The preserve remains open 6:30am-sunset. Portions of the Preserve that have been closed this year due to storm damage and COVID-19 are re-opening with restrictions. Please read full updates here before you visit.
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.