Best Places to Catch the Fall Foliage in Chicago

Fall is all about soaking up the last bits of nice weather before the cold really kicks in. Enjoy the changing leaves and the crisp air at these gorgeous spots.

Morton Arboretum

via Flickr user Conal Gallagher

via Flickr user Conal Gallagher

We love this place because you can walk, drive, bike ride, or take the tram, so everyone can participate. There are 16 miles of hiking trails and nine miles of paved roads, so there is plenty to take in. They even have a Bloom n’ Color Hotline that will tell you which trees are the most colorful! If you’re bringing the whole family, be sure to visit the children’s garden.

Hours: 9:00am – 6:00pm
More Info: www.mortonarb.org (Bloom n’ Color Hotline – 630-719-7955)

Walter E. Heller Nature Preserve

via Flickr user Mary Anne Enriquez

via Flickr user Mary Anne Enriquez

This 97-acre preserve is home to countless plants and animals, and you can follow three miles of trails through it. From woodlands to wetlands to ravines, this area has a diverse landscape and you can learn more by participating in one of their programs or visiting the nature exhibit. Kids will especially love the Wander Woods.

Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30am – 5:00pm | Sat-Sun, 9:00am – 3:00pm
More Info: www.pdhp.org

Starved Rock State Park

via Flickr user Dan Dzurisin

via Flickr user Dan Dzurisin

This area might be a little ways outside the city but it is well worth the gorgeous foliage. Situated on the Illinois River, its canyons are majestic and the trails will lead you to some incredible waterfalls. Bring a picnic lunch or stop at the Visitor Center for a snack.

Hours: 7:00am – 9:00am
Website: www.starvedrockstatepark.org

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