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A family's story living with cerebral palsy in Chicago

Life with CP - A family's story living with cerebral palsy in Chicago

Fun fall family activities around Chicago

Autumn is here! Some our favorite fall activities include apple and pumpkin picking. Spending a brisk fall day outdoors can be great fun for the whole family.  These pumpkin farms have a wide variety of activities for everyone in  the family.  Some have petting zoos, corn mazes, pony rides, little stores, restaurants, warm cider, and goodies to bring home.  Check their websites to see if there are any coupons before you go!

                                                                Didier Farms
16678 W. Aptakisic Rd.
Prairie View, IL 60069
Phone: 847-634-3291

                                                             Ziegler’s Orchard
32363 N. Bacon Rd.
Grayslake, IL 60030
(Lake County)

                                                            Johansen Farms

710 W. Boughton Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440



                                        Goebbert’s Farm and Garden Center

40 W Higgins

Road South Barrington, Illinois 60010  847 428 6727


      The trees are changing to such beautiful yellow, orange, and red shades now… if you blink… you may miss them! There is an endless list of places in Chicagoland, suburbs AND city that are fun, earthy, and educational!  Here’s a list of our favorites.

                                                   Morton Arboretum

They have so many activities for all ages. Check out their website for a full list of activities and times. They explore bat, gourds, gnomes and more.  The Morton Arboretum has 10 different gardens. Visit The Fregrance Garden, Container Garden, and Maze Garden to name a few.  Check out their website for hours and admission.


                                                                            The Grove

  1421 Milwaukee Ave
Glenview, IL 60025
(847) 299-6096
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 am-4:30 pm
Sat.-Sun.: 9 am-5 pm
(Closed New Year’s Day, July 4, Christmas)

This is a historic place with buildings that date back to 1856.  There are 9 buildings at The Grove to walk through.  The Kennicott House, The Native American Longhouse, and The Interpretive Center are just a few.  The Interpretive Center houses fish, snakes, turtles, and a sea turtle that have visited often since I was a child! Wild birds roam the trails outside all year.  On Weekends in October, November and December, there are craft shows in all of the buildings. You can stroll through the nature trails, buy some snacks and coffee, check out the crafts, and even run into Santa! 

    Just a word to warn you…. some of these buildings are not handicapped accessible. You may want to call before you go. The trails and interpretive center may be, however, the smaller houses are not.  I carried my little man through the tight quarters and just wound up with a backache.  But there are so many activities this fall that whole families can do.  Bundle Up and Have fun!




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