Best wild flowers trails in Chicago, Illinois

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Explore the most popular wild flowers trails near Chicago with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of wild flowers trails in Chicago, Illinois
Top trails (10)
#1 - LaBagh Woods Nature Observation Loop
Chicago, Illinois
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 18 m
This area features an abundance of wildlife inside the city limits: deer, owls, coyotes, turtles, and squirrels. The trail is well maintained. The traffic noise somehow gets trapped before making its way to the woods from the interstate, which makes this particular "escape from the city" that much more appealing.Show more
#2 - West Ridge Nature Preserve
West Ridge Nature Preserve
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Length: 1.0 mi • Est. 25 m
Who knew such a jewel, undeveloped for 100 years, existed close to the busy intersection of Peterson and Western Avenues. 20 acres of woods surround a 4-acre pond to watch hawks, herons and foxes as well as spotting the occasional wood duck or coyote. A decade ago plans were in the works to convert this wilderness into a retail area. In 2005, a congressional earmark funded the acquisition of this land from Rosehill Cemetery. The acquired land was transferred to the Chicago Park District in 2011. The park district's renovation has transformed this wilderness into the West Ridge Nature Preserve, an oasis of native flora and fauna. Accessibility: This trail is estimated to have a slope of 0-5% meaning it will be mostly gentle across the route. The trail surface is paved with asphalt and concrete for most of the route with some packed gravel and wooden boardwalk sections. Users have noted that some portions may have some over growth of the vegetation but trail goers should find this trail navigable. Show more
#3 - Chicago Walking Tour: Museum and Lakefront
Northerly Island Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 51 m
A Chicago walk that includes world-class museums, artwork, and a beach. Chicago's Museum Campus was created in 1998 when the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive were re-routed slightly west to make it possible to link three of Chicago's world-class museums-the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, and Shedd Aquarium-in a 57-acre lakefront park located at the south end of the Monroe Street Harbor. Obviously, the museums are the big draw here. It's possible to spend several hours (or more) in each, but it's also possible to spend several hours strolling around this green space, enjoying the city views, watching the sailboats on Lake Michigan, and admiring the outdoor sculptures that dot the area. Accessibility: There are 6 designated accessible spaces in the paved parking lot off of East McFetridge Drive at the west end of the trail. All of them are van-accessible with striped access aisles. The trail surface is paved, smooth, and typically at least 6 feet wide. The estimated grade is mostly gentle (5% or less). This trail will likely be navigable for most trail goers using wheelchairs/mobility equipment or strollers. There are benches along the route for resting. Show more
#4 - Humboldt Park Lagoon and Beach Loop
Humboldt Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 52 m
Located in the vibrant and proud Puerto Rican neighborhood of Humboldt Park, this loop has something for everyone. The park gained notoriety when an alligator dubbed Chance the Snapper found his way into the lagoon, but these days the park is gator free. Rent paddle boats, take the free audio tour here: https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks-facilities/humboldt-park-audio-tour to learn about local history, or take a walk around the peaceful lagoons. There are also areas for fishing, playgrounds for the little ones, and dogs on leash are welcome to join in the fun. Show more
#5 - McCormick Place Bird Sanctuary
McCormick Bird Sanctuary
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 7 m
Very interesting trail with a variety of plants and flowers.Show more
#6 - Chicago Outerbelt Route
Chicago, Illinois
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Length: 220.0 mi • Est. Multi-day
#7 - Bobolink Meadow Trail
Jackson Park
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 20 m
The Bobolink Meadow is an actively managed Chicago Park District Nature Area in Jackson Park on Chicago's South Side. The northern portion of the meadow is being managed to create a native woodland habitat, and the open southern area is managed to create a tall grass prairie habitat.Show more
#8 - Jackson Park Japanese Garden [CLOSED]
Jackson Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 21 m
#9 - Garfield Park
Garfield Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 57 m
This paved path takes you around Garfield Park Lagoon and through a beautiful botanical garden. Accessibility: There are 4 designated accessible spaces in the paved parking lot off of Central Park Avenue at the north end of the trail by the Garfield Park Gold Dome Field House. All of them are van-accessible with striped access aisles. The trail surface is paved asphalt with some cracks and typically at least 5 feet wide. The estimated grade is gentle (3% or less). This trail will likely be navigable for most trail goers using wheelchairs/mobility equipment or strollers. There are benches along the route for resting.Show more
#10 - Big Marsh Trail
Big Marsh Park No 565
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 18 m