Best Wildlife Areas Around Chicago

October 5, 2010 8:56 PM

In the concrete jungle, it’s nice to know there are places near by to see some wild life and get outdoors. Get out your hiking boots or binoculars and head to one of the wildlife areas below.

Caldwell Lily Pond in Lincoln Park

Hidden away at The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond, located at the north end of Lincoln Park Zoo, is a peaceful little park. The park makes a perfect spot for nature or bird watching.

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Ferne Clyffe – State Park

Rt.37, P.O. Box 10
Goreville, IL 62939

Located on Illinois Route 37, just one mile south of Goreville and 12 miles south of Marion, the 2,430-acre park is easily accessible from both I-57 and I-24. Camping, picnicking, hiking, hunting, fishing and sightseeing are also available at Ferne Clyffe.

Giant City


Giant City – State Park

235 Giant City Road
Makanda, IL 62958

Climbing and rappelling are permitted at the park in two locations. The areas of Devil’s Standtable cliff and Shelter #1 bluff at the Makanda entrance are accessible to climbers, and ropes are permitted on these cliffs. Camping, camping and hiking are also available at the park.

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