Fall In Chicago

Experience All of Fall: A Guide To Fall In Chicago

The shortest - and best - season.


As the bright intensity of summer fades, Chicago slides into what some might say is its most glorious season. Our Millennium Park-facing windows come alive with the vibrant colors of the fall season, that seem to change every minute of your visit. The not-to-be-missed Lurie Garden shows off both its peak of vibrancy and many of the forward-thinking practices that make it such a shining example of modern native horticulture. But when you stay with us, all of this across-the-street glory is the easy stuff. Making the most of a beautiful – and fleeting – Chicago fall takes organization. So throw on your favorite sweater and start making plans. 

Green City Market

Chefs’ BBQ

Thursday September 8, 5:30

The problem with every visit to Chicago is you can only enjoy a limited amount of meals per day. And the problem (if you can really call it one) with staying under our roof is some of the best restaurants in the city are located WITHIN these four walls.

Well, consider the Green City Market’s Chefs’ BBQ the perfect solution for such tragic problems. Some of the city’s best restaurants, breweries, winemakers and mixologists set up in beautiful Lincoln Park (already a fall feast for the eyes) and offer each guest one perfect taste of their amazing offerings. From Girl and the Goat to Frontera Grill, Big Jones to Longman & Eagle, Metropolitan Brewing to Momotaro all the greats show up with their best. This event is one night only…tickets are limited and the proceeds go to support the Green City Market’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit mission. Learn more here

Chicago Gourmet

September 22 through 25

Solving the same problem established above, Chicago Gourmet combines great chefs and delicious food and drink in several days of events – many of which take place on the roof of Millennium Park’s beautiful Harris Theater, which also happens to be the perfect fall stroll through the park from us. With the Rick Bayless-hosted Tacos & Tequilas Thursday, the Stephanie Izard-hosted Hamburger Hop Saturday (with Late Night Gourmet after-party at Tao Chicago) and TWO sessions of the Grand Cru featuring the world’s finest wines and spirits and cuisine on Saturday, you might find yourself giving up by the grand finale ‘Prost! In the Park!’ (a gourmet Oktoberfest) on Sunday. But we believe in you. You can do it. Learn more here.

Forothermore @ MCA

through October 2

Better hop to it because you have ’til October 2 to catch the groundbreaking exhibit of the internationally-renowned Chicagoan Nick Cave at the MCA. His discipline-crossing immersive installations, textural sculptures, impeccably crafted fashion and dynamic videos and performances will blow your mind. The MCA is a lovely walk from our front doors and the exhibit is guaranteed to be an art memory you’ll never stop talking about – and never forget. Learn more here

Open House Chicago

October 15 through 31

During the second half of October, this free public festival offers behind-the-scenes access to architecturally, historically and culturally significant sites across the city. Last year’s festival boasted inside access to downtown-adjacent gems like Fourth Presbyterian Church, the Glunz Tavern, the Union League Club and the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in addition to many other sites all around the city. We can’t wait to see what’s on the tour this year (which should be finalized soon.) Keep checking here for schedule. 

Arts in the Dark

Halloween Parade

Saturday, October 29 from 6-8pm

This magical evening parade celebrates Halloween as ‘the artist’s holiday’ drawing together world-renowned institutions like the Joffrey Ballet, celebrated Chicago organizations like the Lookingglass Theater Company, important programs like After School Matters and aspiring artists in every field. Unique floats, spectacle puppets and creative performances celebrate the spooky holiday in singular Chicago-style – guaranteed to be a Halloween experience you can’t have anywhere else.

And it’s all just steps away from us, set against the historic backdrop of State Street which makes it easy to get there early to get a good viewing spot and still make it back for an Old Fashioned and game of Bocce in the Game Room on our 2nd floor.

Can’t make this parade? There’s another one in Washington Park (a straight shot south on the Green Line El train – you can catch it just blocks from us) on October 22 from 12-2pm. Find details on both here. 

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