The Best Places To See Fall Foliage In Chicago


Fall has arrived in all its pumpkin flavored glory. Whether you’re a fan of the season or not, there’s no denying that fall foliage makes for beautiful views (and photos). We’ve rounded up some of our favorite spots for taking in the sights of the season. Check out these top spots for seeing fall foliage in and around Chicago, and start planning your upcoming weekend trip.

Maple Grove Forest Preserve

Maple Grove, an 81-acre preserve, features beautiful, walkable trails, tables for picnics, and a picturesque stream, making it an ideal place to escape the city for a while. During the fall season, the area boasts stunning views of maple and oak trees. Pack a picnic and plan to spend the day walking the trails and enjoying the scenery.

Chicago Botanic Garden

You don’t have to leave the city to experience the best of fall. Chicago Botanic Garden offers beautiful autumnal scenes from late summer to the end of October. Peak season occurs during the first two weeks of October when the trees are at their brightest and boldest. When visiting the Chicago Botanic Garden this fall, begin at the Visitor Center and make your way to East Road, where you can view the native trees and wildflowers in McDonalds Woods, to your left. On the right, you’ll have a stunning view of the Garden’s lakes.

Morton Arboretum

Morton Arboretum is a 1700-acre space filled with more than 4,200 varieties of trees. Visit the site to experience the beautiful dogwoods, sugar maples, and dozens of others glorious, colorful trees at their peak. Morton Arboretum also boasts an award-winning Children’s Garden, so it’s a perfect spot for a family outing. Check their website for upcoming fall festivals and special Halloween events.