Outdoor activities and nature spots around Chicago

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The Morton Arboretum

Explore 1,700 acres of plants and trees. Walk, run or bike 9 miles of paved roads or hike 16 miles of trails with birds, frogs and other wildlife, amid...

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Heller Nature Center

This 97-acre preserve features oak-hickory forests, tall grass prairie, oak savanna, natural wetlands, native plants and animals. Check out the log...

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Lake View Nature Center

Hike around the perimeter on the stroller-friendly trail. Inside the nature center, kids can play with the animals, touch table and geology exhibit....

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Chicago Botanic Garden

The Chicago Botanic Garden is a 385-acre living plant museum featuring 26 distinct gardens and four natural areas. Visit the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice...

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John G. Shedd Aquarium

Visitors can explore the ever-changing world of amphibians in the aquarium's new special exhibit. Guests can also discover the dolphins and whales in the...

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Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

This is a lovely way to introduce children to nature. The highlight for most children is the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven where more than 1,000 butterflies...

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The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park

The Lurie Garden in Chicago's Millennium Park offers a variety of free family workshops throughout the year. An urban model of sustainable horticulture,...

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Oak Park Conservatory

Come walk through a warm, lush wonderland of ferns, tropical plants, and cacti at the Oak Park Conservatory.  The Conservatory’s community room and the...

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Garfield Farm Museum

This museum offers a variety of educational, family, and entertainment events focusing on 1840s farm and inn history.

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Wagner Farm & Heritage Center

Visit one of the few remaining dairy farms in Cook County. Learn about the farm's livestock and crops at this 18-acre working farm. The Heritage Center...

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