Proposing marriage is stressful enough, without having to worry about whether or not you have picked the right location. While worries should be focused on what the answer will be, it’s inevitable there will be some added stress over picking the perfect proposal location. “Best Places In Chicago To Propose” offered some great options, but fall foliage puts a new twist on location picks. Take advantage of the season and ensure your proposal is a memorable one by utilizing the pros of the season.

Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624
(312) 746-5100

While donations are encouraged, general admission to the Garfield Park Conservatory is free year round for all visitors. Home to numerous annual flower shows and a variety of different indoor exhibits to stroll through, the Garfield Park Conservatory offers a scenic backdrop to any fall proposal. Whether you’re looking for a serene landscape complete with lily pads in the Adroid House or an Urban cityscape in the outdoor garden, there will be an abundance of options when looking for the perfect spot to pop the question. Eating and drinking is permitted throughout the Conservatory, with tables set up in Horticulture Hall.

Cantigny Park
1S151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189
(630) 668-5161

Thirty miles west of Chicago in the Wheaton suburb, Cantigny was once an estate for the publishers of the Chicago Tribune. Encompassing 500 acres, a military museum and an historic home, Cantigny Park is not your run-of-the-mill play park in the city. Water features are strewn throughout the grounds, with numerous pathways to stroll through. Benches are available beneath the Rose Garden pergola, and the picnic area overlooks the gardens at Le Jardin. If you’re looking for a picturesque fall backdrop to your proposal, Cantigny Park will add a bit of old world romanticism.

Starved Rock State Park
Route 178 & Route 71
Utica, IL 61373
(800) 868-7625

For those looking for a getaway retreat atmosphere for their proposal, Starved Rock Lodge at Starved Rock State Park is the perfect place to enjoy the fall foliage. Whisking away for a week or just the weekend, Starved Rock is within a two-hour drive from the city. With the feeling of going on vacation without ever having to leave the state, Starved Rock State Park has a number of great activities for those seeking to have fun outdoors. Whether popping the question in a canoe while out on the lake or in front of the awe-inspiring waterfall, it won’t be hard to find a scenic location for the perfect moment.

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Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
(847) 835-5440

Offering free admission year round, the Chicago Botanic Garden can be a great location for a quiet and scenic proposal venue. Because of the varied trees and plant types, each month offers a unique look throughout the pathways. For those looking to go for a fall proposal, the October Fall-Color Tree Walk peaks during the first two weeks of October and lasts all the way through to late autumn. The Autumn Walk in the Dixon Prairie runs throughout November, and features the vibrant colors of the season.

Jackson Park
6401 S. Stony Island Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 256-0903

Located in the River North area of Chicago, Jackson Park lets you enjoy the outdoors while still taking in the scenic views of the city. While it encompasses over 500 acres, the Wooded Island might be the best area for the proposal. The Japanese-style Osaka Garden and the bright fall foliage offer the perfect location for an outdoor proposal in the city. Sometimes the best venue is the great outdoors, and Jackson Park is a great example of how the fall season can create the perfect ambiance.

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