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.