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October in Lincoln Park

Written By: Jessie White

Sitting on the Northside of Chicago along Lake Michigan’s gorgeous shoreline is a quiet, bustling, and quaint neighborhood called Lincoln Park. Home to the Lincoln Park Zoo, DePaul University, and some of the best restaurants in Chicago, the neighborhood boasts many reasons to take time to make a visit to the area. However, during the Fall season Lincoln Park is especially lively in the spirit of harvest happiness.

As the leaves begin to change color, the neighborhood comes up with more and more reasons to take advantage of the cooler months before the city hibernates and flocks indoors for the winter. With Fall being one of the most beautiful yet shortest seasons to enjoy Chicago you’ll want to make sure that you head to Lincoln Park to see some of these awesome ways to celebrate the Fall season.

Lincoln Park Zoo Fall Festival

Chicago’s favorite zoo is a local and travelers favorite for many reasons, the first maybe being that there is no price of admission to be able to see all of the amazing wildlife. Sitting in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood you’ll be able to go to the zoo and explore the city all the while gazing upon Chicago’s gorgeous Lake Michigan shoreline. And guess what? It only gets better in the fall!

The Lincoln Park Zoo will be celebrating it’s 5th annual Fall Festival for the majority of October to give visitors even more reasons to appreciate the season.  The Fall Fest features warm fall-themed beverages like hot chocolate and apple cider as well as autumn-themed bites to get your hands on. The Fest will feature live pumpkin carving, live music, and tons of arts and crafts for the young ones. Feel free to pick out the perfect pumpkin, tumble through a haystack, and enjoy an entire day of fall fun surrounded by awesome animals and wildlife at the Lincoln Park Zoo.


Fridays-Sundays from September 27th to October 27th

Monday, October 14th

10 am – 5 pm


Lincoln Park Zoo

 2001 N Clark St

Clark Street Spooktacular

If you and the family are looking for a fun and simple way to celebrate Halloween this year, you may want to consider grabbing your favorite costume out of storage and heading down to Clark Street to trick or treat your way through Lincoln Park. The 11th annual Clark Street Spooktacular is a family-friendly Halloween extravaganza that allows interested tricksters to collect treats all along Clark Street’s numerous local businesses.

Along your trick-or-treat journey you’ll also be able to enjoy live music, street performances with stilt-walkers and magicians, and tons of fun games and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Make sure to wear your costume for the costume contest, too! The Spooktacular is free to attend as well so it’s a fun, easy, and cheap way to get out of the house on Halloween weekend to enjoy the fall season before the colder temperatures arrive.


Sunday, October 27th

1 pm – 4 pm


The Spooktacular will take place along Clark Street between Armitage and Diversey.

Spooky Zoo

While the Lincoln Park Zoo stays active for the entire month of October for Fall Fest and other special fall-inspired events, the Zoo actually transforms into their own Halloween costume just in time to welcome tons of monsters, ghouls, princesses, and wild animals into the zoo for the annual Spooky Zoo event. Spooky Zoo is a safe and free trick-or-treating event which encourages zoo attendees to wear their favorite costume while trick or treating around the different animal exhibits at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Spooky Zoo is one of the most attended events of the Lincoln Park Zoo annual schedule and the awesome wildlife mixed with the spirit of Halloween may very well be why. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the Spooky Zoo also features all of the fun of Fall Fest as well so you will be able to play in a pumpkin patch and get your hands on some fall-themed foods and drinks as you stroll along as well. As one of the largest community-service events thrown in Chicago, you’ll want to make sure you celebrate Halloween a little on the wild side this Fall.


Saturday, October 27th


Lincoln Park Zoo

 2001 N Clark St

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