I want to savor every moment of my first fall in Chicago. I compiled a list of things I want to do this season, and they are all quintessentiallyfall (to me). I can't wait to get started!
Here's my plan: I'm hoping to visit the Chicago Botanic Garden before it gets too cold. Walking around the park to admire and take pictures of the changing leaves would also make for a perfect fall afternoon. The Art Institute of Chicago would keep us entertained on a colder day, while lazier evenings could be spent on the couch watching my favorite Halloween movies. I recently read a list of apple orchards within driving distance of Chicago, and I hope to go to one of them. I also don't think I've ever been to a real pumpkin patch; it just never felt right in the Arizona desert. Of course, Graham and I always bake cookies and carve pumpkins, but this year I'd like to bake a pie or two as well and pair it with a hot apple cider. Never in my life have I been to a corn maze, and while it gives me a little anxiety, I still want to do it. And each year as Thanksgiving nears, I reflect on my life with gratitude for what I have. I will try to give back in any way I can.
You might notice picking out a Halloween costume is not on the list. It's not an accident. I'm not really into dressing up. Maybe I will find a costume, maybe I won't.
Marette Flora is an editor, writer, fitness fanatic and adoption mom living in Chicago. She has experience in newspaper and research editing as well as freelance writing. Subscribe to the Floradise newsletter for exclusive content and to catch up with her adventures.
I'm an editor, writer, runner, foodie and yogi living in Chicago who loves to write about fitness, food, mom life, favorite products and travel. You'll find me exploring new places and taking too many photographs with husband Graham, our daughter Victoria, and our dog, Capone. Follow along!
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