Steelworkers Natural Area

87th at S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60617

Located Within: Steelworkers Park
Features: Prairie
Is Accessible
Note: A paved path loops the natural area


Hours Notes

Natural areas are open from dawn to dusk daily.


Steelworkers Park Natural Area has 11.6 acres of native prairie habitat, located within Steelworkers Park in the South Chicago neighborhood.  The features of this natural area pay homage to the sites industrial, and natural legacy.  Native prairie plants grow nestled between the Calumet River, and towering concrete ore walls which date back to 1901 when the site was known as the South Steel Works, and belonged to the US Steel Corporation. The natural area in this park surrounds a community rock climbing wall built on the historic ore wall of the Steelworks industry. 

Help keep wildlife wild, safe, and healthy by following posted signage and Natural Areas Rules and Regulations.


For directions using public transportation visit Car parking is available upon entry to the park, after turning onto 87th St. from S. Lake Shore Dr.



Map & Facilities

Steelworkers Natural Area

87th at S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60617
United States