The cool air has arrived, pumpkin spice lattes have hit the menus in Starbucks and we’re almost to boot wearing weather. When thinking of the million ways to celebrate and quite literally, fall, in love with Chicago this autumn, we found the following list by Leah Pickett of WBEZ 91.5 and her 30 things to do in Chicago this fall.
Here are some of our favorites from Leah’s list:
Windy City Wine Festival, Sept. 6-7
Wine connoisseurs, rejoice! The 9th year of the Windy City Wine Fest, presented by U.S. Bank, will bring samples of over 345 different wines from all around the world, alongside food pairings from some of the city’s best restaurants. Meet at Buckingham Fountain for demonstrations from local chefs and expert-led wine pairing seminars.
Design Harvest Festival Sept. 28-29
Chicago’s annual street festival celebrating home design will feature a myriad of local vendors and antique collectors, as well as family hay rides, pumpkin painting to raise money for a local elementary school, square dancing, cold beer, delicious food and live music programming from The Hideout.
Hubbard Street: Fall Series, Oct. 10-13
The incredible Hubbard Street dancers have a hot ticket for Chicago audiences this year: a diverse and exciting program from choreographers Robyn Mineko Williams, Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek and Alejandro Cerrudo that will feature nods to Michael Jackson, the Paris Opera and “Flashdance.”
Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Oct. 13
If you’re not running that day, bring a sign and cheer on your friends! The marathon has Two Waves that start at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., respectively, so bring that double-shot pumpkin spice latte with you to the start line.
Vintage Garage, Sept. 15 and Oct. 20
Uptown’s Vintage Garage, the only monthly flea market in Chicago, presents the best vintage and antique dealers under one roof every third Sunday from April to October. Don’t miss your chance to attend the last two shows of the season: “Vintage Art” on Sept. 15 and “Record Ramp” with the Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP) on Oct. 20.
Search for the best cider.
‘Tis that time of year. For the hard cider fans: Sprout, SmallBar, The Grafton Pub and Kuma’s Corner all have excellent selections.
Beer Hoptacular, Nov. 8-9
Attend Chicago’s Fourth Annual Beer Hoptacular at Lacuna Artist Loft Studios in Pilsen instead. Make sure to stick around for the best Hoptacular beer of the year (2012 winner: 5 Lizard from Bedford, Illinois)
Find the best pie.
During the autumnal months, a seasonal slice of delectable pumpkin or hot apple pie really hits the spot. Take refuge at Bang Bang Pie Shop, Hoosier Mama Company or First Slice Pie Cafe to satisfy your every craving.
Christmas Tree Lighting at Daley Plaza, Nov. 27
Watch Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the tree donor flip the switch at Chicago’s 100th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, accompanied by live music and performances at Daley Plaza. And say, “Goodbye fall, I hardly knew ye.”
For the complete list…and all of Leah’s details…view the article here!