Note: Some trails may have altered hours. Check ahead before you go.
Ready to embrace the great outdoors? Our city doesn't boast nearby mountains like Seattle or San Francisco, but what the Midwest lacks in elevation it makes up for in natural beauty. Head to the city's Northwest Side to go for a walk on the North Branch Trail, take the Metra to Warrenville to hike atop an underground particle accelerator or cross state lines to visit the gorgeous Indiana Dunes along Lake Michigan. If you're tired of dodging strollers on the 606 and doing laps around Chicago parks, it's time to hit the trail at one of the best spots for hiking near Chicago.
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