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Group Sets Out to Hike New 170-Mile Route around Chicago

The trailblazers are out to prove that Windy City hikers can enjoy wild, long-distance routes too.

A group of trailblazing hikers set off this week to be the first to thru-hike a 170-mile route around Chicago dubbed the Outerbelt. It’s the brainchild of local Jay Readey, who’s out to prove that even Chicagoans can find a wild, long-distance escape through the area’s meadows, forests, and beaches.