Fall will be in full swing before we know it, and sometimes it can sneak up on the city-dweller. When you’re surrounded by concrete instead of green space, you miss out on the stunning foliage of autumn. There is always a lot to do in the Windy City
but make sure you see in the new season by scheduling time to stop and smell the roses (or trees) in one of these ideal spots in and around Chicago
Chicago Botanic Garden
Sometimes you don’t need to go that far to get in touch with nature. As long as you don’t mind a few tourists, you can see plenty of beautiful fall colors throughout all 39 acres of Grant Park. Try the Lurie Garden and the Rose Gardens in particular for the best plant variety.
Grant Park, 337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 312 742 3918
If you’re looking for the ultimate nature immersion during the warm or chilly months, make the trek out to Lisle to visit the Lake County Forest Preserve and Morton Arboretum. It’s full of gardens, bike trails and hiking paths across 1,700 gorgeous, green acres.
Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois 53, Lisle, IL, USA, +1 630 968 0074