Illinois, located in the Midwest region of the U.S., mostly consists of rolling plains, while southern Illinois features gently sloping hills. There is great hiking near Chicago, with forest preserves and other public lands perfect for hiking, while Lake Michigan provides boaters and hikers a great shoreline to explore.
The editors at Backpacker have created an extensive collection of popular trails and trips for hiking and backpacking Illinois and Chicago.
Land managers struggle to protect the last white lady's slipper orchid plant in the preserve system.
A woman sustained bite injuries from the three dogs, presumed to be feral,
The connector expands hiking and biking options and makes traveling between forest preserves safer.
Sun, 6/10, 8 am-6 pm
The trailblazers are out to prove that Windy City hikers can enjoy wild, long-distance routes too.
Sat, 6/2, 9 am-12:30 pm