Want to plan a unique day trip from Chicago that satisfies the itch for natural beauty? Hop in your car and head straight to the nearest sunflower field. Tall and preternaturally cheerful, their blooms envelop visitors in a golden canopy, stretching out in acres of lemon-colored dots into the horizon (and better yet, you can snip some to bring a bit of the sunshine back to your kitchen counter at home). Fortunately, you don't have to travel far to seek out one of these sunny patches—with so many options in the suburbs and just over the border in Indiana and Wisconsin, we can practically count these fields among Chicago's best attractions. Sunflower season generally runs from late July until early September with rotating cycles of blooming periods, so be sure to visit the websites of each location to make sure you're catching peak bloom potential.
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