Category: Chicago Outside

Cooper Hawk Family Grove -- Winter Trails; Bat Roost and Deer; Old Man and his beer; Ghost Bicycle; Lone Graves

Cooper Hawk Family Grove -- Winter Trails; Bat Roost and Deer; Old Man and his beer; Ghost Bicycle; Lone Graves
Yesterday was as good a day as any for taking a walk in the snow at Cooper Hawk Family Grove. It’s never very crowded there, even in nicer weather, perhaps because there are no porta-potties or grills or water pumps.  Yesterday was no exception, a Sunday afternoon in the middle of a Chicago-area winter. But... Read more »

Southern Forest Preserve Maple Lake -- Boats, Canoes, Fishing -- and it's haunted, don't you know.

Southern Forest Preserve Maple Lake -- Boats, Canoes, Fishing -- and it's haunted, don't you know.
Maple Lake in southern Cook County Forest Preserves has been a favorite recreation destination for Chicago area residents for decades. It has fancied itself up over the years by adding a nice new boathouse and concession stand and adding nicer boats and canoes.  I remember using the rowboats years ago and wondering how long the... Read more »

Swallow Cliff in Palos -- Once you slid through chutes. Now you walk.

Swallow Cliff in Palos -- Once you slid through chutes.  Now you walk.
Staring over the top at Swallow Cliff used to make my stomach lurch in fear. Seated on a toboggan, especially in the front position, meaning that you were looking out over nothing — but you were able to see the small dots of human figures one hundred feet down at the bottom of the hill.... Read more »
Advertisement:

The Beauty of the Orland Grassland in Winter

The Beauty of the Orland Grassland in Winter
I was alone in the Orland Grassland last Sunday. The temperature hovered near freezing and the paved trails were icy and the grass trails were soaked in grey ice. I thought I’d explore it because I hadn’t been there.    Apparently, the Orland  Grasslands or prairie is a loving restoration of old farmland.   While walking... Read more »