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.
* 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.
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!