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Here are thirty of the best hikes, nearly all of them within an hour’s drive of Chicago—from spectacular forests, grasslands, and wetlands to dunes, moraines, and even canyons. The Windy City offers a surprising array of outdoor opportunities, many of them accessible by public transport. Whether you’re in the mood for an easy nature walk or a day-long hike, this guide offers plenty to choose from:
• Northern Lakefront Trail
• Jackson Park Trails
• Deer Grove Loop
• Busse Woods Elk Pasture Hike
• Ryerson Woods
• Morton Arboretum
Each hike features full-color photos; a brief route description; thorough directions to the trailhead (GPS coordinates included); a detailed, full-color trail map; and at-a-glance information on distance and difficulty level, hiking time, canine compatibility, and fees and permits. Inside you’ll also find a Trail Finder that categorizes each hike (e.g., for attractions such as views, and if it’s suitable for families with kids); Green Tips; and information about local lore, points of interest, and the area’s wildlife.

About the Author

Adam Morgan is a writer, editor, and reviewer in Chicago whose television pilot script Liberal Arts won the 2009 New York Television Festival's Comedy Script Contest and is currently in development at Fox. He also contributes to Publishers Weekly and Bookslut when he's not hiking or reading in the sun, and edited the past two issues of Chicago's Oyez Review. He loves dogs, thunderstorms, pumpkins, and red velvet cake.
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Product Details

  • Series: Best Hikes Near Series
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Falcon Guides; First Edition edition (July 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762761202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762761203
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adam Morgan is an author, educator, and award-winning screenwriter in Chicago. He has a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction and Screenwriting, and has taught writing, screenwriting, and English as an adjunct professor at Montreat College and the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Poets & Writers Magazine named him one of three distinguished alumni of Roosevelt University's MFA program.

His diverse portfolio includes books about Chicago and North Carolina's natural history, an award-winning television script in development at Fox, and award-nominated short fiction. He is also a voting member of the National Book Critics Circle.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grandma Bee on September 10, 2011
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We have lived on the north shore of Chicago for 30 years and driven by many of the hiking locations but never stopped to enjoy them. We have a lab named Murphy and wanted some information about new adventures we could have with him. This book lays out lovely hiking spots many of which are within a half hours drive of our home. We are able to check before we leave the house to see if the location allows dogs. That is a big help. The individual descriptions of the trails is also very helpful. As members of the nearly retired generation we are not looking for difficult hikes but of course this is Illinois so the topography is quite gentle. Never-the-less we were very pleased to find some elevations changes on our first hiking adventure. The trail was exactly as described in the book and so we were prepared...
I would recommend this book to dog owners...for sure.
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