Move over, apples and pumpkins. There are some other fall fests in town, and they might not be quite what you'd expect.
Repurposing is all the rage nowadays, and Remix Chicago takes that to heart. The recycled art fair is the height of creativity, and there are some fun workshops so you can learn how to be your most eco-friendly. Kids will love the Goldilocks-themed Storybus, chalk drawing with The Big Draw Chicago and interactive activities with Shedd Aquarium. Who said going green has to be boring? $5 gate donation. 2200-2300 N. Milwaukee, Chicago. 773-433-8048, ravenswoodremix.com.
Get back to your roots at the Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival. It includes workshops, classes and performances by storytellers and folk musicians, plus hourly activities and crafts for the kids. And if you stop by at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, you can hear ghost stories and get a jump-start on Halloween ($5). $15, $10 teens and seniors, free kids 12 and under. Island Park, Routes 25 and 38, Geneva. 630-897-3655, foxvalleyfolk.com.
When we think of fall, tacos aren't the first thing that comes to mind. But at the Lakeview Fall Fiesta, they're definitely the stars of the show. The festival showcases the Windy City's finest, giving visitors a chance to vote for "Chicago's Best Taco." There's also a fine art fair, live music and activities for kids. We're thinking "Pin the Shell on the Taco." $5. 3500 N. Southport, Chicago. 773-868-3010, chicagoevents.com.
There's not a chill in the air yet, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy a steamy bowl of chili. Fortunately, the Downers Grove Chilympics Chili Cook-Off brings together competitors to see who can put together the best hearty soup. Plus there's music and other activities to keep the whole family entertained. But have a light lunch, because you'll want to save room. Fishel Park, Grove Street, west of Main Street, Downers Grove. 630-963-1300, dgparks.org.
Soldiers will give history lessons on camp life, military artillery and war time in the 1700s. Hundreds of reenactors from the Northwest Territory Alliance will assemble on the battlefield twice a day, firing cannons and muskets.
This fest celebrating fall and apples includes vendors selling avariety of items. Pick up a fresh baked apple pie, a bushel of apples, hot apple cider, or an apple pizza. Also featuring the Kid Zone (9 a.m.-4 pm.) and live music.
A day of fun for all ages! All proceeds from the event benefit children and adults with disabilities. The day begins with a home-cooked pannekoeke (pancake) breakfast, and then the Dutch Village shops will be open to indulge in Dutch pastries, see the crafts and gift items, or sit and enjoy the all-day entertainment. Kids enjoy the petting zoo, magic show, Kid's carnival, and other entertainment - and someone might catch a glimpse of Sinterklaas (Dutch Santa Claus).