Where Seniors Can Look at Fall Foliage in ChicagoNovember 7, 2023
Where Seniors Can Look at Fall Foliage in Chicago
When most individuals think of visiting the Chicago area, they look at the summertime. While there is obviously something to be said about the gorgeous weather and the myriad of festivals to enjoy, those who discount the fall are missing out. For seniors, in particular, the less crowded streets, the cooler weather, and the fall colors make fall the perfect time to be out and about.
Leaf peeping is a fantastic activity for older adults, as it gets them outdoors and active. There are plenty of gorgeous locations where seniors can look at fall foliage in Chicago—but go soon! The colors won’t last much longer.
Jackson Park is beautiful any time of year, but it truly comes to life with color in the fall. Located on the edge of Lake Michigan in Hyde Park, it became a crucial part of Chicago history when it hosted the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. Today, the park is home to sites such as the Museum of Science and History, and a Japanese-style Osaka Garden. Bundle up to explore the city’s history, as well as the gorgeous fall colors.
Many think of Millennium Park for the iconic Bean (or Cloud Gate) and live, outdoor entertainment, but it is also home to the picturesque Lurie Gardens. Explore the unique landscape architecture and design painstakingly maintained by city experts. Once you’ve explored the foliage to your heart’s content, spend some time exploring the rest of the beauty Millennium Park has to offer.
Built on a once-abandoned stretch of railway, the 606 is a 2.7-mile trail that stretches from Logan Square through Wicker Park. This elevated walkway gives you a unique view of the city and the colorful leaves that stretch across it. The best part about this walk for seniors is the flat pathway and the ease of access to stopping points. You can walk as little as half a mile, and as much as the entire trail depending on your fitness level.
Dan Ryan Woods
This patch of greenery is the perfect stop between the city and the suburbs, making it easily accessible for all. Situated near Beverly, the Dan Ryan Woods is home to Chicago’s highest elevated point. If you can make it up the hill, you will be greeted with gorgeous views of Chicago and autumnal scenery. If that isn’t in the cards, there is still plenty to see.
For those who don’t want to navigate traveling through the city, there are many locations in the suburbs to explore. A must-stop for those in the Chicago area is the Morton Arboretum, a 1,700-acre celebration of all things nature. Guests can spend all day exploring the gorgeous scenery, or they can visit for one of the Arboretum’s many events.
If you have accessibility concerns, there are plenty of accessible parking spots as well as accessible trails. If you’re in need of a wheelchair or power scooter, check in at the visitor center as soon as possible.
Chicago Botanic Garden
For those in the northern suburbs, the Chicago Botanic Garden is a fantastic way to take a look at the diverse autumnal foliage. Referred to as a “living museum,” this Botanic Garden is home to 28 gardens and natural areas which transform into gorgeous spreads of red and gold in the fall.
Similarly to the Morton Arboretum, wheelchairs and electronic scooters are available upon request, though a fee does apply to the latter.
Of course, you don’t have to spend any money to get a view of fall foliage in the suburbs. LaBagh Woods is a fantastic option for those who want to get a look at Chicagoland’s natural landscape. With paved paths and wooded trails alike to follow, there is something for seniors of every activity level. End your nature walk with a stop at one of the Woods’ many picnic areas.
What’s more, the North Branch Trail, a 20-mile biking path, passes through these woods. If you wanted to concur that trial this would be a great place to start.
You’re in good hands with home care
In the midst of planning your autumn adventures, don’t forget to keep your safety and comfort in mind. At-home caregivers can help you make the most of autumn by providing you with the non-medical support you require to age in place.
Home Care Powered by AUAF is dedicated to providing compassionate and professional home care services. Whether it’s assistance with meal preparation, medication reminder, or simply providing companionship, our services are tailored to enhance the quality of life for you or your loved ones. Our goal is to enable seniors to experience life to the fullest, both indoors and outdoors.
So, as you revel in the vibrant fall foliage of Chicago, rest assured that our team is here to ensure that you receive the care you deserve. Contact us at (773) 274-9262 to explore how we can support your quality of life.
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