It's Wonder-Fall

In the Midwest, there’s no time of year quite like fall: The sweater weather and spectacular foliage feel like nature’s last gasp before giving in to the long, cold days of winter. To appreciate the season in all its splendor, head to the Chicago Botanic Garden in north suburban Glencoe. The attraction’s 24 display gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on nine islands surrounded by ponds, produce a riot of reds, yellows and oranges to rival any New England fall. Peak color tends to be Oct. 10-20, but you’re in for a treat no matter when you visit.

1000 Lake Cook Rd., 847-835-5440, www.chicagobotanic.org