Check Out These Spots To See Fall Colors At Their Peak In Chicago

When fall comes to town, one of the telltale signs is the trees and their transformation.

According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the golden and auburn colors that enliven Chicago peaked in mid to late October.

Where’s the best place to take in the scenery, hear the crunch under your feet, and get that pep in your step? Look no further. Check out FOX 32’s guide to fall colors in and around Chicagoland.

Lurie Garden in Millennium Park

This 2.5 arched garden in Millennium Park is a four season free oasis. The garden is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Lurie Garden brings together the “best” of Chicago with the cityscape, proximity to Lake Michigan, and nature, all in one place.

A woman walks past fall-colored trees at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago, the United States, Nov. 2, 2021. (Photo by Joel Lerner/Xinhua via Getty Images)

Point of the promontory

Located in Chicago’s East Hyde Park, Promontory Point is part of Burnham Park and sits right on the shore of Lake Michigan. Promontory Point is an artificial peninsula designed by Alfred Caldwell in the 1930s.

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Just under an hour’s drive from town, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore offers trails through forest, wetlands and prairies and offers stunning views. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and requires a recreational pass.

View of Indiana Sand Dunes State Park in Chesterton, IN, USA, on October 29, 2018. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Naperville River Walk

The “crown jewel” of Naperville, also known as the Riverwalk, is a 1.75 mile path along the DuPage River. The walkway features fountains, bridges, outdoor sculptures and more. There’s plenty to see and do on the Riverwalk which is lined with fall foliage.

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Morton’s Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois is a public garden and open-air museum with a library, herbarium, and many events. Throughout October, the Arboretum hosts a daily series of events during its Fall Colors Festival. The Arboretum is open from 7:00 a.m. until sunset seven days a week. Plan your visit.

LISLE, IL – OCTOBER 20: Colorful leaves on trees along a trail at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois on OCTOBER 20, 2012. (Photo by Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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Harms Woods Forest Reserve in Glenview

Harms Woods is part of the Cook County Forest Preserves and stretches across the entire north side of the city to the northern suburbs. The North Branch of the Chicago River runs through this restored nature preserve. Take advantage of the paved and unpaved trails for biking and soaking up nature.

A couple walk their dog in fall colors at Harms Woods Forest Preserve in Glenview, north Chicago, Oct. 31, 2021. (Photo by Joel Lerner/Xinhua via Getty Images)

The Bloomingdale’s trail (the 606)

Known as 606, the Bloomingdale’s Trail is a 2.7-mile elevated path that passes through Humboldt Park, Bucktown, Logan Square, and Wicker Park. The 606 started out as a reimagined rail line that’s surrounded by foliage that looks very thin this fall.

Graceland Cemetery

While a cemetery isn’t the most obvious choice for viewing fall colors, Graceland is steeped in history and spans 119 acres north of Chicago’s Lake View area. Founded in the 1860s, Graceland is home to famous Chicagoans and is filled with beautiful architecture paired with fall foliage.

CHICAGO – OCTOBER 20: Builder of the Palmer House Hotel, the Potter Palmer monument stands in Graceland Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois on OCTOBER 20, 2011. (Photo by Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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