The following sections are closed: the bike & pedestrian trails from Fullerton Ave. to North Ave, the bike & pedestrian trails from Oak St. to Ohio St., and the pedestrian trail from 47th St. to 51st St. Please continue to use caution along the lakefront in areas where water meets pavement. View a map of wet pavement cautionary areas.
In Chicago’s backyard awaits a nature oasis. Lagoons, dunes, prairie, grasslands, savannas, woodlands and wetlands not only attract more than 250 migrating bird species but also invite adventurers to explore the beauty of native plants and flora. Exploration and relaxation are offered from all natural areas, but the featured natural areas listed below are ones that are well worth visiting. Many of these featured sites offer breath-taking views, unique nature-based activities and most importantly, a break from our busy lives.
We invite you to come and explore the featured natural areas listed below.
View a List of All Natural Areas