Ghost stories of Chicago’s southwest suburbs and my own ghost story

The wildest nature destination in Cook County

The story of a 100-year-old home gobbled up by developers

The only open-water quaking bog in Illinois

2,500 acres of rolling hills and towering cliffs above the confluence of the great Mississippi and Apple Rivers

8 places to see bison in Chicagoland and the Midwest

The only canyon in Cook County, 2.6 miles of varied hiking trails, an environmental education center and lodge, and cross-country skiing

Native American burial mounds in the shapes of birds, bison, bear, lynx, turtle, deer, and other animals along the Upper Mississippi River…and great views 

40-foot limestone cliffs, a stream, beautiful waterfalls, and a pond–all in a South Side Chicago neighborhood 

An auto museum that features 33 distinct exhibits in 12 buildings on 35 acres, plus many outdoor exhibits and a large antique mall

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.

1. A Personal Ghost Story, Ghosts of Chicago’s Southwest Suburbs, and 11 Spots for Post-Ghost-Tour Fun

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

3. Elegy for a 100-Year-Old Red Brick House

4. Volo Bog: An Ice Age Remnant and the Only Quaking Bog in Illinois

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

6. Eight Places to See Bison in the Midwest

7. Sagawau Environmental Learning Center: The Only Canyon in Cook County, Great Hiking and Cross-Country Skiing, and Much More

Copyright Sagawau Environmental Learning Center

8. Effigy Mounds National Monument: Massive Bears, Stunning Views, and Thousands of Years of Native American History


Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.


Marching Bear Group. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

9. Palmisano Park: A Hidden Gem in Chicago

10. Take a Drive to the Volo Auto Museum for Vintage Cars and a Blast of Americana

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

When I’m not visiting discovering nature and enjoying 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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