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Openlands Lakeshore Preserve

Construction update: Beginning October 19, the preserve will be temporarily closed for at least three weeks for a shoreline protection project. The lakefront, beach, staircases, and ravine trail will remain closed throughout construction. Two blufftop trails will remain open to pedestrians, with access from the main entrance on Patten Road and the south entrance on Walker Avenue. Those two trails remain open from 6:30am to sunset daily.

Located just 25 miles north of Chicago, the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve presents a rare opportunity to visit one of the last remaining ravine and bluff ecosystems in the metropolitan region. The Illinois Nature Preserves Commission designated the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve as an Illinois Nature Preserve in 2013, recognizing the quality of our restoration efforts.

With a $4 million grant from the Grand Victoria Foundation, environmentally rich areas have been carefully restored, and an innovative interpretive plan enables visitors to experience more than a mile of Lake Michigan shoreline and extraordinary ravine habitat in a completely unique way.


Bartlett Tree Experts is the official arborist of the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve.

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Enjoying the Preserve

The Van Horne Ravine Overlook provides visitors with two powerful sights: to the west, a treetop view of Van Horne Ravine (one of three rare lakefront ravines at the Preserve) and to the east, the vast expanse of Lake Michigan.

Notices and Alerts

Stay in the loop with upcoming events and projects happening at the Preserve.

Audio Tour

Explore the Preserve through words of the people who know it best.

Art and Interpretation

Openlands believes art in our open spaces gives voice to landscapes and offers a unique perspective to appreciate nature. The Preserve acts as a natural canvas for a wide array of such art.

Stewardship of Native Ecosystems

Located just 25 miles north of Chicago, the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve presents a rare opportunity to visit one of the last remaining ravine and bluff ecosystems in the metropolitan region.

History

Learn about how the Preserve came to be what it is today.

Permits

Visitors who wish to hold events or fulfill other special requests are required to obtain a permit.