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, go west to trek through the suburbs on the Illinois Prairie Path Trail or cross state lines to visit the gorgeous Indiana Dunes along Lake Michigan, or tackle the sprawling 30-mile Ice Age Trail at Kettle Moraine State Forest in Wisconsin. If you're tired of dodging strollers on the 606 and doing laps around Chicago parks, it's time to step onto one of the best spots for hiking near Chicago.
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