The Openlands Get Outside Map

With the Openlands Get Outside Map, discover places and ways to enjoy nature in the Chicago region. The interactive map and list below currently feature 350 parks, preserves, and natural areas open to the public. Each site includes a list of benefits and activities, a link for directions through Google Maps, and links to event calendars and other information.

Explore using either the List View or Map View. Filter using a list of suggested benefits (such as public transit access or picnic facilities) and activities (such as walking or birdwatching). In Map View, search for sites using an address or zip code.

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To get out on the water, check out Paddle Illinois Water Trails, with interactive maps of the best canoeing and kayaking opportunities in northeastern Illinois.

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Funding for the Openlands Get Outside Map is generously provided by the Grand Victoria Foundation.