experience the transportive power of theatre with Ag atha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express on stage now. An immer sive journey to a thrilling, faraway world full of intrigue and Arriving just in time for the holiday season, Elf: the Musical comes to Drury Lane. A magical, musical story based on the festive hit film follows Buddy the Elf on his journey from the North Pole to New York City. Get tickets today!

More than great theatre, join us for a traditional Sunday Brunch at Lucille. A feast of delicious dining options, specialty stations, and sweet treats served in our elegant dining room beneath dazzling crystal chandeliers. Groups of fifteen or more quality for dramatic savings of up to 20%, plus enjoy exclusive dining options, dedicated group services, as well as easy parking on-site. It’s never been more simple or affordable for your group to enjoy live theatre together.

See why thousands choose Drury Lane year after year. Visit our website at or call the Box Office at 630-530-0111 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 (See our ad on p. 33.)

The James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts

The James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts (JLC) at the College of Lake County announces its fall 2022 series. “The performing arts are an important cultural asset hit hard by the pandemic,” says newly appointed Executive Director, Alisa Baum. “As we continue to recover, the JLC provides a great option for Lake County residents to see world class entertainment in their own backyard.”

• The Second City Presents: Out of the House Party, Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m. A raring-to-go cast of comedians in a laugh-packed adventure. Rated R for language.

• Lisa Rock in Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters, Sunday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m.

A musical tribute to many of the most memorable songs of the 70s.

• Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass: Brothers on the Battlefield: The Power of Love, Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. America’s premiere large brass ensemble of virtuoso artists in a joyful performance.

• Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” Saturday, Dec. 17, at 1 and 5 p.m. The beloved family classic returns for the JLC’s holiday tradition.

Tickets are available online at; by phone at (847) 543-2300 or at the JLC Box Office, 19351 West Washington St., Grayslake.

Overshadowed Theatrical Productions

We are thrilled to announce our line-up of shows for the 2022/2023 season that offers a fun theater experience that the whole family can enjoy! This year our new season will begin in September with our fall show, the world premier of Tuesday Morning #neverforget. This Christ mas we bring back the beloved story, Miracle on 34th Street.

Our Kids and Family series continues with the timeless tale of a girl named Dorothy and her journey over the rainbow in the beloved mu sical, The Wizard of Oz. Next, we tackle Alfred Hitchcock’s madcap mystery, The 39 Steps, with 100 characters portrayed by only 4 actors. We will close our season with the feel-good classic musical, Singin’ in the Rain. And will rain on our stage!

Located at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah. Individual tickets are now available for Tuesday Morning. You can purchase tickets for all shows by becoming a season subscriber. To order tickets, please call the box office at 630-634-2100 or go to

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September/October 2022 suburban family | out & about 35 The Second City Presents: Out of the House Party Saturday, September 17 * 7:30 p.m. Lisa Rock in Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters Sunday, October 23 * 4 p.m. The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass Saturday, November 12 * 8 p.m. Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s The Nutcracker Saturday, December 17 * 1 and 5 p.m. James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts TICKETS 847.543.2300 19351 W. Washington Street, Grayslake Senior/Military/Group Discounts Available! REDISCOVER THE JLC!

Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University

The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University presents over 30 productions, serving over 50,000 audience members annually. With free parking, convenient access by Metra or I-57, and one of the best free sculpture parks in the country, Governors State has something for the entire family. The Center’s 2022-23 season includes The Nut cracker presented by The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine and Air Play presented by Acrobuffos.

The Nutcracker features Tchaikovsky’s beloved score with instantly recognizable holiday music, including “Waltz of the Flowers,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” “Waltz of the Snowflakes,” and more.

In Air Play umbrellas fly, fabrics soar over the audience, balloons swal low people, and snow swirls, filling the stage. With stunning images

and gales of laughter, Air Play bounces on the edge of definition: part comedy, part sculpture, part circus, part theater.

Tickets are available at or at (708) 235-2222.

Wheaton Drama, Inc

Since 1931, Wheaton Drama, Inc has been providing quality commu nity theatre entertainment to Wheaton and its surrounding suburbs. Opening our 2022-2023 season, will be the high-energy, foot-tapping musical, “Sister Act.” The show runs from September 16-October 9 at our theatre located at 111 N. Hale St. in downtown Wheaton.

Tickets are available online at our website or by phon ing our ticket line at 630-260-1820. Our season continues with the wonderful family musical, “A Christmas Carol” running November 25-December 18. Plan now on adding this event to your family’s holi day agenda! We hope to see you at our theatre this fall!

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tickets for children 14 and under!

The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine presents The Nutcracker Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 1 & 5 p.m.

the season for making special memories with your family!

you’re a kid or a kid at heart, The Nutcracker will fill you with the holiday spirit. Starring the acclaimed State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine, this treasured fairytale follows a young girl’s journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes,

an army of mice.

Acrobuffos present AIR PLAY

Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 2 p.m.

circus-style adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air, Air Play transforms ordinary objects into uncommon beauty. Great for all ages, Air Play creates beauty and inspires laughter across cultures and continents.

translation necessary.

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Give a Fall Facelift to Outdoor Entertaining

Appetizer for Easy Entertaining

When it comes time to entertain fam ily and friends, it’s important to have a few simple, warm appetizers and small plates at the ready. Plan your menu with recipes that can be prepped ahead of time and popped in the oven when guests arrive. It can make hosting easier and more enjoyable.

A versatile ingredient that can enhance your favorite sweet and savory reci pes, Musselman’s Apple Butter is more than just a spread. It’s made the oldfashioned way for perfect texture and a rich apple-cinnamon flavor, giving par ties and get-togethers a unique taste in recipes like these Apple Brie Bites.

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Apple Brie Bites

Servings: 24

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed

5 ounces Brie cheese

1/2 cup Musselman’s Apple Butter

1/4 cup pecans, chopped

Heat oven to 400 F.

Grease mini muffin pan.

Press seams of puff pastry sheet to gether. Cut sheet into quarters then each quarter into six pieces.

Use rolling pin to flatten each piece of pastry into square shape. Place one square into each muffin cup.

Put 1/2 teaspoon brie, 1 teaspoon ap ple butter and 1/2 teaspoon chopped pecans into each muffin cup.

Bake 13-15 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm.

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Expert Medical Advice about GOING BACK TO SCHOOL

DoI have to wear a mask again this school year?”

My 12-year-old daughter asked me this ques tion when we recently discussed going back to school. This question along with many oth ers are being asked by kids since the rules about the pandemic are always changing

I want to make sure my daughter is healthy and ready for school, so I turned to a medi cal expert to learn more about masks, immu nizations, and check-ups before returning to school this fall.


If your child has not already had their yearly check-up it is important to schedule one so that they can remain healthy throughout the school year. During this visit, you and your child can also discuss any mental health concerns.

Dr. Damon Korb, a developmental-behavior al pediatrician in Los Gatos, CA, and author of Raising an Organized Child says “Think

of going back to school, the same way that you would have any year but perhaps it is more important. We do not want to miss a potential problem to avoid another. Children should get all of their normal well visits and immunizations.”


Dr. Korb recommends referring to the immunization schedule recommended by the CDC to make sure your child is up to date. Sumana Reddy M.D. at Acacia Family Medi cal Group in Salinas, CA says that everyone should make sure that they get a yearly flu shot. Flu shots are normally available start ing in September. And it’s also important to get a covid vaccine if your child hasn’t re ceived one yet.

“Children can die from the flu. It’s very im portant to get your flu shot,” says Dr. Reddy. Dr. Korb agrees by saying, “Getting the flu shot may actually reduce the likelihood of catching and spreading covid.”

Dr. Reddy explains that most doctors are concerned about people being infected with

the combination of covid and the flu virus that will be circulating this fall. “The more families that get the flu vaccine the better it will be for everyone,” she says. Unlike most vaccines, you need to get the flu shot yearly for it to be effective since the strain of flu often changes.

If you don’t have insurance vaccines will be provided for free by doctors due to the fed erally funded program Vaccines For Children. The program provides vaccines to children who might not be vaccinated because of an inability to pay. The vaccines are available at private physicians’ offices and public health clinics registered as VFC providers.

And if you do have insurance there should not be a co-pay for receiving the vaccine.

“The Affordable Care Act requires private in surance companies to pay in full for vaccines recommended by the CDC,” says Dr. Reddy.

Dr. Reddy explains that there might be some insurance companies that are exempt and that you should check with your insurance compa ny about coverage before getting your vaccine.

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Children might be unaware of the fact their vision is not normal. This may lead to feeling frustrated about being unable to see the words in a book or in the classroom causing a child to act out.

The CDC recommends that children’s eyes should be checked regularly by an eye doctor or pediatrician. Amblyopia or lazy eye is the most common cause of vision loss in children which can be treated if caught early between the ages of 3 to 5 years old.

The American Optometric Association es timates 80% of a child’s learning happens through observation. In the classroom, most of the teaching is done by displaying the in formation.


The American Academy of Pediatrics recom mends that your child visit a dentist for an initial check-up by the time they turn one. Ac cording to the CDC tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most common chronic diseases for kids from ages 6 to 19. Research studies found that children who have poor oral health often miss more school and receive lower grades than children who have good oral health.

Fluoride can prevent about one-third of cavities in baby teeth. If your town wa ter does not contain fluoride, you can ask your pediatrician or dentist to prescribe fluoride which is typically taken in pill form once a day.


Kids that are going back to school might have anxiety about this transition from summer break.

“I recommend that all kids do a telehealth check-in with their pediatrician to discuss the transition. Often parents think their kid is fine, but you want to have a chance to talk about stress and anxiety,” says Dr. Reddy.

During this check-in, you can also make sure that your vaccines are up to date or talk about any other mental health concerns.


Dr. Korb says, “Make sure you prepare your child by teaching and modeling safe behavior such as frequently washing hands.”

Jump-Start Success at School with Wellness at Home

Setting the stage for success in the classroom starts with reliable morning routines the whole family can depend on. Establishing a plan for each day before heading off for work or school is beneficial for staying on time and organized, and many families’ mornings start with a nutritious breakfast.

This school year, add better-for-you break fast recipes like Orange Oatmeal or an Orangeberry Smoothie to the menu. These morning meals are powered by 100% orange juice, a delicious option that helps fuel the body with essential nutrients that support a healthy immune system and overall diet qual ity with no added sugar.

“A growing number of research studies has revealed children who regularly drink 100% orange juice have higher intakes of key nutrients, higher quality diets and may have healthier lifestyle habits, like greater physical activity levels, than children who do not drink OJ,” said Dr. Rosa Walsh, director of scientific research at the Florida Department of Citrus. “Study after study confirms that 100% or ange juice not only has a place in the diets of children, but it can also serve as an easy way for parents to provide key nutrients without fear of adverse effects on body weight when served in moderation.”

Consider these nutritional benefits of Florida Orange Juice, “The Original Wellness Drink.”

Diet Quality

Because 1 cup of 100% orange juice counts as 1 cup of fruit, it’s an easy way to contribute to your children’s fruit intake. As a kid-favorite, it’s a nutrient-dense beverage that helps increase the intake of key nutrients including vitamin C, folate, thiamin, magnesium, potassium and, in fortified juices, vitamin D and calcium.

Immune Support

When paired with a healthy lifestyle, Florida Orange Juice has vitamin C, vitamin D (in for tified juices) and phytonutrients (naturally oc curring plant compounds) and may help sup port a strong immune system.

• Vitamin C – Commonly associated with helping maintain and strengthen a healthy im mune system by protecting cells and promot ing the production and function of cells. One 6-8-ounce glass of OJ is an excellent source.

• Vitamin D – Plays an important role in regu lating immune response and helps cells fight off bacteria and viruses that get into the body. One 6-8-ounce glass of fortified OJ is a good source.

• Plant Compounds, Flavonoids and Colorful Carotenoids – Work to support the immune system by helping to fight inflammation and helping cells communicate with each other, which can help strengthen immune response when encountering infection.

No Added Sugar

Unlike foods and beverages that contain add ed sugars, the natural sugar in 100% orange juice contains vitamins, minerals and phytonu trients. As one of nature’s nutrient-rich foods, OJ is a convenient way to enhance whole fruit intake and reach daily recommendations. Plus, it can be used as a substitute for nutrient-poor foods and beverages, such as sugar-sweetened beverages, in the diets of children and adults.

Find more information and recipe inspiration at

Orange Oatmeal

Servings: 4

1½ cups water

1 cup Florida Orange Juice

1 cup quick cooking steel-cut oats

1 Florida Orange, peeled and diced

1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

In medium saucepan over high heat, bring water and orange juice to boil.

Add oats to boiling liquids.

Return to boil then reduce to medium heat and cook uncovered 5 minutes, stirring fre quently.

Mix in orange, agave nectar, cinnamon and salt. Remove pan from heat; let stand 1 minute be fore serving.

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Dear Parents,

These words don’t come easily. I find myself in a position where I am left with no other choice, but to bear my heart on my sleeve and ask a favor.

I want to provide this for them in school. I miss the days of a dress-up trunk and play kitchen. I miss the block corner and a craft table. Your children need these things, and I can no longer provide them.

Could you please give your child time to play?

See, the day is busy, as you know. We are in a new era of education. Opinions on that aside, I want you to know I recognize the change. The academic rigor is good but also pushes other things out of the picture.

Your child is learning higher-level mathematical concepts at a much earlier age. Algebra is introduced in first grade now. But there is a cost, and exploring geometry through Legos and wooden blocks just doesn’t fit in.

The writing your child is doing is amazing. There are insights and opinions and text-based evidence, but I had to let something go to make room for this. Unfortunately, we don’t really have time for the creative writing we used to see so much of. It’s not gone, but it feels that way sometimes.

Complex texts and more non-fiction are filling our day. This provides amazing connections between social studies and science. But the loss is things you may remember about grade school. We don’t learn the 50 states and capitals anymore, and the solar system study is no longer about making models of the planets.

The technology is amazing. Computers are putting more information at their fingertips than we could have found in any encyclopedia. But it does mean more time in front of screens and that typing trumps cursive. I know that’s hard to swallow, but it’s just the best use of our time.

Art and music and physical education are still there for most of us, but not in the classroom. It’s one session a week as a ‘special’, but I just don’t have the time or resources to pull the paints out in the classroom anymore. I’m not sure how I could justify it with everything else that must be taught.

Thankfully, reading is still an essential part of our day. We read books and articles and primary sources. It’s wonderful to open up new worlds of information. But it had to take the place of something and reading for fun seemed to be the thing that fell away. It breaks my heart, but this is why I need you.

I need you to bridge this gap with me. When your children come home please fill these voids in what I am able to do in six hours a day.

Let them be messy with glitter and paint. I know it’s hard, but they need time to be creative.

Let them be loud and run and get dirty outside. I know there is not a lot of time, but their bodies need the freedom to move.

Let them read a book just because it’s beautiful. I know you’re busy with dinner and homework, but the beauty of words can inspire them to dream.

Let them try new things. Go places. Visit the library just because. Play tag. Build a tower. Let their imagination run free.

Kids need this. Play will only help them become better learners, thinkers, and creators. No matter how old or young they may be please make time for them to play.

I will do my best for them in the classroom. I will provide academic rigor and teach all that I’m supposed to. On top of that, I’ll try to squeeze in opportunities for all that’s been pushed aside.

I’ll do what I can, but I need your help.

Please, give them time to play.


A Teacher Who Wants the Best

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FALL Fitness

Running in autumn is beautiful. The tempera tures drop in the fall, making it an ideal time to run outside. The humidity and heat won’t cause your body extra stress. You won’t get dehydrated so quickly. All in all, your running performance might noticeably improve thanks to better weather conditions. Maintaining your goal pace may suddenly become a little easier, too, as you try to hit your next goal.

If you’re now running in the early morn ing hours, before getting the kids on the bus, decrease your mileage for a few week to get acquainted with the time change. If you have the opportunity to run midday, search out new paths with fall foliage.

Temperature changes can happen quickly during the fall season. Layer your clothing and plan to take off layers off as you warm up. You want to wear enough to keep you warm, but not enough to overheat. If you are running in the morning or at night, you need to consider visibility. Visibility is essential to runner’s safety, as it helps you be seen by cars and bikes. In addition to gear such as lights, reflective gear and bright colors are great ways to increase your visibility.

Avoid slipping on wet leaves with the moisture on the ground. Check the treads on your running shoes to ensure that you’ve got a stable grip.

It’s peak time for many bucket-list races. You have many to choose from here, So sign up and go! And, enjoy the delicious post-run treats and drinks, too.



MB Bike the Drive. Chicago.


VIRTUAL Run/Walk to End Homelessness 5K and Kid’s Fun Run. (9/10-18) Chicago.

Fun Run 5K. South Holland.

Itasca Oktoberfast 5K Run. Itasca. itascaoktober

Naperville Trails Half Marathon. Naperville. All

Last Chance BQ.2 Geneva.

Here for LIFE Walk. Saint Charles.


Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk. Glenview.

9/11 Heroes Run 5K. Chicago. 911heroesrunchicagoil.


Glow in the Garden 5k – Rockford. Nicholasconserva


AFSP Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Walk

3-mile walk sponsored by the Illinois Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Montrose Harbor – Chicago, IL

The Forge Adventure Race. Lemont. Forgeparks. com/races

Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk. Kankakee.

BT5K Your Way. Chicago. Pint 1K Run. Oswego.

Step It Up for Clearbrook 5K. Arlington Heights.

Out of the Darkness Walk. Chicago.

Walk for Apraxia – Frankfort.

North Shore Triathlon. Wilmette.


Chicago Lupus Walk and Fun Run. Lincoln Park. Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk. Naperville.

Fox Valley Marathon, Half Marathon and 20-Mile Race. St. Charles.

North Shore Century. Between Chicago and Wiscon sin.

Sea Blue Run/Walk. Chicago.


Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk. St. Charles.

Hustle S’More 5K and 10K Kids’ Mile. Geneva.


Kid’s Triathalon.

Lions Run for Hope 5k. Stickney.

Chi Town Half Marathon and 10K. Chicago. allcom


DeKalb Corn Classic 10K and 5K Race. DeKalb.

Kids’ Triathlon. Oswego.

VIRTUAL Tour de Cure Ride. Anywhere.

Bark-a-palooza 5K Run and Rescue Fest. Lisle.

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28th Annual Rotary Run Charity Classic RUNNING FOR A HEALTHY COMMUNITY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2ND 3K, 5K, & 10K CARA CERTIFIED RUNS 3K, 5K WALK & WALK N’ ROLL + MUTT STRUT Interested runners or walkers are encouraged to register online at
September/October 2022 suburban family | fitness first 51 September 17, 2022, 9:00 AM Montrose Harbor in Chicago Register for free at: Walk with us Join the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in our mission to saves lives and support those affected by suicide. O u t o f t h e D a r k n e s s C h i c a g o l a n d W a l k For walks located in Rockford, DeKalb, and Kankakee, visit:



Montgomery 5K & 10K River Run

USATF Certified. Portion of Proceeds to Montgomery VFW Post #7452, Montgomey Foundation and Rotary Club Village of Montgomery, 200 North River St.

NEDA Walk. Chicago.

Fall Color 5K Run and Walk. Lisle. Highlander Assault 4, 8, 12 and 24-Mile Obstacle Course Races. Holiday Hills. highlanderassault


Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic 3K, 5K, and 10K Run / 3K and 5K Walk, Walk ‘N Roll & Mutt Strut. CARA certified. The Community House, Hinsdale

Lemons of Love Pink Lemonade Zest 5k. Mt. Prospect. Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk. Elk Grove Village and Crystal Lake. Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk. Lake Zurich. tun

Brain Up 5K Walk/Run. Frankfort. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of DuPage. Wheaton.


NAMI Run for Mental Health 5K Run/Walk. Evan ston.


Abbott Chicago 5K. Chicago. Nik’s Home Run, 7k Run, 1.5 Mile Fun Walk. Loves Park.


Bank of America Marathon. Chicago. Chicago 10K Run. Chicago.


Superhero 5K Pumpkin Run/Walk. Highwood.


Des Plaines River Trail Races. Vernon Hills. Des

Scarecrow Scramble Nighttime 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Race. Lisle.

Country Soul Half Marathon and 10K. Chicago.


Run with the Nuns 5K Run/Walk. Lemont. runwith

Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon and 5K Run. Naperville.

World’s Largest Corn Maze 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash. Spring Grove.

Light the Night Walk. Western Springs.


Saw Wee Kee Spring Trail Run. Yorkville. runoswe

Walk for Autism Speaks. Soldier Field. act.

Komen Race for the Cure 5K. Chicago. Spooky Sprint. Plainfield. Forte 5K. Channahon.


The Universal Sole Trail Challenge. Palos. univer Red Eye 5K Run. Joliet.


Bat Race 5K/10K. Batavia. Halloween Hustle 5K – Palatine. Hot Cider Hustle 8 mi. and 5K. Wheaton.allcommu Race to Cure Sarcoma. Wheaton.


Moraine Valley Community College Health, Fitness & Recreation Center

Halloween 5K Run/Walk at 9 AM Kid’s Dash Race at 10:15 AM. USATF-IL certified Family activities included! 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills

Healthy Driven FRAIDYCAT 5K


Sycamore Pumpkin Run 10K Road Race Sycamore Haunted Oak 5K. Homer Glen. Day of the Dead Family 5K Run/Walk. Heritage Park.

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19th Annual Saturday Oct. 1, 2022 Same Day Reg.: 7:30 AM Race Time: 9:00 AM Location: Montgomery Village Hall (200 N River St) Register On-Line: Event #61776 (By Aug. 31st to be guaranteed a shirt!) Find Us on Facebook: Montgomery 5K and 10K River Run


With the heavy fall sports season under way in school systems across the nation – one of America’s leading advocacy groups for sports injury prevention is urging athletic departments and parents alike to reevaluate their school’s safety protocols and, if necessary, shore up their game-time contingency plans.

Nearly 30 million children and adolescents participate in youth sports in the United States. If you’re a parent, do you know your school’s procedures in case your child gets hurt during a practice or a game? It’s not enough to just assume the coach has all the protocols nailed down. With sports in sec ondary schools getting more competitive and aggressive, the level of preparedness for inju ries also should be heightened.”

The Taylor Haugen Foundation cites these five tips for building the safest school sports program possible:

1. Post dedicated medical personnel on the sideline.

2. Establish proper sideline protocols for injuries.

3. Outfit your athlete with the proper protective equipment.

4. Beat the heat with a hydration plan.

5. Talk to your kids about sports safety.

Make sure they understand how to be as prepared and protected as possible for competition. More information can be found at

Rock ‘n’ Kids

Get on your feet! Rock ‘n’ Kids provides music, move ment and imagination classes for 1-5 years at park dis tricts in Chicagoland! Tot Rock and Kid Rock are interac tive and educational, with each class including songs and rhymes, basic dance steps and movements, fine and gross motor skills, rhythm instruments and movement props, imaginative play, socialization and fun! We are also available for mobile music and dance parties! We have been singing, dancing, and playing for over 27 years! Get more information at

Great Lakes Volleyball Center

If you are looking for the best volleyball training in the Chicago area then look no further than the Great Lakes Volleyball Center. The GLC offers pro grams of all grades (Pre-K - 12th Grade), all abilities (Beginner to Advanced) and all levels of commit ment. Please visit our website for more information.

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great events

Here’s your source for current and upcoming great events. Event information is subject to change without notice, there fore, we encourage you to call ahead and confirm – and be certain to tell ‘em you saw it in Suburban Family Magazine! If you have an event of regional interest that you would like in cluded in the calendar section, please send an email to mail@ Deadline for inclusion in the November/Decem ber issue is Friday, October 14th.



FAMILY End-of-Summer Celebration – 4-9PM. Mini-golf, food trucks, live music and fireworks. Pot tawatomi Park. St. Charles.


FOOD Taste of Serbia – Traditional cuisine, music, cultural events and dance, raffles. St. Basil Serbian Or thodox Church. Noon-11PM. Lake Forest – Mettawa, IL.

FAMILY Illinois Railway Museum – Open late for nighttime rides until 9:30PM. Only for train rides, ad vanced tickets encouraged. Union, IL 815-923-4391. Events scheduled at


CONCERT Anchors Away – A Yacht Rock ex travaganza featuring some of Chicago’s most sea soned musicians. Lawn seating. 3–5PM Wheaton.

FAMILY Illinois Railway Museum – Open late for nighttime rides until 9:30PM. Only for train rides, ad vanced tickets encouraged. Union, IL 815-923-4391. Events scheduled at

FOOD Taste of Serbia – Traditional cuisine, music, cultural events and dance, raffles. St. Basil Serbian Or thodox Church. Noon-11PM. Lake Forest – Mettawa, IL.

Happy Labor Day!


CONCERT Radio Gaga – Vegas style production featuring music of Lady Gaga and Freddy Mercury. Lawn seating. 3–5PM Wheaton.


MOVIE Drive-In Movies – Jurassic Park at The Oaks Recreation and Fitness Center. 8PM. Register. Mokena.

SHOPPING Fall Canal Artisan Market – Vintage goods and handmade wares in downtown Lemont. 9AM–3PM


FAMILY Day of Play Event – Romeoville Park Dis trict at Rotary Park event includes activities and crafts. Plainfield.

FAMILY Touch-A-Truck – Climb, play and explore a variety of vehicles in Blackberry Farm’s back parking lot. 9:30AM-12:30PM. Aurora.


FAMILY Night at the Movies – Watch Encanto outdoors on a big screen at 95th Street Community Plaza. 7:30PM. Naperville.

FAMILY Lake County RV Outlet Show – Admis sion and parking are Free. Grayslake.


ADULT Sip and Stroll – Sample local libations at the park district and enjoy the changing colors and sculpture exhibit. St. Charles.

ADULTS Cup in Hand Kickball – Play a game of kickball while holding your favorite beverage. 10AM Ottawa.

ANIMALS Pooch Pentathlon – Dogs show their skills in a multi-event competition. Prizes for each event and division. 12-4PM. Register. Splash Country Water Park. Aurora.

ART West End Arts Festival – Juried fine arts festival featuring live jazz, chef demonstrations, wine tasting, art classes, and interactive fun for kids. La Grange.

ART Art on the Fox – Juried artists in a variety of mediums. Live music. Food. 10AM–5PM. Algonquin.

FAMILY “A River Thru History” – An early American festive gathering of fur trappers, settlers, craftsmen, and entertainers along the banks of the Des Plaines River. 10AM - 5PM. Columbia Woods For est Preserve, Willow Springs.

FAMILY Touch-A-Truck – Climb and explore a vari ety of vehicles at Berens Park. Free. Elmhurst.

FUNDRAISER National Hellenic Museum Gala – Hilton Chicago, black tie optional. 6-11PM. Nation

HISTORY Revolutionary War Reenactment –Experience the battle and enjoy the sights and sounds of the 18th century. Food available for purchase. Parade Field and Polo Field at Cantigny. Wheaton.

LECTURE Pioneering the American Faceting Movement – Justin Prim reveals the roots of gemstone cutting in America. 2PM. Ages 12 and up. Lizzadro Mu seum, Oak Brook. Register

VIRTUAL Empowering Girls for Life – FREE event to get the message out on motivating and empower

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ing young girls to be the best that they can be. Mul tiple speakers, begins 8:30AM. Register at empower


ANIMALS Tails on the Trails – Dog-friendly event at Morton Arboretum’s trails. Pet Expo and vendors. Dog-friendly days are the only times that non-service dogs are allowed in cars or on the grounds of the Arboretum. Tickets for dogs are $5 each. Mor

ART Art on the Fox – Juried artists in a variety of mediums. Live music. Food. 10AM–5PM. Algonquin.

ART West End Arts Festival – Juried fine arts festival featuring live jazz, chef demonstrations, wine tasting, art classes, and interactive fun for kids. La Grange.

AUTO Plainfield Moose Car Show – Buffet breakfast, lunch available 8:30-3PM. , music from 1-4PM. Plainfield.

FAMILY “A River Thru History” – An early Ameri can festive gathering of fur trappers, settlers, crafts men, and entertainers along the banks of the Des Plaines River. 10AM - 4PM. Columbia Woods Forest Preserve, Willow Springs.

HISTORY Revolutionary War Reenactment –Experience the battle and enjoy the sights and sounds of the 18th century. Food available for purchase. Parade Field and Polo Field at Cantigny. Wheaton.


FAMILY Fall Special Needs Night – Families with special needs can enjoy Blackberry Farm and all attrac tions after hours. Purchase tickets. Aurora. Foxvalleyp

FAMILY Car Cruise Night – Classic cars, food trucks, music and family fun! 5–8 PM. Konow’s. Homer Glen.

OUTDOORS A Night for Nature – 5-9PM. Tickets include small plates, tours of McCormick Woods and Spring Brook, Live entertainment and more. Dupage


FAMILY Night at the Movies – Watch Black Wid ow outdoors on a big screen at 95th Street Community Plaza. 7:30 PM. Naperville.

FAMILY Glow Night at Blackberry Farm – Glowin-the-dark party with a variety of games and a trea sure hunt. All ages. Purchase tickets. Aurora. Foxval

FAMILY Touch-A-Truck Day – Eastside Commu nity Center. Discover a variety of vehicles up close. 10AM-12PM. Sensory-friendly hours. Batavia. Bata

FAMILY Glow in the Garden – Wear anything that glows for end of summer activities and paper lan terns. Nicholas Conservatory. 6-9PM. Rockford. Nicho

FUNDRAISER Golf for Goodness – Golf outing followed by a buffet dinner, awards and raffle. Ben efits Lazarus House. Prairie Landing Golf Club, West Chicago.


ART Park Forest Art Fair – Outdoor art exhibition. Downtown Park Forest on Main St. between Western Ave. and Orchard Dr. 10AM–5PM. Park Forest.

ART Riverwalk Fine Art Fair – Outdoor juried art exhibition along the DuPage River. 10AM-5PM. Naper ville.

CONCERT Mickey Hatfield Trio – Local band per forming live music from Willie Nelson, REM, Avett Brothers and more. 12-2PM. The Glen. Glenview.

FAMILY Smithsonian Museum Day – SelfGuided Tour. Up to 2 Free Admissions per ticket. Free Admission 10AM-5PM.Tickets can be downloaded at:

FAMILY Downtown Lisle Car Show – Main Street, Burlington Ave. and commuter lots in downtown Lisle. 6-8:30PM. Lisle.

FUNDRAISER – Evergreen Gala - Wine and dine around the lake. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, demonstrations and more for the Morton Arboretum. 5:30–10PM.


ART Park Forest Art Fair – Outdoor art exhibition. Downtown Park Forest on Main St. between Western Ave.

and Orchard Dr. 10AM–5PM. Park Forest.

ART Riverwalk Fine Art Fair – Outdoor juried art exhibition along the DuPage River. 10AM-5PM. Naper ville.

AUTO Cantigny Car Show – Vintage cars, enter tainment and food trucks. South Parking lot at Canti gny, 10AM–3PM Wheaton.


MOVIE Drive-In Movies – Back to the Future. The Oaks Recreation Center. 8PM. Register. Mokena. Moke


Art Burr Ridge Art Fair – Juried artists in a va riety of mediums. Live music. Food. 10AM–5PM. Burr Ridge.

FAMILY Fun Night Out in Hinckley – Restaurants feature specials, antique car show, and live music. 4-9PM. Downtown Hinkley.

FAMILY Big Truck Show – See the innerwork ings of tractors, trucks and cars. Bring your camera for photo ops. 10AM-12PM. St. Charles.

FAMILY Civil War Show – Museum quality arti facts from the past and recent war eras, along with an tique and vintage firearms. 9AM–4PM. DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton.


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riety of mediums. Live music. Food. 10AM–5PM. Burr Ridge.

EXHIBIT Solisti Di Camera String Quartet – The string quartet will perform selections and will include a brief discussion about the music selections. Oak Brook.

PETS Barkpalooza Dog Walk and Pet Expo –Animal-related vendors, food, live entertainment, and kids’ fun zone. 10AM-2PM. Benefits the West Suburban Humane Society. Community Park, Lisle.

PETS Pets-AH-Palooza – 11AM-5PM. Family and pets enjoy a stunt dog show, contests, adoptions, workshops and more. Geneva.



ART Lincoln Roscoe Art and Crafts Fair – Jur ied artists in a variety of mediums. Live music. Food. 10AM–5PM. Lincoln Avenue, Roscoe to School. Chi cago.

CRAFTS Craft Show Autumn Colors – Over 100 booths indoor and outdoor. 9AM-3PM. Free admission. Romeoville Rec Center. Romeoville.

FUNDRAISER Golf in the Dark – Lake Park Golf Course hosts an evening of glow golf, food, drink, prizes and raffles. Register. Des Plaines.


ART Liberty Art Festival – Art will be displayed in the businesses’ storefront window, or other visible location. Some artists will also be present, selling their work. 9AM–5PM Downtown Morris. down

PETS Aurora Pooch Parade – 11AM-2PM in Phil lips Park. Aurora.


FAMILY Drive-In Movie – 7-9PM. West Main Community Park. Bring the family, blankets and pil lows and enjoy The Addams Family (2019 Animated) under the stars. Batavia.


ART Relief Print Making Demo – Bloomingdale

Artists Association at Bloomingdale Park District Mu seum. 6:30PM. Bloomingdale.


ESCAPE Escape the Mansion –Explore the man sion’s secret laboratory and solve the clues to escape it before it’s too late. 1-9PM. Register. Geneva. Genevap

FAMILY STEM FEST– Join us to celebrate science, technology, engineering and math with hands-on ac tivities, exhibits and talks. 10AM to 4PM. NIU DeKalb

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EXHIBIT Train Saturdays - The HO Gauge Model Train features a detailed layout that covers 2,000 feet of track and highlights some of DuPage County’s rail roads and landmarks. 1:30-3:30PM. DuPage County Historical Museum. Wheaton.

EXHIBIT Delicate Forces Exhibit – Colorful ma terials and subtle movement create a kaleidoscope in this latest exhibit. Through 11/6. Nicholas Conserva tory.

EXHIBIT Human + Nature Walking Tour – Take a 1.5 mile walking tour through The Morton Arbore tum to view the sculptures on display. 9–11:30AM and 1:30–4PM through March 2023. Lisle.

FAMILY Irish Days – 9/3-5. One-of-a-kind St. Patrick’s Day on Labor Day. Bagpipers, folk bands, Irish dancers and Men’s Kilt Contest. Downtown Long Grove.

FAMILY Art Openings & More! - Experience art, music, and more at more than a dozen venues throughout downtown. First Friday of the month through December. Free. 5-11PM. Aurora. aurorad


RT Resilient – 9/2-24. An exhibit showcasing sto rytelling through textiles. Aurora. Aurora-Public-Art

CRAFTS Arts and Crafts Show – 9/30-10/2. Admission is $5 and parking is free. Lake County Fair grounds. Grayslake.

CRAFTS Arts and Craft Show – 10/1-3. Showcas ing 300 booths of quality handcrafted items for sale by talented and creative artists & crafters. $5. Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake.

EXHIBIT Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art –Museum is closed on Mondays and holidays. Explore the eternal beauty of Fossils, Mosaics, Gemstones and more. Oak Brook.

EXHIBIT Resilience – 9/16 thru Late December. Exhibition of 20 works of photographic art. National Hel lenic Museum. Chicago.

EXHIBIT Alebrijes: Creatures of a Dream World – A five-month outdoor exhibit featuring dozens of mythical animals inspired by Mexican folklore. Open through Oct. 30. Wheaton.

FAMILY Lake County RV Outlet Show – Lake County Fairgrounds Friday, 9/9-11. 11AM–7PM Friday, 10AM-7PM Saturday, 11AM-5PM Sunday. Admission and parking are free. Grayslake.

FAMILY Ice Age Giants – Daily. Amazing life-like animatronics located throughout the park. Brookfield Zoo. Schedule visit at

HEALTH Lupus Support Group – Group meetings begin with education, sharing, then time to meet in dividually. Saturdays, 10AM–12PM Edward-Elmhurst Health.

KIDS Kohl’s Children’s Museum Mobile Learning – Travelling lab van to reach children in Lake County targeting locations where children are more at-risk due to lack of resources.

OUTDOORS Plant Giveaway – Stop by the Re genstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden to pot up a featured plant seedling or seed to grow at home. 11AM–3PM. Chicago Botanic, Glencoe.

OUTDOORS Take a Hike & Lunch – 9/4-26, Week ends. View spectacular fall colors with guided hikes. Starved Rock State Park, Utica.

OUTDOORS Birds of Prey – Rockford Park District is open to the public Saturdays, 10AM-2PM for self-guided tours and the Birds of Prey live exhibit is open Saturdays at 1PM. Seth B. Atwood Park.

SHOPPING Recycled Art Sale at The Art Center – Donations collected throughout the year are for sale in the style of a Parisian Flea Market 10/14-22 1957 Sheridan Road, Highland Park.

SHOW Windy City Ski and Snowboard Show –9/30–10/2 70,000 sq. feet of retailers, resorts, clubs and giveaways. in the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel.

TOUR Cavalcade Tour of Homes – Tour a va riety of homes with the latest tech and designs on 2 weekends 9/9-9/18. Tickets at cavalcadetourof

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Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano

Biaggi’s is a casual Italian restaurant with 3 locations in the Chicagoland area offering large portions of affordably priced, authentic Italian dishes prepared with the freshest ingredients available. Relax in a comfortable, inviting dining room while en joying your meal from an extensive selection of pastas, soups & salads, pizza, fresh seafood, steaks and desserts. Signature dishes include Fettuccine with Lobster, Ziti al Forno and White Choco late Bread Pudding.

Open daily for lunch and dinner, Biaggi’s Chicagoland locations include Algonquin, Deer Park or Naperville. For a complete menu or additional information visit

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