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Where to Go To Check Out the Suburbs’ Best Fall Colors

Click, zoom and scroll to find the best places to view fall colors in the ‘burbs, all recommended by River fans! Remember, this map is meant to be informational only. Please check with the proper organization for hour of operation, entry fees, or other pertinent info before making your trip!

It’s no secret that 2020 has sucked so far. One silver lining is the stretch of weather we are in right now and vibrant fall colors we are being shown. Maybe the fall colors are more vibrant this year than in past years or maybe I just appreciate it more because of the insanity of this year. Either way, I thought I’d share the collective knowledge of the suburbs with you all.

I asked our listeners on Facebook where the best places are to check out the fall foliage. Every marker on the map above comes directly from one of the answers to that question. And OHHH BOY did I get answers! Tons of them…from all over area!

The top two most popular answers were The Morton Arboretum and Starved Rock. By far. I saw a lot of people really enjoyed Cantigny Park this time of year as well! But those were just a few of the dozens of unique responses!

It’s a great reminder how gorgeous our backyard really is! And NOW is the best time to view them! Our fall colors should be at their peak the second and third weeks of October.

2020 Fall Prediction Map

The 2020 Fall Foliage Map is the ultimate visual planning guide to the annual progressive changing of the leaves. While no tool can be 100% accurate, this tool is meant to help travelers better time their trips to have the best opportunity of catching peak color each year.

For more information on fall colors in the state of Illinios…check out this, and this.

Obviously, Forest Preserve District property is a treasure trove! Here are some helpful links depending on where you live:

Cook County
DeKalb County
DuPage County
Kane County
Kendall County
Will County

If you have others that should be added to the list, please let me know! Email me at [email protected] and I’ll add it to the map.

Get out and enjoy it!


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