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When the treetops begin their stunning display, the sunsets set fire to the horizon, and you’re drinking in the balmy air along sun-dappled pathways, you know it’s autumn in the Middle of Everything.

Fall Colors Trip Planner

Dispatches From Every Region

Use our interactive fall color tracker and check back weekly for reports on where to find autumn hues in Illinois — and the best places to see the fall colors for yourself.

The 12 Best Places to See Fall Colors in Illinois

Over 200 species of trees in Illinois equals an infinite amount of fall colors. We’re sharing the 12 places with the most scenic views of the changing autumn hues.

Couple walking down the Jonamac Orchard.

Illinois' Fall Menu: Top Fall Foods to Eat & Drink

Illinois’ fall menu is filled with hearty fare and full-bodied drinks.

9 Must-Do Fall Activities in Illinois

Pumpkin patches? Check. Corn mazes? Check. Ziplines? Check. We’ve compiled a list of nine classic and under-the-radar ways to have fun this fall.

Fall in Chicago

Chicago gets cooler in the fall. And it’s not just the weather. A whole world of amazing autumn activities, delicious foods, and gorgeous colors awaits.

Old Joliet Prison

Spooky Sights & Scary Stays in Illinois

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Lots of pumpkins laid out

Spellbound in the suburbs

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Main street of Galena filled with people in halloween costumes.

Tour of Spookiness & Charm

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Trees in autumn

Illinois Fall Color Report

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Great Pumpkins

Great Pumpkin Country

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A big scarecrow and a small scarecrow with a sign saying "Scarecrow in training."

Fall thrills & chills in Illinois

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Lots of pumpkins layed out on the ground

8 Illinois Autumn Adventures To Fall For

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The exterior of a house

Frights & delights in Illinois

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Large pencil attraction with families surrounding it.

Roadside distractions

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Statues of Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglass recall their first senatorial debate, held at the park in 1858.

Explore the Regions: Colorful Fall Getaways

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A building

Haunted Chicago

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German woman pouring a beer from a tap

Servus! 8 Ways to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Illinois

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