Color your world

"Just anywhere in that Palos region," he said. "It's got beautiful topography, interesting features, little lakes and wetlands and fabulous forests, and on a scale that's pretty spectacular."

But the best thing about picking a place to see the fall colors?

You don't have to.

You can see them anywhere. Tree-lined streets, leafy parkways, that huge, perfectly formed maple tree in your neighbor's front yard — the show is playing in outdoor theaters everywhere.

Check it out before it closes.


•The River Trail Nature Center is at 3120 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook. More information is at or 847-824-8360. While you're there, ask for a set of the Life Healthy, Discover Nature maps of the entire Cook County Forest Preserve District, an excellent resource to keep in your glove compartment.

•The Morton Arboretum is on Route 53 just north of Interstate 88 in Lisle. Admission prices and more information are at

•The Lakeshore Preserve is on Lake Michigan on the former site of Fort Sheridan.

•The Glacial Park Conservation Area is in Ringwood in McHenry County. For more information, visit or call 815-678-4532.

•The entrance to the Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area is on Riverwoods Road between Half Day (Route 22) and Deerfield roads, just west of Interstate 94. More information is at or 847-968-3320.

•The Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center at 9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs, is a good gateway to the Palos region and another place to pick up the Cook County forest preserve map set. Call 708-839-6897.