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  • German Oktoberfest in Naperville stays ‘cozy’ on chilly day Oct 4, 2014 7:18 PM
    Wet red leaves were on the ground, warm winter parkas were interspersed among fall jackets and the savory smell of sausage and sauerkraut was in the air. It was Oktoberfest at Naper Settlement in Naperville, and it featured polka music, fall beers and German food under a "cozy" heated tent. “One of the highlights this year is the outdoor beer garden,” said Amanda Fehrenbacher, special events coordinator.

     
  • Gurnee’s Fall Festival greeted by fall-like weather Oct 4, 2014 7:13 PM
    There was plenty of fall-like weather for Gurnee’s Fall Fest Saturday in Viking Park. The free event had plenty to offer, including a pet zoo, tractor-pulled hay rides, balloon artist and stilt walker, pumpkin painting, inflatable obstacle course and costumed characters. The Fraternal Order of Police had food available for purchase.

     
  • On the road: Windy City BBQ Classic takes over Soldier Field Oct 4, 2014 6:30 AM
    What can make the sight of Chicago’s lake shore and cityscape even sweeter? The scent of barbecue wafting through the fall air during the Windy City BBQ Classic. Held at Soldier Field on Oct. 10-11, the competition promises craft barbecue, beer and tips from more than 40 pitmasters. This is one of many interesting events happening in the Chicago area next week.

     
  • Weekend picks: Redmoon Theatre, Chicago team up for fire festival Oct 4, 2014 5:30 AM
    Redmoon Theatre teams up with the city of Chicago and the Chicago Park District for an outdoor spectacle called The Great Chicago Fire Festival, featuring floating fire art pieces and fireworks along the Chicago River Riverwalk. Fans of remote control toys and model railroads won't want to miss the return of the iHobby Expo this weekend at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg. Step back in time with the Civil War Re-Enactment at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. More than 40 breweries offer samples of their beers for an inaugural Craft Beer Festival on Saturday at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

     
  • 5 things to do this weekend (and links to more) Oct 3, 2014 10:27 AM
    October brings the last weeks of outdoor fall fests — and the first tastes of spooky Halloween attractions. You can enjoy a little of both this weekend in the suburbs. Here are five great things to do, plus links to even more.

     
  • Enjoy Harvest Days this weekend at 19th century Garfield Farm in Campton Hills Oct 2, 2014 6:01 AM
    Garfield Farms Harvest Days is open to the public starting at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in Campton Hills. Throughout the farm, interpreters will portray people who lived on the 1840s farm. “Everyone works so hard to save the land and keep it the way it is,” farm director Jerome Johnson said.

     
  • Danada celebrates horses, season at Fall Festival Oct 2, 2014 1:28 PM
    Visitors can celebrate the season and the joy of horses during the annual Danada Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at the DuPage Forest Preserve District’s Danada Equestrian Center at 3S507 Naperville Road in Wheaton.

     
  • Fall glory: Pumpkin Weekends, Paws in the Park Oct 1, 2014 2:37 PM
    The Fox Valley Park District kicks off a big weekend with its annual Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm, and Sunday is Paws in the Park at Lincoln Park.

     
  • Long Grove to celebrate its German roots with Oktoberfest Oct 1, 2014 2:08 PM
    Experience German cuisine, beer, live music and fun for the whole family Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4-5 and 11-12, when Long Grove holds an Oktoberfest to celebrate its German heritage.

     
  • 22nd annual Pumpkinfest returns to Didier Farms in Lincolnshire Oct 1, 2014 5:21 PM
    Cornstalks and pumpkins at the entrance of Pumpkinfest produced a warm welcome for families and excited schoolchildren who entered Didier Farms in Lincolnshire on Wednesday. The 22nd annual festival runs through Oct. 31 with hay rides, a corn maze, petting zoo, carnival rides, and lots and lots of pumpkins at the 102-year-old family-owned farm.

     
  • Weekend picks: Local 'Idol' Lee DeWyze plays acoustic show Oct 3, 2014 1:44 PM
    Mount Prospect native Lee DeWyze, who was crowned the Season Nine winner of “American Idol” in 2010, will play a special acoustic show this weekend at SPACE in Evanston. Rising Midwestern comedian Michael Palascak, whose recent TV credits include appearances on Comedy Central and “The Late Late Show,” performs his standup for local crowds at Zanies in Rosemont. Fans of remote control toys and model railroads won't want to miss the return of the iHobby Expo this weekend at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg.

     
  • Morton Arboretum opens Scarecrow Trail to celebrate fall Sep 29, 2014 11:46 PM
    Scarecrows made and decorated by area students and Scouts are taking center stage this week at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. Dozens of scarecrows surround Meadow Lake and provide an ideal backdrop for the season and the arboretum's Fall Color Festival.

     
  • Hoffman Estates Hispanic Fiesta Oct. 11 Sep 29, 2014 4:25 PM
    The village of Hoffman Estates Cultural Awareness Commission will celebrate the community’s diverse culture by sponsoring a Hispanic Heritage Fiesta from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at village hall, 1900 Hassell Road. Enjoy an afternoon of the sights, sounds and tastes of Hispanic culture.

     
  • Sunday picks: The Black Keys bring Cage to the United Center Sep 28, 2014 12:01 AM
    Hear song hits like “Tighten Up,” “Lonely Boy” and more when The Black Keys brings its Turn Blue World Tour with Cage the Elephant at the United Center. Celebrate autumn with apple treats at the annual Long Grove Apple Fest. Comedian Nick DiPaolo takes a break from his Comedy Central appearances on celebrity roasts to perform standup this weekend. And if you're a fan of the “Dork Forest Podcast,” then check out contributing comedian Jackie Kashian performing this week at Zanies.

     
  • Weekend picks: Scotty McCreery helps you get your country on Sep 27, 2014 6:00 AM
    Scotty McCreery, the season 10 winner of “American Idol,” performs country hits at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall. Celebrate autumn with apple treats at the annual Long Grove Apple Fest. Comedian Nick DiPaolo takes a break from his Comedy Central appearances on celebrity roasts to perform standup this weekend. And if you're a fan of the “Dork Forest Podcast,” then check out contributing comedian Jackie Kashian performing this week at Zanies.

     
  • Fall Fest continues in Huntley Sep 27, 2014 6:54 PM
    Huntley’s three-day Fall Fest celebration will continue Sunday with three main stage concerts along with seasonal events that include everything from a scarecrow contest to pumpkin bowling. The festival opens at 11 a.m. and runs through 5 p.m. at 12015 Mill St.

     
  • Wander acres of corn mazes this fall at suburban farms Sep 26, 2014 6:15 AM
    Autumn has arrived, and it's time to spend an afternoon wandering through some suburban corn mazes in the crisp fall air. Here is our guide to some local corn mazes.

     
  • Apples in abundance for Long Grove fest Sep 26, 2014 6:38 PM
    Everybody's in apple mode -- "apple a la mode," organizers at Long Grove's Apple Fest said Friday. It was an apple bonanza: appletinis, apple-flavored cigars, apple ales. "What would Apple Fest be without apples?" said Rachel Perkal, who helped organize the celebration of the fruit.

     
  • Streamwood Pumpkinfest back with smashing gourds, wagon rides Sep 25, 2014 4:59 PM
    For kids, pumpkins are fall’s version of your grandma’s Christmas ornaments. Youngsters come across pumpkins as a pretty, front-porch accessory. For the Streamwood Park District, though, pumpkins are meant to be smashed, hurled and rolled down a mock bowling alley. The popular event returns Oct. 4.

     
  • Get a peek at the creative process at Geneva Art Studio Tour Sep 25, 2014 6:00 AM
    For artists, a studio space is a refuge, an inspiration, a place for creative focus, creative frustration, new energy, fresh ideas, accomplishment and maybe even magic. See where the magic happens on the Greater Geneva Art Guild's second annual Art Studio Tour, which takes place Friday-Sunday, Sept. 26-28, at various locations around Geneva. For the $10 admission price, visitors will receive a list of artists exhibiting at each location and map.

     
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