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The Best Things to Do This Fall on Chicago’s North Shore

Ah, fall. Crunchy leaves, brisk temperatures, chunky sweaters — it’s possible that this is the most wonderful time of the year. That’s certainly true when it comes to seasonal events and activities. The fun won’t stop this season on the North Shore with events for foodies, families, theater fans and more. So mark your calendars now! You won’t want to miss any of these events.


Historic Wagner Farm Harvest Supper

Oct. 14

Ring in fall with a four-course meal highlighting the best of the season, including food that’s locally sourced and bought or grown in the farm’s garden. Tickets will include three alcoholic drinks that pair perfectly with the meal. Courses include vegetables like candied pears, apple and bitter greens, lamb, pork, and apple dumplings. Proceeds will benefit Historic Wagner Farm.

Wagner Farm Harvest Supper



Open House Chicago

Oct. 14-15

During Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago, you’ll have the chance to explore more than 200 buildings, including a few favorites in Evanston. Visit the American Toby Jug Museum, Bahá’í House of Worship, Dawes House, Northwestern and more to get an inside look at this beloved North Shore city. Learn more.

Deerling Library



Evanston Oktoberfest

Oct. 15

Enjoy the best of fall (and the best of Evanston) at this event featuring live music, beer tastings, food and more. Participating breweries and restaurants include Smylie Brothers Brewing Co., Sketchbook Brewing Company, Temperance Beer Co., Peckish Pig, FEW Spirts, Farmhouse Evanston, and Bangers & Lace Evanston. Kids can also make arts and crafts or play big versions of Scrabble, Jenga and bean bag toss. General admission tickets are $10, but those who want to get in early for limited quantity brews can go VIP for $15.

Evanston Oktoberfest



Take a Stand Center 

Opens Oct. 29

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center will open the “groundbreaking” Take a Stand Center this fall to preserve the stories of Holocaust survivors. Guests will be able to experience a conversation with 13 Holocaust survivors through 3D holography that uses voice recognition technology in what the museum calls a “first in the world experience.” The center will also introduce guests to 40 Upstanders who worked or are working for civic and social rights, as well as ways they themselves can become Upstanders.


Take a Stand Center



Antiques + Modernism Show

Nov. 3-5

Antiques + Modernism is the ultimate destination for interior designers, shoppers and collectors alike. The event showcases a wide array of exquisite home furnishings/accessories, artwork, clothing and jewelry from dozens of dealers across the country. Proceeds benefit the Winnetka Community House.


Antiques and Modernism Show



 “The Importance of Being Earnest” 

Nov. 8 to Dec. 23

This classic comedy by Oscar Wilde comes to life this fall at Writers Theatre. On Dec. 11, don’t miss The Making of... “The Importance of Being Earnest,” and Writers Theatre will also offer either post- or pre-show conversations every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Find complete details on Writers Theatre’s website.


The Importance of Being Earnest



Northwestern Football

Cheer on the Wildcats all season long in Evanston. Remaining home games include Oct. 21 vs. Iowa, Oct. 28 vs. Michigan State, Nov. 11 vs. Purdue (Family Weekend) and Nov. 18 vs. Minnesota. Make a day of it with Evanston’s many dining and shopping options.

Northwestern Football Players



Bike from Downtown Evanston to Chicago Botanic Garden

Take advantage of fall’s cool temps with a bike ride from Evanston to Chicago Botanic Garden. Not only will you be able to enjoy fall colors along your ride, but golden hues will also be waiting for you at CBG. And if the weather’s nice, you might consider biking to events such as Trains, Tricks & Treats (Oct. 21-22) and Night of 1,000 Jack-o'-Lanterns (Oct. 26-29). 


Find a map of the bike route here.  


Bike with Fall Colors


For even more events, farmers markets, hotel deals and more, visit our Fall Happenings page. 


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