Talk of The Town: October 2022

Deborah K. Vick


With summer months in the rearview mirror and the hustle-and-bustle of the vacations still ahead, October is a great month to pause and recharge. From weekend drives to working experience majestic drop hues to nesting at residence with an autumnal soundtrack, here are some places to go, matters to do, and music to increase to your playlist!

Hit THE Highway!

Autumn is a glorious time for a highway vacation! From Lake Michigan’s sunset coastline to the Blue Ridge Mountains, listed here are a couple to consider.

ARTS Highway 46, INDIANA: Just an hour south of Indianapolis, the 40-mile extend of Indiana Highway 46 between Bloomington and Columbus is fondly recognized as Arts Road 46. Winding as a result of some of the state’s prettiest locales which include Brown County Condition Park, this push will take you via ever-transforming autumnal vistas of rolling harvest-gold fields and forested hills awash in slide colours. Along the way, Nashville features a thriving artisan group, Bloomington has a lively culinary scene, and Columbus is famed for its Modernist architecture.

THE WEST MICHIGAN PIKE: From Michigan City to Mackinaw, this scenic byway traces its record to the early 20th century when the lumber field was in decline and vehicle vacation was in ascendance. New lakeside resorts were remaining formulated and there was a desire for larger access to the dunes and beaches of Lake Michigan. The 90-mile stretch from St. Joseph to Muskegon is the heart of the Pike and helps make for an effortless weekend getaway. In addition to charming vacation resort communities like South Haven, Saugatuck and Grand Haven, there are orchards, wineries and craft breweries to investigate alongside the way.

SKYLINE Drive, VIRGINIA: If you are hunting to go farther afield for a more time autumn getaway, New England could be the initially position that comes to brain. But 500 miles south, the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia are also spectacular—and their autumn foliage tends to peak later on, often effectively into October. Commencing in Entrance Royal, Virginia and winding south along the crest of the Blue Ridge by means of Shenandoah Nationwide Park, Skyline Generate is 105 miles of pure natural natural beauty supplying obtain to the Park’s lodges, trailheads, picnic regions, campgrounds—and 75 scenic overlooks.

If you only have an afternoon to spare, bounce on the Edens to the Chicago Botanic Backyard. They have a exclusive Oct Tumble-Colour Tree Stroll intended to showcase the autumnal beauty of a variety of plantings which includes Slide Fiesta Sugar Maples, Chinese pear trees and golden-hued Larches.


Just-harvested sweet corn and tomatoes may well be a distant memory, but there’s a selection of farm-refreshing generate nevertheless to be had—including apples, squash, pears, kale, beets, turnips, fennel and Swiss chard. And lucky for us, a lot of local farmer’s marketplaces are even now heading potent in October – which include Tuesdays and Thursdays in Lincoln Sq. and Saturdays in the West Loop, Lincoln Park, and Evanston.

Don’t want to shop and cook? No anxieties! Chicago also boasts numerous high-quality eating places with seasonally-encouraged, farm-to-desk delicacies. Right here are three we imagine you are going to like:

Elizabeth Cafe | 4835 N Western Ave, Chicago: Elizabeth’s “New Gatherer” delicacies showcases the season’s bounty ready with new flavors and ideas.
Lula Cafe | 2537 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago: Opened in 1999, this Logan Sq. eatery is continue to acknowledged as a pioneer in Chicago’s farm-to-table motion.

Farmhouse | 703 Church St, Evanston: With their possess 140-acre farm in Wisconsin, this North Shore restaurant gives hearty and mouth watering farm-to-tavern fare.

Want to harvest your personal Tumble bounty? There are many pick-your-have apple orchards, but we genuinely like Stade’s Farm & Sector, 90 minutes from Chicago in McHenry, IL. In addition to their apple orchard and pumpkin patch, they increase beets, raspberries and inexperienced beans that can be picked right up until the to start with frost.


From décor publications to on the internet internet sites like Pinterest, it’s quick to come across inspiration for decorating your household for the year. Now finish the ambiance with your have autumn soundtrack. From easy jazz to pop and place, in this article are some music to get you began. All are obtainable from on-line audio sources like Spotify and Amazon.

Autumn Leaves: Covered by icons like Doris Day and Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole’s edition is continue to our most loved.
Autumn in New York: We seriously like Diana Krall’s smoky 2020 recording of this 1934 vintage.
Autumn Almanac: This 1967 launch by the Kinks is an upbeat tune impressed by direct singer Ray Davies’ indigenous North London neighborhood.
September: Crank up this Earth, Wind & Fireplace strike although you are out raking leaves—and you’ll shortly be dancing!
Autumn’s Not That Chilly: Region singer Lorrie Morgan is not searching again in this bittersweet breakup music.
When Fall Will come to New England: This just may well be the finest musical evocation of autumn’s magnificence.
We Fell in Appreciate in October: A sweet love song from Female in Crimson, created by the Norwegian singer when she was just 16.
Autumn: No fall playlist would be full without the need of George Winston’s 1980 solo piano album!

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