Heads up! We’re working hard to be accurate – but these are unusual times, so please always check before heading out.
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, head 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. 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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