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Chicagoans fall for Autumn Festivities

The air is getting crisper and the leaves are changing. After a long and hot summer, fall is finally coming into full swing, bringing with it the season for pumpkin patches, apple pie and Halloween. Chicago offers a variety of fun fall events for people to attend, including corn mazes, haunted houses and scary movie film festivals.

Between Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 people flocked to the 30th annual Lincoln Square Apple Fest to kick off the fall season. The apple fest featured local vendors selling everything apple- and pumpkin-related. As one of the first festivals of Autumn, the vendors offered the first ripe harvest of the season. The scent of fresh apples and sweets wafted through Lincoln Square.

Loyola sophomore Diana Raspanti said she and her friends went to Apple Fest to celebrate the first day of October, their favorite month.

“Fall is my favorite season,” said the 19-year-old creative advertising major. “We woke up this morning and were like, ‘It’s the spooky season; we have to come,’ so we were just looking for something really fall to do.”

Mark Schilling, a farmer from Saint Joseph, Michigan said he was back for his sixth year at Apple Fest.

Schilling said he and his wife also sell fresh apples and spiced cider from their farm during the fall at Lincoln Square’s Thursday markets. He said he loves the fall weather and the atmosphere that brings families out to enjoy these kinds of events.

“It’s my favorite time of the year, personally, because it’s towards the end of the season [and] you can wear jeans and a t-shirt on a nicer day and be comfortable,” Schilling said. “It’s just that fall atmosphere that I like personally … everybody’s comfortable [and] it’s not too hot so it gets people out and about.”


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