If you’ve blinked anytime during the last eight months, then let us officially welcome you to fall. We might be biased, but Autumn in Chicago might just be one of the most beautiful things you will ever experience. You will 100% fall in love–pun intended.

With its beautiful crisp fall foliage, envious weather, and increasingly growing list of things to do, there’s nowhere else we’d like to spend this season. Even a global pandemic can’t get in the way of enjoying this beautiful time of year.

If you’re worried that this season is canceled too, worry not–mother nature has got your back. Lucky for us (at least here in Chicago), some of the best things about fall are its stunning colors, heart-warming flavors, and seasonal décor. Not even the most controversial of events can cancel these!

 If you’re wondering where exactly these beautiful places exist, read along to see some of our favorites. Enjoy!

The Science Center

Taking a walk from the Botanic Garden’s visitor center to the Conservation Science Center– because nothing feeds the soul and helps you feel the enchantment of the season like a mix of colorful perennials and fiery Japanese maples.

The Arboretum

A nice (short) road trip to Morton Arboretum. Nature amiright? This beautiful fairytale-like land is less than an hour’s drive away but feels like you’ve stepped into a new world. Featuring over 4,000 [type] of tress, we can almost guarantee you will leave this place feeling recharged and inspired- it also makes for a beautiful romantic getaway.

The Woods

The LaBagh Woods– Listen, if being outdoors is your cup of tea, you’re going to want to grab a couple of friends and head over the banks of the Chicago River’s North Branch to this forest preserve. With over 35 miles of trails, you can hike your way up to stunning oaks, maples, and cottonwoods. Bonus points for packing some apple cider and having the most Instagrammable autumn picnic ever.

These are just some of our favorites to fall in love with this autumn. However, they are a mere dent on all that Chicago has to offer. Don’t be afraid to feel and (spread) the season’s spirit around. It’s about time we all start feeling good around here.

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