Chicago Trails

Looking for hiking trails near Chicago? This Midwestern mecca is bordered by forest preserves, the beautiful shoreline of Lake Michigan Trails, and plenty of urban and rural opportunities to hike, bike, and cross country ski throughout the year. See all the news, and events for Chi-town hikers.

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Chicago's Top 5 Backpacking Trips

The Midwest's best multiday trips, as selected by BACKPACKER Local scout Erica Zazo.

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Meet Erica Zazo, Backpacker's Chicago Trail Scout

Think there's no good hiking near the Windy City? Think again, says our expert.

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