Fall weather is here, and with colder weather right around the corner, many people are trying to enjoy outdoor activities while they can. If you are like me, I’m up for pretty much any activity at this point that is safe. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has cancelled many activities, there are plenty of socially-distanced and virtual events you can attend to keep busy in this western Chicago suburb. Check out these five Lombard, IL things to do in fall 2020.

1. Escape the Room Chicago

One great indoor activity you can do with your family or friends is an escape room! Located a little bit outside of Lombard is Escape the Room Chicago in Oak Brook, IL. Most escape room adventures begin by being locked in a room with other participants, and are timed for 60 minutes. Your group has the entire hour to discover clues and solve puzzles that eventually lead to your escape. To keep you safe during the pandemic, Escape the Room Chicago only lets you book with people you know. They double-sanitize between each group, and are also supplying masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer for all guests.

2. Virtual Turkey Trot

While most cities around the country cancelled in-person Turkey Trots, Virtual Turkey Trot is offering a socially-distanced option to still get your turkey day fix. To participate in a race this year, it’ll have to be on your own or with close friends. Sign up for the 5k or 10k race for just $33 per person, and proceeds will go to Feeding America. After your registration, you will be mailed a Virtual Turkey Troy shirt, a race bib, finisher medal, and a face covering. On Thanksgiving weekend, put your swag on and run your own Turkey Trot wherever you want! If you hit the Great Western Trail, you’ll likely find other virtual Turkey Trotters! Or start your race at one of Lombard’s parks, Madison Meadow. Family members can cheer you on from a fully equipped recreational area with a lake, softball fields, and trails.

3. Marcel’s Culinary Experience

The holidays are quickly approaching and you may be wondering what to cook for Thanksgiving this year. Do you go with a traditional family recipe or try out something new? If you’re looking to serve up a new dish, but not sure what to make start by checking out a cooking class at Marcel’s Culinary Experience. Classes range from recipes on hearty soups to food and wine pairings to baked goods. You can participate in a cooking class at Marcel’s for anywhere between $50 and $90 per person, depending on the subject. Classes book up, so plan at least a couple weeks in advance!

4. Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

Starting November 20th, you can head over to the Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum in nearby Lisle, IL, and check out the light show at night. Designed with public safety in mind, this year’s show will be a drive-through experience so you never have to leave your car! Drive through favorites like the Woodland Wonder and Symphony Woods and experience the dazzling lights all around you. Tickets are priced per vehicle and members can snag a ticket for $39 or $49 for guests.

5. Lombard’s Jingle Bell Jubilee

Already thinking a little ahead to the Christmas season? Mark your calendars for Lombard’s Jingle Bell Jubilee on December 7th. Downtown Lombard businesses will be open for games and snacks, and if you’re lucky then you’ll catch the tree lighting at 5:30pm sharp and a visit from Santa Claus. There will be a photo opportunity with Santa, hot cocoa, and cookies to get you in the festive spirit! Check out a performance by the Glenbard East Madrigal Singers or go on a candlelight tour at the Victorian Cottage. So bundle up with a coat and hat (don’t forget your face mask!) and experience a fun, winter evening with the family.

Keep the economy recovering and your morale strong with these fun things to do in Lombard, IL this fall!


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