Just over the border from the Dairy State, Chicago’s North Shore offers an idyllic way to enjoy everything fall has to offer. For instance, the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe is one of the world’s great living museums and conservation science centers. Every year, more than one million people visit its 27 gardens and four nature areas, situated on 385 acres on and around nine islands. Fall is the perfect time to experience the garden’s glorious fall setting. Each October the Botanic Garden features the Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns, where more than 1,000 hand- carved pumpkins light up the night.
For those who love to shop, Westfield Old Orchard is one of the Midwest’s most celebrated outdoor shopping centers, with over 140 specialty stores, beautiful gardens, landscaped walkways, sparkling fountains and children’s play areas.
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL
Begins Sept. 3
Fall simply wouldn’t be complete without taking in a football game at Northwestern University. After the game, enjoy a crisp fall walk along Lake Michigan or enjoy refreshments at one of the many great eateries in Evanston.
AMERICAN CRAFT EXPO
Considered to be one of the best fine craft shows in the U.S., the American Craft Expo at the Chicago Botanic Garden features more than 140 artists.
This sponsored article is part of our Special Travel Section from the September/October issue.