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.
Summer isn't quite over yet, but the fall fanatics among us know that crisp days and gorgeous autumn colors are just around the corner—so when you're not basking in the sunny warmth, prepare for fall in Chicago by making a list of all the best places to see fall foliage throughout the city. 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 excited for all the autumnal fun still to come.
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