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A Colorful Canvas: Discover the Best Fall Foliage in the Midwest
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A Colorful Canvas: Discover the Best Fall Foliage in the Midwest

As the days grow shorter and the temperatures begin to drop, the Midwest transforms into a stunning display of vibrant autumn colors. Hit the road and get front row seats to the most colorful show in the Midwest this season. From Chicagoland to Minneapolis we’ve got the best spots for leaf peeping.

Downtown Chicago

A Road With Trees On The Side

Photo: @choosechicago

Lincoln Park

Just a couple miles from downtown Chicago, this urban oasis transforms into a picturesque landscape during the fall. Take a walk along the park’s meandering paths and admire the colorful trees lining the lagoons. The South Pond area offers beautiful reflections of fall foliage in the water.

Northerly Island

Located on Lake Michigan, Northerly Island offers a scenic escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. During the fall months, this man-made peninsula transforms into a tranquil haven for nature lovers. The walking paths and prairie grasses take on a warm, golden hue that contrasts beautifully with the lakes deep blue waters.

Lakefront Trail

Chicago’s Lakefront Trail is a great way to see the best of Chicago’s foliage. Walk or bike the 18 mile long stretch along Lake Michigan and not only see the changing leaves but explore new neighborhoods.

Where to Stay: Loews Chicago Hotel


A Statue Of A Dragon

Photo: @mortonarb

Des Plaines River Trail

Located NW from downtown Chicago, the Des Plains River Trail offers a picturesque setting for enjoying fall foliage. This scenic trail runs along the Des Plains River and meanders through lush woodlands, providing an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in nature and admire the changing leaves.

Busse Woods

Located in Elk Grove Village, this expansive forest preserve is home to a beautiful lake, wooded areas and numerous walking an biking trails. During the fall, the forest canopy comes alive with vibrant autumn colors.

Morton Arboretum

Although a bit father from, it’s worth the drive for it’s extensive collection of trees and gardens. The arboretum is renowned for its fall foliage displays and it offers a variety of walking and hiking trails where you can immerse yourself in the colors of autumn.

Where to Stay: Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel


A Group Of Trees With Colorful Leaves

Photo: @r_hkap202

Theodore Wirth Regional Park

A vast urban oasis offering a variety of outdoor activities year round. In the fall, its extensive forests and winding trails come alive with autumn hues.

Minnehaha Park

Nestled along the banks of the Mississippi River, Minnehaha Park is a natural gem within the city. During the fall season, its expansive canopy of trees bursts into a vibrant mix of colors.

Where to Stay: Loews Minneapolis Hotel