Get some fresh air at one of the many hiking spots located near Chicago!

By Product Expert | Posted in Chicago News/Events on Friday, April 13th, 2018 at 3:33 pm
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Best Hiking Trails Near Chicago, IL

With spring finally here (hopefully!) many Chicagoans are looking for ways to enjoy the change in weather. While you could visit one of the many great parks located throughout the city, if you’re looking for a better way to leave the busy city behind, we recommend checking out one of these great hiking locations just outside of the city.

Indiana Dunes State Park

Trail Location: 1600 N 25 E, Chesterton, IN

Travel Time from Chicago:  1-hour – 90-minute drive

Open Hours: 7 am – 11 pm

Entry fee: $7 for Indiana plates, $12 for out-of-state plates

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Starved Rock State Park

Trail Location: 2668 E 875th Rd, Oglesby, IL

Travel Time from Chicago:  90-minute drive

Open Hours: 6:30 am – 9 pm

Entry fee: Free

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Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Trail Location: 30239 S. State Route 53, Wilmington, IL

Travel time from Chicago: 1hr drive

Open Hours: 4 am – 10 pm

Entry fee: Free

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Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve

Trail Location: Lemont, IL

Travel Time from Chicago:  30-minute drive

Open Hours: one hour after sunrise – one hour after sunset

Entry fee: Free

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Matthiessen State Park

Trail Location: 2500 Illinois Route 178, Oglesby, IL

Travel time from Chicago: 90-minute drive

Open Hours: 7 am – 8 pm

Entry fee: Free

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Kankakee River State Park

Trail Location: 5314 W. Rt. 102, Bourbonnais, IL

Travel time from Chicago:

Open Hours: 7 am – 6 pm

Entry fee: Free

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Morton Arboretum

Trail Location: 4100 Illinois 53, Lisle, IL

Travel time from Chicago: 30-minute drive / 90-minute Amtrak ride

Open Hours: 7 am – sunset

Entry fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors, $9 children ages 2-17

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Deer Grove

Trail Location: 1599 Pepper Tree Dr, Palatine, IL

Travel time from Chicago: 1-hour drive

Open Hours: 6 am – 8 pm

Entry fee: Free

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Des Plaines River Trail

Trail Location: 15601 West Russell Road, Wadsworth, IL

Travel time from Chicago: 30-minute drive

Open Hours: 6:30 – sunset

Entry fee: Free

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North Branch Trail

Trail Location: Along the Chicago River

Travel time from Chicago: 30-minute drive

Open Hours: sunrise – sunset

Entry fee: Free

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