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Autumn has arrived in the city of Chicago! The leaves are just beginning to transform into their fall best, farmers markets are filling up with the fruits of the harvest and the evening air is cool and crisp — perfect for enjoying an evening walk with a pumpkin spice latte in hand. Autumn ushers in a new season of fun in the city, with new performances hitting stages, new museum exhibits opening their doors, and fun festivals and outdoor events that embrace everything fall. 

Here are four things we're looking forward to this autumn in Chicago.

If you’ve been to Millennium Park, you’ve probably looked up at the stunning fountains at the northeast corner of Monroe Street and Michigan Avenue. They are, of course, the wonderful Crown Fountain designed and executed by the Catalan artist Jaume Plensa. Since their installation in 2004, millions of people have played in the water that surrounds the fountains in the summer and enjoyed watching a rotating cast of Chicagoans projected on the screens that add a bit of whimsy to these amazing pieces of art.

No one embraces summer like a Chicagoan: sunny days call for as much outdoor time as possible, and picnics are the way to dine. Here are four picnic + park recommendations that promise to make for a memorable summer afternoon in Chicago.

Burnham Wildlife Corridor

Hiking, biking and walking became literally more attractive with the opening of the new Burnham Wildlife Corridor Gathering Spaces. The South Side lakefront trail boasts local artist and community designed art installations that reflect African American, Latino and Chinese cultures. Extending from 2600 S. Lake Shore Drive to 4700 S. Lake Shore Drive, the trail weaves through the diverse communities of Chinatown, Bronzeville and Pilsen, which are highlighted by the installations.

C is for Canal Origins Park

Thursday, October 22, 2015 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

Canal Origins Park

As you get off the Ashland bus at Canal Origins Park, you might wonder “Where am I?”

Looking to the west, you will see the sprawling Chicago Sun-Times printing plant. It is silent outside, except for the movement of trunks in and out of this facility. You will not lack for noise, as Ashland Avenue is a buzz with activity all times of day. Regrettably, most people do not stop to examine the wonderful curiosities of this most wonderful slice of park

Grant Park

Yes, when we think of architecture we think of buildings, but architecture is also comprised of landscape. In other words, the design of natural features like trees, hills, and ponds for parks. The history of Chicago landscape architecture is a fascinating one, and one that contributes to the uniquely, very green cityscape of Chicago today.

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