Autumn is often underappreciated in Chicago. We are known for our sweltering summers and frigid winters, not for those mild interludes in between.
Winter doesn’t technically begin until Dec. 21, so why not savor the rest of fall while you still can? Here are a few ways you can enjoy autumn’s home stretch:
Located just 25 miles west of Chicago in Lisle, the Morton Arboretum houses 1,700 acres of trees, plants, trails and lakes. The Arboretum is beautiful any time of year, but its autumn colors are truly magnificent. Explore 16 miles of hiking trails and take in the relaxing natural beauty.
Perhaps best known for its Ferris wheel, Navy Pier also features an array of other fun activities. Visit Crystal Gardens, a stunning glass atrium full of tropical plants. See a show at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, or visit the Chicago Children’s Museum. And even if the weather is chilly, a walk along the pier is a must.
When a late autumn chill becomes too much to bear, take refuge at the Art Institute. The Modern Wing is perfect for enlightening strolls, and the rotating exhibitions make for a different experience each visit. Browse the gift shop for unique artistic finds, and check out their calendar of events for gallery talks, lectures and other special events.