DuPage Adventure - Fall Road Trip
These days, we’re all in need of a little adventure. Ready to trade the new routines of home life for some much-needed interaction with the world — albeit safely? It’s time for a road trip! And what better time than the fall? Nature, recreation and small-town charm await, delivered in a picture-perfect fall package.
While we think DuPage is beautiful 365 days a year, fall provides a spectacular backdrop to our wide-open forest preserves, unique Natural Wanders, and favorite stops. With two to three days at your leisure, pick the most enticing experiences from our suggestions below to create your perfect combination of exploration and relaxation, then pair it with a DuPage Adventure package from one of our partner hotels.
As one of the healthiest destinations in Illinois, we thank you in advance for helping residents and visitors alike stay healthy — read here on how to adventure responsibly in DuPage.
Walk Among Giants at The Morton Arboretum
Quintessential fall splendor! Feel the breadth of the landscape as trees from 40 countries around the world come alive in crimson, gold and orange. Rediscover a sense of presence, connection and restoration. Extra special this year: walk among giants in Troll Hunt.
War and the Roses: Cantigny Park
Fall has a special way of connecting visitors to the history and pride of this unparalleled estate setting. Designed so each season brings new beauty and nuances to the forefront, meander the tank park, estate grounds, museum (advance tickets required), and among one of the largest display gardens in the Midwest.
Hoofbeats through History: Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
Arguably not to be missed in your fall adventures is a stop at our forest preserves. This adventure starts at Danada and continues on through Herrick Lake, St. James Farm, Blackwell Forest Preserve and Warrenville Grove – with each vista offering new appreciation for fall’s beauty.
Great Trails and Tales: The Illinois Prairie Path (IPP)
A hidden gem right in the heart of our communities! This is truly a blend of DuPage’s nature and small-town charm. Choose to stay on the trail as mile upon mile offer fall’s beauty around each bend. Or take a turn into downtown Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn or Wheaton (each along the path) to enjoy the simple pleasures of life in DuPage.
The Main Streets of Fall
Warmth and character abound, DuPage’s downtowns offer the best of fall as you stroll tree-lined Main Streets. Boutiques, bookstores, unique finds and favorite dining spots await.
Fall into Fashion
Jaunt over to the beautiful and renowned Village of Oak Brook for a stop at Oakbrook Center, the largest premier outdoor shopping center in the Midwest. Add on stops at Chicago Premium Outlets® and the nearby Fashion Outlets of Chicago for the ultimate shopping weekend.
Make it a Culinary Moment
When the air turns crisp, we instinctively turn to culinary pleasures, and DuPage is home to award-winners. Pizza is an art — look no further than the masters and certified pizzaiolos at the North American Pizza & Culinary Academy. Lynfred Winery produces more varieties under one brand than any winemaker in the country. Owner Jill Foucré of Marcel’s Culinary Experience and sister store Marché expertly shares her passion, with recognition from guests to industry experts.
Only in DuPage
True to our Midwest identity, DuPage doesn’t fall short in dining options and fall comfort food. Head over to Che Figata (Naperville) for a true Italy to table experience with open-style kitchen. Holy Mackerel! Seafood (Lombard) features a new menu each day with only the best and freshest seafood – flown in daily for its guests. Want to be like Mike? Michael Jordan’s Restaurant (Oak Brook) features a Big Mike Burger on a sesame seed bun and famous MJ cocktail and other crave-worthy dishes. Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket (Willowbrook) is iconic, helping guests get their “chicks” on Route 66 since 1946. Or perhaps keep to that commitment of healthy eating at 151 Kitchen|Bar (Elmhurst), Diner’s Choice Award winner for Healthiest Restaurant. See our blogs on Eating & Drinking Like a Local and Brunch for more dining inspiration.