One more last place that we went for the last time - the Chicago Botanic Garden. We went late in the afternoon during the week and stayed for one of their last summer concerts along the lake. We had just enough time to see some of the butterflies before that exhibit closed. That meant that we missed the trains, though, but we saw those on our previous visit. It was one of those absolutely perfect end of summer days and nights. Temps were marvelously cool (relative to summer temps) with brilliant sunshine. We brought a picnic "dinner" and enjoyed the music. We had laughed as the musicians tried to teach the audience to dance but now know some new dance moves to practice at home. As the music played, we could see the fish near the shore and the sun setting. The flowers were exquisite, and the light--golden that turned to dusk and twilight--charmed me. I wanted to take photos of every flower and tree all at the same time in all of the glorious shades of fading light. Since I could not do the impossible, I did something even better -- I held my husband's hand and together we followed the leaps and skips of a nine year old.
The garden is free to enter, although there is a cost for the butterfly house and the train exhibit. There is also a fee for parking (no cost for military), but the concerts are free. We've enjoyed the inspiration we've found at the garden each visit.
The garden is on the north side of Chicago, so check traffic before you plunge into long delays on the road. There are always other roads to travel.
What are you doing at the end of summer this year? We'd love to hear your stories.