When fall rolls around, make time for a journey to Glencoe so you can tour autumn colors among the sprawling grounds of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Walk from the visitor center to the Conservation Science Center to see colorful perennials and fruit-bearing shrubs, or marvel at the Japanese maples as they turn a brilliant, fiery crimson. If you're lucky, you might even get a chance to see the filigreed sumacs transform into a remarkable mix of orange, green and red. Pro tip: Return in November—once most trees have dropped their leaves and crowds have cleared—for a peaceful late-autumn walk in the Dixon Prairie.
Fall in Chicago has arrived, and with it comes a colorful burst of fall foliage throughout the city. According to this interactive guide, which uses an algorithm to predict when the leaves will change, local trees will start showing patchy colors the week of September 25 and hit their peak in late October.
Hoping to go leaf peeping this year? Head to some of the more well-known Chicago parks and gardens to see towering oaks and fiery red Japanese maples, or take a contemplative stroll through a cemetery to watch yellow weeping willows drape over a leaf-filled pond. Plus, if you're itching to take a quick day trip from Chicago, you'll find several suburban conservatories and arboretums worthy of an afternoon leaf-peeping expedition. Take a look through our roundup of the best places to see fall foliage in Chicago and get ready for some scenic sights.
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