5 Things to Do: October 2-4

As “Anne of Green Gables” author L.M. Montgomery wrote, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” Start the month off right with family-friendly festivals in Chicago, Highland Park and Glencoe. Plus, don’t miss the latest exhibit at Kohl Children’s Museum.

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Run! Jump! Fly!

Photo courtesy of Kohl Children’s Museum.

Opens Sept. 29

This is the first weekend you can visit Kohl Children’s Museum’s newest exhibit, which gets kids moving with an “action star training center.” Children can try surfing, kung fu, dancing and climbing, all while learning ways to get active on a daily basis. (Learn how you can support the museum with Make It Better.)

Harvest & Harmony Fest

Marshall Crenshaw (Photo courtesy of the festival.)

Oct. 2-3
Highland Park

Enjoy two days of free live music, plus drum circles, an instrument petting zoo, barbecue, beer and wine.

Fall Fest

Photo courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo.

Oct. 2-4

This harvest-themed festival, new to the zoo this year, features a corn maze, hay mountain, pumpkin patch, hay rides, Ferris wheel and more. And if you can’t make it this weekend, the festival continues Oct. 9-12 and 16-18.

Glencoe Harvest Fest

Oct. 3

The Glencoe Junior High Project’s second annual Harvest Fest starts with the Monster Ramble 5K Fun Run and ends with the Taste of Glencoe. You can also spend the afternoon enjoying activities like a pumpkin bounce house, mini golf and face painting.

Kultura Festival

Photo courtesy of the Kultura Festival.

Oct. 4

October is Filipino American Heritage Month and more than a dozen Filipino American chefs, visual artists and musicians are coming together for this celebration of food and arts.


  • Visit ENAZ, a Best of 2015 winner, in Northfield on Thursday, Oct. 1 and 10 percent of proceeds will go to the Lynne Sage Cancer Research Foundation. Customers will also receive 20 percent off everything in the store. The official party takes place from 5-8 p.m. with a DJ, giveaways and raffles.