Celebrate the End of Summer and Say Hello to Fall

When the days tend to get shorter and the air turns a bit cooler, many Chicagoans start to get a little bummed out and worried that Chiberia will soon be arriving.  But I’m here to tell you that there is so much to look forward to.  Here are some reasons to get excited about Fall and  celebrate Summer (the end of it, of course) in Chicago:


Adios, heat and humidity!  Our air conditioners can take a break and we can walk a block without sweating and for us ladies, our makeup won’t melt off an hour after we painstakingly applied it.

Kids can go down slides!  I don’t know about you, but we spent a ton of our time simply exploring playgrounds instead of really using them since my little guys’ butts would burn on the slides!  So head to Maggie Daley Park, Independence Grove, and other gems like the Village Green and slide to your hearts’ content.

Ice cream still exists, AND it is still fabulous (and a little less messy to eat, too!).  Ice cream shops don’t just immediately shut their doors the moment Labor Day comes around.  Some of them are even open year round.  And since the demand to cool off isn’t as high, you won’t have to wait in a super long line at some of these amazingly delicious ice cream shops.

The tourists have left the building!  But seriously, there are a TON less visitors in Chicago once schools are back in session.  That means that the extremely crowded landmarks and museums are now perfect for visiting. So spend a day at the Shedd, MSI, Adler, Field, Nature, and Chicago History Museums.  And if you’re a blog subscriber, refer to the museum freebie list I sent you to know which days are free for Illinois residents (not an email subscriber?  Well fix that problem by entering your e-mail in the top right side bar).

How do you like them apples?  Sweet?  Sour?  Well, lucky for you there are a TON of great u-pick apple orchards nearby for Chicagoans.  Be sure to visit one of our favorite orchards for guaranteed family fun (and don’t forget to pick up a dozen…or two…of some amazing apple cider donuts).

Take advantage of all of the FREE FUN.  Our favorite places to explore throughout the fall are the free nature centers around the city.  It is a great way to enjoy the changing colors and learn all about how our animal neighbors adapt to the climate and seasonal changes.

Say goodbye to mosquitoes and cicadas.  ‘Nuf said.

So kick that seasonal depression to the door, and get out and enjoy our gorgeous city during the most beautiful time of year.  The Bears will most likely be pretty awful this season, so that just means that your Sundays are free for more fall fun.  Enjoy!


Happy Fall!


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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    You are always posting the funnest sounding things. I love that Chicago seems to be such a family friendly city.

  2. Megan says

    I’ve always wanted to visit Chicago. It seems like a really fun place to be! We are down here in Southern Alabama so we still have a looong time before the cicadas and mosquitos leave us.

  3. CourtneyLynne says

    Aghhhhh I’m going to miss summer!!!!! Fall here in WNY last for like a week before it turns into straight winter… Chicago fall sounds way more fabulous 😉

  4. Elizabeth O. says

    Haha, the tourists have left the building! Well, fall is such a nice season and there’s still ice cream like you mentioned! So awesome!

  5. Annemarie LeBlanc says

    I’ve been to Chicago a few times, however I did not have enough time to see the sights. I was there for business and I was pretty much tied up. I will visit Chicago again, sometime, and make sure this time, it will be for pleasure.

  6. Lauren Harmon says

    Fall in the midwest is amazing, I can’t even imagine fall in Chicago! I’ll recommend my sister take my niece with her next time they visit their family, I know how much she’d love to go explore!

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