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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

This historic farm, one of the last working dairy farms in the county, is a must-visit for families come fall. With permanent, interactive exhibits, plus special seasonal events, there’s always something to do here.

Wagner Farm Harvest Supper


Open House Chicago

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. Learn more.

Deerling Library


Evanston Oktoberfest

Enjoy the best of fall (and the best of Evanston) at this event featuring live music, beer tastings, food and more. Kids can also enjoy activities and games.

Evanston Oktoberfest


Take a Stand Center 

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s “groundbreaking” Take a Stand Center preserves 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

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


Writers Theatre

Spend a chilly fall evening inside with the latest production at Writers Theatre, which has been called “the top regional theatre in the nation” by The Wall Street Journal.

Writers Theatre


Northwestern Football

Cheer on the Wildcats all season long in Evanston, and make a day of it with Evanston’s many dining and shopping options.

Northwestern Football Players


Bike to Chicago Botanic Garden

Take advantage of fall’s cool temps with a bike ride 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.

Bike with Fall Colors


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