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  • Rosalind Cummings-Yeates | September 28, 2016 11:00 PM ET

    4 Ways To Celebrate Fall in Chicago

    4 Ways To Celebrate Fall in Chicago

    PHOTO: Lincoln Park. (photo courtesy of the Chicago Park District)

    Although it doesn’t inspire quite as much glee as the summer, fall is a popular season in the Windy City. The Midwestern foliage is consistently lovely, outdoor fests continue through October and the summer crowds disappear. The brisk air is invigorating and for those that fear the coming arctic blasts, it’s the last time you get to see your bare skin outside for the next six months. So how do Chicagoans savor this special time? Check these classic Chicago fall activities.

    View The Fall Colors

    Tree-lined streets blanket the sidewalks in red and gold leaves, but for a really vivid scene, head to the major parks. Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the largest conservatories in the country and besides seeing fall plants, the trees that line the back of the property provide their own bright display. Lincoln Park lines the lakefront for an especially stunning image and Jackson Park boasts a Japanese garden to add to the fall drama.

    Chug Autumn Brews

    Chicago hosts a number of award-winning breweries that all supply seasonal beers which are around for only a few months. Goose Island serves up a popular Bourbon County Stout, while Metropolitan Brewing produces the Oktoberfest Afterburner. Baderbrau Microbrewery also offers an Oktoberfest, described as “fall in a glass” and local fave Revolution Brewing features an Oktoberfest with a unique hop profile.

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    Apple Picking and Corn Mazes

    It may be easy to forget, but Chicago is in the Midwest, smack in the middle of the heartland. Drive just a short distance outside of the Chicagoland area and you’ll encounter acres of cornfields and apple orchards. It’s a Chicago tradition to troop out to pick-your-own orchards and pretend that we’re going to actually bake apple pies.

    County Line Orchard, located an hour from the Loop in Northwest Indiana, is a great spot with a good variety of apples and the all important corn maze. This year’s featured maze image is Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Jonamac Orchard is another option. Located in Northern Illinois, the orchard is 90 minutes west of Chicago and includes a store and bakery as well as an awesome haunted corn maze.

    Chicago International Film Fest

    With international stars flocking to this yearly event, and galas and parties filling the entire two weeks, the Chicago International Film Fest is sort of like our version of the Oscars. The 52nd annual edition takes place Oct. 13-27 and signals the start of Chicago hibernation season. That’s the time when it starts to get cold enough to warrant long, uninterrupted hours indoors — and all the better with a slew of foreign films to watch.

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Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Far-Sighted Field Notes

Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Rosalind Cummings-Yeates is a journalist, author and blogger who specializes in travel and culture topics. She loves guiding readers through the richness of various cultures and discovering the essence of a destination. Her travel and culture blog, Farsighted Fly Girl, offers travel insights through the music, food, art and history of various countries and cultures. Join her on the journey at www.Rosalindcummingsyeates.
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