Nothing says autumn quite like a tree full of red, orange and yellow leaves—and luckily, we've got enough parks and foliage-filled outdoor areas to make tree spotting an especially easy autumn pastime. The first leaves start to go yellow in September, but wait until the first two weeks of October to catch Chicago's deciduous foliage in its full fiery splendor.
As far as seasons go, summertime in Chicago usually steals the spotlight (and okay, fair enough). But even so, you can't deny the appeal of fall in the city, when we get to trade hot weather for colorful leaves, crisp air, spiced beverages and plenty of spooky Halloween fun. Like everything else in 2020, fall in Chicago is going to look a little different this time around; nonetheless, you can still count on new, socially distanced versions of your favorite autumn pasttimes to make every bit of the fleeting season count. This list spotlights all the fall activities that we can safely partake in this year, from apple picking near Chicago to orange-and-red foliage spotting and beyond. Prefer to hang closer to home? Cozy up with some fall-friendly takeout and tune into the huge variety of at-home streaming content from Chicago venues and theaters. Here are the 26 ways you can still make the most of fall in Chicago.
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