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.
Hike wilderness trails in the middle of the Corn Belt.
For these 12 hikers, local trails so inspired them that they made it their mission to open the outdoors to everyone, one mile at a time. Now let them fire you up with picks so close you can’t say no.
You don't always need to go far to go big. Case in point: these stunning hikes, all within a day trip of a major metropolitan area.
Des Plaines resident charged with hate crime following June 14 verbal abuse
A new history organization hosted a walk at Beaubien Woods.
The case began when a woman shared a video of a man harassing her in a Cook County preserve while the officer looked on.
Fort Sheridan debuts new accessible trails, educational exhibits, and trailhead amenities.
500 dockless bikes will make it easier for people to pull off a cruise in the woods.
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.
The trailblazers are out to prove that Windy City hikers can enjoy wild, long-distance routes too.