The 7 Most-Popular Stories at Nature in Chicagoland in April 2020

Finding peace and enjoying time with my son via neighborhood walks during COVID-19

The wildest place in Cook County

85+ places to visit in the Chicagoland area and beyond

A good spot for hiking, running, biking, and otherwise recreating during COVID-19

Great hiking and biking and remnants of the Manhattan Project

An interview with one of Chicago’s most-famous photographers

Great places to see bison in Chicagoland and beyond

These were the topics of the 7 most-popular articles last month at my blog, Nature in Chicagoland, as selected by my readers. It was a great month; well, at least in terms of site visitors. Nature in Chicagoland had the most visits ever in its 3+ years of existence. This unfortunate “shelter-in-place” stuff might have had just a LITTLE role in this.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, not every destination below is open. (I’ve added notes for some entries to provide guidance.) Be sure to check with the forest preserve, nature center, or other destinations before you head out. And be sure to engage in social distancing as you enjoy your outing. I look forward to a time when we can enjoy nature in Chicagoland without any closures and worries.

I send my very best wishes to you and your families for perfect health; happiness; strong local, state, and national leadership; and great hiking and other outdoor activities during this trying time.

Here are links to the articles.

1. Neighborhood Walks During the Pandemic Bring Back Memories and Encourage a Bit of Hope

2. Cap Sauers Holding Nature Preserve: The Wildest Place in Cook County (Note: All parking lots around Cap Sauers are currently closed on weekends (Friday/Saturday/Sunday) due to the COVID-19 pandemic; the Saganashkee Slough East Lot to the north of the preserve is open during the week.)

3. This Weekend (more than 85 popular and off-the-beaten path destinations to check out in Chicagoland) (Note: In this age of COVID-19, not every destination below is open. Be sure to check with the forest preserve, museum, nature center, or other destinations before you head out.)

4. Try “The Ted” if You’re Looking for Some Nature in the Time of COVID-19

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

6. Renowned Photographer Publishes New Book That Captures the Essence of Chicago

7. Seven Places to see Bison in the Midwest (Note: In this age of COVID-19, not every bison-viewing destination in this article is open; be sure to check before you head out.)

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

Barry Butler holds the copyright to his photograph.


About Andrew morkes

I have been a writer and editor for more than twenty-five years. I’m the founder of College & Career Press (2002); the editorial director of the CAM Report career newsletter and College Spotlight newsletter; the author and publisher of “The Morkes Report: College and Career Planning Trends” blog; and the author and publisher of Hot Health Care Careers: 30 Occupations With Fast Growth and Many New Job Openings; Nontraditional Careers for Women and Men: More Than 30 Great Jobs for Women and Men With Apprenticeships Through PhDs; They Teach That in College!?: A Resource Guide to More Than 100 Interesting College Majors, which was selected as one of the best books of the year by the library journal Voice of Youth Advocates; and other titles. They Teach That in College!? provides more information on environmental- and sustainability-related majors such as Ecotourism, Range Management, Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Built Environment, Sustainability Studies, and Sustainable Agriculture/Organic Farming. I’m also a member of the parent advisory board at my son’s school. 

In addition to these publications, I’ve written more than 40 books about careers for other publishing and media companies. I’ve written and edited many books for Infobase including the venerable Encyclopedia of Careers & Vocational Guidance, the Vault Career Guide to Accounting, and many volumes in the Careers in Focus, Discovering Careers, What Can I Do Now?!, and Career Skills Library series.

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