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Added Nov 20 2014

Tomorrrow is going to be a sunny day and we would love to find some woods to walk in with in an hour of here. Any suggestions.

  • Around Skokie Lagoon or the Chicago Botanic Gardens

  • robin in WRP I support a 28th Amendment 4Free & Fair Elections!

    The forest preserve at Devon and Milwaukee (the name escapes me)

  • What about the cemeteries ... Rose Hill has gorgeous trees and ponds, or Grace cemetery in Clark. Beautiful artwork on monuments .

  • Emily Oaks Nature Center is small but nice for a quick walk in the woods not too far from home (15 minutes). North Park Nature center is about the same. Nice, but still pretty urban.

    River Trail Nature Center up on Milwaukee just north of Lake is nice, but would stretch your hour limit. They have a nice interpretive center with animals and a dopey squirrel that I adore.

    My absolute favorite nature preserve near the city (again, it would be pushing an hour) is Ryerson conservation area and the trail of woods south of it (Potawatami woods, Allison woods). That's up near 94 and Deerfield.

    Harms Woods (Harms and Golf) is okay if you can get past the people training for the tour de france, I much prefer the above places though.

    We're "walk in the woods" sorts of people so we've pretty much explored everything near the city and if you haven't yet, you need to go up to Riverwoods and check out those preserves (Ryerson and the others) because they are simply the best, most natural ones you're going to find near the city. We even saw a beaver there once.

  • Lisa Z Mom. Lactation Consultant. Neighbor.

    Ryerson Woods

  • Forest Preserve of Cook County, Willow Springs. A little past Midway airport. It's huge! About a 40 min drive depending on traffic. Or LaBagh Woods. It's not very big- good for about a 40 min if you walk slow. It's close- right down Foster before the Edens. Look for signs for Irene Hernandez Picnic area.

  • Edward Proud Albany Parker

    Foster Ave just west of Pulaski, Ira Henandez woods. You can walk along the river .

  • When you're looking for a little walk, close to home, try North Park Village Nature Center - Pulaski north of Bryn Mawr. The property is big enough to showcase several different landscapes / ecosystems native to our area. The trails are easy for kids, and there is a nice nature center attached.

  • +1 for Ira Hernandez woods. Easy bike ride from Lincoln Square, nice walk along the river, follow the old railroad tracks, or get on the bike trail. Easy to spend an hour or more without leaving the city. Foster just west of Pulaski. Tons of parking if you drive.

  • AW Busy mom

    Definitely Ryerson Woods.

  • Old timer native Chicagoan

    Walk along the river, Lawrence to Peterson.

  • DMC Average Citizen.
  • Another really nice, surprisingly 'foresty' place to walk is the bird sanctuary at Montrose Point ( It's really sunny, too. The trees aren't thick but you can actually get a feeling for what the historic lakeside groves might have been like (in this 1867 photo:

  • Thank you for all the great ideas. We had a wonderful afternoon at Ryerson Woods and are now aware of the other parks.

  • Senseis Taking the road less traveled

    One of my favorite and most used books is 60 hikes in 60 miles the Chicagoland edition. You will have so many places to choose from.

  • Senseis: Thanks for the recommendation. Was just delivered and it looks like a great resource!

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