Five Great Places to See Fall Foliage in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Friday, Oct 7th, 2016 by

If you want to enjoy the fall foliage, don’t delay! The Farmer’s Almanac says that the “peak fall foliage dates” in northern Illinois for 2016 are from Oct. 5 through Oct. 21, so get outside and do some leaf peeping now! Here are some of our favorite places to enjoy the vibrant colors of fall in Chicago’s western suburbs:


Silver Springs State Park in Yorkville: Features majestic oaks, as well as a 45-acre prairie restoration project, picnic tables, two lakes for fishing, boating opportunities and a four-mile trail.


Phillips Park in Aurora: This 325-acre park has not only gorgeous, huge old trees but a small, free zoo; a visitors center with a collection of mastodon bones; a dog park; trails; a BMX/skate park and a wonderful, large playground. You get to treat your eyes to some fall colors, and the kids get to see some animals and play. Win-win! Read more in this Go West story about a trip to Phillips Park.


Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva: Located on both sides of the Fox River, there is a reason this spot is a favorite with photographers, every season of the year.


Fall foliage at Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva, Ill.

Fall foliage at Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva, Ill.


Harris Forest Preserve in Kendall County: This 92-acre site features trees including blue ash, white oak, bur oak, shagbark hickory and sugar maple. There are streams to cross, 230 native plant species to admire, a horse arena, fishing and open fields for roaming.


Morton Arboretum in Lisle: The arboretum has a fall color report that gives some guidance on where you can see some intense colors over the next few weeks.


Go West Readers: Where is your favorite spot for seeing the colors of fall? Or have you noticed someplace new this year that is looking particularly good? Please share!