October 28, 2014 09:07 ET

Fall in Chicago: 9 Things to Do Fall 2014 in the Windy City Listed by

Chicago Always Has Something Exciting Going on During the Cool, Crisp Fall Season; From the Magnificent Chicago Skyscrapers to the Small Local Shops and Delicacies, There Is Something for Everyone

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Oct 28, 2014) - Fall in Chicago means holiday excitement, changing leaves, and unbeatable things to do. Enjoy some time outside before the cold Chicago winter sets in, and today ( released a list of things to do this fall 2014 in the Windy City.

1 - Turkey Day 5K: Looking for a way to shed those extra pounds put on during the Thanksgiving Holiday? Turkey Day Chicago provides a set of enjoyable outdoor activities, including turkey bowling, football throw, cornhole toss and much more. Don your best costume and participate in the costume contest or enter the 5K run. There is an entry fee of $40 to $45 dollars that comes with a free t-shirt for those participating in the run. More information:

2 - Explore Museums: Chicago has plenty of museums to keep you entertained and help you learn about the historical rich city. The Field Museum of Natural History boasts the world's most complete T-Rex skeleton. The museum holds over 20 million artifacts and specimens and the curators constantly change the available display items. Tickets are $12 dollars for students, $15 dollars for adults, and $10 dollars for children.

If an aquarium is more your speed, visit the Shedd Aquarium on Museum Campus. The aquarium has more than 8,000 animals and 25,000 fish. Take the kids to see sharks and brightly colored fish year-round. Admission is just $8 dollars for adults and $6 dollars for children.

Find more information about the best museums in Chicago here.

3 - Spook Yourself this Halloween in Chicago: If you're looking for a real scare, Chicago has many haunted houses and events for you to explore. Fear City contains over 40,000 square feet of hauntingly scary attractions, including a haunted train ride, slaughter house and many undead. The Statesville Haunted Prison features an hour long tour of the prison, where you just might come in contact with a warden from the otherwise. Torment at Twelve Hundred is an ongoing annual horror drama that takes participants through an adventure that goes indoors and out. Additionally, the McPike Mansion, Massacre Haunted House and Psychosis Haunted House provide several options to view some of the most haunted places in America.

4 - Try Some Fall Cocktails: When you're ready for a night of fun and relaxation, try some fall cocktails at one of the many lounges throughout Chicago. The Sable Kitchen and Bar features apple brandy drinks to help warm you up. Creperie Saint Germain offers original ciders, European beers and the Crispin Honey Crisp Cider. Meanwhile, Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club offers extreme shows along with the Pumpkin Scotch Martini and Hopscotch. Take a cab and visit all three in a single night for a night out you won't soon forget.

5 - Check Out the Architecture: A trip to Chicago wouldn't be complete without viewing the magnificent architecture. A highly recommended tour is the Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour. The tour takes two hours and encompasses a half-mile stretch. You'll never find yourself bored on this tour as you walk through exquisite lobbies, pass the underground Pedway system and get a local tour of Chicago architecture. Tourists get to see the Chicago Picasso sculpture, the contemporary Block 37, the Chicago Cultural Center and many other attractions.

6 - Grab Some Brews: Chicago is known for its great bar food and good brews. Don't waste your time with some of the lesser breweries and bars, check out the Half Acre Beer Company to partake in a variety of beers including American, Belgian, Irish and Scottish makes. The Revolution Beer Company gives you some of the best Belgian Ales, wheat beers and stouts in the city and gives you an option of five beers on top directly from their brewery. Goose Island Beer Company is a Chicago favorite, and you can find their specialty beers on tap directly from the brewery. Enjoy a microbrew at the Atlas Brewing Company where you can also get a perfect Chicago pizza. More amazing Chicago breweries to try:

7 - Tucker in at the Homestead in Evanston: If you need a place to stay, you can't beat the Homestead. This family owned European style hotel has been under the same family ownership for over 75 years. The hotel has a quiet atmosphere and marvelous attention to detail that serves as a mini-tour in itself. The hotel is known for its excellent customer service, top-of-the-line accommodations and a relaxing and enjoyable experience away from the hustle of the city.

8 - Find Holiday Gifts at Randolph Street Market: November 21 - 22: When you're ready to go home at the end of your trip, it's time to buy treats. The Randolph Street Market pulls together a variety of vendors and gives you access to specialty foods, drinks, candies and more. The Caramel Kettle Company, Chocolate Twist, Prohibition Spice Company and others will be hawking their wares and giving you the opportunity to take a bit of Chicago back home with you. More information about Randolph Street Market here:

9 - Last Minute Boat Tours: Visitors planning a fall trip to Chicago can still enjoy one of the city's best and most popular experiences when they take an Architecture River Tour offered by Shoreline Sightseeing, and other incredible architecture boat tours the Windy City has to offer. Visitors have a large array of boat tours to choose from, including Shoreline Sightseeing, Architecture Foundations Tours, Anita Dee Yacht Charters, Entertainment Cruises and others (see full list of boat tours in Chicago here).

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