The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazard statement in effect through late Monday night (7/22/19). Life-threatening waves and currents are expected at the beaches. Caution should be exercised if visiting a beach. Check the flag color at each beach before swimming. Learn more.
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