Fall Colors in Chicagoland

It’s that beautiful time of year in the Midwest when people actually ignore their cell phones while driving around and instead admire the beautiful Fall colors.  Want to play color I-spy with the kids and get out in Mother Nature’s beauty?  Then be sure to take a hike or drive to these beautiful spots to see Fall Colors in Chicagoland.

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Before you set off to hike and search for the most colorful leaves in Chicagoland, be sure that you have appropriate footwear and dress in layers (raincoats, fleeces, hats, gloves, oh my!) so that chilly Fall temperatures don’t keep you from the finding the best Fall colors in Chicagoland (and use these tips for having a nature scavenger hunt while you are at it)!

Fall Colors in Chicagoland–Suburbs


Independence Grove—Libertyville

Wright Woods Forest Preserve—Mettawa

Chicago Botanic Garden–Glencoe


Busse Woods—Elk Grove

The Grove—Glenview


The Morton Arboretum—Lisle

Naperville River Walk–Naperville

Fall Colors in Chicagoland–City

North Branch Trail

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

North Park Village Nature Center

Promontory Point in Burnham Park

Fall Colors in Chicagoland–Worth the Longer Drive

Galena—Chestnut Mountain

Grimsby—Kinkaid Water Spillway

Herod—Shawnee National Forest

Rockford—Anderson Japanese Gardens

Peoria—Grand View Drive

Quad Cities—Augustana College campus (Trust me, it was a beautiful walk to class!)

Utica—Starved Rock State Park

Looking for other Fall themed fun?  Check out where you can experience  one of a kind pumpkin fun, as well as  FREE nature centers in Chicagoland to visit all year long.

Happy Fall!
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  1. amandasimkin says

    Anywhere in the Midwest during the Fall is fantastic, but I’m obviously a bit partial to my sweet home Chicago.

  2. Stephanie says

    NY looks a lot like that right now. I think we have more colorful leaves at the moment but it sure is pretty out! Thanks for sharing the pictures. I really like looking at other parts of the country.

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