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4 THINGS TO DO IN ILLINOIS (SEPTEMBER 29 - OCTOBER 08)

Illinois Fall Colors

Illinois Fall Colors

October • nature

Enjoy the best fall colors across the state

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

Shawnee National Forest

Shawnee National Forest

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

Let the unforgettable solo and family adventures happen here!

Richardson Adventure Farm Corn Maze

Richardson Adventure Farm Corn Maze

September 12–November 08, 2020 • activity

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

36 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Chicagohenge

Chicagohenge

March 20–March 23 | September 20–September 23 • nature

This remarkable urban scene happens twice a year!

Chicago Air and Water Show

Chicago Air and Water Show

August 15–16, 2020 • event

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

Windy City Smokeout

Windy City Smokeout

July 09–11, 2021 • event

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

Chicago Pride Parade & Fest

Chicago Pride Parade & Fest

June 20–21, 2020 (virtual event) • event

A colorful celebration of freedom, diversity and culture

St. Paddy's Day (Green River)

St. Paddy's Day (Green River)

March 14, 2020 • event

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

Chicago Jazz Festival

Chicago Jazz Festival

September 03–06, 2020 • 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

November 22–23, 2019 • event

The holiday spirit takes over the Michigan Avenue on that night

Spring Awakening Music Festival

Spring Awakening Music Festival

June 12–14, 2020 • event

A summer gathering of leading DJs from all over the world

Total Solar Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse

April 08, 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

Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade

Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade

October 24, 2020 • event

The most fun fall event loved by kids and adults

East Peoria Festival of Lights

East Peoria Festival of Lights

November 23–December 31, 2019 • event

One of the biggest and brightest holiday events in Illinois

Chicago Blues Festival

Chicago Blues Festival

June 05–07, 2020 • event

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

Winter WonderFest

Winter WonderFest

December 05 2019–January 05 2020 • event

Beloved Chicago indoor winter event perfect for frosty days

Illinois State Fair

Illinois State Fair

August 12–22, 2021 • event

Nothing can beat a good ol' fair in the Midwest

Ice Shards on the Great Lakes

Ice Shards on the Great Lakes

mid–February–late March • nature

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

DuQuoin State Fair

DuQuoin State Fair

August 28–September 07, 2020 • event

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

Pierogi Fest

Pierogi Fest

July 23–25, 2021 • event

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

ZooLights

ZooLights

November 29 2019–January 04 2020 • 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

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

May 05, 2019 • event

Drink lots of margaritas and cerveza celebrating the Mexican national holiday

Riot Fest

Riot Fest

September 17–19, 2021 • event

A legendary rock music event held in Chicago

Morton Pumpkin Festival

Morton Pumpkin Festival

September 16–19, 2020 • event

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

Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza

July 30–August 02, 2020 (virtual event) • event

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

The Morton Arboretum Illumination

The Morton Arboretum Illumination

November 22 2019–January 05 2020 • event

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

Arlington Million

Arlington Million

August 15, 2020 (online event) • event

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

Kitesurfing & Windsurfing

Kitesurfing & Windsurfing

June–August • activity

Find out if Windy Сity is made for wind sports

Centralia Balloon Fest

Centralia Balloon Fest

August 21–23, 2020 (limited event) • event

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

Great Galena Balloon Race

Great Galena Balloon Race

June 18–20, 2021 • event

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

Redhead Days Chicago

Redhead Days Chicago

October 26, 2019 • event

The largest redhead gathering in the US

Bud Billiken Parade

Bud Billiken Parade

August 10, 2019 • event

The largest African American parade in the United States

Naperville Ale Fest

Naperville Ale Fest

July 11, 2020 • event

The only outdoor winter and summer beer festival of Midwest

Allstate Hot Chocolate Run

Allstate Hot Chocolate Run

November 08, 2020 (virtual event) • event

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

Balloons Over Vermilion

Balloons Over Vermilion

July 09–10, 2021 • event

A popular ballooning gathering in Illinois

Chicago Labor Day Weekend

Chicago Labor Day Weekend

September 04–07, 2020 • event

Wrap up the summer season with a bang

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Anderson Japanese Gardens

May–October (Tuesday Evening event is canceled for 2020) • nature

Take in the eastern culture while strolling along this award winning landscape

Lilacia Park

Lilacia Park

late April–early May (Lilac Time events have been canceled for 2020) • nature

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

Illinois Craft Beer Week

Illinois Craft Beer Week

May 10–17, 2019 • event

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

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