Fall colors shine at their best this week throughout Illinois, offering a rainbow of color for leaf peepers to observe. Explore the great outdoors on a trail walk, drive along one of the state’s breathtaking scenic byways or soak in red, orange and yellow hues at one of the state’s vineyards. Whatever it is, be sure to get out and enjoy the vibrant colors of this spectacular season in Illinois. Remember to check our blog each week throughout the season for updates on where to see the best colors.
Here’s what you can expect to see this week:
Land of Lincoln
In the Land of Lincoln, the sugar maple and hickory are rich with orange and yellow. White oaks are just beginning to show hints of purple and scarlet. Central Illinois is seeing lots of yellow and gold, with sassafras showing brilliant orange and gold. Sumacs, meanwhile, are turning gorgeous shades of red.
Trails to Adventure
Colors are moving slowly, but surely, in Southern Illinois’ Trails to Adventure region. Sumacs are still very red, while walnuts are hanging onto its yellow leaves. Catalpa is still yellow. Black Gum is beginning to go scarlet.
Great River Country
Great Rivers Country continues to turn, as many of the bright yellows from last week are now a striking orange. These include ash and maples, while hickory and elm have retained their golden hue. The oaks are still green, so more changes still to come.
Chicago & Beyond
In Chicago and Beyond, many white ash have turned or are turning various red to deep purple shades. Shagbark hickories are turning with shades of dark green to yellow green to brilliant yellow all in the same area. Hackberries have turned yellow in the upper crown and shine brightly in the sun.
–Illinois Office of Tourism