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7 THINGS TO DO IN ILLINOIS (SEPTEMBER 22 - OCTOBER 01)

Chicagohenge

Chicagohenge

March 20–23 | September 22–25 • nature

Even the most hurried drivers don't mind stopping to gaze at the unique solar spectacle

Shawnee National Forest

Shawnee National Forest

all year round (best time: March–May | September–November)  • nature

Let the unforgettable solo and family adventures happen in several jaw-dropping regions of the forest!

Hummingbird Migration

Hummingbird Migration

May–September • nature

Entice these buzzy flying jewels into your yard

Richardson Adventure Farm Corn Maze

Richardson Adventure Farm Corn Maze

September–October | open till midnight on September 17–18 & October 22–23, 2021 • activity

Come out and get lost in the world's largest corn labyrinth

Starved Rock State Park

Starved Rock State Park

all year round • nature

Witness the fascinating rock formations brought to the surface after being deposited in a huge shallow inland sea around 425 million years ago

Sandhill Crane Migration

Sandhill Crane Migration

mid-September–mid-November • nature

Sandhill cranes make a stop at northern Illinois marshes on their way to Florida

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Anderson Japanese Gardens

May–October • nature

Take in the eastern culture while strolling through this award-winning landscape

44 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Chicago Air and Water Show

Chicago Air and Water Show

on holdmid-August 2021 • event

The oldest and largest show of this kind in the United States

Windy City Smokeout

Windy City Smokeout

out of rangeAugust 4–7, 2022 • event

Starting as a local barbecue get-together, the Smokeout has become one of the best festivals in town!

St. Paddy's Day (Green River)

St. Paddy's Day (Green River)

unconfirmedMarch 12, 2022 • event

St. Patrick's Day in Chicago is definitely a party of a lifetime!

Chicago Jazz Festival

Chicago Jazz Festival

unconfirmedlate August–early September 2022 • event

A favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition with great music all over the city

BMO Harris Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

BMO Harris Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

out of rangeNovember 20, 2021 • event

The holiday spirit takes over the Michigan Avenue on that night

Centralia Balloon Fest

Centralia Balloon Fest

unconfirmedAugust 19–21, 2022 • event

Save a full weekend in late August to enjoy the unforgettable ballooning experience

New Year's Eve in Chicago

New Year's Eve in Chicago

out of rangeDecember 31 • event

Color blasts illuminate the iconic Chicago skyline

Chicago Pride Parade & Fest

Chicago Pride Parade & Fest

out of rangeJune 17–19, 2022 (Festival) | June 26, 2022 (Parade) • event

A colorful celebration of freedom, diversity and culture

Spring Awakening Music Festival

Spring Awakening Music Festival

out of rangeOctober 2–3, 2021 • event

A summer gathering of leading DJs from all over the world

Chicago Restaurant Week

Chicago Restaurant Week

out of rangelate January–mid-February 2022 • event

So many participating restaurants, so little time

Great Galena Balloon Race

Great Galena Balloon Race

out of rangeJune 17–19, 2022 • event

Enjoy the full weekend of balloon rides, live music, and other entertainment

Chicago Blues Festival

Chicago Blues Festival

unconfirmedearly June 2022 • event

The largest free blues festival in the world and one of the greatest music festivals in Chicago

Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade

Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade

out of rangeOctober 29, 2022 • event

The most fun fall event loved by kids and adults

Naperville Ale Fest

Naperville Ale Fest

out of rangeFebruary 26, 2022 • event

The only outdoor winter and summer beer festival of Midwest

Illinois Fall Colors

Illinois Fall Colors

out of rangeOctober • nature

Enjoy the best fall colors across the state

Total Solar Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse

out of rangeApril 8, 2024 • event

Some spots on Earth wait for the moment of solar totality for hundreds or even thousands of years. To capture a spectacle, you have to be truly lucky

Balloons Over Vermilion

Balloons Over Vermilion

out of rangeJuly 8–9, 2022 • event

A popular ballooning gathering in Illinois

Illinois State Fair

Illinois State Fair

out of rangeAugust 11–21, 2022 • event

Nothing can beat a good ol' fair in the Midwest

East Peoria Festival of Lights

East Peoria Festival of Lights

unconfirmedlate November 2022–early January 2023 • event

One of the biggest and brightest holiday events in Illinois

Winter WonderFest

Winter WonderFest

out of rangecanceled in 2020 • event

Beloved Chicago indoor winter event perfect for frosty days

Bud Billiken Parade

Bud Billiken Parade

unconfirmedAugust 13, 2022 • event

The largest African American parade in the United States

DuQuoin State Fair

DuQuoin State Fair

out of rangeAugust 26–September 5, 2022 • event

One of the nation's best agricultural events is full of fun experiences

Pierogi Fest

Pierogi Fest

out of rangeJuly 29–31, 2022 • event

Great food and some wacky fun in just 30 minutes from Chicago

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

unconfirmedMay 5, 2022 • event

Drink lots of margaritas and cerveza celebrating the Mexican national holiday

Ice Shards on the Great Lakes

Ice Shards on the Great Lakes

out of rangemid–February–late March • nature

The ice cover gets shattered to knife-sharp pieces as spring takes over winter

Morton Pumpkin Festival

Morton Pumpkin Festival

out of rangeSeptember 14–17, 2022 • event

The "Pumpkin capital of the world" celebrates the harvest season

Arlington Million

Arlington Million

overAugust 14, 2021 • event

A perfect opportunity to enjoy live racing, entertainment, and fancy group outings

Chicago Labor Day Weekend

Chicago Labor Day Weekend

unconfirmedSeptember 1–5, 2022 • event

Wrap up the summer season with a bang

Christmas Lights in Illinois

Christmas Lights in Illinois

out of rangelate November–early January • event

Lots of Christmassy spots are scattered all over the state, including far beyond Chicago

Skiing and Snowboarding in Wisconsin

Skiing and Snowboarding in Wisconsin

out of rangeDecember–March • activity

Discover some of the best ski areas of the Midwest

Eyes to the Skies Hot Air Balloon Festival

Eyes to the Skies Hot Air Balloon Festival

unconfirmedJuly 3–7, 2022 • event

Rejoice in a massive family-friendly event with amazing hot air balloon shows, balloon rides, and many other ground-based activities

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

out of rangeApril 3–May 3 • nature

Check out jaw-dropping cherry blossoms in Illinois

ZooLights

ZooLights

unconfirmedmid-November 2022–early January 2023 • activity

Linkoln Park Zoo is not only one of the biggest and oldest zoos in the USA, but it also boasts some perfect winter scenery

Halloween Events in Chicago

Halloween Events in Chicago

out of rangeOctober • event

From an art parade to booze cruises—Halloween is a great time to explore Chicago

Riot Fest

Riot Fest

out of rangeSeptember 16–18, 2022 • event

A legendary rock music event held in Chicago

Kitesurfing & Windsurfing

Kitesurfing & Windsurfing

out of rangeJune–August • activity

Find out if Windy Сity is made for wind sports

Lilacia Park

Lilacia Park

out of rangelate April–mid-May • nature

Discover a safe haven abundant with flowers just on the outskirts of the Windy City

Quad Cities Balloon Festival

Quad Cities Balloon Festival

out of rangeAugust 12–13, 2022 • event

A fun summer weekend in southeastern Iowa

Illinois Craft Beer Week

Illinois Craft Beer Week

on holdMay 10–17, 2019 • event

The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild organizes the massive 11 days long craft beer event

Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza

out of rangeJuly 28–31, 2022 • event

One of the oldest and most famous alternative music festivals is a must-visit!

The Morton Arboretum Illumination

The Morton Arboretum Illumination

out of rangeNovember 20, 2021–January 2, 2022 • event

An enchanted forest filled with dazzling projections and interactive trees that respond to touch and voice

Balloons Over 66 in Lincoln

Balloons Over 66 in Lincoln

out of rangeAugust 27–29, 2021 • event

A new festival in Illinois with over 30 hot air balloons

Redhead Days Chicago

Redhead Days Chicago

on holdOctober 26, 2019 • event

The largest redhead gathering in the US

Allstate Hot Chocolate Run

Allstate Hot Chocolate Run

out of rangeNovember 7, 2021 • event

The sweetest run in the world takes over the United States from coast to coast

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