Hiking trails for the family
This beach is the most southern point of Lake Michigan and is a beautiful spot for fishing, summer swimming and bird-watching. The whole family will also love knowing there are 70 miles of hiking trails to explore.
Although much of it is under construction currently, once it's done, Northerly Island will be an urban escape, complete with hiking trails, places to camp, wetlands and beautiful plants abound.
For natural beauty just 25 miles from the city, head to this waterfall oasis. With plenty of hiking trails, bike paths, places to picnic and camp, Waterfall Glen makes for the perfect nature getaway with or without the family.
Part of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County that makes up more than 69,000 acres of natural land, the Des Plaines River Trail runs along the Des Plaines River and is a perfect place to explore from River Forest to the Wisconsin border. Young ones will appreciate the River Trail Nature Center in Northbrook to learn about the trail through fun and interactive displays.
One of the most beautiful attractions in all of Illinois, this state park is a must for those who love the outdoors. Thirteen miles of trails, waterfalls, boating, trolley tours and more is some of what you'll find here. Make a weekend of it and stay at the Starved Rock Lodge.
With more than 40 miles of hiking trails, 23 miles of mountain bike trails and even 14 miles of equestrian trails, you'll find something for everyone at this state park. Fishing, boating and plenty of kids' activities round out this worthy day or weekend trip from the city.