In October, make time to take a walk from the Botanic Garden's visitor center to the Conservation Science Center to see the many colorful perennials and fruit-bearing shrubs. Marvel at the Japanese maples as they turn red like fire and, if you're lucky, see the filigreed sumacs transform into a remarkable mix of orange, green and red. If you're here in November, an autumn walk in the Dixon Prairie is also a peaceful escape.
As temperatures start to drop during fall in Chicago, so do the leaves on the city's trees. Before the season passes us by, make a trip to nearby Chicago parks, gardens and other flora-filled attractions to see the best fall foliage Chicago has to offer. While it's true you could probably spot reddening leaves on any tree-lined Chicago street, certain areas—from nature preserves to cemeteries—offer particularly special opportunities for leaf peeping. Tour weeping willows and sycamores in Graceland Cemetery, take a train ride to the Chicago Botanic Garden or check out fiery red maples at the Osaka Garden inside of Jackson Park. Plus, if you're itching to take a day trip, you could even travel to neighboring states to see the best fall foliage near Chicago, all within a four-hour drive of the city. Ready to embrace autumn? Check out our list of the best fall foliage in Chicago.
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