Between stay-at-home orders, a global pandemic, and an economic crisis, it often feels like we can’t catch a break. However, it has driven the majority of us to reconsider our close circles, our time spent with family, and how to strip back to the basics of fun: safe activities we can all enjoy. Whether it’s a trip to a pumpkin patch, drive-in haunted house, or a walk around one of Chicago’s many beautiful neighborhoods, there’s plenty to do in the Windy City (especially while the weather is agreeable). If you’re looking for a quick, family-friendly pick-me-up amidst all the chaos, try one of the following!
What’s in Evanston? Aside from some great restaurants (with outdoor seating) and some good shopping, Evanston is home to Northwestern University and the nearby Bahá’i House of Worship. Especially during this time of year, the area’s tree leaves are quickly changing into their fall colors. Enjoy an afternoon walk in the area and enjoy the fall colors, the lake view, Northwestern’s beautiful campus, and all that Evanston has to offer! A trip to Evanston makes for a wholesome and enjoyable afternoon.
Visit Lincoln Park Zoo
The beautiful fall colors of Lincoln Park and visiting animals you don’t see everyday is a great way to enjoy fall in Chicago. Lincoln Park Zoo has free admission, but now requires time reservations to support social distancing! This makes for a great afternoon and doesn’t have to stop with the zoo! Lincoln Park has miles of trails and beautiful fall colors to admire – whether it’s a couple of hours or the whole day, a trip to Lincoln Park and the Zoo is a great and safe way to enjoy the outdoors before it gets too cold!
Haunted houses around Chicago may be harder to find this year, but don’t worry! Terror in the Timbers in Elgin is just a quick drive outside the city, and even better, you won’t have to leave your car! Visiting Terror in the Timbers will include a scenic drive through the countryside with stops along the way that will showcase some of Chicago’s darker historical moments while getting in a good Halloween scare. The great thing about it: you’re in your car and social distancing!
Check out Green City Market
Fall is a great time of the year to get fresh produce from “local” farmers. Green City Market in Lincoln Park is an outdoor farmers market with dozens of stands where farmers from Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana come together to offer fresh produce, baked goods, flowers, and more to us urbanites! The market is completely outdoors, there are capacity limits, and a mask requirement, which gives visitors peace of mind as they shop around. Green City market is open every Saturday from 8a-12p until November 21, check them out!
Enjoy a Halloween Movie at the Drive-In
Until October 31, the Music Box of Horrors has taken over the Chi-Town Movies Drive-in for late shows Sunday-Thursday, and double-features every Friday and Saturday! If you and your family are scary movie fanatics and miss going to the movie theatre, this one’s for you! Get your spooky movie fix before spooky season is over. No car? No problem. They have a row for you to bring your own chair! Learn more here.
With over 20 years in the Chicago real estate industry, Arnell Cordero has been a Chicago resident since childhood, he knows the city and suburbs inside out. Initially, Arnell’s experience stemmed from running a family-owned property management business in the Logan Square and Bucktown neighborhoods.
Arnell places a strong emphasis on customer service, understanding that communication and responsiveness are as important to clients as his vast real estate knowledge. Whether you’re buying or leasing, selling, or investing, Arnell will make every effort to make your real estate needs as seamless and successful as possible!