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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!
Chicago Botanic Garden
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd
Glencoe, IL 60022   Directions Website
Customer Service

(847) 835-6801


(847) 835-8215


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

(773) 575-4787

1603 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60613   Directions Website


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.

Forest Preserves of Cook County
Forest Preserves of Cook County
536 N Harlem Ave
River Forest, IL 60305   Directions Website

(800) 870-3666

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 Website
General info

(773) 638-1766

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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.

Lincoln Park Conservancy - Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool
Lincoln Park Conservancy - Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

(773) 883-7275

2430 N Cannon Dr
Chicago, IL 60614   Directions Website

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.

Lincoln Park Conservancy - Lincoln Monument & Gardens
Lincoln Park Conservancy - Lincoln Monument & Gardens

(773) 883-7278

2430 N. Cannon Dr
Chicago, IL 60614   Directions Website

Pay homage to a great American leader by visiting the "Standing Lincoln" sculpture. The bronze statue depicts the 16th President rising from a chair to give a speech. It is considered one of the most significant sculptures of Lincoln. Also enjoy some of the other sculptures in Lincoln Park.

Morton Arboretum
Morton Arboretum

(630) 968-0074

4100 Illinois 53
Lisle, IL 60532   Directions Website

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.

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