It’s finally fall y’all! Fall has definitely become one of my favorite seasons (hello PSL and sweater weather!). If you’re looking to add to your fall bucket list, here are a few unique fall experiences (because every list has apple picking and pumpkin picking, right?) you must add! Keep checking back because I’ll keep adding more.

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Unique Fall Experiences

    • Combine the best of both worlds and have an apple cider donut ice cream sandwich. All Seasons Orchard and Julie Ann’s Custard offer these delectable treats!
    • Love dinosaurs? See a pumpkin eating dinosaur then head to the market to buy the book “The Pumpkin Eating Dinosaur.” The author Deb Skog released a new book perfect for fall adventures, “A Day at the Pumpkin Farm.”
    • Enjoy a fall lights show from the comfort of your car. 
    • Scope out more scarecrows in downtown Crystal Lake as part of their Johnny Appleseed Festival. TIP: Don’t miss stopping by and getting popcorn from Pop’s Corn Crib.


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Fun unique fall experiences in Chicagoland to add to your fall bucket list like climbing a kame or going through an apple maze.

  • Try any of the fall-inspired donuts at Craft Donuts and Coffee. Take your donut and coffee for a walk along the riverwalk.
  • Find your new favorite fall drink at an independent coffee shop. Here are a few of my favorite coffee shops in the Northwest suburbs.
  • Go for an art walk through downtown Elgin. Sculptures, murals, places to eat, and a new candy shop – what are you waiting for?
  • Explore a cave! Take a short hike to the cave at Red Oaks Nature Center. When you’re done, hike any of the easy trails or walk to the nature-based playground at Lippold Park.
  • Visit a different kind of pumpkin patch. Head to JoJo’s Pumpkin Patch in Naperville or River North. 
  • See more scarecrows at the Scarecrow Festival in St. Charles. This year it will be spread out all over town!
  • Explore over 100 acres and find your favorite sculpture at Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park

What is your favorite unique fall experience?