Friday Five: Fave Fall Fun In (+ Around) Chicago!

It’s Friday, so I’m linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for Friday Five 2.0. The theme this week is “favorite fall activities.” It doesn’t feel much like fall here at the moment. In fact, it was 93 degrees yesterday. Womp Womp. If I write about it, maybe it will come. That’s the dream, so here I go!

My Fave Fall Fun Activities In (+Around) Chicago

1. Running (and spectating at the Chicago Marathon) – I absolutely LOVE running in fall. Well, to clarify, I love running in fall when it’s fall weather. Give me 50 degrees and sunny and I am ALL smiles. I can’t wait for it. I hope it comes soon. I have not loved running here this last week – at all!

chi marI also love spectating at the Chicago Marathon. I ran in the Chicago Marathon in 2001 (perfect run, perfect day, personal best) and in 2007 (terrible day, terrible run, meltdown and personal worst). Since then, I have acted as a sherpa and super fan and I LOVE it. If you’re running Chicago, please tell me your expected pace and what you are wearing and look for me and Stacy and other friends at mile 13 on the runners’ right. I can’t wait to cheer for you!! [Here’s a link to my Chicago Marathon spectator tips.]

2. Apple Picking –We used to do this every year and I think we’ve missed the last two or three. Time flies, huh? Apple picking is super fun in the Chicagoland area and I’m bummed that I’m going to miss it again this year. The next best thing is getting all the fall veggies including amazing apples at Green City Market. I’ll make a few more trips this fall, I hope!

3. Chicago Ideas Week – October 16 – 22 – Time flies! This is the seventh year of Chicago Ideas Week. What is this? It is more than 80 talks, lectures and workshops from the “Chicago Ideas movement.” This movement is “built on one core belief: When a broad spectrum of thinkers and instigators share ideas, we have the power to transform our world.” I have seen some great lectures (and blogged about them) for the past several years. With my work travels this year, I may only be around one evening during this week. But if you can make it, I highly recommend it. Here’s a link to the schedule.

4. Open House Chicago October 14 + 15– What is this? They say simply, “200 COOL PLACES.48 HOURS. GO. IT’S FREE.” The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to 200 buildings across Chicago. You can “explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods” at no cost. CAA members get special perks. I am so bummed to miss this – I’ll be out of town. I have seen some awesome stuff including the amazing office at the top of the Tribune Building, the old AAA building and some super cool apartments and other amazing and rarely open places. If you can, pick a few places and go. Here is a list of sites.

5. Chicago International Film Festival – October 12 – 26 – You can check out over 150 indies, foreign films and under the radar documentaries with categories like New Directors, Out-Look, Reel Women and Black Perspectives. There will also be several U.S. premieres this year. I may be able to squeak in one or two towards the end this year.

There are so many awesome things to do in and around Chicago in the fall. I wish I had more time. And, of course I’m wishing for fall weather.

What are your fall faves? Do you prefer fall weather or do you want summer to stick around?

Have a great weekend!



  1. I am excited for fall because of some of the fun activities… fall festivals, Oktoberfests, that kind of stuff. But I also love the summer heat. I’m fine slogging through the heat on a run. I think I’ll be able to enjoy summer weather for a little while longer at least. Here in PA, it’s going to be 94 this weekend!

  2. Chicago does seem like the place to be this year! I am going to have to get there to visit one of these days

  3. Amy Scott says:

    I know a few people training for Chicago who are super excited. I hope it goes well for them and hope you have fun cheering. I love that you go out to races and cheer even when you’re not running them.

    I’m hoping to go to some Fall festivals here, but like you it doesn’t feel like Fall. It is 90 degrees today and way too hot. I hope it cools down soon so I can enjoy all things pumpkin spice!

  4. I will never complain about warm weather. It can be 90 degrees for as long as it wants!

    I enjoy being a spectator at a race so I can only imagine how awesome it would be to spectate at the Chicago marathon.

  5. Oh, that Open House Chicago sounds like a great event! Unfortunately, I’m 4-hours away (central Iowa), and that’s the same weekend of the IMT Des Moines Marathon (I’m doing the 5-miler). AS for weather…I’d LOVE to have summer stay a bit longer (this past week has felt more like July than September) because I am in no hurry for winter…..

  6. Lisa Brown says:

    I love the film festival. Hope you get to see something good!

  7. I am excited about the Chicago Marathon! And I know what you mean about 2007. At least you got to finish it. I was directed back downtown.

  8. Erin R. says:

    Try not to fall out of your chair when you read this, but it is 55 outside right now and getting ready to rain. I am ACHING from happiness! Summer is the pits and can’t be gone soon enough.

    Also, yay for apples! Fall fruit is my one true love. Our Asian pear tree is dumping pears on us right now and we can’t munch through them fast enough.

    Good luck on the cooler weather soon.

  9. Lauren says:

    So much fun stuff. You know I love Chi marathon and am having some FOMO about not running this year. I was just talking about trying to pick a day to go apple picking-I don’t think I’ve been since I was little.

  10. Amber Ludwig says:

    We love apple picking!! We never miss it 😉 In fact, we still have apples left lol!! Sad but true and somehow they are still good!?!? Magic!

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