Bird watching for kids and families in Chicago

Chicago is home to more than 300 species of birds (Don’t believe us? It’s true!) and many of them are heading home after spending a warm winter … well, anywhere else.

First things first: You’ll need the right gear. Some of these bird walks have binoculars available to borrow or rent, or you can make your own backyard “binoculars” out of empty toilet paper rollswith this step-by-step craft. Once your little ornithologist is outfitted properly, get out and start birding!

Chicago is home to more than 300 species of birds and many of them are heading home after spending a warm winter … well, anywhere else.

With a venerable past spanning more than two decades, theNaperville Park District’s annual duck race is a classic in goofyspringtime events. Come early for food, music and otherfestivities, then stake out a good spot to watch the ducks drop at1 p.m.

Naperville Duck Race




Enjoy a leisurely hike through the Taltree grounds, looking forspring birds. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. This is aBYOB hike – bring your own binoculars! – plus walking shoes.





Every Saturday in April and May, learn about birds and theirhabitats from Audubon Society experts while walking through theearly springtime woods at North Park Village Nature Center. Don’tlet the “experts” intimidate you – these walks are for birders ofall ages and experience levels!

Chicago Audubon Bird Walks

Learn about birds and their habitats while walking through theearly springtime woods surrounding the Nature Center. EverySaturday in April and May, expert birders lead these hikes andwelcome questions from all levels of birders. For information ordirections to the Nature Center, call the Chicago Audubon office(773) 539-6793. Everyone is welcome!


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