When the summer ends, this does not mean the fun and activities in Chicago’s western suburbs have to end. There are numerous things to do in areas like DuPage County, just west of Chicago. In fact, due to the fall colors, open spaces, and easy access to outdoor areas, the western suburbs of the Chicago metropolitan area are even more of a destination than in the summer.

If you’re planning a fall trip to the Chicago area or you are planning on coming back to the western ‘burbs to visit with family during the fall season or the holidays, make sure to attend some of these events during the cooler months when the leaves change and nature really shows off its colors.

Here are 5 events you should put on your calendar in Chicago’s western suburbs:

The Fall Color Festival at the Morton Arboretum – one of the most popular attractions in the western suburbs all year long is the Morton Arboretum, but during the fall months it really shows off a bit. There are more than 1,700 acres of trees and foliage dressed in seasonal splendor which has to be seen to be believed. Morton has thousands of trees from more than 40 different countries which change colors during the fall.

Cantigny Park - Photo courtesy of DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau

Cantigny Fall Festival – Cantigny is one of the most beautiful areas in DuPage County, with acres of trees and plants from around the world. Come see the changing colors of the leaves and foliage, but also make sure to partake in the various activities planned during the Fall Festival. Activities such as pumpkin decorating, hayrides, petting zoo, face painting, children’s book sale, food trucks, craft fair and more.

Boo! At the Zoo – there’s still time and great weather to go visit Brookfield Zoo near Chicago. A day of Halloween fun for the kids and their families. Candy stations, pumpkin carving demonstrations on giant pumpkins, get lost in a corn maze. The zoo also will focus on some of the more “creepy” animals residing within the zoo.

Danada Forest Preserve - Photo courtesy of DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau

All Hallows Eve at Naper Settlement – for fans of the creepy and scary, visiting the Naper Settlement near downtown Naperville, IL is the place to be this Halloween. The settlement will provide 13 acres of spooky sites, sounds and events featuring some of the most famous Halloween monsters, ghosts and more.

Warrenville Fall Festival – located at the Warrenville Park District, enjoy a Halloween parade for everyone in costume, inflatables for the kids, caricaturist, photo booth, live music, free taffy apples, great food and beverages, petting zoo and more.

Wilder Park - Photo courtesy of DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau

During the fall months, the earlier evenings and cool weather make the entire Chicago western suburbs an attraction for those living in the area, but also those looking for a fall getaway. Close enough to both airports, reaching the DuPage County and western suburb area is easy, and there are plenty of great Hilton hotels in the area in which to stay. Plus, the area has plenty of shopping, restaurants and more. Just because the summer weather has gone, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the outdoors and all suburban Chicago has to offer. Get started planning your visit today, explore nearby hotels or check out Discover DuPage to explore other fall events happening in the area.


NOTE: First photo is Wilder Park, all photos courtesy of DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau

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