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West Loop Art Fest

Chicago, Ill.

About 100 talented artists showcase and sell creative work. Live art demonstrations will give festival-goers the unique chance to see the masters at work. Plus, enjoy local food, live music and interactive features including a graffiti wall, Art Bingo and photo booth.

When: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sept. 16-17, 2017
Cost: $10

Autumn in the Park Festival

Palos Park, Ill.


Event includes a parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, a Chili and BBQ Rib Cook-Off, music, games and entertainment, including a sports cave and a kids' area with petting zoo, games, touch-a-truck, euro bungee and pony and hayrack rides (open noon-6 p.m Sunday.).

When: 5-10:30 p.m. Sept. 15; 11:30 - 11 p.m. Sept. 16, 2017
Cost: Free

Berwyn Oktoberfest

Berwyn, Ill.


The festival includes an international food court, live bands, carnival and amusements, family pavilion, crafters, vendors and beer garden.


When: 6-11 p.m. Sept. 15, noon-11 p.m. Sept. 16
Cost: Free

Lakeview Taco Fest

Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest | Chicago, Ill.

The taco gets the spotlight treatment at this fest in the heart of the Southport Corridor. In addition to tacos and music, features beer and taco pairings, Mexican wrestlers, a kids' activity area and arts/crafts.

When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 16-17, 2017
Cost: $5

Pilsen Mexican Independence Day Parade

Chicago, Ill.


Celebrate Mexican Independence in the vibrant Pilsen neighborhood.

When: Noon
Cost: Free

Cary Main Street Fest

Cary, Ill.

The outdoor fall festival features local restaurants and businesses, a marketplace of vendors and artists, live entertainment and a children’s area with family stage that highlights theater, dance and other interactive children’s programming.

When: Sept. 16-17, 2017. See website for schedule
Cost: $5 donation

Homewood Fall Fest and Chili Cook-Off

Homewood, Ill.


Features live entertainment for children and adults, horse-drawn wagon rides, the annual bean bag tournament, pony rides, games, art and craft vendors, a pumpkin patch and food from local eateries. Closing the evening is a free showing of The LEGO Movie.

When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: Free

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Ravinia Festival | Highland Park, Ill.

The Performer's School presents Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical based on the "coat of many colors" story of Joseph from the Bible.

When: 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. Sept. 16; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 17
Cost: $15

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