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 invite adventurers to explore the beauty of native plants and flora. Exploration and relaxation are offered from all natural areas, but the sites listed below are ones well worth the trip. Many of these locations 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