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10 Gorgeous Autumnal Photos Of Chicago Looking Dreamy

Snow has arrived in Chicago signaling that another autumn might be once again ending all too abruptly.

By Elliot McGowan

10 Gorgeous Autumnal Photos Of Chicago Looking Dreamy

There are few cities more pleasing to the eye than Chicago in autumn.

Mark Twain once said “it is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago. She is always a novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time.” The sheer beauty and unique charm of the Windy City have long taken people’s breath away.  Four distinct seasons make sure Chicago’s identity shifts throughout the calendar with each offering something different to the last.

It’s in October, however, when the city’s aesthetics undoubtedly peak as Chicago becomes awash with a dazzling autumn that comes and goes in the blink of an eye. Though a chill in the air hints at the cold bite of an impending winter, a hundred shades of autumnal color befall the city as fall foliage and crisp autumn air sweep through Chicago.

We love nothing better than perusing through the many picturesque snaps of our great city as trees turn from green to crimson throughout Chicagoland and so, in no particular order, we’ve picked out 10 of our favorite fall-themed photos of Chicago. They say a picture speaks a thousand words so we’ll let the photos themselves do most of the talking here!

  1. Sarthak Banga – Chicago Sciography Shadows

The setting sun and the fall foliage combine beautifully in Sarthak’s snap as the shadows of Chicago’s skyline sweep out over Lake Michigan.

Location: 360 Observatory Deck

Date: October 16, 2020.

See Sarthak’s Instagram here.

2. Katie LaRocca – Sparkly Autumn Bean

Powerfully bright orange foliage frame Katie’s photo of the mighty Cloud Gate as the sun glints off the metal before it prepares to hibernate for winter.

Location: Cloud Gate

Date: October 24, 2020.

See Katie’s Instagram here.

3. Maida Sky – Chicago Riverwalk In Fall

Wintery river tones provide a perfect neutral canvas for the vibrant autumnal foliage in Maida’s photo.

Location: The DuSable Bridge

Date: October 17, 2020.

See Maida’s Instagram here.

4. Kei – Autumn Mornings

Kei’s drone shot encapsulates Chicago’s unique autumn atmosphere. You can almost feel the crisp air on your face.

Location: North Avenue Beach

Date: October 11, 2020.

See Kei’s Instagram here.

5. Belal Ahmed – Leafy Road To Vista Tower

Chicago’s soon-to-be-finished 1,198 ft Vista Tower pierces the sky in Belal’s snap as copper-colored bushes line a path through Millennium Park.

Location: Millenium Park

Date: October 16, 2020.

See Belal’s Instagram here.

6. Ken Dancy – Autumn Wanders

Ken showing the tranquility of an autumn walk in the heart of Chicagoland.

Location: Maggie Daley Park

Date: October 17, 2020.

See Ken’s Instagram here.

7. Chris – Fall At Its Finest

Carpets of cantaloupe-colored leaves cover Chicago’s parks as Chris gives a ground-level view.

Location: Lakeshore Northside

Date: October 16, 2020.

See Chris’s Instagram here.

8. Mike Meyers – Faster Than Fall

Mike’s snap looks like a movie scene. The leaves blanket the floor as the John A Logan statue rears in the center of the shot.

Location: Grant Park

Date: October 22, 2020.

See Mike’s Instagram here.

9. Joel Maldonado – Autumn Hues

Talk about a fall frame, the leaves in Joel Maldonado’s snap look like they could be straight from a Claude Monet painting.

Location: The Adler Planetarium

Date: October 20, 2020.

See Joel’s Instagram here.

10. Benjamin Cruz – A Serendipitous Season Shot

At the right place at the right time. Benjamin captures some autumn romance and the terrific view from the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Location: Lincoln Park Zoo

Date: October 15, 2020.

See Benjamin’s Instagram here.

See more: 10 Of The Best Places To See Autumn Leaves In Chicago

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