Despite the cooler weather and restrictions still in place, fall hasn’t been cancelled for Chicagoans. We’re still excited for all of the fun fall activities in Chicago to enjoy around the Lakeshore East neighborhood.

Monet and Chicago Exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago

The new exhibit, open from now until January 18, 2021, features more than 70 paintings from Claude Monet. Amongst the collection are beloved major works, still lifes, figural scenes, seascapes, and landscapes. Only a stroll from Lakeshore East, visiting the Art Institute is an all time favorite in our list of Chicago fall things to do. Tickets to this popular exhibition are limited and often sell out, so make sure to reserve in advance. Get your tickets here!

Image of Monet’s Water Lilies at the Chicago Institute of Art

Water Lilies by Claude Monet, Image Courtesy of The Chicago Institute of Art

The Flowers of Monet Exhibit at Garfield Park Conservatory

In partnership with the aforementioned exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago, the awe-inspiring conservatory and gardens worked to bring Monet’s canvases to life in Garfield Park. Experience the imagination of Monet in real life, which features asters, dahlias, nasturtiums and rose standards. The special display is available to view from now until October 31, 2020. 

Image of the Flower of Money Exhibit at Garfield Park Conservatory, a fun fall activity in Chicago

The Flowers of Monet, Image Courtesy of Garfield Park Conservatory

Chicago Architecture Center’s Grant Park Secrets Tour

Most Chicagoans have enjoyed the beauty of Grant Park at some point, but this two-hour tour courtesy of CAC introduces participants to secrets of one of the city’s most beloved recreation spots and just one of the many Chicago fall things to do. Enjoy an autumnal walk through the park as you learn of Civil War tombs, former airfields and more in Grant Park.

Image of large fountain in Grant Park, Chicago, IL

Chicago Architecture Center’s Grant Park Secrets Tour

Fall Foliage at Lurie Garden

There’s no need to venture further than Millennium Park if you’re seeking picturesque fall foliage. Find Black-eyed Susans and Moonshine Yarrow at Lurie Garden– a 2.5-acre landscape in the midst of Millennium Park. Experience the changing colors of nature set against the city skyline right in the heart of downtown.

Image of Laurie Garden in Chicago, IL with fall foliage

The fall foliage at Laurie Garden in downtown Chicago, IL