Located just 25 miles north of Chicago, the Openlands Lakeshore
Preserve presents one of the last remaining ravine and bluff
ecosystems in the metropolitan region. The preserve consists of two
continuous miles of shoreline unspoiled by development. Be aware
before heading out though--this is a nonswimming beach and there
are no public restrooms. There's no parking at the preserve, so
park on the streets nearby. To find the park from North Sheridan
Road, park on either Lyster or Westover roads and proceed east by
foot to reach the top of Bartlett Ravine, the main entry to the
Openlands Lakeshore Preserve. Or take Metra to the Highwood stop.
The walk from the train station is short and there are plenty of
places to grab a bite to eat or take a bathroom break before
getting to the park.