Outdoor activities and nature spots around Chicago

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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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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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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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Lincoln Park Conservatory

This conservatory doesn't have a children's garden, but it's still a great place to relax after a day at Lincoln Park Zoo. Take a stroll through the tropical...

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Garfield Park Conservatory

The Elizabeth Morse Children's Garden is where kids can go down the vine tube slide, climb a giant seed or crank up a huge bee to pollinate an enormous...


Eden Place Nature Center

A community-based nature sanctuary and urban oasis in the Fuller Park neighborhood.  The 3.5 acre site is host to a native prairie preserve,...


Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse

This teaching organic greenhouse lets kids get their hands dirty while enjoying several programs available for all ages.


North Park Village Nature Center

Hiking trails over wetlands, prairie, savannah and woodlands. Visit the kids' educational facility at the nature center.


Lincoln Park Zoo

See more than 1,100 animals, many of them endangered. Brand new experiences include Regenstein Macaque Forest, home to Japanese snow monkeys, and the Lionel...


Chicago Riverwalk

A river-level promenade running along the south bank of the Chicago River offering riverfront cafes, tour boats and water taxis, bicycle rentals and...



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