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Morton Arboretum Fall Color Festival
West suburban spot has 4,117 kinds of brilliantly hued trees, shrubs, and plants to soothe foliage-deprived souls.
Why: Put down roots at the taffy apple bar and wine tasting tent.
When: Thru Oct. 31. Sat. & Sun., 7 a.m.-sunset.
Where: 4100 Illinois Rte. 53, at I-88, Lisle (630-968-0074). Admission is $8-$11.

Blo Dri Monday Night
Stylists from the River North salon offer free pick-me-ups (makeup applications, hair curling) while you lounge on a rooftop terrace.
Why: The $7 cocktail of Chambord vodka, 7Up, and pineapple juice helps you feel prettier as the night goes on.
When: Mon., 5-7 p.m.
Where: Epic Sky at Epic, 112 W. Hubbard St., at Clark St. (312-222-4940).

Lauren Merkin and Sauce Sale
What: Tokyo-rocker tops and leggings from Sauce pair perfectly with red-carpet-worthy clutches from Lauren Merkin, especially when both are up to 55 percent off on Swirl.
Why: Everyone likes to be the center of attention.
When: Now.
Where: Online at swirl.com.

Balsan Sunday Suppers

What: Executive chef Jason McLeod hits the spot with a prix fixe, family-style meal ($29/person) using local ingredients.
Why: If the first menu — which featured roasted chicken from the wood-fired oven with chanterelles and green beans — is any indication, we’ll be there week after week.
When: Every Sun., 5-10 p.m.
Where: Elysian, 11 E. Walton St., at State St. Reservations (recommended) to 312-646-1400.

Zealous Fall Menu
Chef Michael Taus gives blustery fall a spanking with bold and satisfying new dishes using seasonal foods.
Why: The duck cassoulet trio (breast, leg, and foie gras) with cannellini beans and roasted garlic crostini.
When: Tues.-Sat., 5-11 p.m. (some Sun. & Mon.; call for info).
Where: 419 W. Superior St., b/t Hudson Ave. & Sedgwick St. (312-475-9112).

Homemade Kolaczkis
You’ve died and gone to Polish dessert heaven after one bite of the soft, jam-filled cookies.
Why: There are three places around town to get your fix.
When: On your every whim.
Where: Chicago French Market, 131 N. Clinton St., b/t Washington Blvd. & Lake St. (312-234-9644); Delightful Pastries, 1710 N. Wells St., at Eugenie St. (312-255-0724); 5927 W. Lawrence Ave., b/t Austin & Marmora Aves. (773-545-7215).

Photo: Courtesy of Morton Arboretum

419 W Superior St
bt Hudson Ave & Sedgwick St
Chicago, IL 60654
Delightful Pastries
1710 N Wells St
@ Eugenie St
Chicago, IL 60614
Delightful Pastries
5927 W Lawrence Ave
bt Austin & Marmora Aves
Chicago, IL 60630
112 W Hubbard St
@ Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
11 E Walton St
@ State St
Chicago, IL 60611
131 N Clinton St
bt Washington Blvd & Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661
4100 Illinois Rte 53
@ I-88
Lisle, IL 60532