Where to See Fall Colors in Chicago

September 3, 2018

Labor Day has officially come and gone, which means trees throughout Chicago will be changing colors before we know it. So where are some of the best spots to enjoy fall foliage?  

Here are some suggestions from Time Out Chicago:

Chicago Botanic Garden

There may not be a better time to check out the Chicago Botanic Garden than during the fall. Your entire group will appreciate the myriad of colorful perennials and fruit-bearing shrubs. The Japanese maples that turn red like fire are truly breathtaking.

In need of a nature walk but don’t want to drive to the middle of nowhere? Then be sure to make your way back in November when you can go for a stroll in the Dixon Prairie.

Morton Arboretum

Picture yourself amid more than 4,000 types of trees without a care in the world. The Morton Arboretum features multiple walking trails, as well as gardens, wetlands, and other natural areas. Did we mention the Virginia creeper vines turn a gorgeous red while the bur oaks drop their yellowing leaves?

You won’t find a natural setting near Chicago quite like the Morton Arboretum. Start planning your visit today.

Lincoln Park

Looking to enjoy a Saturday afternoon with the whole family? Lincoln Park has red maple, ash, birch, and elm trees for everyone to enjoy. Chicago’s largest park is also home to a number of playgrounds, as well as the Lincoln Park Conservatory.

You can even take in the fall foliage while on a jog or bike ride. Another idea is to pack a picnic and spend most of the day here.

North Park Village Nature Center

This 46-acre nature preserve and education center has something for everyone. The kids will enjoy the hands-on discovery tables and interactive displays. Be sure to ask about possible workshops and camps for when you decide to visit.

The North Park Village Nature Center was once the site of a tree nursery established in the 19th century by Norwegian immigrant Pehr Samuel Petersen. The fall is the perfect time to make your first visit.

Jackson Park

There’s certainly no shortage of colorful leaves in Jackson Park. Best known as the site of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, Jackson Park includes the Japanese-style Osaka Garden, Bobolink Meadows, as well as a must-see vegetable and flower garden.

There’s nothing that compares to this 600-acre park.

Millenium Park

Millenium Park usually turns into a zoo of tourists come summertime. During the autumn, though, the space becomes much more tranquil. If you enjoy the fall foliage of elms, hawthorns, and maples, then you’ve got to add Millenium Park to your list.

The changing leaves against the Chicago skyline is a sight to behold.

Humboldt Park

This park offers more than 200 acres of Mother’s Nature’s beauty. Whether you explore the walking trails or just want some time to yourself at the lagoon, you can’t go wrong at Humboldt Park. As if you need more of a reason to go, there are red and yellow leaves that reflect in the water throughout the fall.


Now that you know some of the top spots for fall foliage in Chicago, let’s talk about the trees in your yard for a moment. Do you notice any dead, damaged, and/or diseased branches? Are your trees growing dangerously close to nearby properties or public-use spaces?

Then you may want to consult a professional for tree trimming/pruning. Unfortunately, just one mistake on your end while performing these tasks can prove costly for your tree’s long-term health. That’s why we recommend reaching out to the team at Pro Tree Service.

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