The 10 Most-Popular Stories at Nature in Chicagoland in August 2019

40-foot limestone cliffs, a stream, beautiful waterfalls, and a pond–all on Chicago’s South Side

Troll-hunting at Morton Arboretum (act fast; they’re going away next spring)

Beautiful, secluded beaches, towering sand dunes, and top-notch hiking trails just 50 miles from Chicago

Secluded beaches, towering cliffs, great camping, shipwrecks, and lighthouses

Great hiking and fantastic views of the Missipppi and Apple Rivers

The perfect paddling adventure for beginners just an hour from Chicago

A beautiful and tranquil nature center on Chicago’s Southwest Side

The wildest place in Cook County

Hawks and hills, sloughs and snakes, and ghosts and buried nuclear waste, oh my!

The fascinating story of an environmental pioneer

These were the topics of the 10 most-popular articles last month at my blog, Nature in Chicagoland, as selected by my readers. Here are links to the articles. Thank you very much for checking out my blog and for your support. I really enjoy educating people about the best nature spots in Chicagoland and look forward to covering many other great spots in the coming months such as Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Belmont Prairie, Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, and the Galena area.

1. Palmisano Park: A Hidden Gem in Chicago

2. Joe the Guardian, Sneaky Socks Alexa, and the Other Trolls Are Waiting to Be Discovered at The Morton Arboretum

3. Indiana Dunes State Park: Beautiful Beaches, Peaceful Forests, and a Biodiversity Hotspot

4. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore: Wilderness, Waterfalls, Great Hiking and Camping, and Much More

5. Mississippi Palisades State Park—Great Views, Muddy Shoes, and Eagles in Twos

6. Nippersink Creek Provides a Great Kayaking or Canoeing Adventure Just an Hour From Chicago

7. Eleven Things to Do at Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens

8. Cap Sauers Holding Nature Preserve: The Wildest Place in Cook County

9. Red Gate Woods: Hawks and Hills, Sloughs and Snakes, and Ghosts and Buried Nuclear Waste, Oh My!

10. George Fell: A Tireless Advocate for Nature in Illinois

Copyright (text/photos) Andrew Morkes, Founder & Author of Nature in Chicagoland

When I’m not visiting Indiana Dunes State Park and other nature destinations in Chicagoland, I write books and newsletters about careers for teens and adults who want to change occupations. I also write college-planning books and newsletters, including They Teach That in College!?: A Resource Guide to More Than 100 Interesting College Majors, 3rd Edition. You can learn more about my newsletters and books by clicking here.

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