West Ridge Natural Area

5801 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659

Located Within: West Ridge Nature Park
Supervisor: Michelle Baldwin (Green Briar Park)
Phone Numbers: Office (773) 761-0582
Features: Lagoon, Prairie, Savanna, Wetland, Woodland
Is Accessible
Note: Paved paths and boardwalks loop the natural area


Hours Notes

Natural areas are open daily from dawn to dusk.


West Ridge Natural Area contains over 20 acres of woodland, wetland, and lagoon habitat.  This natural area offers meandering pathways, boardwalks, and fishing areas. 

Much work has been done to bring this natural area to its current state. Community volunteers assist the park district by collecting and planting native seed and plugs, picking up trash, monitoring flora and fauna, and removing invasive species. Learn more about volunteer opportunities in Chicago Park District Natural Areas by visiting our Community Stewardship Program page.

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

Advisory Council

Contact: JIm Hanna,   President
Meeting Details:

2nd Thursday of odd months at 7:30pm at Green Briar Park


For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Map & Facilities

West Ridge Natural Area

5801 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
United States

(773) 761-0582