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There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.

Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

Chicago, IL

(773) 883-7275

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Find this hidden garden resembling a river meandering through a midwestern prairie behind the Lincoln Park Conservancy. Follow the stone walk encircling the lily pool and discover a pavilion, council ring, and native plants from mid-April to mid-November.

Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo

8400 31st St
Brookfield, IL 60546   Directions

(708) 688-8000

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Monkey around at the Brookfield Zoo! Walk through exhibits like The Australia House, The Seven Seas, and Feathers & Scales that house over 450 species of animals that roam both land and sea.

Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden

1000 Lake Cook Rd
Glencoe, IL 60022   Directions

(847) 835-5440

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Stroll through all 385 acres and 24 gardens of the Chicago Botanic Garden. You'll stroll through the Landscape Gardens, Fruit and Vegetable Garden, Heritage Garden, Waterfall Garden, Japanese Garden and the English Walled Garden. These specialty displays are just a few of the sights throughout the outdoor botanical oasis.

Chicago SUP

Chicago SUP

1601 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60614   Directions

(773) 575-4787

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Want to try a challenging water adventure that is a lot of fun, experience Stand-Up Paddleboarding "SUP" at Great Lakes Board Company. Providing rentals, lessons, yoga/fitness, expeditions and group activities for a day of fun in the sun.

Chicago's Beaches

Chicago's Beaches

541 N Fairbanks Ct
Chicago, IL 60611   Directions

(708) 688-8000

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Chicago's Beaches offer 6 miles of public beaches with the perfect settings for playing, relaxing and soaking it all in. 28 miles of Chicago Lake Michigan shoreline are full of history and overflowing with skyline views.

Forest Preserves of Cook County

Forest Preserves of Cook County

536 N Harlem Ave
River Forest, IL 60305   Directions

(800) 870-3666

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The first forest preserve in the nation, the Forest Preserves of Cook County has more than 69,000-acres to escape to. Wildlife, outdoor recreation and environmental education opportunities offer something for everyone.

Garfield Park Conservatory

Garfield Park Conservatory

300 N Central Park Ave
Chicago, IL 60624   Directions

(312) 746-5100

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Enjoy the Garfield Park Conservatory Outdoor Gardens year round in spring, autumn, or winter. Learn environmental responsibility and conservationism with one of their events, programs, tours or plant care advice.

Lambs Farm

Lambs Farm

14245 W Rockland Rd
Libertyville, IL 60048   Directions

(847) 362-4636

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Get some insight on how a farmer runs the show at Lambs Farm. The farm is a working facility that explains to guests just exactly how things operate on a farm. Take some time away from farm duties to play outdoors, enjoying mini-golf, riding the mini-train or carousel, and petting some furry friends at the petting zoo.

Major Taylor Bike Trail

Major Taylor Bike Trail

Chicago, IL

(312) 747-7661

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“Major” Taylor Trail was created along an old rail line between the Dan Ryan Woods in Chicago and Whistler Woods in Riverdale.

Montrose Avenue Beach

Montrose Avenue Beach

4400 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60640   Directions

(312) 363-2225

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Soak up the sun on the shores of Lake Michigan. Montrose Avenue Beach is just one of the city-owned beaches where you can relax, kayak, fish, swim, enjoy water sports and more. Don't forget your puppy, because the Montrose Beach has two dog beaches.

Morton Arboretum

Morton Arboretum

4100 Illinois 53
Lisle, IL 60532   Directions

(630) 968-0074

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Visit the classroom with no walls, the Morton Arboretum, and enjoy the exhibits, activities, events, programs to learn about their collection of trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world.

Night Out in the Parks

Night Out in the Parks

Chicago, IL

(312) 742-7529

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Night Out in the Parks provides family-fun throughout the summer. With 1000+ free events like Movies in the Parks, live concerts, festivals, theatrical shows, and more throughout Chicago’s neighborhood parks.

Windy City Watersports

Windy City Watersports

200 W Montrose Harbor Dr
Chicago, IL 60640   Directions

(312) 480-5230

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Make your day a memorable one and snag a jet ski from Windy City Watersports and get ready for an adventure. The only licensed jet ski rental company along the Chicago beach, offering an activity to feel the cool breeze as you ride through the waves on a waverunner.

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