This blog was originally posted in 2015 and has since been updated to reflect more accurate information.
When autumn arrives, there are a few great traditions that help us get into the swing of the season: hay rides, chili, bonfires and harvest festivals, to name a few. One of the most beautiful parts of the season has to be the changing leaves, and for those of you near Chicago, you have tons of options for viewing the foliage.
Why not plan a tour of some of the Chicago area’s best spots for viewing the changing leaves? There are enough locations to build an entire day of it.
OML Worldwide is proud to offer top-tier transportation, with a range of vehicles, that can make your fall foliage tour of Chicago absolutely unforgettable.
Once you’ve reserved your car service for your trip, it’s time to start choosing the destinations for your fall foliage tour.
Here are a few of our personal favorites:
536 North Harlem Avenue, River Forest, IL
The Nature Center is the perfect place to enjoy the changing leaves and all the colors of fall without going too far outside the city.
With over 1,000 acres of rolling landscapes, the Crabtree Center will give you a great view of marshes, prairies, wetlands and woodlands, all of which is under preservation for future generations.
With several miles of self-guided hiking trails, designated picnic areas, and all kinds of wildlife and plants, you are sure to have a great experience while visiting the Center.
Glenview, North Cook County, IL
Cook County is home to this beautiful nature preserve, just east of the Chicago River. The Woods offer plenty of hiking and biking trails to give you an up close and personal experience with Chicago’s natural landscape.
The Woods can be extremely relaxing; with a number of picnic areas, plowed fields, and dense forest for you to enjoy.
The area lends itself well to taking photos of the flora and fauna you may come across, so that you will have physical memories to take home with you.
4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL
Morton Arboretum in Lisle is another strong contender for best places near Chicago to see the changing leaves. The Arboretum houses over 4,000 different types of trees, as well as nearly 223,000 live plants. The Arboretum seeks to maintain the integrity and safety of some of the rarest and most beautiful trees in the area, as well as give visitors a chance to explore and interact with nature safely and carefully.
In addition to the woodlands, there are plenty of landscaping and specimen collections that will help you learn about some of flora which has been sought from ecosystems around the world.
You can also take part in the educational opportunities at the center, and learn about the push to preserve and nurture some of Illinois’ most beautiful woody plants. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the foliage and learn about Chicago’s natural beauty.
2668 East 873 Road, Oglesby, IL
Located about 2 hours from Chicago in Oglesby, Illinois is Starved Rock State Park, considered to be among the most popular attractions in the entire state.
There’s plenty to love about Starved Rock, including its 13 miles of recreational trails, its waterways (perfect for boating or fishing), and its numerous events throughout the year. The woodlands provide breathtaking fall foliage, while the property offers lodging for those who want to stay overnight.
Check out the event schedule to plan your trip today.
Photo Credit: Quinn Dombrowski