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American Resorts Association suggests visiting the area early this fall, before the cold weather sets in.

Grab some deep dish pizza or a fancy meal before a concert, check out some festivals or watch some events on the pier.

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Chicago has something for everyone, and the American Resorts Association has some ideas to make this vacation memorable.

We want all travelers to experience a real Chicago-style Festival. Several musical festivals are planned, including the free Jazz Festival in Millennium Park September 1st through 4th, the North Coast Music Festival in Union Park also on Labor Day Weekend, and the World Music Festival at multiple locations throughout the city from September 9th through the 25th. For those vacationers looking to explore a new culture, there is a Mexican Independence Festival, a Festival of Lebanon, and a Scandinavian Festival, all on the second weekend of the month.

Vacations are usually a time for relaxation, but a current trend is to get active on vacations. September weather makes for great outdoor activities, even while on vacation. Consider participating in the Urban Adventure Race through downtown on September 10th while solving clues and completing challenges, or walk/run a 5k through the Brookfield Zoo on September 11th. Another option for those wanting a stroll would be the Ravenswood Art Walk, the second weekend in September, where over 150 artists line up on Ravenswood Avenue.

American Resorts Association knows Chicago Oktoberfest’s brings a little bit of Germany to the area each fall. Throughout September, just like in Germany, several festivals are featuring German beer, music, and food. September 16th and 17th in Oak Park, the festivities include a kid’s root beer garden. Lincoln Avenue plays host to St. Alphonsus Oktoberfest September 23rd through the 25th with live music, pretzels, beer, and bratwurst. Another great option is the Naperville Oktoberfest, held September 30th through October 1st. Live music ranging from classical German music to modern rock, German beer, and food, as well as family-friendly activities, make this festival worth the 30-minute drive south.

Now is the time to plan the next vacation with American Resorts Association. With both domestic and international vacations available, there is something for everyone. American Resorts Association makes the best vacations easy and affordable.

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