Chicago Nature Tours

Chicago Nature Tours
Even in the largest city of the Midwest, there are many oases of nature to be found. Chicago has nature museums, like the Shedd Aquarium, zoos and its largest natural attraction, Lake Michigan. The city is home to scores of beautiful parks, gardens, and bicycling and walking paths. Here are three of Chicago's best nature tours.

Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden offers guided tram tours, garden walks for every season and birding tours of its 385 acres of gardens, which includes three native habitats. Located on Chicago's north shore, there is a wild mushroom hunt in the woods every spring and moonlight garden walks.

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
(847) 835-5440

Chicago's Lakefront Bicycle Tour

This eight-mile round-trip tour is classified as easy and recommended for children and families. The tour travels through Lincoln Park, the beach, Lincoln Park Zoo, Millennium Park and Grant Park. Enjoy lakeshore scenery as well as Chicago's attractions and architecture. The tour takes two to three hours.

McDonald's Cycle Center
239 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 729-1000

Wolfe Wildlife Refuge

The Wolfe Wildlife Refuge is 45 acres of wetlands that offers programs for all ages. The refuge also includes a playground, volleyball and basketball courts, walking paths, and picnic areas. A paved walking and biking path makes it easy to see the wetlands, or you can see wildlife from the observation deck. The park is open from dawn to 10 p.m., and admission is free.

Wolfe Wildlife Refuge
109th & Laramie Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
(708) 857-2200
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Article Written By Susan Miller

Susan Miller has been a professional journalist since 1990. She edited two weeklies for a chain of suburban newspapers and has written for the "Indianapolis Star," the "Indianapolis Business Journal" and several magazines, among other publications and websites. Miller studied design, photography and technology at Purdue University and Central Piedmont Community College.

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