Your Guide To Chicago In October

Everything You Need To Know For A Great Time During Your Stay in October

••• Academy Award winning actor Ben Affleck. Photo courtesy of Chicago International Film Fest

The sound of leaves crunching under your shoes. Pumpkins on every menu. Lights on and noises up at every theater venue in town.

We're in the thick of fall season, and Chicago in October is a great place to be when it happens. It may be a little nippy outside, but a few key events will be worth the chill. If you're determined to keep the fun inside, we've got you covered there as well. And as always, get ready for a number of brand-new bars and restaurants.

We hope you enjoy your time in the city!


  • Average High Temperature: 63°F (17°C)
  • Average Low Temperature: 44°F (7°C)
  • Average Precipitation: 2.5"



• Despite what the averages say, weather during October can widely vary; sometimes it's unseasonably warm, and others can get downright cold. Packing layers of clothing is definitely in order.

• We also recommend checking out Chicagoland shopping malls for additional apparel, including comfortable shoes if you plan to walk a lot.


• The weather is warm--at least through mid-September--enough to explore outdoors during one of the many walking and biking food tours.

• Chicago’s alfresco dining and drinking establishments are open for business through October.

Hotel prices are still reasonable, except during the Chicago Marathon weekend Oct. 10-12.

• Expect fewer crowds and lines at the city’s top tourist attractions.


• Chance of flight/travel problems if a storm comes through; here's where to dine and drink if you get stranded at one of the airports.

• October’s a pretty solid month to travel to Chicago. Other than the Columbus Day Parade and Chicago Marathon, there’s not a lot of madness. Because the marathon attracts participants from all over the world, hotels are booked solid and streets are blocked in major neighborhoods.


• October is National Pizza Month.

• Thirteen of the most haunted venues in Chicago.



Chicago International Film Festival (Oct. 9-23)

Chicago Marathon (Oct. 12)

Columbus Day Parade on Columbus Drive from Balbo Avenue to Monroe Street (Oct. 13)

Green City Market (through Oct. 25)