Fall Things to Do in Illinois

fall things to do in Illinois

Illinois is a busy state and home to one of the country’s biggest cities, so there’s always something to do here, whether you’re looking for a weekend day trip or a long road trip in your Ford vehicle. Here are some fun fall things to do in Illinois this season.

2018 is Illinois’ bicentennial anniversary as a state, and farmers are celebrating in style, designing bicentennial mazes in their corn fields. Corn mazes are a tradition every year in Illinois, but this year is special. You can visit the Richardson Adventure Farm in Chicago, Abbey Farms in Aurora, Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch in Rantoul, and many more!

Another way to spend your fall in your Ford truck or car is to visit the many orchards and farms in Illinois. Apple-picking is a classic fall activity. No matter where you live in Illinois, there’s an orchard you can drive to for an afternoon trip. Illinois is home to all kinds of farms, from pumpkin patches to syrup farms to vineyards.

It wouldn’t be fall without Oktoberfest, and there are celebrations going on all over Illinois this autumn. We recommend road tripping up to Chicago for the Oktoberfest at Starved Rock State Park, the most popular state park in Illinois, with its waterfalls, naturally formed canyons, and beautiful foliage.

No matter which direction in Illinois you drive, you’re bound to find something fun to do and something beautiful to see. Take your trip in a car from Van Drunen Ford.

How to Get Your Ford Ready for Fall

Ford Service

With summer coming to an end, now is the perfect time to get your Ford ready for fall weather with excellent service from Van Drunen Ford and easy do-it-yourself maintenance tasks. Here are some of the most important tasks for transitioning from summer into cooler weather.


First, inspect the tires and check the air pressure. If the rubber is bulging or cracked, or the tread is worn, it’s time to replace them—and you’ll definitely want new tires before winter hits. Cold air can reduce air pressure, so add air to your tires as needed for better traction.


Next, check your lights. If any are burnt out, replace them—it’s going to start getting dark earlier, and you need working lights more than ever. You may also want to scrub the inside of the plastic covers if you notice the lights are foggy.


Replace the wiper blades. Wiper blades get worn out over the rainy spring and summer months, and going into inclement fall weather, you’ll want fresh ones. You should also turn on the heater and defrost to make sure they’re still working after you left them off for months.

Dealership Service

Head to Van Drunen Ford for oil changes, tire rotations, battery tests, fluid refills, and an inspection. All of these tasks are more important than ever during cold months, and you want a professional taking care of them.

Buying New vs. Used Cars

Why Buy New vs Used

Adding a new car to your life can be exciting, but one of the first choices you need to make is whether you want to buy something brand new or used. There are pros and cons on both sides of the new vs. used cars debate, so here are a few things to consider.


  • One of the biggest benefits to buying new is the obvious fact that it is new. You don’t have to worry about its previous owners or history.
  • Buying new also ensures you get to take full advantage of its warranty, meaning you can enjoy years of relatively hassle-free vehicle maintenance.
  • New cars will come with the latest technology features, helping your family stay connected on the go.
  • If safety is a top concern, you can get all of the best advanced safety features in a new car.


  • When it comes to buying a used car, there is no bigger benefit than the amount of money you will save. You get to skip out on the first few years of costly depreciation.
  • Because used cars cost less, you can potentially get a lot more car for your money. Take your compact car-sized new car budget and put it towards a well-equipped used midsize vehicle.
  • Overall vehicle durability is getting better each year, meaning used cars last a lot longer than they used to.

Whether you want a new or a used car, stop by Van Drunen Ford and we’ll help you find the right fit for you.

Why Buy New vs Used

About Van Drunen Ford

Van Drunen Ford

Welcome to Van Drunen Ford! Not only are we Chicagoland’s oldest Ford dealership, but we’re also Homewood’s oldest continuously operated family business. We were founded in 1930 by Morse Van Drunen, who opened the dealership’s first location on Dixie Highway in Homewood.

Even though times were tough in the early years due to the Great Depression, Morse persevered and was eventually able to establish the dealership as a successful business. Today, we’re still owned and operated by the Van Drunen family, with Morse’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren in charge at our current location on West 183rd Street.

Morse also established Van Drunen Ford as a pillar of the Homewood-Flossmoor community. Multiple generations of Chicagoland drivers have purchased cars from Van Drunen Ford thanks to the personal and community connections we’ve nurtured here over the years. We continue to honor that legacy today with our support of Homewood Little League and the Homewood-Flossmoor Soccer Club.

At Van Drunen Ford, we stock a diverse lineup of Ford cars, trucks, and SUVs. Whether you’re looking to buy, finance, or service a vehicle here, we pride ourselves on doing today exactly what Morse did all those years ago: run a trustworthy business that offers an inviting atmosphere, outstanding customer service, and high-quality new and used cars. Visit us to see for yourself.

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