Livin’ La Vida Local: Pumpkin Passion

Pumpkin Celebration Season Is Here

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The unofficial flavor of fall in Chicago is that of the pumpkin. As much as everyone loves a spooky, glowing jack-o-lantern, Chicagoans do much more with pumpkins than use them as porch decorations. Indulge in all the pumpkin has to offer—delicious and unique treats, fall friendly beverages and, of course, the fun of picking your own from the patch. How do you prefer your pumpkins?

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Fulton Market’s Jupiter Outpost (1139 W. Fulton Market) has your perfect autumn pick-me-up. This café puts the perfect spin on the pumpkin latte with their not-too-sweet, handmade version. Indulge in this coffee beverage, made with milk, espresso, vanilla and pumpkin flavors, hot or iced and let that pumpkin flavor pop. Try it less than 0.7 miles from 180 N. Jefferson.

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It’s more than likely that you’ve had your fair share of pumpkin pie throughout the years. However, chances are slimmer you’ve had the pumpkin creation available at Bob San (1805 W. Division St.)—pumpkin sushi. In this case, the main ingredient is actually Japanese pumpkin called kabocha. Give it a try less than 2 miles from Kingsbury Plaza.

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The month of October is harvest time at Sonny Acres Farm in West Chicago (29W310 North Ave.). The farm is overrun by bright, orange pumpkins growing in patches. While out in the fields, find food stands offering up taffy apples, elephant ears, brats, spiced cider and more. Head back to the barn for more goods—like gourds, squashes, and Indian corn—in the farm. Get in on the fall fun about 8 miles from our Naperville locations.