Fall Near the 97th District

Hickory Creek Brewing Company – New Lenox

A retired engineer brought his brewing hobby out of an old milk house and into a storefront in New Lenox. Try inaugural brews, including a smoky, bourbon-esque porter called Whack the Beaver.

Elder Brewing Company – Joliet

The cozy downtown spot offers free popcorn and a 1982 Millipede arcade game to enjoy with Uncle Jack’s Gris Gris, an IPA, or Poly’s Revenge, an American pale ale. Check out bands in the new music room.

Bronkberry Farms – Plainfield

From hayrides to pumpkin and apple picking, you’ll have your hands full at Bronkberry Farms in Plainfield. If you stop here, make sure to grab some freshly grown veggies on the way out.

Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm – Homer Glen

This delightful farm-carnival hybrid offers ample attractions to fill an entire day, so you’ll need to be strategic. Which rousing ride looks more exhilarating, Rooster Rodeo, Rockin’ Rabbits or Barnyard Dance Cow Coaster? Do you dare for a scare in the Haunted Barn or fancy a ride on a pretty pony?

Haunted Trails – Joliet

A Halloween-themed park with endless opportunities for family fun includes go-karts, mini golf, and batting cages. If it’s chilly outside, step into the Monsters’ Tomb Game Room and take aim at winning a huge selection of prizes.

Plano Oktoberfest

Feast on schnitzel and spaetzle, drink Hacker-Pschorr (a traditional Oktoberfest beer), and dance to live music under a circus tent on Main Street. Flap your wings in the “Chicken Dance” contest both weekend nights.